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Megachirella wachtleri: World’s Oldest Squamate Fossil Found

Paleontologists have unearthed the world’s oldest squamate fossil — 240-million-year-old specimen of a species called Megachirella wachtleri — from a site in the Dolomite...

Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact Devastated Forests, Wiped Out Tree-Dwelling Birds

Ground-dwelling birds survived while their close, tree-dwelling relatives went extinct during the end-Cretaceous mass extinction event, caused by the impact of an asteroid off...

Paleontologists Find Fossil of Smallest Spinosaurus

A tiny fossil of an early juvenile Spinosaurus has been discovered by a duo of Italian paleontologists. The largest and the smallest specimens of Spinosaurus...

Paleontologists Find Fossilized Dandruff of Feathered Dinosaurs

An international research team led by scientists at University College Cork, Linyi University, and China’s Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology has found and...

Paleontologists Discover Fossil of Early Mammal Relative in Utah

A team of paleontologists has discovered and described the nearly complete fossilized skull of a previously unknown mammal relative that lived about 130 million...

Sweet Potatoes May Have Originated in Asia

57-milion-year-old leaf fossils from eastern India suggest that the worldwide-distributed morning glory family (Convolvulaceae), which includes sweet potatoes and many other plants, originated in...

Magyarosuchus fitosi: 180 Million-Year-Old Fossil is ‘Missing Link’ in Crocodile Evolution

Paleontologists have discovered a fossil of a 180-million-year-old crocodyliform that they say is a long-sought missing link in the evolution of some ancient crocodiles...

Earliest ‘Baleen Whales’ Had Large Teeth and Gums

The discovery of Llanocetus denticrenatus — an ancient whale species that swam in Antarctic waters 34 million years ago, during a period called the...

Ice Age Humans Hunted Giant Ground Sloths, Fossilized Footprints Show

An international team of scientists has found evidence of an interaction between Ice Age humans and now-extinct giant ground sloths. White Sands footprints tell the...

Triassic Reptile from Tanzania Finally Gets Scientific Name: Mandasuchus tanyauchen

An international team of paleontologists from the Natural History Museum, London, the University of Birmingham and Virginia Tech has formally given an ancient carnivorous...

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