Despite causing hurt and offence, the legality of removing a whale fossil from the West Coast remains unclear. So what rules and laws govern amateur fossil hunting, and should they be strengthened?
Derided as ‘toys for the rich,’ the specimens being bought and sold raise broader questions about the relationship between science and capitalism.
New research shows our oldest ancestors were able to walk as well as evolve in trees.
Cutting-edge analysis of fossil ape teeth reveals ancient seasonal change in Africa, long before human ancestors appeared. The method will be crucial for the future study of early hominins.
The newly discovered species – Qikiqtania – highlights evolution’s twisty, tangled path.
A biologist explains how researchers nail down the age of ancient fossils thanks to a physical process called radioactive decay.
A terrifying sight in ancient waters, the megalodon shark was once the most feared creature in the sea.
Australia has them, so why doesn’t New Zealand have national or regional fossil emblems? A campaign to change that kicks off today.
The sale of fossils at auction houses reflects a problematic trend of privileging profit over knowledge and education.
The discovery of a unique 510 million-year-old fossil in a Pennsylvania churchyard offers new clues into how early life evolved on Earth.
A recent BBC documentary examined fossils thought to have been made when an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.
Thanks to our new technique using fossilised tracks, we have been able to learn more about the locomotion of the largest creatures ever to have roamed this planet.
Macaque tooth wear was identical to our ancestors, throwing into question the long held belief that tool use caused the markings on hominin tooth fossils.
A recent study provides additional evidence that the dinosaurs died in June.
We studied 8,000 primate teeth and finally confirmed that humans are not the only living primate to suffer from cavities. But there are interesting differences.
If scientific research is to take decolonization seriously, names for species should reflect this approach and consider the political, social and emotional implications.
The Biden administration is restoring full protection to three national monuments that President Trump sought to cut down drastically.
Ever since moviegoers saw the first ‘Jurassic Park,’ millions have wondered if scientists could make a dinosaur in the lab.
These giant predators are helping solve the mystery of Earth’s cooling shift some 50 million years ago.
New analysis of Anglo-Saxon skulls suggests that being an Anglo-Saxon was a matter of language and culture, and not genetics.