Microbial mats in Shark Bay, Western Australia, similar to those that lived around 200 million years ago.
Yalimay Jimenez Duarte WA-OIGC, Curtin University
The end-Triassic mass extinction was a cataclysm for the world's prehistoric species, killed off by volcanoes that altered Earth's seas and skies. But new research shows it didn't happen when we thought.
Did feathers evolve in the common ancestor of pterosaurs and dinosaurs? Not everyone is convinced
Ray Harryhausen with a skeleton model from Jason and the Argonauts.
National Galleries of Scotland.
From mythical beasts to extinct creatures, the pioneering special effects work of Ray Harryhausen inspired a generation of zoologists, palaeontologists and ecologists.
Tooth fossils from NSW have confirmed sauropods weren't exclusive to Queensland. They're also providing a first look at how these colossal dinosaurs fed from Australia's land.
Cimoliopterus pterosaurs, with 5m wing spans.
Mark Witton/University of Reading
Fossils reveal that dinosaurs' flying cousins become twice as efficient at flying over 150 million years.
Fossil remains indicate these birds had a wingspan of over 20 feet.
Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous 'toothed' bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.
Hybrid parrots in Costa Rica.
Today's birds evolved from feathered dinosaurs.
D. Bonadonna/ MUSE, Trento
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).
University of Utrecht
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.