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The extinct Australian giant flightless bird, Genyornis newtoni. Used with permission; all other rights reserved. Jacob C. Blokland

New fossils show what Australia’s giant prehistoric ‘thunder birds’ looked like – and offer clues about how they died out

A recent find of an ancient giant bird’s skull has revealed much about its life among the vanished lakes and wetlands of inland South Australia.
Future geologists may wonder how this cow (native to Eurasia) found itself in a California wildfire. BettyBop / Shutterstock

The fossils being formed today will show how humankind disrupted life on Earth

Such massive disruptions have in the past been caused by volcanoes or meteorites. Only humans have done this with full awareness of their actions.
People have collected fossil horses throughout North America for centuries. Florida Museum/Mary Warrick

Horses lived in the Americas for millions of years – new research helps paleontologists understand the fossils we’ve found and those that are missing from the record

Horse fossils are abundant and widespread across North America. Scientists often use their long history to illustrate how species evolve in response to a changing environment.

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