Preserved chemical evidence suggests that sponges were among Earth's earliest animals.
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About 48 million years ago, an owl swooped down to catch its prey, not by the light of the moon but in broad daylight.
About 185 million years ago, a hairy, beagle-size animal celebrated motherhood by having 38 babies in the same clutch, according to a new study of the skeletal remains of both mama and babes.
It likely wasn't a cataclysmic flood, but rather a severe drought, that killed more than 20 mammoths 67,000 years ago.
Ancient organs rarely fossilize, so paleontologists were stunned to find the incredibly well-preserved remains of a lung that belonged to bird from the dinosaur age, a new study finds.
An astonishingly detailed picture of pterosaurs, describing their lives from wee-flapling to aged-flyer stages, has emerged, thanks to a variety of new fossils discovered in recent years.
Ancient sea monsters inadvertently swallowed mouthfuls of seawater whenever they gulped down prey, but they had a stealthy trick to get rid of all that unwanted salt in their systems.
About 85 million years ago, when a vast sea covered Kansas, a wee, little sea monster died almost immediately after it was born.
If any rock bands are looking for a cool name, they might draw inspiration from a newly identified long-necked Jurassic giant whose moniker means "a giant thunderclap at dawn."
Fossil fly pupae contain evidence of a fascinating —and deadly — story of insect parasitism in the ancient world.