Fossils of two 160-mn-year-old mammals found

Researchers from the University of Chicago and China's Beijing Museum of Natural History have discovered fossils of two mammals that lived more than 160 million years ago and which exhibited characteristics that demonstrate their ability to adapt to their ecological habitats since the early stages of their evolution.

Neanderthals may have disappeared from Iberian Peninsula 5K yrs earlier than believed

A new study has recently revealed that Neanderthals disappeared from the Iberian Peninsula around 45,000 years ago, or some 5,000 years before the rest of Europe.

15-million-year-old mollusc protein found

Researchers in the US have discovered "beautifully preserved" 15 million-year-old thin protein sheets in fossilised shells of a snail-like, shallow marine-dwelling mollusc called Ecphora.

Fossils of prehistoric dolphin-like creature discovered

A new dolphin-like species that lived around 170 million years ago has been identified from fossils found on the Isle of Skye off Scotland.

Two new species of horned dinosaurs discovered

 A British paleontologist has discovered two new horned dinosaur species after studying fossils lying forgotten in a Canadian museum for over 75 years.

Newly found fossil of 250-mln-yr-old 'amphibious ichthyosaur' fills evolutionary gap

Researchers have recently found the first fossil of 250-million-years-old amphibious ichthyosaur in China that fills the gap in the fossil records, it has been reported.

'Ancient fish pioneered penetrative sex'

Sexual intercourse was pioneered by a group of unsightly, long-extinct fish about 385 million years ago in Scotland, Australian scientists have reported.

How dinosaurs' arms transformed into bird wings revealed
How dinosaurs' arms transformed into bird wings revealed

In a new study scientists have explained how arms of dinosaurs went from straight to bent and hyperflexible, turning into wings.

Creatures' ability to regrow limbs is 300 mn years old

The ability of some vertebrates to re-generate or re-grow amputated limbs first evolved at least 300 million years ago, says a study.

Mysterious fossils found in China; world's earliest animals?

Chinese geobiologists have unearthed mysterious spherical fossils that may be among the world's earliest animals.

No trace of dinosaur fossils stolen from MP museum

The rare fossils of dinosaur eggs stolen about 18 months back from a museum in Madhya Pradesh's Dhar district are yet to be traced.

New dinosaur species discovered in Portugal

Portuguese and Spanish paleontologists have discovered a new species of dinosaur, the smallest in Portugal, researchers involved in the discovery have revealed.

Pterosaur resembling 'Avatar' creature unearthed in China

Fossils of a 120 million-year-old winged reptile found in northeast China are gaining celebrity status for resemblance to the aerial creatures "Ikran" in James Cameron's movie "Avatar."

Mammals originated at least 208 mn years ago

Paleontologists have affirmed the idea that mammals, an extremely diverse group that includes egg-laying monotremes, originated at least 208 million years ago, much earlier than some previous works of research suggest.

Fossils in Spain provide links to last giant dinosaurs

Fossils discovered in the central Spanish province of Cuenca have enabled experts to reconstruct the dermal armour of the titanosaurs, the last of the giant dinosaurs, for the first time.

Paleontologists find rare fossilised feces of dinosaurs in Narmada Valley

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

Birds did not evolve from dinosaurs: Study

In what could alter the textbooks, researchers have declassified dinosaurs as being the great-great-grandparents of birds.

Fossil of world`s smallest hedgehog unearthed in Canada

You`ve heard of Sonic the Hedgehog, the video game character. But how about the half-pint hedgehog, the tiniest one that ever lived?

New long-horned dinosaur discovered

Scientists have identified a new species of plant-eating horned dinosaur with a unique wing-like headgear, which roamed the Earth about 77 million years ago.

152-million-year-old fearsome marine creature ate like modern-day killer whales

A fossilised tooth belonging to a fearsome marine predator has been recorded as the largest of its kind found in the UK, following its recent discovery.