fossils

crabs

90-Million-Year-Old 'Chimera' Crab Was An Animal Mashup

"We have an idea of what a typical crab looks like—and these new fossils break all those rules."
Becky Ferreira
11 hours ago
tyrannosaurs

Paleontologists Identify the World's Largest Tyrannosaurus Rex

"Scotty" weighed about 20,000 pounds and lived longer than any other known tyrannosaur, according to University of Alberta paleontologists.
Becky Ferreira
3.25.19
fossils

500-Million-Year-Old Worm ‘Superhighway’ Found Hidden in the Mountains

A fossilized ecosystem offers new evidence for life that once existed in seemingly uninhabitable places.
Sarah Emerson
3.6.19
Opals

This Ancient Insect Is Preserved Inside an Iridescent Opal

The bug might have been trapped in amber that became “opalized” over millions of years.
Becky Ferreira
1.25.19
marsupial lion

Australia's Ancient 'Marsupial Lion' Was Absolutely Terrifying

Scientists reconstructed the first full skeleton of the marsupial lion, which was like a lion, koala, and Tasmanian devil wrapped up in a bodyslam.
Becky Ferreira
12.13.18
dinosaurs

What This Rare Skull Tells Us About Dinosaur Parenting

Some dinosaurs nurtured their offspring, but Diplodocus kids were likely left to fend for themselves as soon as they hatched.
Becky Ferreira
10.11.18
Dino Crime

The Bizarre True Crime Story Surrounding a ‘Big Sexy Dinosaur’

Motherboard talks to Paige Williams, author of The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy.
Becky Ferreira
9.11.18
Cave Dives

The World’s Biggest Underwater Cave Is Full of Maya Bones and Artifacts

Mexico’s San Actun cave system contains pottery, bones of extinct giant sloths, and a 9,000-year-old human skull.
Becky Ferreira
2.22.18
HOTY2017

The Paleontologist Who Finds Anthropocene Insights in the Dinosaur Age

Steve Brusatte explains how these spectacular bygone animals shaped our present, and how they can inform our future.
Becky Ferreira
12.4.17
embryos

A 200-Million-Year Old Display Fossil Turns Out to Be a Rare Pregnant Specimen

The pregnant ocean predator from the Jurassic is the largest of her kind.
Becky Ferreira
8.28.17
Triassic Bowel Movements

This Beautiful Ancient Poop Contains Triassic Fish Bones and Beetles Wings

The land before potty time.
Becky Ferreira
8.24.17
our ancestors

Homo Sapiens Have Been on Earth 100,000 Years Longer Than We Thought

A new discovery rewrites human history.
Bryson Masse
6.7.17
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