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Enigmatic Fossil Shows Turacos Once Lived in North America

New research reveals that a well-preserved 52-million-year-old bird fossil specimen from the early Eocene of Wyoming, the United States, is from a previously unknown...

Paleontologists Discover Two New Hoofed Mammals from Miocene Epoch

An international team of paleontologists has identified two new species of ancient mammals that lived about 13 million years ago (middle Miocene epoch) in...

Early Devonian Fish Had Platypus-Like Snout

Brindabellaspis stensioi, a remarkable placoderm fish that swam about 400 million years ago (Early Devonian period), had a long snout, reminiscent of a platypus...

Giant Pterosaurs Ruled Late Cretaceous Romania, Says New Study

Hatzegopteryx, a flying reptile with a 10-m wingspan and a mass of 220 kg, was the dominant predator in what is now Romania between...

Two New Ediacaran-Period Fossils Discovered in Australia

A team of paleontologists from the University of California, Riverside and the South Australian Museum has discovered the fossils of two soft-bodied animals that...

Miocene Ground Beetle Fossils Found in Antarctica

Fossilized forewings (elytra) from two individuals, discovered at the Oliver Bluffs on the Beardmore Glacier, revealed the first ground beetle species known from Antarctica....

Jeddaherdan aleadonta: New Fossil is Africa’s Oldest Iguanian Lizard

 A 90-million-year-old fossil discovered in Morocco is the oldest known iguanian lizard from Africa, which could help tell the story of lizard evolution in...

Eggs of Non-Avian Dinosaurs Took 3-6 Months to Hatch

Non-avian dinosaur eggs took a long time to hatch — between 3 and 6 months, according to new research on the teeth of fossilized...

Meet Allkauren koi: Argentina’s Newest Flying Reptile

170-million-year-old fossilized remains discovered in Patagonia, Argentina, have been identified as a new genus and species of pterosaur. An artist’s representation of the Jurassic pterosaur...

Triopticus primus: Triassic Reptile Had ‘Third Eye’ and Thick, Domed Skull

Paleontologists have described a completely unexpected new species of reptile that lived 230 million years ago (Triassic period). Dr. Stocker and co-authors describe Triopticus primus,...

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