ARTICLES RELATING TO PALAEONTOLOGY

Flesh-eating dinosaurs evolved into small birds

2014-08-01 08:56
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Large flesh-eating dinosaurs evolved into small flying birds, but it did not happen overnight, according to an international team of scientists.

Cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

2014-07-24 12:43

For the first time in 30 years, palaeontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves: The bones of thousands of animals piled at the bottom of an ancient cave.

Man admits stealing rare dinosaur footprint fossil

2014-07-11 12:01

A Utah man has admitted stealing, and then throwing away, a very rare fossilised dinosaur footprint, but will not spend any time in prison, according to court documents.

Wits hosts biggest gathering of SA fossil hunters

2014-07-07 10:47

The biggest gathering of professional and amateur palaeontologists in southern Africa will take place this coming weekend at Wits University.

'Game of Thrones' seen in Neanderthal history

2014-06-20 14:24

The vicious fight for survival and power among disparate kingdoms and clans may have led some ancient people to evolve facial traits more quickly than others, a study said on Thursday.

Bachelor party finds rare mastodon fossil

2014-06-13 08:30

A group of men attending a bachelor party have stumbled across a rare fossil of a mastodon skull, complete with its tusks.

'Chicken from hell' sheds new light on dino species

2014-03-20 08:31

Nicknamed the "chicken from hell", a newly identified species of feathered dinosaur as tall as a human roamed North America at least 66 million years ago.

'Huge volcano' gave China its dinosaur trove

2014-02-05 10:30

A treasure trove of fossilised dinosaurs and other long-extinct species in north-eastern China was created by an erupting volcano, scientists have said.

New Zealand kiwi came from Australia - study

2013-12-17 09:45

In a finding likely to be a bitter blow for many New Zealanders, researchers have found the country's iconic kiwi bird probably descended from an ancestor that flew in from Australia.

New tyrannosaur discovered in Utah

2013-11-07 14:10

A new dinosaur has been discovered in southern Utah that proves giant tyrant dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus rex were around 10 million years earlier than previously believed.

Fish fossil yields jaw-dropping data

2013-09-26 08:41

The ancestor of all creatures with jaws and a backbone was not a sleek, shark-like beast but a toothless, armoured fish according to a study that rewrites Man's evolutionary history.

Plant-eating dinos regrew teeth

2013-07-18 14:35

Plant-grazing dinosaurs that roamed the Earth 150 million years ago evolved a nifty way of fixing broken teeth: They just grew new ones.

Fossils show ape, monkey history

2013-05-16 07:29

Newly unearthed ape and monkey fossils prove that the cousin species lived side-by-side in Africa as long as 25 million years ago.

Dinosaur bones shed light on development

2013-04-11 08:29

The latest fossilised dinosaur embryos unearthed in China are providing scientists with the best glimpse yet into the development of the ancient creatures.

Ancient volcanoes caused extinctions

2013-03-22 08:26

New rock dating techniques have helped narrow the time frame of a chain of massive volcanic eruptions that wiped out half the world's species 200 million years ago.

Camels linked to freezing Arctic

2013-03-06 08:41

Ancient, mummified camel bones dug from the tundra confirm that the animals now synonymous with the arid sands of Arabia actually developed in subfreezing forests.

Sea monster offers ancient eco clues

2013-01-22 11:05

Research into the life of a prehistoric marine predator that thrived in ancient seas has shown that the planet's ecosystems right now work much as they did in the past.

SA find shows cavemen weren't thick

2012-11-08 19:00

Palaeontologists have found small blades in a South African cave proving that Man was an advanced thinker making stone tools 71 000 years ago - millennia earlier than thought.

New SA dinosaur species unveiled

2012-10-04 11:30
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A new dinosaur the size of a house cat and described as a cross between "a bird, a vampire and a porcupine" has been identified in a piece of rock from SA.

New sediba bones found

2012-07-12 18:01

Scientists will share their discoveries of more remains of an early type of human in a rock at the Cradle of Humankind online.

Unusual fossil of feathered dino found

2012-07-03 11:29

German researchers have discovered a fossil of a feathered hatchling that may be the earliest evidence of a plumed, meat-eating dinosaur that was not closely related to birds.

Dinosaur skeleton seizure authorised

2012-06-20 11:08

A US federal judge has authorised the Department of Homeland Security to seize a dinosaur from an art storage company.

New tiny-armed dinosaur discovered

2012-05-25 11:10

Scientists have discovered the near-complete remains of a new species of Jurassic-era dinosaur that stood on its rear legs and had tiny arms.

Gassy dinos may have warmed Earth

2012-05-07 22:32

Giant dinosaurs that roamed the Earth millions of years ago may have warmed the planet with the gas they produced from eating leafy plants, British scientists say.

Dinosaurs in decline before extinction event

2012-05-02 12:52

Large, plant-eating dinosaurs were already in decline by the time a space rock smashed into Earth 65 million years ago, a study has said.

