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Jaisalmer desert may have been a vast sea during pre-historic era

A number of fossils of vertebrates such as whale, shark teeth, crocodilian teeth and bones of turtle belonging of middle Eocene Age were unearthed from Bandah village in Jaisalmer.

Jul 14, 2018, 09:27 AM IST

Rare 200 million-year-old fossil discovered

The new discovery, published in the journal Geological Journal, is from a time known as the Triassic-Jurassic boundary, right after a worldwide mass extinction. 

Feb 02, 2018, 18:38 PM IST

Fossils of 'iridescent' dinosaurs with rainbow feathers discovered

Aside from making Jurassic ecosystems of 161 million years ago more colourful, the dinosaur is interesting because it has features that are both ancient and modern.

Jan 16, 2018, 17:23 PM IST

Thirty 130 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur eggs from Jurassic period discovered in China

The construction workers had detonated an explosive to break up a large boulder, but luckily, the fossilized eggs managed to survive the impact.

Jan 02, 2018, 12:27 PM IST

Scientists unearth remains of oldest creature ever found in the Antarctic

The 150 million-year-old giant prehistoric sea reptile is believed to be the first of its species located in Antarctica and the oldest creature ever found on the continent.

Dec 25, 2017, 15:12 PM IST

What made the oldest plesiosaur a strong swimmer

The study showed that these long extinct animals propelled themselves through the world's oceans by employing "underwater flight" - similar to sea turtles and penguins.

Dec 18, 2017, 17:29 PM IST

New species of gigantic, long necked dinosaurs found

Shingopana roamed the Cretaceous landscape alongside Rukwatitan bisepultus, another titanosaur identified in 2014, researchers said.

Aug 26, 2017, 15:25 PM IST

Fossilised dinosaur footprints found in China

It is believed to be the largest cluster of Sauropod footprint fossils ever found in China dating from the early Jurassic period, Xinhua news agency reported.

Aug 16, 2017, 19:12 PM IST

Scientists discover fossils of 160 million-year-old winged mammals of the Jurassic era!

 Two fossils discovered in China show that the volant, or flying, way of life evolved among mammalian ancestors 100 million years earlier than the first modern mammal fliers.

Aug 10, 2017, 17:55 PM IST

Largest of its kind 'giant dinosaur fossil wall' unearthed in China's Chongqing city

The site is believed to be the largest of its kind in the world.

Jul 22, 2017, 17:35 PM IST

Ten-year-old stumbles on rare 1.2 million year-old fossil

A 10-year boy has accidentally discovered a rare, mostly intact 1.2 million year-old skull of stegomastodon - a prehistoric ancestor of elephants - while hiking in the Las Cruces desert in the US.

Jul 21, 2017, 18:27 PM IST

Fossils of complete crocodile unearthed in China's Jilin Province

Crocodiles and dinosaurs lived together, which means there are probably more fossils buried underneath, Jin Changzhu, a research fellow at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, said on Friday.

Jun 09, 2017, 11:50 AM IST

Discovered - Oldest known human species' fossils found in Morocco

The institute said the remains of the Homo sapiens, which were found in a remote village called Jbel Irhoud, Morocco, date back to over 300,000 years ago, Xinhua reported.

Jun 08, 2017, 10:12 AM IST

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.

Apr 25, 2017, 18:18 PM IST

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.

Mar 02, 2017, 00:48 AM IST

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.

Feb 21, 2017, 14:41 PM IST

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.

Feb 14, 2017, 16:34 PM IST

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. 

May 26, 2016, 13:46 PM IST

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.

May 07, 2016, 19:31 PM IST

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.

Mar 31, 2016, 22:22 PM IST