Diprotodon, the largest ever marsupial, probably died out at human hands.
Peter Murray (courtesy of Chris Johnson)
What killed off Australia's giant wombats and other megafauna? New dating once again points the finger at human hunters, rather than abrupt changes to the climate.
Researchers have found the first evidence that dinosaurs grew unusual features like crests and horns as a way of attracting a mate.
Doomed dinos, but these Psittacosaurs weren’t killed by volcanic ash.
Was there a 'dinosaur Pompeii' in China? New research questions the claim.
Xing Lida and Yujiang Han
Researchers believe newly uncovered fossils suggest some dinosaurs had similar courtship practices to modern birds. But can ancient footprints really reveal so much?
Doyle Trankina and Gerald Grellet-Tinner
Scientists have come up with a way to tell how hot dinosaurs were by studying the remains of their eggs.
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Scientists have shown how tiny organic tissue remnants in fossils correspond to the pigments in the animals' original skin and hair.
A new fossil has reminded us that the real velociraptors were a world away from the huge scaly lizards seen in Juarssic World.
Scary-looking creature but at least it doesn’t bite.
Credit: Jie Yang
Ancient creepy-crawly "monster" had claws but no teeth.
A microscopic set of teeth helped scientists realise they had been looking at fossils of Hallucigenia back to front.
One of Kitching’s original find of eggs, after being prepared by Diane Scott.
The secrets of the embryonic dinosaurs whose parents roamed South Africa 200 million years ago are finally in the process of being hatched.
Jumping the shark.
There's a lot more to palaeontology than just dinosaurs, as these incredible lifeforms demonstrate.
Lunchtime at the super-croc enclosure.
Palaeontologists have been lining up to complain about the inaccuracies in the new blockbuster. They need to focus on the positives.
Spectacular landscape of the Nuweveld escarpment showing exposures of the Beaufort Group.
The Karoo provides not only a historical record of biological change over a period of Earth’s history but also a means to test theories of evolutionary processes over long periods of time.
Roaming among the dinosaurs in Jurassic World.
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Science-fiction, to some extent, can indeed create science.
The evolutionary tree may not be this simple.
The challenge we face after a century of extraordinary discoveries is pinning down the lineage and mapping the evolutionary route through which we as human beings got here.
Calm down, I’m a vegetarian.
A dinosaur that looks like a bizarre mix of dinosaurs that it is not related to has been discovered in Southern Chile.
What’s in a name anyway?
Since 1903, pop culture has been struggling to catch up with the fact that there was no such creature as a Brontosaurus. But now it turns out that there was, so thank goodness for that.
Harking back to the diet of the caveman.
We still hear and read a lot about how a diet based on what our Stone Age ancestors ate may be a cure-all for modern ills. But can we really run the clock backwards and find the optimal way to eat? It’s…
Naia, which means water nymph in Greek, in her watery grave.
Daniel Riordan Araujo
The discovery of a nearly complete fossil skeleton of a teenage girl in the Hoyo Negro submerged cave system in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula provides new insight into the first people to inhabit the Americas…
The Lark Quarry dinosaur trackway is the world’s only fossilised dinosaur stampede. But the fossils could fetch a lot of money if sold, so how do we keep them safe?
Collecting fossils helps raise interest in palaeontology and the natural history of Australia, and many important fossil discoveries have been made by members of the public collecting unusual specimens…