'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.

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.


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.

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.

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