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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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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'Jurassic World' Guesses On Dinosaur Sounds, Experts Say
Jurassic World Movie stadium with dinosaur
December 29th, 2014
The new "Jurassic World" movie trailer features growling, grunting and shrieking dinosaurs. These bellows may make for good entertainment at theaters, but do paleontologists actually know how dinosaurs sounded?
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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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In Photos: Ancient Fish Skull From Siberia
Fish fossil skull size
January 12th, 2015
When researchers first looked at a tiny fish skull from 415 million years ago, they classified it as a bony fish. But a new, high-tech look at the fossil shows that it's much more.
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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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Smithsonian App Brings Fossils to Life
Skin and Bones Smithsonian App
January 14th, 2015
A new mobile app is bringing skeletons to life at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
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