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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Tiny, Prehistoric Animal Hints at Herbivore Origins
new caseid species sits in footprint
April 16th, 2014
A new species is the oldest and smallest of an ancient group of mammal ancestors, the caseids. The discovery helps fill in the blanks of evolution from a carnivorous to herbivorous lifestyle.
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Immortalized Fossil Fern Reveals Evolutionary Standstill
ancient fern microstructure
March 20th, 2014
An exquisitely preserved, 180-million-year-old fossil fern has been unearthed in Sweden, and an analysis of its subcellular parts reveal not much has changed for the plant since then.
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Bee Fossils Provide Rare Glimpse into Ice Age Environment
This is a modern leafcutter bee pupa in a nest cell
April 9th, 2014
Fossilized bee pupae found in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles suggest the region experienced a very moist period during the Ice Age, a new study says.
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Gigantic Cambrian Shrimplike Creature Unearthed in Greenland
artists reconstruction of cambrian creature
March 26th, 2014
A 520-million-year-old sea creature has been unearthed in Greenland. The ancient Cambrian organism used its comblike appendages to rake the seas for tiny shrimplike foods,
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New 'Swamp Monster' Skull Found in Texas
phytosaur skull with teeth
January 29th, 2014
A long-snouted, toothy skull found in west Texas belongs to an unknown species of alligator-like creatures known as phytosaurs. These animals lived in what was once a swampy, forested environment.
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Fossil Immortalizes Ancient Insect's Leaf Mimicry
stick insect and plant fossil
March 19th, 2014
The oldest example of a stick insect mimicking a plant has been unearthed in China. The mimicry allowed the insect to evade tree-climbing dinosaurs, mammals and birds that preyed on insects, research suggests.
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