Fossils

Find out everything there is to know about fossils and stay updated on the latest fossil news with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and fossil pictures at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these fascinating findings as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about fossils.
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Fool's Gold Preserves Some of Earth's Oldest Fossils
Tubelike Fossils
December 18th, 2014
Fool's gold helps preserve the bodies of some of the world's oldest animals. Sulfur-eating bacteria in the ocean helped the process of fossilization along.
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Oldest Horned Dinosaur in North America Was the Size of a Crow
Aquilops horned dinosaur illustration
December 10th, 2014
A skull of a small, crow-size dinosaur found in Montana, the oldest horned dinosaur ever found in North America, suggests that these dinos migrated from Asia to North America between 113 million and 105 million years ago.
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Secrets of Dinosaur Footprints Revealed in Bird X-Rays
An image of a guineafowl walking.
December 8th, 2014
X-ray video and high-tech computer simulations of a modern bird making tracks reveal the secrets of dinosaur footprint formation.
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Photos: Oldest Known Horned Dinosaur in North America
Aquilops horned dinosaur head
December 10th, 2014
A fossilized skull unearthed in Montana is the oldest horned dinosaur on record in North America, a new study finds.
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From Drawing to Morphology: Sandy Kawano
Sandy Kawano creates 3-D fossil models
November 6th, 2014
A childhood love of drawing leads Sandy Kawano into a branch of biology studying in animal body shapes
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Photos: Ice Age Mammoth Unearthed in Idaho
A student brushes the mammoth fossil.
October 28th, 2014
Mammoth bones more than 70,000 years old emerged from the eroded river banks of a reservoir in Idaho this month. Paleontologists and students raced to rescue part of the beast's skull and a tusk, but they suspect more lies below the surface.
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Why Birds Don't Have Teeth
bald eagle beak
December 12th, 2014
Birds — like anteaters, baleen whales and turtles — don't have teeth. But this wasn't always the case. The common ancestor of all living birds sported a set of pearly whites 116 million years ago, a new study finds.
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Weird Fossil Reveals Ancient Balloon Animal
Ancient Balloon-Shaped Animal
December 9th, 2014
A bizarre fossil found in China looks like a bird's nest but is actually the remains of an animal shaped like a spiny balloon. The creature appears to have no living evolutionary descendants.
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Mysterious 'Chewing Machine' Mammal Lived Among Dinosaurs
Gondwana mammal drawing
November 5th, 2014
Dinosaurs that lumbered around the ancient supercontinent Gondwana had a warm-blooded neighbor — a "chewing machine" with big eyes, excellent hearing and an acute sense of smell, according to a new study.
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