How the fossilised creature may have looked in its heyday.
As a new David Attenborough documentary examines a remarkable fossil, a leading expert gives his verdict.
Reconstruction of an adult basal cynodont with its young.
Image by James Stemler
Two fossils found in South Africa provide direct evidence of parental care in extinct pre-mammalian ancestors.
The skeleton of a therapsid dicynodont
Climate was the main factor that triggered the evolution of warm-bloodedness in mammals and the subsequent mammalian evolutionary success.
Dinghua Yang & Jun Liu
A 245m year old fossil is the first evidence that of live births in one of the major groups of animals.
A Permo-Triassic boundary site near Bethulie in South Africa’s Free State province.
How did survivors of the Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction adapt to their new, harsh environment? And why is that knowledge so important for modern species?
The cycles of nutrients into the oceans following the building of mountains may have been a prime driver of evolutionary change.
John Long, Flinders University
The rise and fall of the essential elements for life could have influenced the way life evolved over many millions of years.
Bye bye humanity…. now what?
With most species out of the way, remaining plants and animals rush to evolve into the ecological gaps.
Mass extinction, good news for this guy.
The end-Triassic mass extinction may be better known for preceding the rise of the dinosaurs, but it had a profound effect on oceans too.
Newly-discovered fossilised pollen grains found in Swizerland have set the evolution of flowers to 100 million years earlier…