Discovery of Neandertal trait in ancient skull raises new questions about human evolution
Re-examination of a circa 100,000-year-old archaic early human skull found 35 years ago in Northern China has revealed the surprising presence of an inner-ear formation long thought to occur only in Neandertals.
World's largest-ever flying bird identified
Scientists have identified the fossilized remains of an extinct giant bird that could be the biggest flying bird ever found. With an estimated 20-24-foot wingspan, the creature surpassed size estimates based ...
Scientists revise timeline of human origins
Many traits unique to humans were long thought to have originated in the genus Homo between 2.4 and 1.8 million years ago in Africa. Although scientists have recognized these characteristics for decades, they a ...
New fossil shows Archaeopteryx sported 'feathered trousers'
The origin of feathers and the origin of flight have been a contentious chicken-and-egg issue in the scientific world for decades. Did feathers develop as a flight mechanism - or were they first used for ...
Researchers gain new understanding of Triceratops evolution
Scientists chart an ancient baby boom—in southwestern Native Americans from 500 to 1300 AD
Washington State University researchers have sketched out one of the greatest baby booms in North American history, a centuries-long "growth blip" among southwestern Native Americans between 500 to 1300 A.D.
'Game of Thrones' scenario seen in Neandertal ancestors
The vicious fight for survival and power among disparate kingdoms and clans may have led some ancient people to evolve facial traits more quickly than others, a study said Thursday.
DNA study on mummies suggests climate instability drove ancient Peruvians to migrate
Researchers unearth largest Silurian vertebrate to date—meter long Megamastax
Not too fast, not too slow: Researchers untangle energetics of extinct dinosaurs
(Phys.org) —Dinosaurs dominated the landscape for more than 100 million years, but all that remains today are bones. This has made it difficult to solve a long-standing and contentious puzzle: were dinosaurs ...
New fossil find pinpoints the origin of jaws in vertebrates
A key piece in the puzzle of the evolution of vertebrates has been identified, after the discovery of fossilised fish specimens, dating from the Cambrian period (around 505 million years old), in the Canadian ...
Study indicates Neolithic people from Near East migrated to Europe via island hopping
47 million year old bird fossil offers evidence of oldest known pollinator
The incredible shrinking dinosaur
Dinosaurs still roam the Earth - only now, according to researchers at the University of Oxford, they rule the air. At least, according this landmark study, their miniaturized forms do.