Having special foot adaptations helped these sizeable animals wander long distances, which meant a better chance to find plentiful food and water.
In the dinosaur era, flying reptiles soared in the skies of what is now Australia – but we have barely any fossil records of them.
Birds and dinosaurs lived together for millions of years, but only toothless birds survived the asteroid impact that upended life on Earth.
The feet of a bird tell us a lot about its life. Newly described, the fossil feet of the ancestors of modern birds reveal how superbly adapted they were to their world.
A recent study offers evidence that marine biology’s biggest stage is broken, and suggests ways to fix it.
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.
Jean-Renaud Boisserie, Université de Poitiers; Andossa Likius, Université de N'Djamena (Tchad); Clarisse Nekoulnang Djetounako, Université de N'Djamena (Tchad); Franck Guy, Université de Poitiers; Guillaume Daver, Université de Poitiers; Laurent Pallas, Kyoto University; Mackaye Hassane Taisso, Université de N'Djamena (Tchad), and Patrick Vignaud, Université de Poitiers
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.