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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Surprising Survivor: Little Ancient Reptile Outlived Dinosaurs
the Punta Peligro fossil locality, Chubut Province, Patagonia.
August 20th, 2014
A new fossil find reveals that a family of lizardlike reptiles survived the Cretaceous extinction that killed the dinosaurs and lived for millions more years in South America.
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Stolen 'Nest of Dinosaurs' Returned to Mongolia
A photo showing a sample of the dinosaur bones being returned to Mongolia.
July 14th, 2014
More than 18 dinosaur skeletons illegally taken from Mongolia were formally returned to their homeland during a ceremony in New York last week, U.S. authorities announced.
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Million-Year-Old Fossils Show Hippos Going for a Swim
June 13th, 2014
More than a million years ago, hippopotamuses paddled across a shallow pool in the region that's now northern Kenya, occasionally scraping their feet on the sandy bottom. Today, researchers have fossil evidence of the hippos' fleeting swim.
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Gone! Why Ancient Fractal Creatures Vanished
rangeomorph reconstruction
August 11th, 2014
Primitive creatures known as rangeomorphs vanished from the seas because they couldn't harvest nutrients from the water column and because they became prey to fast-moving Cambrian creatures, a 3D reconstruction suggests.
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Oldest Animal-Built Reef Discovered in Namibia
namibian site of ancient reef
June 26th, 2014
Scientists have unearthed evidence for the oldest animal-built reef in the world, which was built by an ancient filter feeder called Cloudina some 550 million years ago.
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Human Faces May Have Evolved to Take a Punch
Minimizing harm from punches may have directed the evolution of the human face.
June 10th, 2014
A new hypothesis suggests that the bones of male human faces evolved to minimize injury caused by punches.
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Earth's Oldest Life? Probably Not, New Study Says
lava pillows
May 27th, 2014
Tiny tunnels found in pillowy lava rock in South Africa were formed by normal rock-formation processes, not by ancient microbes at the dawn of life, new evidence suggests.
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520-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster with Preserved Brain Unearthed
fossil of lyrarpax unguispinus
July 16th, 2014
A fossil of a primitive Cambrian sea creature with two grasping claws has been unearthed in China.
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