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Scientists discover 'fish lizard' fossil in India

Ahmedabad - Indian scientists said Thursday they had identified a prehistoric marine reptile fossil discovered in a western desert region known as the subcontinent's Jurassic Park.

World's oldest fungus discovered

Fungi, or microorganisms resembling fungi, date back over 2.4 billion years according to new fossil evidence. Samples have been discovered from rocks that were once underneath the sea floor.

Rare, preserved monkey blood found in amber fossils

The actions of two monkeys grooming each other, some 20-30 million years ago, appears to have been the precursor to the first fossilized red blood cells ever recovered from a mammal. The blood cells are preserved in amber.

Fossils point to life on Earth 4 billion years ago

Paris - The oldest fossils ever found are "direct evidence" of life on Earth 3.8 to 4.3 billion years ago when our planet was still in its infancy, researchers reported Wednesday.

Feathered dinosaur tail found preserved in amber

Paleontologists have discovered a "beautiful" specimen of a dinosaur tail encased in amber. It is one of the best preserved specimens ever discovered and offers new clues about dinosaurs.

First fossilized dinosaur brain tissue recovered

Brighton - The first known example of fossilized brain tissue in a dinosaur has been located from a site in the U.K. The tissues are said to resemble those seen in modern crocodiles and birds.

Alberta 'creationist' unearths fish fossil 60 million years old

Calgary - Edgar Nernberg, a "creationist" from Alberta, found primitive fish fossils in rocks 60 million years old. But he says the discovery has done nothing to change his belief that the Earth is only 6,000 years old and that the theory of evolution is false.

Newly discovered fossil sheds light on fearsome terror bird clan

For more than 60 million years, enormous predatory birds, often called "terror birds" dominated South America. Now, a recent find of a previously unknown species in Argentina sheds light on how these birds vocalized — and possibly hunted their prey.

300 million-year-old reptile fossil discovered Special

About 300 million years ago, there were no birds or flowering plants, mammals or turtles populating the Earth. Instead there were reptiles, amphibians, insects and woody herbaceous plants.

Earliest predator brain found

The fossilized remains of the brain of the world's earliest known predators has been unearthed. The creature is called Lyrarapax unguispinus. Although it is now extinct, it is remarkably similar to a living creature called an onychophoran.

New fossil site could turn out to be the world's most important

A new fossil site discovered in Kootenay National Park is part of an epic expedition that led to a collection of thousands of animals, representing more than 50 species.

New fossil species from Canada named after movie star Johnny Depp

London - A 500-million-year old marine fossil with scissor-shaped claws was described and named by a British researcher as "Kooteninchela deppi" inspired by the character in the movie "Edward Scissorhands" starring Johnny Depp.

450-million-year-old fossil found in Tennessee woman's yard

Smyrna - A Tennessee woman discovered the 10 pound rock she has been using as a door stop for the past 15 years was much more unique than she first believed.

Mammoth tooth fossil found by New Hampshire fisherman

A New Hampshire fisherman recently made an unusual catch when his trawler pulled up a bona fide mammoth tooth fossil. Scientists have reportedly confirmed its authenticity.

Jurassic crocodilian 'super predator' fossil found in museum

Glasgow - Researchers say they have discovered remains of a giant dolphin-shape crocodilian "super-predator" kept at Glasgow's Hunterian museum for almost a 100 years. They have named it Tyrannoneustes lythrodectikos, meaning "blood-biting tyrant swimmer."

Archeologists uncover ancient mayfly with 'hitchhiker'

Researchers have released a study that outlines insect travel behavior millions of years old that they believe probably still occurs but had never been documented.

Remarkable image: 100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attacking A Wasp

An entomologist has come across a remarkable specimen of amber, in which a fossilized spider is shown attacking a wasp. The piece of amber is over 100 million years old.

T. Rex relative found with feathers like a baby chick

Jinzhou - It's as long as a school bus, weighs over a ton and has terrifying dagger-like teeth to devour its prey. That's the sort of tyrannosaur we all know, but did you know it was fuzzy? New specimens dug up in northeastern China yield a surprising discovery.

Diffusing the theory of the exploding dinosaur

Frankfurt - The fossil of a pregnant ichthyosaur, whose embryos were found scattered around it, has bewildered paleontologists as to how such a thing could happen. One theory is that the creature exploded, but new research in decomposing humans says otherwise.

The first feathered winged dinosaur had black feathers

New research into one of the creatures which connects dinosaurs to birds, the Microraptor, indicates that the crow-like creature had black feathers. The discovery is an important one for evolutionary science.

50-million-year-old snake gets a CT scan

Even some of the most advanced technology in medicine couldn't get Clarisse to give up all her secrets. After all, she's kept protected them for more than 50 million years.

Scientists discover 3.2 million-yr-old Hominid Special

Cleveland - Meet Lucy's great-grandfather Kadanuumuu, who was found in Ethiopia recently. Scientists say the early hominid skeleton confirms human-like walking is more ancient then we had previously known. Have we found another piece of the missing link?

Ancient fortification discovered in Israel

In Jerusalem, archaeologists unearthed an enormous wall that probably served as military fortification during the city's Middle Bronze Age armed conflicts.

