Paleontology News

Aug 27, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A fossilized jawbone from a newly-described species of acrodontan iguana, Gueragama sulamericana, that lived about 80 million years ago has been unearthed in the municipality of Cruzeiro do Oeste in Southern Brazil. Gueragama sulamericana inhabited a desert environment. This lizard was found in an ancient oasis along with pterosaurs of the species Caiuajara dobruskii. Image credit: Julius Csotonyi. Iguanas are one of the most diverse groups of extant...

Aug 25, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Prof Ralf-Dietrich Kahlke from the Senckenberg Research Station for Quaternary Paleontology in Weimar, Germany, has recorded the maximum geographic distribution...

Aug 21, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A two-million-year-old partial skull of the extinct baboon Papio angusticeps has been unearthed at Malapa, in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site,...

Aug 19, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A new study of North American canid fossils published in the journal Nature Communications suggests that the evolutionary path of the family Canidae (dogs...

Aug 18, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A unique fossil of a 20 million-year-old salamander has been found encased in a chunk of amber from an unlikely place – the Dominican Republic, where...

Aug 18, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A team of paleontologists from the United States, France, Germany and Spain has identified a Lower Cretaceous freshwater plant named Montsechia vidalii...

Aug 3, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A new study has found that Ediacaran organisms known as rangeomorphs reproduced by taking a joint approach: they first sent out an ‘advance party’...

Jul 28, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Members of Theropoda, the only clade of predominantly predatory dinosaurs, were successful predators partly due to a unique, deeply serrated tooth structure...

Jul 24, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A team of paleontologists, led by Dr Dave Martill from the University of Portsmouth, UK, has found a unique four-legged specimen in the Crato Formation...

Jul 23, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Short, rapid warming events, known as interstadials, coincided with major extinction events, according to a team of scientists from Australia and the United...

Jul 16, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A new species of dinosaur with bird-like wings has come to light in China’s rocks dating to some 125 million years ago. An artist’s impression of Zhenyuanlong...

Jul 9, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A team of paleontologists has discovered a new genus and species of horned dinosaur, called Wendiceratops pinhornensis, in southern Alberta, Canada. Life...

Jul 7, 2015 by Sci-News.com

According to an international team of scientists, the ancient monkey, known as Victoriapithecus, had tiny but remarkably wrinkled brain. Brain of Victoriapithecus...

Jul 3, 2015 by Natali Anderson

A remarkable new genus and species of oviraptorid dinosaur has been unearthed in the Ganzhou area of Jiangxi Province, southern China. An artist impression...

Jul 2, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A new species of basilisk (or so-called Jesus lizard, named so for their ability to walk on water) that lived about 48 million years ago during Eocene,...

Jul 2, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A new study reported in the journal PLoS ONE shows that the teeth of the fearsome saber-toothed cat (Smilodon fatalis) fully emerged later in life than...

Jun 29, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A multinational team of paleontologists has discovered the remains of a new species of sauropodomorph dinosaur that roamed what is now South Africa at...

Jun 29, 2015 by Sci-News.com

An international team of paleontologists, co-led by Dr Xi-guang Zhanga and Dr Jie Yang of Yunnan University, has described a new species of super-armored...

Jun 25, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A team of paleontologists has discovered a new species of turtle-like reptile that lived in what is now Germany during the Middle Triassic period, approximately...

Jun 24, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Paleontologists from the University of Toronto and the University of Cambridge, UK, have found that a weird creature from 505 million years ago, known...