Neutron tomography shows that the Pristerodon adapted to hear airborne sound 260 million years ago
A recent study by means of neutron tomography revealed that some forerunners of mammals were already able to hear airborne sound, because these animals already possessed an eardrum at the lower jaw, an impedance-matching ...
The first European sea turtles became extinct due to changing sea levels
Little is known about the oldest sea turtles that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. The finding in the Baetic Cordillera, in Jaén, of the remains of a supposed new species of turtle, Hispaniachelys prebetica—considered ...
Tiny fossils link 'old bastard' marsupials to South America and Africa
Two tiny fossils are prompting an overhaul of theories about marsupial evolution after they revealed unexpected links to South America – and possibly Africa.
Best evidence yet that dinosaurs used feathers for courtship
A University of Alberta researcher's examination of fossilized dinosaur tail bones has led to a breakthrough finding: some feathered dinosaurs used tail plumage to attract mates, much like modern-day peacocks and turkeys.
Dinosaur shook tail feathers for mating show
(Phys.org)—A University of Alberta researcher's examination of fossilized dinosaur tail bones has led to a breakthrough finding: some feathered dinosaurs used tail plumage to attract mates, much like modern-day peacocks ...
New study reveals North America's biggest dinosaur
(PhysOrg.com) -- New research from Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies and the State Museum of Pennsylvania has unveiled enormous bones from North America's biggest dinosaur.
First known monodactyl dinosaur adding knowledge to the evolution and biogeography of alvarezsauroids
The alvarezsauroid theropod Linhenykus monodactylus from the Upper Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia, China is the first known monodactyl non−avian dinosaur, providing important information on the complex patterns of manual ...
New advance on Platybelodon from the Linxia Basin of China
(Phys.org) —Platybelodon is a group of extinct Proboscidea. They extended from the early Miocene to middle Miocene of Eurasia. Evident also shows that some of them reached North America in the late Miocene. These strange ...
Earliest known microtoid cricetid found from the Junggar Basin of China
Microtoid cricetids are widely considered to be the ancestral form of arvicoline rodents, a successful rodent group including voles, lemmings and muskrats. The earliest previously known microtoid cricetid is Microtocricetus ...
Tooth structure and wear provide clues to ecology and evolution of ancient marine creatures
A trio of published studies have highlighted the importance of examining dental structure and wear in ancient creatures to better understand their ecology and evolution.