ARTICLES RELATING TO PALAEONTOLOGY

Hunter's find leads to discovery of prehistoric sea creature

2017-04-14 16:51

A fossil found by a hunter in Montana in the US nearly seven years ago, has led scientists to discover a new species of prehistoric sea creature.

Revealed: Karoo dog-sized predator hunted with venom long before snakes

2017-02-13 08:50

A pre-mammalian reptile from 260 million years ago, the Euchambersia, has emerged as the first known animal to produce venom, according to the University of the Witwatersrand.

Did T-Rex wake up to birdsong?

2016-10-12 22:30

Tyrannosaurus-rex and other dinosaurs woke up to birdsong just like we do, though it was probably more honk than melodic chirping, an extraordinary fossil find has revealed.

New 'Giant Thief' dinosaur discovered

2016-07-21 19:35

A previously unknown species of meat-eating dinosaur from 80 million years ago has been unearthed in Argentina, adding to the dino family known as the "Giant Thieves", researchers say.

National Guard airlifts dino fossils out of wilderness

2015-10-30 08:26

A National Guard Blackhawk helicopter plucked the skull of a baby Pentaceratops— encased in plaster, from the wilderness and airlifted it to a waiting cargo truck. The team also airlifted the skull of an adult Pentaceratops that was found about 16km away.

Modern humans out of Africa sooner than thought

2015-10-14 22:29

Human teeth discovered in southern China provide evidence that our species left the African continent up to 70 000 years earlier than prevailing theories suggest.

Volcanoes, asteroid wiped out dinosaurs - study

2015-10-03 13:31

A massive asteroid strike 66 million years ago triggered a string of potent volcanic eruptions that spelled doom for the dinosaurs, US researchers have said.

Non-human Naledi recognised mortality

2015-09-10 13:17

The discovery of a non-human species that is believed to have deliberately disposed of its dead is a "giant step to understanding who we are", says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Pics: Meet Homo naledi

2015-09-10 11:05
The largest assemblage of fossil relatives ever discovered in the history of South Africa has been found at the Cradle of Humankind. View pics of the discovery here.

The largest assemblage of fossil relatives ever discovered in the history of South Africa has been found at the Cradle of Humankind. View pics of the discovery here.

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3 famous discoveries from the Cradle of Humankind

2015-09-10 07:26

As the University of the Witwatersrand announces a "groundbreaking fossil discovery of international importance", the world's attention will again turn to the Cradle of Humankind.

 

'Unparalleled' number of dinosaur tracks found in Australia

2017-03-27 16:49

An "unprecedented" 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been found on a stretch of Australia's remote coastline, scientists have said, dubbing it the nation's Jurassic Park.

New species dino discovered in Australia

2016-10-20 21:53

Scientists have unveiled fossils from a new species of giant, long-necked dinosaur unearthed in northeast Australia, speculating that its ancestors had trekked across Antarctica about 105 million years ago.

Brazil's biggest dinosaur found after 60 years in cupboard

2016-10-09 16:08

Brazil just found its biggest ever dinosaur - in a storage cupboard. Found in 1953, the dinosaur pieces languished the next six decades in storage at Rio's ornate Museum of Earth Sciences.

'1.1 million year-old stegodon tusk' found in Pakistan

2016-02-16 19:02

A team of Pakistani researchers claims to have unearthed a 1.1 million-year-old stegodon tusk in the central province of Punjab, potentially shedding new light on the mammal's evolutionary journey.

Pig-snouted turtle from dinosaur era discovered in Utah

2015-10-22 08:02

A strange pig-snouted turtle that lived alongside tyrannosaurs and duck-billed dinosaurs has been discovered in Utah.

Student finds new species

2015-10-05 22:01

A University of Nebraska student's fossil find has lead to the discovery of a new rodent-like species.

Accountant found Homo naledi while caving

2015-09-10 14:23

"I think I'm going to get you guys a beer," Professor Lee Berger said after an accountant and his friend showed him pictures of the fossils they had stumbled onto while caving.

10 fascinating facts about Homo naledi

2015-09-10 12:30

The discovery of a new species of a human ancestor has been announced at the Cradle of Humankind. Here are some interesting facts about Homo naledi.

New species of human ancestor discovered

2015-09-10 10:48

The history of humankind has changed with the discovery of a new human species, Homo naledi, in the Cradle of Humankind.

Wits to reveal most important fossil discovery at Cradle of Humankind

2015-09-10 06:15

The most important fossil discovery made to date at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site in Maropeng is set to be revealed.

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