The hominin known as Lucy may not be the direct ancestor of humans.
These trackways preserve an incredibly brief moment in time. More importantly, they tell us about ancient climates, and how turtle breeding ranges have changed over the millenia
The geological and biological archives of the Earth shed light on both the distant past of our planet and allow us to imagine its future.
Fossil flies from what is now Denmark reveal some striking similarities between insect eyes 54 million years ago, and our own vision today.
Remains of a 365m-year-old forest of extinct lycopsid trees has been found in China.
The more we know about the animals that lived during this time, the more we can start to comprehend how species react and recover after an extinction event.
New research suggests some dinosaurs buried and protected eggs in groups.
Fossils contain a thriving world of bacteria, proteins and perhaps even organic matter from dinosaurs.
Remains found in the Joggins Cliffs at the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia reveal further clues about ancient ecosystems.
A new study shows the enigmatic hominin species Australopithecus africanus may have breastfed young for around 5-6 years – a very costly practice for the mother.
While the science is crucial, it is also important to know what sense the people who live in and around Laetoli make of these ancient footprints.
An Australian company's plan to mine a fossil-rich site in New Zealand to produce pig food has been described as unjustifiable vandalism. A campaign is under way to protect the site in perpetuity.
There is evidence to show this monster of the ancient sea was a cannibal, feeding on its own kind.
The discovery of a fungus fossil is pushing back the origin of these ancient organisms and rewriting what we know about evolution and the tree of life.
Our flippered friends evolved from small, hooved deer-like creatures more than 50m years ago.
The discovery of a fossilised large predator is a rare event that offers insight into these beasts from the past.
A series of new studies sheds light on the population crash and extinction of the giant birds, lemurs and more that roamed the island until around A.D. 700-1000.
Exceptionally well preserved 500m year old fossils show Cambrian seas were more diverse than scientists had thought.
Using the family relationships between single-celled protists alive today, researchers hypothesized what their evolutionary ancestors looked like – and then looked in the fossil record for matches.
It's often said you need to look to the past to learn about the future, and that's what the fossil record can tell about how the Tasmanian Devil survived in the past on mainland Australia.