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New Clues May Explain Why This Fearsome Marsupial Lion Disappeared From Australia New Clues May Explain Why This Fearsome Marsupial Lion Disappeared From Australia

New research suggests it was climate change—not human activity—that caused Thylacoleo carnifex, an Australian marsupial lion, to go extinct.

Flesh-Eating, Piranha-Like Fish Terrorized Jurassic Seas Because of Course They Did Flesh-Eating, Piranha-Like Fish Terrorized Jurassic Seas Because of Course They Did

Piranha-like creatures capable of biting chunks of flesh from their victims appeared some 150 million years ago, according to new research.

World’s Oldest Fossils Aren’t Actually Fossils, New Research Suggests World’s Oldest Fossils Aren’t Actually Fossils, New Research Suggests

Two years ago, researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia shook the science world by claiming to have discovered 3.7 billion-year-old fossils in a rock formation in Greenland, a finding that pushed back the origin of life on Earth by 200 million years. New research is now casting doubt on this…

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.

Hungry Dinosaurs May Be the Reason Humans Need Sunscreen Hungry Dinosaurs May Be the Reason Humans Need Sunscreen

What do blind cavefish, dinosaurs, and sunburnt humans have in common? A lot more than you may realize, according to a thought-provoking new study.

Rare T. Rex Relative Discovered in New Mexico Rare T. Rex Relative Discovered in New Mexico

They don’t look remarkable to the untrained eye. The skull bones are fragmentary, unrecognizable to most. The story of a fearsome tyrannosaur, who lived millions of years before T. rex, would remain lost to the ages had it not been for the fossil’s discovery in New Mexico by a dedicated team of dinosaur hunters.

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.

Check Out This Incredible Extinct Bird From the Cretaceous Period Check Out This Incredible Extinct Bird From the Cretaceous Period

The discovery of a 127-million-year-old fossil in northeastern China is filling an important evolutionary gap between modern birds and the winged, dinosaur-like creatures that came before them.

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…

Fishermen Find 10,000-Year-Old Skull and Antlers of Extinct Giant Elk Fishermen Find 10,000-Year-Old Skull and Antlers of Extinct Giant Elk

A pair of lucky Northern Irish fishermen pulled in this skull with enormous antlers, measuring a whopping six feet in length. The extraordinary specimen belonged to the extinct Great Elk, which hasn’t been seen in Ireland for over 10,000 years, Belfast Live reports.

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.

Beetle Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber Was an Early Pollinator  Beetle Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber Was an Early Pollinator 

Amber fossils containing bugs are nothing new, but the discovery of a beautifully preserved Cretaceous Period beetle with bits of pollen still around it is changing what we know about the planet’s earliest pollinating insects.

Humans May Have Reached North America by More Than One Route Humans May Have Reached North America by More Than One Route

There’s an ongoing debate among archaeologists as to which route the first settlers of North America took to reach the continent. Some say these migrants travelled along an interior passage between two massive ice sheets, while others say they traversed along a coastal route. New research suggests both interpretations…

Ancient Mass Graves Could Be Filled With Tsunami Victims Ancient Mass Graves Could Be Filled With Tsunami Victims

Many prehistoric mass graves located along coastlines around the world may be linked to ancient tsunamis, new research suggests.

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…

Look at This Incredible New Armored Dinosaur Found in Utah Look at This Incredible New Armored Dinosaur Found in Utah

They’re calling this newly discovered dinosaur “thorny head,” and it’s changing what we know of North American ankylosaurs, the heavily armored herbivores that had the misfortune of living alongside Tyrannosaurus rex during the Late Cretaceous.

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.

This Triassic Beast Paved the Way for the World’s Largest Dinosaurs This Triassic Beast Paved the Way for the World’s Largest Dinosaurs

Introducing, Ingentia prima, a large, four-legged, long-necked dinosaur that lived a whopping 47 million years before giants like Diplodocus and Brontosaurus shook the Earth. Found in Argentina, its fossil is providing important new insights into the evolution of dinosaurs, and how sauropods grew to such colossal…

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