fossils

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
Crackpot Naturalists

Check Out These Vivid Wildlife Illustrations From a Victorian Fossil Truther

Philip Henry Gosse believed that God placed fake fossils on Earth, but he was still a renowned and talented naturist and illustrator.
Becky Ferreira
4.6.17
ancient life

The Oldest Life on Earth Has Been Discovered in Canada's Arctic

It's an estimated 4 billion years old.
Bryson Masse
3.1.17
dinosaurs

Paleontologists Find Fossils of a Pregnant, 245-Million-Year-Old Sea Reptile

It's the first time live birth has been observed in an archosauromorph, the reptilian parent group from which dinosaurs, birds, and crocodilians derive.
Becky Ferreira
2.14.17
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