Ancient DNA preserved in the tooth tartar of human fossils encodes microbial metabolites that could be the next antibiotic.
Ancient microbes likely produced natural products their descendants today do not. Tapping into this lost chemical diversity could offer a potential source of new drugs.
The sun’s rays often feel good on your skin, but can cause serious damage.
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Our ancient ancestors didn’t have clothes or houses – but that constant exposure to the sun helped their skin protect itself from the worst sun damage.
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.
Shuvuuia deserti depict a small predatory creature with exceptional night vision and hearing.
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By looking at the eye bones and ear canals of extinct dinosaurs, researchers show that a small ancient predator likely hunted at night and had senses as good as a modern barn owl.
Kulindadromeus: more evidence is emerging of feathered dinosaurs.
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Scientists claimed they knew what this bizarre creature was – our evidence suggests the question is still open.
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Exceptionally well preserved 500m year old fossils show Cambrian seas were more diverse than scientists had thought.
Scientists asked young people to draw what they would like the natural world to look like when they’re older. Their imagination could help make conservationists more ambitious.
Dinosaurs had some bad luck, but sooner or later extinction comes for all of us.
Death is inevitable for individuals and also for species. With help from the fossil record, paleontologists are piecing together what might make one creature more vulnerable than another.
Only you can prevent hothouse earths.
What can we expect from our future climate after looking at the ‘Hothouse Earths’ of the past?
We’re gonna need an even bigger boat.
Megalodons are the latest Hollywood monster to leap out of the fossil record, but what else is lurking in prehistoric seas?
Strange frond-like sea creatures are among the planet’s earliest animals, but new research dates them and the entire animal kingdom to much earlier than first thought.
A drying climate caused a mass extinction among plants, but paved the way for the ancestors of modern reptiles, mammals, and birds.
Are we in the middle of a mass extinction caused by Homo sapiens? Past events can help us to understand the current crisis.
Researchers are looking at whether devastating asteroid strikes are predictable or random.
Here’s the fossil… what can you tell about how this animal lived?
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With no identifiable body parts, it’s hard to know how these fossilized creatures lived. A new approach models how the ocean’s water would interact with their unique shapes – hinting at their lifestyle.