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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Prehistoric 'Sea Monster' Had More Legs Than Thought
anomalocaridid illustration
March 11th, 2015
A 480-million-year-old fossil is giving paleontologists new insights into a sea monsterlike creature called an anomalocaridid, which is an ancestor of modern-day arthropods such as lobsters and scorpions, 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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9-Foot 'Butcher Crocodile' Likely Ruled Before Dinosaurs
A life reconstruction of the giant crocodile ancestor (<em>Carnufex carolinensis</em>) that lived some 231 million years ago in what is now North Carolina.
March 19th, 2015
A giant crocodile ancestor with bladelike teeth once stalked the warm and wet environs of what is now North Carolina some 230 million years ago, before dinosaurs came onto the scene there, scientists have found.
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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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Photos: Ancient Sea Monster Was One of Largest Arthropods
anomalocaridid fossil showing feeding net
March 11th, 2015
A remarkably well-preserved fossil of 480-million-year-old sea monster is helping researchers understand the evolution of arthropods.
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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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