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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Earth's Worst Mass Extinction Preserved Ancient Footprints
February 25th, 2015
Giant reptiles wading into Triassic ocean waves left their tracks on the muddy floor. Scientists have now found a spike in these swim track fossils in the early Triassic — a surprising result they attribute to the previous mass extinction.
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Ancient Croc with 'Shovel Mouth' Likely Enjoyed Clam Dinners
crocodile with shovel mouth
February 24th, 2015
A peg-toothed crocodile relative with a mouth like a shovel lived in the prehistoric swamps of Peru about 13 million years ago, a new study finds.
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Dinos Got High, Oldest Grass Fungus Fossil Hints
brachiosaurus
February 10th, 2015
Millions of years before LSD and rock and roll, dinosaurs munched on psychedelic fungus, a new study suggests.
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Triassic Tracks: Gallery of Ancient Reptiles' Footprints
February 25th, 2015
Giant reptiles wading into Triassic ocean waves left their tracks on the muddy floor. Scientists have now found a spike in these swim track fossils in the early Triassic — a surprising result they attribute to the previous mass extinction.
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Climate of Opportunity: New School Divests From Fossil Fuels (Op-Ed)
monetary policy, savings, debt
February 12th, 2015
More schools are divesting from fossil fuels, a trend that appears to be accelerating.
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Ancient Knife-Toothed Reptile Is Crocodile Cousin
prehistoric reptile fossil
January 21st, 2015
The fossil of a prehistoric 9-foot-long (2.7 meters) carnivorous reptile that had sharp, serrated teeth is helping researchers fill out the early branches of the reptile family tree, according to a new study.
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Birth of Jaws: Tiny Fish May Be Ancient Ancestor
fish fossil comparison
January 12th, 2015
The remains of a 415-million-year-old fish skull from Siberia — though miniscule in size — offer hints about the origins of all jawed vertebrates, ranging from reptiles to humans, a new study finds.
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Photos: Ancient Crocodile Relatives Roamed the Amazon
Crocodile illustration
February 24th, 2015
The fossilized remains of seven species of crocodile relatives were found along the banks of the Amazon River in Peru.
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2 Jurassic Mini Mammal Species Discovered in China
An artist's rendition of Agilodocodon scansorius.
February 12th, 2015
Two new species of early mammals were discovered in China: a horny-clawed tree-dweller and a tunnel digger with shovel-like paws.
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Aww! Primordial Reptile Fossils Show Mother Caring for Babies
reptile parental care
January 17th, 2015
The fossilized remains of a small aquatic reptile surrounded by six babies suggest that the extinct animal was caring for the little ones when they died, a new study finds.
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