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Ancient Steroid Suggests Sea Sponges Were One of Earth’s First Animals Ancient Steroid Suggests Sea Sponges Were One of Earth’s First Animals

Scientists from the University of California, Riverside, are claiming to have discovered the oldest known animal fossil—an ancient sea sponge that emerged between 660 million and 635 million years ago.

Meet the New Long-Necked Dinosaur Called 'Giant Thunderclap at Dawn' Meet the New Long-Necked Dinosaur Called 'Giant Thunderclap at Dawn'

The discovery of a new Jurassic dinosaur in South Africa shows that the transition from small, two-legged creatures to the thunderously huge long-necked dinosaurs wasn’t a straightforward process.

Octopuses on Ecstasy, Weight-Loss Scams, and Neutron Stars: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Octopuses on Ecstasy, Weight-Loss Scams, and Neutron Stars: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The tech and science world has had a very interesting week: Researchers have discovered what happens when you give our favorite tentacled, ocean-dwelling friends MDMA, landed rovers on asteroids, confirmed the oldest known animal fossil on the planet, and found something very weird going on with a distant neutron star…

Extraordinary Evidence Suggests 558-Million-Year-Old Fossil Is the Oldest Known Animal on the Planet Extraordinary Evidence Suggests 558-Million-Year-Old Fossil Is the Oldest Known Animal on the Planet

An international team of researchers is claiming to have discovered traces of cholesterol on a fossil of Dickinsonia—a mysterious creature that lived during the primordial Ediacaran Period. This evidence, the researchers say, makes Dickinsonia the oldest known animal in the fossil record. But the discovery is not…

Stunning Fossils Show Ancient Parasitic Wasps Still Inside Their Unfortunate Hosts Stunning Fossils Show Ancient Parasitic Wasps Still Inside Their Unfortunate Hosts

A meticulous examination of over 1,500 fly pupae fossils has resulted in the discovery of four new species of ancient parasitic wasps, dating back to between 66 million and 23 million years ago in what is now France.

Misidentified Fossils Could Rewrite the History of Lemurs on Madagascar    Misidentified Fossils Could Rewrite the History of Lemurs on Madagascar   

A leading theory of recent decades is that lemurs colonized Madagascar around 50 million years ago. As they dispersed throughout the island and made homes in its tropical rainforests, those ancestral lemurs evolved into the menagerie of species we see today. It’s certainly a romantic idea, but it might also be false,…

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…

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