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Our new research has discovered how a series of volcanic eruptions 233 million years ago fundamentally changed life on Earth.
You can gauge a dinosaur's body mass either by reconstructing it as accurately as possible, or by scaling its leg bones against those of today's animals. Research shows both methods work well together.
The finicky fruit took some time to adapt to California’s climate.
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If it weren't for historical and biological happenstance, few would be eating avocados today.
Human genes are one of the main reasons we can't grow wings. And even if humans did have wings, they wouldn't necessarily allow us to fly.
Some species can do well in the face of extreme hardship.
When the dinosaurs went extinct, some species took over the world. Adaptability, not survivability, explains why.
Schleitheimia (left) and Plateosaurus (above right).
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How we identified a new ancestor of the likes of _Diplodocus_ from old bones.
Photos from Queensland coal mines helped researchers discover a missing top predator in the ancient Australian food chain.
The trajectory of the Chicxulub asteroid led to the most efficient release of gas and projectile rocks – which was disastrous for life on Earth.
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This ancient cat-sized animal lived millions of years ago and had features not found in any of today's mammals.
The fossil in amber.
The fossil includes the tiny creature's original bone and flesh.
Amber holds the secret to the tiny world of the age of dinosaurs.
The skull of Oculudentavis, found encased in amber, provides new clues into the transition from dinosaurs to birds and may be smallest of either ever found.
Hypacrosaurus skeleton at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Alberta.
Scientists claim to have found DNA in fossilised dinosaur cartilage.
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A mass extinction 66 million years ago killed the non-bird dinosaurs, but plants survived.
Examining the fossilised teeth of dinosaur species like Spinosaurus Aegyptiacus can reveal clues about their diets and place on the food chain.
Teeth can reveal a lot about diversity when they are reasonably well-preserved.
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Dinosaurs are malleable beasts: so much so that their constant reshaping has often been driven by cultural and political trends.
Reconstruction of the ancient environment at the Highlands trace fossil site about 183 million years ago.
Artwork by Akhil Rampersadh. Heterodontosaurid silhouette is courtesy of Viktor Radermacher.
These trackways offer rare insights about ancient life in a stressful, hostile environment during the Early Jurassic.
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.