Fire can kill animals and destroy their habitats, leading to extinction.
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The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs sparked global firestorms. On land, only creatures that could evade fire survived
This T. rex is very big, but was it a grown-up?
Sometimes the only way to tell the difference between a baby dinosaur and a grown-up one is to find fossils of them both together.
A fossilized bee in amber.
How do we know that bees were around when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth? The main evidence comes from fossils – the mineralized remains of long-dead organisms.
Scientists have worked out a new way to scan beneath the ground for footprints – and it's revealing traces of an ancient world.
Every cloud has a silver lining – even the debris cloud from an asteroid impact
Scientists are left with two conclusions. Either Nessie is an eel, or she never existed at all.
Landscape in the Var area of France with fossilised Permian pelites (Permian Middle, 270 Ma) and “muddle cracks”.
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.
The “Grey Skull” specimen turned out to belong to an entirely new dinosaur species and genus.
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.
Therizinosaurs and their fossilised eggs.
Mark Witton/Kohei Tanaka
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.
Was velociraptor a feathered friend? Here’s one artist’s impression.
When the first Jurassic Park film came out, we didn’t know which dinosaurs had feathers. But a few years later, a very important discovery was made that changed our thinking on how dinosaurs looked.
Around 66 million years ago, a huge rock from outer space (called an asteroid) smashed into the Earth.
Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for about 180 million years. But around 66 million years ago, a huge rock from outer space (called an asteroid) smashed into the Earth. Then things got worse for dinosaurs.
Growing evidence suggests that the extinction of the dinosaurs involved profound, complex and interconnected changes to the global systems that support life. Much like we are facing today.
A psychologist explains why we should accept that we will never live in the Anthropocene.
An artist’s impression of an asteroid about to hit Earth: it’s what happens next that could have helped wipe out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
More evidence that the asteroid hit on Earth that marked the end of the dinosaurs could have triggered a deadly increase in volcanic activity.
The dinosaur Ledumahadi mafube - reconstructed in this illustration - made headlines in 2018.
Five major finds this year adds to our understanding of evolution and ancient life history.
Zhao Chuang and PNSO
A new type of Archaeopteryx fossil helps build the case for this creature being called 'the first bird'.
The fossilised skull of a young Australopithecus africanus, known as the Taung Child, is among South Africa’s most famous fossils.
Image courtesy of PAST
Palaeontological finds offer a compelling and profound way to think about our place in nature.
Landscape of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, one of the most abundant fossil fields in the world.
P. David Polly, 2018
Twenty-two years ago, President Clinton established Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for paleontological conservation. As the Trump administration shrinks its borders, that mission is jeopardized.
Only you can prevent hothouse earths.
What can we expect from our future climate after looking at the 'Hothouse Earths' of the past?