Rare T-Rex skeleton to be auctioned in Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, the auction house Bonhams & Butterfields had announced the auction of the rare Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton arguably one of the most complete dinosaur specimen in the world.

Fossilized Dung provides evidence of an ancient ecosystem

Researchers from the Museum of Natural Sciences in Buenos Aires, Argentina discovered a 30-million year old fossilized dung ball that was food to a number of insects including dung beetles.

New Fossil Sheds Light on Human Origins

A new discovery in Myanmar might disprove the theory that ancient humans first evolved in Africa. Researchers say their recent fossil discovery proves that the common ancestors of primates evolved in Asia.

Missing link found, early primate fossil 47 million years old

A new genus and species of primate was unveiled today. "Ida," the 47-million-year-old fossil, has both human and non-human characteristics, and has been dubbed the possible "missing link."

UK firm says solar energy cost will match fossil fuels by 2013

Solarcentury said British homeowners will see solar achieve "grid parity" – the point where solar electricity rivals or becomes cheaper than conventional nonrenewable electricity – by 2013.

Footprints Indicate Upright Walking 1.5m Years Ago

Fossil footprints found in Kenya have revealed our ancestors were moving around much as we do today, over 1.5 million years ago.

Researchers uncover 300-million-year-old fossilized brain

Researchers studying a type of fish that once lived in what is now Kansas and Oklahoma have discovered a 300-million-year-old fossilized brain.
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1880 photo of Archaeopteryx.
1880 photo of Archaeopteryx.
By Vogt, C. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Megalodon pursuing two Eobalaenoptera whales.
Megalodon pursuing two Eobalaenoptera whales.
Karen Carr
Artist s conception of a pack of Yutyrannus Huali  alongside small feathered dinosaurs.
Artist's conception of a pack of Yutyrannus Huali, alongside small feathered dinosaurs.
Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
Kooteninchela deppi. Fossil discovered with scissor hand-like claws named in honour of movie star.
Kooteninchela deppi. Fossil discovered with scissor hand-like claws named in honour of movie star.
Imperial College of London
Two monkeys grooming each other about 20-30 million years ago may have helped produce a remarkable n...
Two monkeys grooming each other about 20-30 million years ago may have helped produce a remarkable new find – the first fossilized red blood cells from a mammal.
George Poinar, Jr.
60 million-year-old fish fossil found in a block of sandstone excavated in the northwest Calgary
60 million-year-old fish fossil found in a block of sandstone excavated in the northwest Calgary
Darla Zelenitsky, University of Calgary
Iguanodon bernissartensis
An Iguanodon bernissartensis fossil at the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle
Photo by LadyofHats
A coral fossil found in Smyrna Tennessee
A coral fossil found in Smyrna Tennessee
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The four-winged fossil is far from the largest creature in the section Therapoda since it has to com...
The four-winged fossil is far from the largest creature in the section Therapoda since it has to compete with the T-rex. It does have a unique body structure which sets it apart into a unique category all it's own.
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This is this excavation of “Kadanuumuu” in 2006. Team member Ahmed Elema is cleaning the excavat...
This is this excavation of “Kadanuumuu” in 2006. Team member Ahmed Elema is cleaning the excavation area with a push-broom before resuming excavation. Each yellow flag represents an excavated specimen
Photo courtesy: Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 2006
 The new Marble Canyon fossil bed was found by an expedition team from the Royal Ontario Museum who ...
"The new Marble Canyon fossil bed was found by an expedition team from the Royal Ontario Museum who made the trek to the Canadian Rockies."
Michael Streng
The skull of Yutyrannus Huali  showing the unique rippled crest that runs from its nose to its foreh...
The skull of Yutyrannus Huali, showing the unique rippled crest that runs from its nose to its forehead.
Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
60 million-year-old fish fossil
60 million-year-old fish fossil
Darla Zelenitsky
The first non-avialan theropod fragments preserved in amber are described.
The first non-avialan theropod fragments preserved in amber are described.
Elsevier Ltd. / Current Biology
Lasers lock X-ray beams onto the remains of Clarisse  a 50-million-year-old snake. The fossil was sc...
Lasers lock X-ray beams onto the remains of Clarisse, a 50-million-year-old snake. The fossil was scanned on a 64-slice CT scanner at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, and the resulting images were analyzed by Brazilian paleontologist Hussan Zaher. The snake is part of the collection at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and will go on display in 2012.
Denny Angelle/The Methodist Hospital System
Joggins Fossil Cliffs  Nova Scotia  Canada
Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Nova Scotia, Canada
canadiantourism
Scientists are slowly filling out a somewhat complete fossil record across the world.
Scientists are slowly filling out a somewhat complete fossil record across the world.
Bruce McAdam
Jawbone of Penghu 1
Jawbone of Penghu 1
Dr. Yousuke Kaifu
Erpetonyx arsenaultorum
Erpetonyx arsenaultorum
Diane Scott of University of Toronto in Mississauga.
The fossilised remains of the mother ichthyosaur.
The fossilised remains of the mother ichthyosaur.
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