A Billion-year Soul-burning puzzle: Who Made Cheilanthanes? (Paleontology)

PhD student Tharika Liyanage is on a quest to solve a molecule mystery that dates back billions of years, writes Lauren Pay. Everyone has a different soul-burning question. It might be ‘what is the meaning of life?’ or ‘will I ever find love?’ Such questions sit heavy on the heart, and could, in some cases, remain … Continue reading A Billion-year Soul-burning puzzle: Who Made Cheilanthanes? (Paleontology)

HKU Team Paves the Way for Learning what Ancient Birds Ate (Paleontology)

The diet of animals is an important part of understanding how they behave and what roles they play in the world. This is more difficult to know in fossil animals because they rarely preserve all of the information we would need. Reconstructing the diet of fossil birds has been especially hard as they have small, … Continue reading HKU Team Paves the Way for Learning what Ancient Birds Ate (Paleontology)

Researchers Uncovered Australia’s Largest and Fearsome Flying Reptile (Paleontology)

Australia’s largest flying reptile has been uncovered, a pterosaur with an estimated seven-metre wingspan that soared like a dragon above the ancient, vast inland sea once covering much of outback Queensland. University of Queensland PhD candidate Tim Richards, from the Dinosaur Lab in UQ’s School of Biological Sciences, led a research team that analysed a fossil of the creature’s … Continue reading Researchers Uncovered Australia’s Largest and Fearsome Flying Reptile (Paleontology)

Modern Crocodile’s ‘Grandfather,’ 150 Million Years Old, Discovered in Chile Fossil (Paleontology)

Paleontologists have identified a new genus and species of small-sized mesoeucrocodylian from the fossilized remains found in the Patagonian mountains of southern Chile. A 150-million-year-old fossilized skeleton discovered in the mountains of southern Chile was determined to be the ancestor of the modern crocodile, the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences announced on Friday. The species, … Continue reading Modern Crocodile’s ‘Grandfather,’ 150 Million Years Old, Discovered in Chile Fossil (Paleontology)

137 Human Genomes From the Middle East Fill Gaps in Human History (Paleontology)

Whole-genome sequencing efforts around the world have offered important insights into human diversity, historical migrations, and the relationships between people of different regions—but scientists still don’t have a complete picture because some regions and people remain understudied. A new study reported in the journal Cell on August 4 helps to fill one of these big gaps by … Continue reading 137 Human Genomes From the Middle East Fill Gaps in Human History (Paleontology)

A Shocking Discovery in Excavations in Israel: A New Type of Ancient Man Unfamiliar With Science Has Been Discovered (Paleontology)

The bones of an ancient man who lived in our area until about 130,000 years ago were discovered in excavations at the prehistoric site “Nesher Ramla” Researchers from Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University have identified a new type of ancient man at the Nesher Ramla site, who lived in Israel until 130,000 years … Continue reading A Shocking Discovery in Excavations in Israel: A New Type of Ancient Man Unfamiliar With Science Has Been Discovered (Paleontology)

Skull of 340 Million Year Old Animal Digitally Recreated Revealing Secrets of Ancient Amphibian (Paleontology)

Researchers from the University of Bristol and University College London have used cutting-edge techniques to digitally reconstruct the skull of one of the earliest limbed animals. Tetrapods include mammals, reptiles and amphibians – everything from salamanders to humans. Their origin represents a crucial time in animal evolution, from the development of limbs with digits and … Continue reading Skull of 340 Million Year Old Animal Digitally Recreated Revealing Secrets of Ancient Amphibian (Paleontology)

Bird Brains Left Other Dinosaurs Behind (Paleontology)

Today, being “birdbrained” means forgetting where you left your keys or wallet. But 66 million years ago, it may have meant the difference between life and death – and may help explain why birds are the only dinosaurs left on Earth. Research on a newly discovered bird fossil led by The University of Texas at … Continue reading Bird Brains Left Other Dinosaurs Behind (Paleontology)

Prehistoric Hunting Dogs May Have Lived Alongside Early Humans in Europe (Paleontology)

Remains of a prehistoric hunting dog recently discovered in Dmanisi, Georgia may be the earliest evidence that hunting dogs moved to Europe. The findings, which suggest that hunting dogs may have lived alongside early humans found in the same location, are published in Scientific Reports. An international research team coordinated by the professor of the University of … Continue reading Prehistoric Hunting Dogs May Have Lived Alongside Early Humans in Europe (Paleontology)