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.


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.

5 facts about what's possibly the world's first flower

2015-08-19 09:17

The ancient aquatic plant, called the Montsechia vidalii, has overtaken the Archaefructus sinensis, an aquatic plant found in China, as one of the possible first flowers on the planet.

Early bird winds back the avian clock

2015-05-05 21:06

Modern birds may have evolved six million years earlier than thought, say Chinese palaeontologists.

Fans a-frothing over Dippy the dino plans

2015-01-29 20:49

UK fans are in uproar over plans to retire Dippy the dinosaur from London's Natural History Museum and have started a petition to stop the move.

Move over Nessie, Scotland gets a new marine reptile

2015-01-12 08:26

Scientists have announced the discovery of the fossil remains of a dolphin-like seagoing reptile on Scotland's Isle of Skye that lived about 170 million years ago and was about 4.3m long.

Ichthyosaur fossil solves reptile riddle

2014-11-06 11:37

For millions of years ichthyosaurs that roamed the ocean, yet they were not fish. According to a new theory, their forebears were land-loving reptiles which adapted to the sea after the world was struck by a mass extinction.

Toothy tyrant of the Jurassic was 9m long

2014-10-15 15:36

A forerunner of today's crocodiles that lurked in coastal waters and estuaries some 150 million years ago measured 9.26m from snout to tail, scientists report.


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.

Ice age camel bones found

2015-06-10 21:18

Ice age camel bones have been found in northwestern Canada forcing the redrawing of the species' family tree.

US scientists dig up dinosaur found by 5-year-old and dad

2015-04-09 11:27

Scientists from Southern Methodist University have helped a Dallas zookeeper and his 5-year-old son excavate a dinosaur fossil they found behind a grocery store.

3-million-year-old ancestor had human-like hands

2015-01-23 10:13

The hand structure of early human ancestors who lived 3.2 million years ago suggests they had the ability to grasp and use tools, even if they hadn't invented them yet, anthropologists say.

New dinosaur species found in museum collection

2014-12-01 14:19

A UK palaeontologist has discovered a new species of dinosaur while studying fossils in a Canadian museum.

US man ordered to pay for dinosaur theft

2014-10-21 14:42

A Utah man who pleaded guilty in the theft of a priceless fossilised dinosaur footprint that's never been recovered has been sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay $15 000 in restitution.

Ancient flying reptile named after 'Avatar' creature

2014-09-13 20:20

Scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled the creatures from the film Avatar.

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