Paleontology News

Jun 4, 2015 by Sci-News.com

The well-preserved fossil of a previously unknown toothed bird that lived during the Cretaceous period, some 115 million years ago, has been found in the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceará. Reconstruction of the fossil bird from the Cretaceous of the Crato Formation, Araripe Basin, Brazil. Image credit: Deverson Pepi, via novataxa.blogspot.com. A team of paleontologists led by Dr Ismar de Souza Carvalho of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro...

May 29, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Dinosaurs were endothermic (warm-blooded) like mammals, says paleontologist Dr Michael D’Emic of Stony Brook University. Torvosaurus gurneyi. Image credit:...

May 29, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Paleontologists Dr William Korth of Rochester Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Dr Joshua Samuels of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument have...

May 20, 2015 by Sci-News.com

According to a new study published online in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, the most recent common ancestor of all snakes was a nocturnal, stealth-hunting...

May 12, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Paleontologist Steven Jasinski of the University of Pennsylvania has described a new species of dromaeosaurid dinosaur that roamed what is now New Mexico...

May 8, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Dr Javier Ortega-Hernández of the University of Cambridge, UK, has discovered one of the oldest fossil brains ever found, and used it to help identify...

May 6, 2015 by Sci-News.com

An international team of paleontologists has described a new ornithuromorph bird that lived during the Hauterivian stage of the Early Cretaceous epoch,...

Apr 30, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A team of paleontologists, co-led by Dr Xing Xu and Dr Xiaoting Zheng of the Linyi University’s Institute of Geology and Paleontology, has discovered...

Apr 28, 2015 by Sci-News.com

An international team of paleontologists led by Dr Fernando Novas of the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aires has described a new...

Apr 23, 2015 by Sci-News.com

According to paleontologist Evan Saitta of the University of Bristol, UK, stegosaur plates may have differed between males and females. Silhouettes of...

Apr 16, 2015 by Sci-News.com

In a new paper in the journal Biology Letters, scientists reported fossil traces of Osedax – a genus of bone-devouring worms that both eat and inhabit...

Apr 11, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A team of paleontologists led by Dr Adam Behlke of Yale University says that very large marine reptiles called mosasaurs did not lay eggs on beaches, and...

Apr 10, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A group of paleontologists has described a new genus and species of Phorusrhacidae that lived in what is now Argentina during the Pliocene epoch, around...

Apr 9, 2015 by Sci-News.com

The evidence comes from paleontologists Dr David Hone of Queen Mary University of London and Dr Darren Tanke of the Royal Tyrrell Museum who analyzed a...

Apr 7, 2015 by Enrico de Lazaro

Since the early 1900s, paleontologists have believed that the dinosaur genus Brontosaurus (thunder lizard) was in fact the Apatosaurus. Now, a new study,...

Apr 3, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A mass extinction some 201 million years ago may have been triggered by changes in the biochemical balance of Panthalassa (also known as the Panthalassic...

Apr 2, 2015 by Sci-News.com

San Jose State University researcher Dr Jonathan Hendricks has used ultraviolet (UV) light to reveal and characterize the original shell coloration patterns...

Mar 31, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A team of scientists from China, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom, has described a new genus and species of an ensign scale insect from mid-Cretaceous...

Mar 28, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A multinational group of paleontologists has described a prehistoric lobster-like animal from the Marble Canyon site, part of the renowned Canadian Burgess...

Mar 24, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A team of scientists led by Dr Steve Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh, UK, has discovered a new species of metoposaurus that lived in lakes and...