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.
When the dinosaurs went extinct, some species took over the world. Adaptability, not survivability, explains why.
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.
This ancient cat-sized animal lived millions of years ago and had features not found in any of today's mammals.
The fossil includes the tiny creature's original bone and flesh.
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.
Scientists claim to have found DNA in fossilised dinosaur cartilage.
A mass extinction 66 million years ago killed the non-bird dinosaurs, but plants survived.
Teeth can reveal a lot about diversity when they are reasonably well-preserved.
Dinosaurs are malleable beasts: so much so that their constant reshaping has often been driven by cultural and political trends.
These trackways offer rare insights about ancient life in a stressful, hostile environment during the Early Jurassic.
The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs sparked global firestorms. On land, only creatures that could evade fire survived
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.
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.