During the worst mass extinction in Earth's history, the soil may have been as acidic as lemon juice, new research shows.
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Life didn't immediately rebound after the world's greatest extinction, but cropped up in fits and starts.
New, more precise dates for India's Deccan Traps eruptions could revive the idea that the massive set of lava flows caused the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) extinction.
A new study of fossil records estimates that the 60-foot-long (18 meters) Megalodon shark went extinct 2.6 million years ago.
On the one-hundredth anniversary of the last passenger pigeon's death, reflections on the loss of darkened skies.
A new fossil find reveals that a family of lizardlike reptiles survived the Cretaceous extinction that killed the dinosaurs and lived for millions more years in South America.
Nothosaurs, ancient marine predators that paddled the Mesozoic oceans, swam with a rowing motion that dredged up prey, new track marks reveal.
Hundreds of well-preserved tracks may resolve a debate about how an ancient marine predator trawled the oceans.