Fossils

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Skull of Earliest Baboon Discovered
Baboon skulls
August 21st, 2015
A 2-million-year-old skull unearthed in South Africa belongs to the earliest baboon ever found, a new study finds.
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Primeval Procreation: Strawberrylike Animal Shows Oldest Reproduction
Fractofusus illustration
August 3rd, 2015
A soft-bodied, fernlike creature reproduced in Earth's ancient oceans about 565 million years ago, making it the earliest known example of procreation in a complex organism, a new study finds.
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Photos: Weird 4-Legged Snake Was Transitional Creature
four legged snakes, Tetrapodophis
July 23rd, 2015
Snakes used to have four legs, according to a roughly 120-million-year-old fossil from northeastern Brazil.
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Ancient Footprints May Show Dinosaur Duo Strolling Along the Beach
dinosaur footprint
August 13th, 2015
About 142 million years ago, two carnivorous dinosaurs wandered along a beach and left their large footprints behind in the sand, a new study finds.
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One Tough Bite: T. Rex's Teeth Had Secret Weapon
illustration showing Gorgosaurus eats Corythosaurus dinosaur
July 28th, 2015
Secret structures hidden within the serrated teeth of Tyrannosaurus rex and other theropods helped the fearsome dinosaurs tear apart their prey without chipping their pearly whites, a new study finds.
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An Asteroid Didn't Wipe Out Ichthyosaurs — So What Did?
Ichthyosaur fossils
July 23rd, 2015
During the dinosaur age, ichthyosaurs — large marine reptiles that look like dolphins — flourished in prehistoric oceans. But as competition in these areas grew, ichthyosaurs lost both territory and species before gradually going extinct, a study finds.
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Oldest Animal Sperm Lasted 50 Million Years in Antarctica
Leech sperm
July 14th, 2015
It's time to call Guinness World Records: Researchers on an Antarctic expedition have uncovered sperm cells dating to a whopping 50 million years ago, making these the oldest known animal sperm cells, a new study finds.
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No Tusks: Ancient Walrus Cousin Looked More Like a Sea Lion
Walrus illustration
August 5th, 2015
About 10 million years ago, a distant cousin of the modern walrus snapped at fish as it swam near the shore of what is now modern Japan, a new study finds.
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Unexpected Step: Snake Ancestor Had Four Feet
entire skeleton of Tetrapodophis
July 23rd, 2015
The oldest snake fossil on record looks almost like a modern snake, except for one glaring difference: It has four feet, each with five digits, a new study finds.
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Velociraptor's Cousin Flaunted Fabulous Feathers, Tiny Arms
Feathered dino
July 16th, 2015
A flamboyant cousin of the fearsome Velociraptor, covered in layers of showy feathers from head to tail, once stalked meaty prey in the forests of what is now northeastern China.
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