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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Wild 'Jesus Lizard' Once Walked on Wyoming's Tropical Waters
jesus lizard
July 1st, 2015
About 48 million years ago, a distant relative of the "Jesus lizard," named for its knack for walking on water, darted around the tropical rainforests of ancient Wyoming, a new study finds.
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Armored Spiky Worm Had 30 Legs, Will Haunt Your Nightmares
cambrian lobopodia illustration
June 29th, 2015
A spiky, wormlike creature with 30 legs — 18 clawed rear legs and 12 featherlike front legs that likely helped it filter food from the water — once lived in the ancient oceans of the early Cambrian period, about 518 million years ago, a new study finds.
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Will Dreadnoughtus Dinosaur Lose Its Heavyweight Title?
Dino Drawing
June 10th, 2015
Dreadnoughtus — the immense, long-necked dinosaur recently uncovered in Patagonia — may not be as heavy as scientists once thought, a new study suggests.
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Walk on Water: Photos of Ancient Jesus Lizard Relative
Jesus lizard
July 1st, 2015
The 48-million-year-old skull of an ancient Jesus lizard relative found in Wyoming may shed light on the evolutionary history of lizards, iguanas and chameleons, a new study finds.
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Ancient, Shell-Less Turtle Sported Whiplike Tail
Grandfather turtle illustration
June 24th, 2015
An ancestor of modern-day turtles, a shell-less creature with a long tail once puttered around an ancient lake, likely munching on insects and worms with its peglike teeth, a new study finds.
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Photos: Dinosaur-Era Bird Sported Ribbonlike Feathers
feathers, birds, fossils, gondwana, cretaceous
June 2nd, 2015
A bird with spotted, ribbonlike tail feathers once flew around the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana, a new study finds.
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Snake Ancestor Had Ankles and Toes
ancestral snake illustration
May 20th, 2015
Millions of years ago, the common ancestor of all living snakes — a long creature with tiny hind limbs as well as ankles and toes — could be found slithering over the damp soil of forests in search of soft-bodied prey, a new study finds.
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Giant 'Walking Bat' Once Prowled Rainforest Floors
New Zealand bat
June 19th, 2015
About 16 million years ago, a giant bat used all four of its limbs to stalk around the subtropical rainforest of modern-day New Zealand, a new study finds.
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Bird with Flashy Tail Was 1st of its Kind on Ancient Supercontinent
feathers, birds, fossils, gondwana, cretaceous
June 2nd, 2015
About 115 million years ago, a teenage bird with spotted, ribbonlike tail feathers flew around the trees of the supercontinent Gondwana, until it perished and fossilized in what is now northeastern Brazil, a new study finds.
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