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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Photos: Ice Age Mammoth Unearthed in Idaho
A student brushes the mammoth fossil.
October 28th, 2014
Mammoth bones more than 70,000 years old emerged from the eroded river banks of a reservoir in Idaho this month. Paleontologists and students raced to rescue part of the beast's skull and a tusk, but they suspect more lies below the surface.
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52-Million-Year-Old 'Ant-Loving' Beetle Caught in Amber
Beetle in amber
October 2nd, 2014
A newly discovered 52-million-year-old fossil of an "ant-loving" beetle is the oldest example of its species on record, and may help researchers learn more about this social parasite, a new study finds.
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Ancient Sloths: 5-Ton Creatures Grew Monstrously Fast
sloth fossil
September 10th, 2014
Some sloth lineages grew more than 220 pounds (100 kilograms) every million years — one of the fastest body growth rates known in the evolution of mammals, a new study finds.
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70,000-Year-Old Mammoth Skeleton Uncovered in Idaho
Mammoth
October 28th, 2014
A mammoth skeleton was discovered this month on the banks of a reservoir in Idaho. Paleontologists have rescued part of its skull and a tusk, but there could be a lot more buried below the surface.
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Bizarre Sphere Fossils Could Be Among World's Earliest Animals
Multicellular Spherical Fossil
September 24th, 2014
Mysterious fossils found in southern China are not bacteria or protists, but multicellular creatures, new research finds. The tiny fossils might even be the embryos of some of the earliest animals on Earth.
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Ancient 'Toothy' Dolphin Fossils Found in Peru Desert
extinct dolphin
September 9th, 2014
The dusty Pisco-Ica desert stretches along the coast of southern Peru, but more than 16 million years ago it may have been covered with sparkling water and home to a now-extinct family of dolphins, known as squalodelphinids, according to new findings.
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Ancient Finned Predator Feasted on Sharks
Illustration of Dimetrodon Battle
October 22nd, 2014
During the early Permian, carnivores greatly outnumbered herbivores on land, so top predator Dimetrodon supplemented its diet by hunting sharks.
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