New laboratory experiments add analytical rigour to the search for ancient biomolecules
Ancient rocks from Western Australia may not contain the world’s oldest fossils – but they do preserve organic compounds that may have formed the raw materials for the first living cells.
A closer look at these fossil bones revealed more than the suggestion of a previously undescribed species - it pointed to the individual animal having suffered with osteoarthritis.
The fossil is the oldest known vampyropod to date.
Scientists have long believed that sharks were the first vertebrates to evolve teeth. Our new study reveals a more complex history.
A transcript of episode 11 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, including an interview on Israel’s foreign policy options following its recent election.
The study reveals changes in the functions of melanin over 500 million years.
Researchers realised a dull-looking 13,000-year-old weevil was actually covered in brilliant green, blue and yellow nanoscopic crystals.
New research suggests African monkeys crossed the ocean to South America earlier than previously thought.
Scientists have worked out a new way to scan beneath the ground for footprints – and it’s revealing traces of an ancient world.
Scientists claimed they knew what this bizarre creature was – our evidence suggests the question is still open.
Remains of a 365m-year-old forest of extinct lycopsid trees has been found in China.