Did feathers evolve in the common ancestor of pterosaurs and dinosaurs? Not everyone is convinced
Tooth fossils from NSW have confirmed sauropods weren't exclusive to Queensland. They're also providing a first look at how these colossal dinosaurs fed from Australia's land.
Cimoliopterus pterosaurs, with 5m wing spans.
Mark Witton/University of Reading
Fossils reveal that dinosaurs' flying cousins become twice as efficient at flying over 150 million years.
Fossil remains indicate these birds had a wingspan of over 20 feet.
Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous 'toothed' bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.
Hybrid parrots in Costa Rica.
Today's birds evolved from feathered dinosaurs.
D. Bonadonna/ MUSE, Trento
Our new research has discovered how a series of volcanic eruptions 233 million years ago fundamentally changed life on Earth.
Some species can do well in the face of extreme hardship.
When the dinosaurs went extinct, some species took over the world. Adaptability, not survivability, explains why.
We found footprints that measure around 24 centimetres long. We suspect they came from animals with legs the same height as humans.
Ferrodraco lentoni, Australia’s newest prehistoric species.
Travis R. Tischler
A 'game-changing' fossil pterosaur suggests these species could easily fly between continents, helping to explain why similar specimens have been found all over the world.
Around 66 million years ago, a huge rock from outer space (called an asteroid) smashed into the Earth.
Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for about 180 million years. But around 66 million years ago, a huge rock from outer space (called an asteroid) smashed into the Earth. Then things got worse for dinosaurs.
Zhao Chuang and PNSO
A new type of Archaeopteryx fossil helps build the case for this creature being called 'the first bird'.
Alexander Kellner (Museu Nacional/UFRJ)
Researchers use CT scanners to take first look inside pterosaur eggs.
Mark Witton/Natural History Museum
Researchers pieced together evidence from fossils that had been sitting in museums for years.
Dinghua Yang & Jun Liu
A 245m year old fossil is the first evidence that of live births in one of the major groups of animals.
An exciting discovery suggests small pterosaurs weren't forced out by the rise of birds.
Arambourgiania pterosaurs sharing a small theropod for dinner.
Recent research is helping us to solve the mysteries of these bizarre prehistoric creatures.
Artist’s impression of the new dinosaur
Dinostar Co. Ltd
The discovery of a new winged dinosaur from more than 160 million years ago shows how they experimented with different forms of flight.
Chinese researchers have announced the rare discovery of fossilised pterosaur eggs. Xiaolin Wang from the Chinese Academy…
A review of toothed pterosaurs from the Cretaceous period in England has revealed much greater diversity than previously…
Reconstruction of Aurornis xui, a new basal avialan theropod from the Middle/Late Jurassic of China.
A new feathered fossil, Aurornis – introduced in today’s Nature – has the potential to resolve a debate about bird evolution that’s had evolutionary biologists in a bit of a flap in recent years. The origin…