Differences in feathers shed light on evolution of flight
The asymmetrical flight feathers of their wings are among the most distinctive features of living birds. But how are these feathers actually constructed, and when did they first appear in evolutionary history?
Amber fossil links earliest grasses, dinosaurs and fungus used to produce LSD
A perfectly preserved amber fossil from Myanmar has been found that provides evidence of the earliest grass specimen ever discovered - about 100 million years old - and even then it was topped by a fungus ...
What was the impact that killed the dinosaurs?
What suddenly made the dinosaurs disappear 65 million or 66 million years ago? Whatever it was, all indications show that it was a massive extinction event. The fossil record not only shows dinosaurs disappearing, ...
Dinosaur no more: UK museum's Dippy to be retired in 2017
Dippy the dinosaur is being retired from London's Natural History Museum—and his fans aren't happy.
Long-necked 'dragon' discovered in China
University of Alberta paleontologists including PhD student Tetsuto Miyashita, former MSc student Lida Xing and professor Philip Currie have discovered a new species of a long-necked dinosaur from a skeleton ...
In new discovery, paleontologist names a carnivorous reptile that preceded dinosaurs
Finding a new species of dinosaur is pretty rare. Getting a hand in the discovery and naming of one – that's rarer still.
Fossil ankles indicate Earth's earliest primates lived in trees
Earth's earliest primates have taken a step up in the world, now that researchers have gotten a good look at their ankles.
Dinosaurs wiped out rapidly in Europe 66 million years ago
Dinosaurs flourished in Europe right up until the asteroid impact that wiped them out 66 million years ago, a new study shows.
Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs may have nearly knocked off mammals, too
The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs.
Chickens and turkeys 'closer to dinosaur ancestors' than other birds
New research from the University of Kent suggests that chickens and turkeys have experienced fewer gross genomic changes than other birds as they evolved from their dinosaur ancestor.
Oldest horned dinosaur species in North America found in Montana
Scientists have named the first definite horned dinosaur species from the Early Cretaceous in North America, according to a study published December 10, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Andrew ...
Researchers use X-ray video of guineafowl walking through poppy seeds to create a 3-D model of how tracks get made
Rare dinosaur skeleton goes on display in London
A rare dinosaur skeleton goes on display at London's Natural History museum on Thursday—the first to be exhibited there in a century.
Scientists find 240 million-year-old parasite that infected mammals' ancestor
An egg much smaller than a common grain of sand and found in a tiny piece of fossilized dung has helped scientists identify a pinworm that lived 240 million years ago.