'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

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.

Dinosaur eggs found in Chechnya

2012-04-18 07:53

Geologists in Russia's volatile Chechnya region have discovered what they believe to be fossilised dinosaur eggs laid more than 60 million years ago.

Monster snake at the Smithsonian

2012-03-30 09:29

A prehistoric monster snake the length of a school bus, which probably fed on crocodiles, has made its way to the Smithsonian Institution for an exhibit.

Ancient camel fossils found in Panama

2012-03-15 10:46

Scientists say new fossil discoveries show tiny camels with long snouts roamed Panama's tropical rainforests about 20 million years ago.

Human origins traced to worm fossil

2012-03-06 07:10

Palaeontologists have traced the origins of humans and other vertebrates to a worm that swam in the oceans half a billion years ago.

Cat-sized horses normal in a hot past

2012-02-24 11:28

More than 50 million years ago, the Earth was a hotter place than it is today and horses the size of pet cats roamed the forests of North America, US scientists have said.

Namibia fossils are first animals - study

2012-02-06 14:16

Scientists digging in a Namibian national park have uncovered sponge-like fossils they say are the first animals.


Experts nail down mass extinction timeline

2014-02-11 07:30

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.


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.

New T rex evidence surprises

2012-04-05 08:24

The discovery of large, downy dinosaur in China suggests Tyrannosaurus rex may have had fuzzy coat.

Foot find shows pre-humans walked

2012-03-29 08:12

A fossil discovery reveals there were creatures around three million years ago and it gives new insight into the evolution of a key human trait - walking on two legs.

Some mammals competed with dinosaurs

2012-03-15 09:37

Conventional wisdom holds that during the Mesozoic Era, mammals were small creatures that held on at life's edges, but now scientists say at least one mammal group flourished.

Fossils show giant penguin

2012-02-28 11:27

Fossilised remains of one of the largest penguins ever have been found in New Zealand, scientists have announced.

Scientists recreate ancient cricket song

2012-02-07 16:44

Scientists who have reconstructed the call of a Jurassic-era cricket said the creature's love song was simple and capable of travelling long distances in the night.

Oldest croc had armour-plated head

2012-02-01 08:03

The oldest known species of crocodile had an armour-plated head and a body half the length of a subway car, researchers have found.

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