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Scientists accidentally discover world's oldest fungi; may be earliest known multicellular life!

Scientists accidentally discover world's oldest fungi; may be earliest known multicellular life!

The ancient fungus-like life forms, found in fossilised gas bubbles 800 metres (2,600 feet) underground in South Africa's Northern Cape Province, are remarkable not just for their age but their origin, the researchers said.

Oldest fossils point to life on Earth 4 billion years ago

Oldest fossils point to life on Earth 4 billion years ago

The tiny fossils -- half the width of a human hair and up to half-a-millimetre in length -- take the form of blood-red tubes and filaments formed by ocean-dwelling bacteria that fed on iron.

China has been hiding what may have been an actual Jurassic Park!

China has been hiding what may have been an actual Jurassic Park!

The survey covered an area of 11,000 square kilometres in Zhejiang. Scientists identified eight new species among the fossils.

This dog-sized mammalian reptile was the first animal to produce venom

This dog-sized mammalian reptile was the first animal to produce venom

According to the new study, computerised tomography (CT) scans of fossils of the dog-sized reptile, Therapsid Euchambersia, showed anatomical features, designed for venom production.

Tiny vampires that lived 740 mn years ago

Using a scanning electron microscope to examine minute fossils, the researchers found perfectly circular drill holes that may have been formed by an ancient relation of Vampyrellidae amoebae. 

Ancient 'hammerhead' underwater reptile was first marine vegetarian: Study

Ancient 'hammerhead' underwater reptile was first marine vegetarian: Study

The undiscovered marine habitat of deep sea is a home of some of the strange species that tell a lot about Earth's biggest mass extinction.

A group of scientists uncovered a bizzare fossil of 'hammerheaded' crocodile-shaped sea dwelling reptile in southern China.

Gujarat govt failed to develop dinosaur fossils site: CAG

Geological Survey of India found the 6.5 crore-years-old fossils site at Raiyoli village in Kheda district in 1981-82.

New dinosaur fossil found in Japan

New dinosaur fossil found in Japan

In general, theropods, including Tyrannosaurus, are carnivorous. But Fukuivenator, which had a long neck, is believed to have been omnivorous.

100-million-year-old amber preserved oldest animal societies

100-million-year-old amber preserved oldest animal societies

Among vertebrates, eusociality is found in just two species of African mole rats.

Scientists find dinosaur-like features in ancient mammal

Scientists find dinosaur-like features in ancient mammal

The similarity to hadrosaurs was immediately clear to the researchers when they opened CT scan files revealing the inner structures of those bones.

Ancient wildebeest cousin boasted bizarre dinosaur-like trait

Researchers said the crescent-shaped protrusion atop the head of Rusingoryx, which roamed Africa`s savannas tens of thousands of years ago, was unlike anything on any other mammal, past or present.  

Hyenas lived in Tibet 4 million years ago, research confirms

A group of fossils discovered on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in China belong to pliocene-era bone- crushing hyenas, which date back some four million years, Chinese and US scientists said today.

First fossils of microscopic 'mud dragons' found

Researchers have discovered the fossils of microscopic kinorhynch worms - commonly known as mud dragons - in China which date back to more than 530 million years.

Scientists discover fossils of ancient microscopic worms

 Scientists have discovered fossils of 530 million-year-old microscopic worms, filling a huge gap in the known fossil record of kinorhynchs -- small invertebrate animals that are related to arthropods.

Eight well-preserved Paleo peaches unearthed in China

Scientists found eight well-preserved fossilised peach endocarps, or pits, in southwest China dating back over two and a half million years.

Reptile fossil explains how snakes lost their legs

Reptile fossil explains how snakes lost their legs

Scientists used CT scans to examine the bony inner ear of Dinilysia patagonica, a 2-metre long reptile closely linked to modern snakes.

New species of anthropoid primate found in Libya

The scientits performed the research at the Zallah Oasis, a promising site for unearthing fossils from the Oligocene period, roughly 30 million years ago.

200-mn-year old dinosaur remains found in South Africa

 The dinosaur remains, yet to be named, were found at a border area between South Africa and Lesotho.

Brain too can get fossilised

Scientists have long maintained that brains do not fossilise -- but new research has provided the strongest evidence yet that it is possible. In fact, the brains of a set of 520-million-year-old arthropods did just that.

Archaeologists find dog sized rat

Researchers are now trying to work out exactly what caused the rats to die out.