 

Footprints suggest T-Rex hunted in a pack

2014-07-25 14:31

Scientists in western Canada have discovered the fossilised footprints of three tyrannosaurs that suggest these fearsome predators may have hunted in packs.

'Bizarre' sea creatures found in China

2014-07-17 13:31

Researchers have discovered the fossilised remains, showing in fine detail the brain structures, of a bizarre group of sea creatures that were the top predators half a billion years ago.

Argentina: Dino hunters embark on next phase

2014-07-07 14:55

A few months ago, Argentine scientists found the remains of a giant dinosaur. Now they look forward to digging up hundreds more fossils, but what they really want is the big one's head.

Tibetans breathe better thanks to a special gene

2014-07-03 08:35

Scientists say many Tibetans possess a rare variant of a gene involved in carrying oxygen in the blood that they likely inherited from a group of extinct humans who interbred with our species.

Prehistoric elephant skull amazingly still intact

2014-06-13 19:32

Scientists and palaeontologists in New Mexico are excavating a prehistoric elephant skull that an expert says is one of the most intact ever found.

Fossils escape auction block, donated to museum

2014-05-12 08:39

A collection of 85 million-year-old fossils has been donated to a new Kansas museum after an outcry from scientists helped scrap a San Diego museum's plans to sell them at auction.

Experts nail down mass extinction timeline

2014-02-11 07:30
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Something wiped out nearly all life on Earth more than 250 million years ago, and whatever unleashed this mass die-off acted much faster than previously thought, scientists have found.

Neanderthals cared for elders, burial site shows

2013-12-17 12:01

New findings at an old Neanderthal burial ground in France have bolstered the notion that cavemen cared for their elders, researchers have said.

Rare dinosaur skeleton sells in UK

2013-11-28 07:25

A rare full skeleton of a huge diplodocus dinosaur has sold in Britain for £400 000, an auction house said.

New 'Cradle of Humankind' excavation underway

2013-11-07 10:56

A new excavation for fossils will begin in the next few days at the Cradle of Humankind, north-west of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand says.

Venezuela palaeontologists hit fossil 'jackpot'

2013-09-05 08:32

Palaeontologists in Venezuela have found treasures rivalling the bountiful oil: A giant armadillo the size of a Volkswagen, a crocodile bigger than a bus.

Broken tooth 'proves' T-Rex was predator

2013-07-16 09:30

A broken T-Rex tooth found in another dinosaur's tail bone offers the first hard evidence that the king of all meat-eating beasts hunted live prey.

Scientists in row over 'hobbit' hominids

2013-04-17 10:15

Japanese scientists have waded into a row over so-called "hobbit" hominids whose remains have unleashed one of the fiercest disputes in anthropology.

Stone block reveals dinosaur find

2013-04-09 13:05

Palaeontologists have uncovered over 28 fossilised bones of a Europasaurus, a dinosaur that was named in honour of European unity, in a stone block.

Early birds had four wings, study finds

2013-03-15 09:30

Some primitive birds boasted four wings, before evolution led them to ditch their hind feathers in favor of webbed or scaly feet, scientists have said.

Dinosaur tragedy, mammal opportunity

2013-02-08 11:27

Studies have shed light on Earth-shaking crash that doomed dinosaurs, and led to the rise of mammals.

Evolutionary dead-end for toothed birds

2013-01-08 14:45

A newly discovered bird fossil has shed light on the dynamics of the evolutionary process.

Dinosaur 'thief' arrested in Florida

2012-10-18 14:59

A US man accused of smuggling 70 million year old dinosaur skeletons into the US, including a toothy relative of the bigger Tyrannosaurus rex, has been arrested.

Cavers find mass fossil deposit

2012-07-25 14:17

Scientists said cavers had stumbled upon a vast network of tunnels containing fossils that could offer key insights into species' adaptation to climate change.

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More fossils found at Cradle

2012-07-12 18:00

Scientists have discovered further remains of an early type of human in a rock from the Cradle of Humankind. The large rock contains significant parts of a skeleton of an early human ancestor. See the pictures.

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Dinosaurs 'may have been warm-blooded'

2012-06-28 10:07

Dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded, scientists say, in a finding that could debunk one of the most commonly-held images of the extinct giants.

Dinosaurs not as heavy as thought

2012-06-06 17:14

One of the heftiest dinosaurs that strode the Earth may have weighed as much as six buses less than thought, according to a new formula.

Dinosaur skeleton sold, despite dispute

2012-05-21 12:32

A skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus sold at auction, although the sale has been disputed by the Mongolian government, which has questioned whether it was obtained legally.

'Massive' marsupials lived in Australia

2012-05-03 12:02

Sheep-sized relatives of modern-day wombats lived in Australian treetops 15 million years ago, a palaeontologist has said.

Dinosaurs 'put eggs in wrong basket'

2012-04-18 12:24

The fact that land-bound dinosaurs laid eggs is what sealed their fate of mass extinction millions of years ago while live birthing mammals went on to thrive, scientists say.

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