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Worm-like ancient `misfit` finds family in `tree of life`

Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014, 17:39

The fossil of an ancient worm-like creature, which had legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail, has finally been placed in the evolutionary tree of life.

`Evolutionary misfit` fossil linked with modern animals

Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014, 12:41

Researchers have linked one of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail - with a group of modern animals.

37m yr old fossil of `giant penguin` found near Antarctica

Last Updated: Sunday, August 03, 2014, 22:51

Researchers have discovered a fossil, which provided the proof that `colossal penguins` existed around 37 to 40 million years ago, on a small island near Antarctica.

Rare whale fossil pulled from California backyard

Last Updated: Saturday, August 02, 2014, 13:11

A rare whale fossil has been pulled from a Southern California backyard. Paleontologist Howell Thomas of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County says the 16- to 17-million-year-old baleen whale fossil is one of about 20 baleen whale fossils known to exist.

Human-induced water vapour next climate threat

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 13:47

The rising levels of water vapour in the upper troposphere - a key amplifier of global warming - owing to greenhouse gases will intensify climate change impacts over the next decades, scientists said.

Scientists to excavate Wyoming cave with trove of Ice Age fossils

Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:36

Scientists will begin excavation early next week of an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare bounty of fossil remains of prehistoric animals, such as mammoths and dire wolves, preserved in unusually good condition, researchers said on Thursday.

Paleontologists find rare fossilised feces of dinosaurs in Narmada Valley

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 18:19

Paleontologists have discovered rare fossilised feces of dinosaurs, thought to be about six crore-year-old, in the Narmada valley in Madhya Pradesh.

Scientists identify two-inch long hedgehog species

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 18:42

Scientists have identified the fossilised remains of a two-inch-long hedgehog species, which they have called `Silvacola acares`, in an ancient lake bed in Canada.

Scientists identify world`s largest flying bird

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 11:50

A fossil found three decades ago in the US may have been the world`s largest ever flying bird, say researchers.

Seven mn-year-old fossilised monkey tooth discovered in UAE

Last Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014, 13:02

A fossilised monkey specimen, believed to be 6.5 to 8 million years old, has been discovered by scientists on Shuwaihat Island in Abu Dhabi’s western region, Al Gharbia, in the United Arab Emirates.

Scientists discover fossil of blood-sucking parasite in China

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 19:12

In a bizarre find, scientists from the University of Bonn and from China have discovered an unusual aquatic parasite- the fossil remains of fly larvae with an amazing sucking tool, which lived about 165 million years ago.

Dinosaur sporting `wings` on head found

Last Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 23:35

Triceratops are passe. Here comes a new horned dinosaur and its cranial ornamentation is even more flowery than the three-horned dinosaur the world had earlier come to know, reveals a new study.