Snakes' ancestors had four legs

: The discovery of a four-legged fossil of a snake in Brazil's Crato Formation suggests that this suborder may have evolved from burrowing, rather than marine, ancestors.

Fossil fuel burning threatens radiocarbon dating: Study
Fossil fuel burning threatens radiocarbon dating: Study

Emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are threatening the effectiveness of the radiocarbon dating technique that has been used for decades to accurately calculate the age of a wide range of artefacts, says a new study.

'Jesus lizard' walked on water 48 million years ago

Scientists have discovered a 48-million-year-old fossil of a 'Jesus lizard', known for its ability to walk on water, in the US State of Wyoming.

'Jesus lizard' walked on water 48 mn years ago

In what may provide insights into how climate change may affect tropical species, scientists have discovered a 48-million-year-old fossil, known as a "Jesus lizard", that could walk on water.

333 million-year-oldfossil pushes back our land-dwelling ancestors' origin by 2 million year

An Australian fossil is forcing scientists to rethink on our ancestors' emergence onto land.

Britain's oldest vegetarian dinosaur found

 Scientists have identified Britain's oldest sauropod (plant-eaters) dinosaur from a fossil bone discovered on the Yorkshire coast.

First dinosaur fossil in Washington State found

Paleontologists have unearthed the first dinosaur fossil from Washington State which is approximately 80 million years old.

500 million years old brain reveals evolution of head

A new study has identified one of the oldest fossil brains ever discovered - more than 500 million years old - and used it to help determine how heads first evolved in early animals.

5-year-old boy finds ancient dinosaur fossil in US

A five-year-old boy has discovered the fossil of what scientists believe could be a 100-million-year-old dinosaur behind a shopping center in Texas.

Exquisitely preserved 3.5m yrs-old Terror Bird's fossil uncovered in Argentina

Paleontologists have described a new species of terror bird, dubbed Llallawavis scagliai, which thrived on Earth 3.5 million years ago, based on some of the most complete fossil remains ever recovered for one of these creatures in Argentina.

New giant dinosaur species found in Siberia
New giant dinosaur species found in Siberia

Scientists claim to have discovered a new giant dinosaur species that lived in Siberia 100 million years ago and was one of the largest ever to roam the planet.

First proof that Asian monsoon rains played key role in mammal evolution found

A team of scientists has found the first proof that weakening and strengthening Asian monsoon rains played a key role in the evolution of mammals.

Our ancestors arrived much earlier than thought

A fossil lower jaw found in Ethiopia has pushed back evidence for the earliest human genus -- Homo -- to 2.8 million years ago, around 400,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Long-necked dinosaur discovered in China
Long-necked dinosaur discovered in China

University of Alberta paleontologists has discovered a new species of a long-necked dinosaur called Qijianglong from a skeleton found in China.

Fossils confirm asteroid killed dinosaurs rapidly in Europe 66 million yrs ago
Fossils confirm asteroid killed dinosaurs rapidly in Europe 66 million yrs ago

A new fossil study has recently revealed that dinosaurs died rapidly in Europe 66 million years ago by the asteroid impact.

New clues about fossil formation found
New clues about fossil formation found

A new study by researchers from the University of Missouri and the Virginia Tech suggests that the bacteria involved in the decay of ancient organisms also play a key role in the preservation of fossil.

Rare fossil sheds light on life in ancient seas

An international team has discovered a rare 520 million years old animal fossil in China that provides an unprecedented view of life in the earth's ancient seas.

Shaped like a "squashed bird's nest", the fossil classified as "Nidelric pugio" was found at Chengjiang in southern China.

Complete fossil of small dinosaur found

South Korean paleontologists have found a complete fossil of a small dinosaur in rare condition, the first such discovery of its kind in the country, according to the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage in Seoul.

Horses, rhinos may have originated from India
Horses, rhinos may have originated from India

A new study has suggested that ancestor of horses and rhinos originated on the Asian subcontinent while it was still an island.

Neanderthals were not 'subspecies' of modern humans

 A new study has revealed that Neanderthals were not subspecies of modern humans rather they were a distinct species separate from Homo sapiens.