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The Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Also Jumbled Shark Evolution The Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Also Jumbled Shark Evolution

More than 500 different shark species roam Earth’s oceans: from zippy little cookie-cutter sharks, to the iconic great white, to nightmarish goblin sharks, to 25-foot-long, filter-feeding basking sharks. And it seems that the current equilibrium of shark species we see today arose after the Cretaceous–Paleogene mass…

New 'Amazing Dragon' Dinosaur Species Discovered in China New 'Amazing Dragon' Dinosaur Species Discovered in China

The gigantic, long-necked sauropods are an iconic group of dinosaurs—and it seems scientists have just discovered a new one. Paleontologists were able to define the new species, known as Lingwulong shenqi, using seven to 10 partial skeletons from four separate dig sites in China.

Giant Dinosaur Foot Identified 20 Years After Being Unearthed in Wyoming Giant Dinosaur Foot Identified 20 Years After Being Unearthed in Wyoming

The Black Hills mountain range, which stretches from South Dakota to Wyoming, is known for its lush forests, scenic waterfalls, and dense, intricate cave systems. But 150 million years ago, humongous, long-necked dinosaurs called sauropods roamed there—and scientists just identified one of their colossal, fossilized…

Baby Snake That Lived Among Dinosaurs Found Preserved in Amber Baby Snake That Lived Among Dinosaurs Found Preserved in Amber

Scientists working in Myanmar have uncovered a nearly 100-million-year-old baby snake encased in amber. Dating back to the Late Cretaceous, it’s the oldest known baby snake in the fossil record, and the first snake known to have lived in a forested environment.

Extinct Giant Panda Lineage Discovered Thanks to DNA From 22,000-Year-Old Skull Extinct Giant Panda Lineage Discovered Thanks to DNA From 22,000-Year-Old Skull

DNA from a 22,000-year-old fossilized panda skull suggests an entirely separate lineage of giant pandas once roamed the area that is now southern China.

These Are the Oldest Known Footprints on the Planet These Are the Oldest Known Footprints on the Planet

An international team of researchers is claiming to have discovered the world’s oldest footprints. Dating back a whopping 550 million years and found in a limestone bed in China, the prints were made by an unknown sea creature that was undoubtedly very strange.

This Stupid Tick Managed to Get Itself Wrapped in Spider Silk—and Then Fossilized in Amber This Stupid Tick Managed to Get Itself Wrapped in Spider Silk—and Then Fossilized in Amber

Around 100 million years ago, a tick ran into some bad luck. It had the misfortune of wandering onto a spider’s web, causing the proprietor to spring into action and wrap the interloping bug in a tomb made of silk. The situation then took a turn for the worse when the tick came into contact with tree sap, enveloping…

88,000-Year-Old Middle Finger Found in Saudi Arabia Could Rewrite Human History 88,000-Year-Old Middle Finger Found in Saudi Arabia Could Rewrite Human History

It’s just a lone, boney middle finger, but the scientists who found it say it’s the oldest directly dated fossil of our species to ever be found outside of Africa and the Levant, a region that today comprises Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. But the new discovery is not without its critics, who say older evidence…

Fossilized Ichthyosaur Was Pregnant With Octuplets When She Died Fossilized Ichthyosaur Was Pregnant With Octuplets When She Died

An analysis of the fossilized remains of an Ichthyosaur—a Jurassic-era aquatic reptile—has revealed the presence of between six and eight small embryos packed within its ribs. It’s the earliest evidence of Ichthyosaur embryos to have ever been found in the British Isles.

Freaky Ancient Lizard Had Four ‘Eyes' Freaky Ancient Lizard Had Four ‘Eyes'

An ancient species of monitor lizard that went extinct some 34 million years ago had four eyes, according to new research. It’s the first time that scientists have ever seen such a thing in a jawed terrestrial animal—an observation that’s filling a gap in our understanding of how these features evolved.

This 10-Foot-Long Jurassic Crocodile Once Menaced Britain's Seas This 10-Foot-Long Jurassic Crocodile Once Menaced Britain's Seas

A reanalysis of a heavily damaged fossil found nearly 150 years ago has revealed the existence of an absolute monster of the ancient seas. And the discovery of the new species, nicknamed the “Melksham Monster,” shows that an extinct group of ancient reptiles appeared on Earth millions of years earlier than previously…

Super-Accurate Sculpture of Ancient Sea Creature Is Surprisingly Adorable Super-Accurate Sculpture of Ancient Sea Creature Is Surprisingly Adorable

Well, maybe it’s a face that only a mother could love, but this remarkable recreation of a prolific sea creature that lived over 500 million years ago is offering an entirely new perspective of a particularly well-known species.

Scientists Just Named a Newly-Discovered Dinosaur After a Ghostbusters Character Scientists Just Named a Newly-Discovered Dinosaur After a Ghostbusters Character

Hopefully, this opens the door for a Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters crossover.

Your Favorite Paperweight May Be a Plesiosaur Bone Your Favorite Paperweight May Be a Plesiosaur Bone

A spacious yellow hall connecting galleries and a museum service entrance sits beneath the main rotunda of New York’s American Museum of Natural History. A bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt lounges on a bench in the middle, and Roosevelt-themed dioramas line the walls. It’s a hall passed through, a pleasant detour…

This New Amber Discovery Is Like the Start of Jurassic Park but With Ancient Monkeys [Updated] This New Amber Discovery Is Like the Start of Jurassic Park but With Ancient Monkeys [Updated]

A tick sucks some monkey blood. A monkey’s grooming partner picks the tick off. The tick lands in some sap. The whole thing fossilizes. Scientists discover the cells inside the tick in the amber. They turn the blood cells into monkey clones and you’ve essentially got some sort of Jurassic Park in real life.

This 400-Million-Year-Old Worm Monster Is Metal as Hell This 400-Million-Year-Old Worm Monster Is Metal as Hell

The past is often portrayed as a Pandora’s Box of terrifying monsters. But while many paleontologists reject this stereotype, the scientists behind the newly-discovered marine worm Websteroprion armstrongi have decided to embrace it. It turns out this Palaeozoic prince of darkness, which roamed the seas roughly…

This Sea Monster News Is Really Messing Me Up This Sea Monster News Is Really Messing Me Up

See that creepy long-necked green beast eating a little fish in the illustration above? It’s called a Dinocephalosaurus, and it will haunt you like it now haunts me. But believe it or not, that serpentine silhouette isn’t even the weirdest thing about this Triassic sea monster. That would be the ancient reptile’s…

This Is Quite Possibly the Ugliest Bug Ever Found Trapped in Amber This Is Quite Possibly the Ugliest Bug Ever Found Trapped in Amber

Say hello to Aethiocarenus burmanicus, an ancient insect so strange—and so god awfully ugly—its discoverers had to create an entirely new scientific classification to catalogue it.

Watch How Fossils Get Cleaned and Prepared

Fossils don’t exactly come clean and ready to be displayed in museums. Which, duh, of course. They’re a mess because they’ve been in the ground for thousands and thousands of years. So it’s on the job for fossil preparators like Nathan Ong at the Natural History Museum of Utah to clean up the vertebrae of dinosaurs…

Subway Expansion Uncovers Mastodon Remains at Least 10,000 Years Old Subway Expansion Uncovers Mastodon Remains at Least 10,000 Years Old

Last week, a construction project for the Los Angeles subway turned into a scientific excavation after workers uncovered fossilized skull, tooth and tusk fragments from ancient elephant relatives that have been extinct for 10,000 years.

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