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In Brazil's pampas, a Triassic Park once flourished

Faxinal Do Soturno - Millions of years before the arrival of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, another fearsome dinosaur -- the Gnathovorax -- roamed what is now southern Brazil, ripping apart its prey with sharp teeth.

Following Neanderthals' footsteps to learn how they lived

Washington - Like modern humans and primates, Neanderthals -- our closest evolutionary cousins -- are thought to have lived in groups, but their size and composition have been difficult to infer from archeological and fossil remains.

Crocs were once vegetarians, but it was just a phase

Washington - Crocodiles are sometimes described as living fossils for their close resemblance to their forebears who roamed the Earth during the age of the dinosaurs.

Tyrannosaurus rex found in Canada is world's biggest

Montr - The towering Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in western Canada in 1991 is the world's biggest, a team of paleontologists said Friday, following a decades-long process of reconstructing its skeleton.

Scientists identify earliest known animal in geological record

For decades, researchers have tried to figure out what a fossil known as Dickinsonia really was. The question had become the "Holy Grail of paleontology." Now, scientists have identified it as the earliest known animal in the geological record.

Marine ecosystem death found in beach mud of southern California

Ancient sea bed uncovered in southern California. Scallops and shelled marine animals thrived there until the 1700s. Molecular dating technology shows species absent for 100 years. Livestock grazing caused sediment silt and die-off of 4,000-old ecosystem.

Human ancestor Lucy spent much of her time in trees: study

Washington - Lucy, the ancient ancestor of modern humans, probably spent at least a third of her day nesting in trees, according to new research unveiled Wednesday. Our 3.

Scientists discover major Jurassic fossil site in Argentina

Buenos Aires - Paleontologists in Argentina have announced the discovery of a major Jurassic-era fossil site four years after it was first discovered.

Ancient human ancestor may have persisted through Ice Age

Miami - After years of studying a mysterious thigh bone from a cave in China, scientists said Thursday they believe it represents an ancient species of human that persisted much longer than previously thought.

New information on feathered dinosaurs revealed in Alberta fossil

A research paper on the fossil remains of a rare feathered dinosaur called an ornithomimus was published today, Wednesday, in the paleontology journal 'Cretaceous Research.' The discovery has led to new information about the creature.

New 'Hellboy' dinosaur discovered in Alberta

Drumheller - Canadian palaeontologists associated with the Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta have identified a new species of horned dinosaur with some bizarre features.

Ancient 10-foot 'Terror Bird' uncovered in Argentina

Researchers have found an almost completely preserved fossilized skeleton of a 10-foot tall "Terror Bird" that lived in South America, 3.5 million years ago.

How were Neanderthals different? New remains give pointers

Leioa - A review of remains, originally recovered from a leading Neanderthal archaeological site in France over 40 years ago, highlights the differences between Neanderthals and humans.

'Carolina Butcher' — The huge croc that hunted on two legs

Recently discovered fossils show that Carnufex carolinensis, a massive bipedal crocodile ancestor, was an apex predator during the Triassic period 230 million years ago.

Dinosaurs and LSD might have co-existed, new study claims

A new study that analyzed a 100-million-year-old amber fossil containing the earliest known grass specimen found that it contained a fungus much like ergot, from which LSD is derived.

50-foot 'dragon dinosaur' fossils found in China

Paleontologists in China have discovered that a skeleton unearthed in 2006 is a previously unknown species, and have called the 50-foot specimen, "dragon" dinosaur.

Massive geographic event caused Cambrian explosion of species

Austin - Newly published research may help solve the puzzle of the Cambrian explosion, a period in Earth’s ancient past that saw a massive diversification of animal life.

Shark-munching Spinosaurus was first-known water dino

Washington - There once was a dinosaur, bigger than a T. rex, that swam with the sharks -- and ate them for dinner.

Panama Canal expansion uncovered paleontological treasures

Panama City - Panama Canal expansion work has uncovered an unexpected trove of archeological and paleontological treasures, scientists said, as the massive construction project winds down.

Dinosaur extinction the result of 'perfect storm' of events

Edinburgh - And if that perfect storm hadn’t come about, say scientists, dinosaurs might still be with us today — except their continued existence might have meant a very different "us" having evolved — if at all.

Largest ever flying bird had wingspan as wide as soccer goalmouth

Charleston - From fossilized remains, scientists have identified an extinct bird of gargantuan proportions whose wingspan was as wide as a soccer goalmouth.

Scientists discover 'Pinocchio' rex, big-nosed cousin of T. rex

Paleontologists working in southern China have discovered a new species of dinosaur, in the same family as the familiar Tyrannosaurus rex, but with one big difference — this one has an unusually long snout.

'Chicken from hell' sheds new light on bird-like dinosaur

Washington - Nicknamed the "chicken from hell," a newly identified species of feathered dinosaur as tall as a human roamed North America at least 66 million years ago, paleontologists announced Wednesday.With a hen-like crest on its head, lanky legs like an ostrich...

Huge new dinosaur in Portugal was predator king

Washington - A new dinosaur species discovered in Portugal dominated the food chain 150 million years ago -- the Tyrannosaurus Rex of its time, researchers said.

Animal life on Earth expanded rapidly after 'Cascade of events'

Oxford - On Earth, animal life expanded rapidly during the early Cambrian period, around 520 million years ago. Many theories have been advanced to explain this rapid expansion of animal species which has come to be known as the Cambrian explosion.

Paleontologists find abandoned nests of dinosaur eggshells

Paleontologists working in Portugal have found a nest of abandoned dinosaur eggshells. The remains are estimated to be about 150 million years old.

Paleontologists discover a new species of dinosaur in Utah

A group of paleontologists unearthed a new long-horned dinosaur in Utah, the first of its type to be found in the south of the United States.

10,000-year-old Mammoth skeleton unearthed in Mexico City

Mexico - An excavation process initiated last March by Mexico's National Institute for Anthropology and History is beginning to show some astonishing results.

How did dinosaurs have sex? Doggy style or missionary position?

It’s been the subject of debate amongst scientists and palaeontologists for years. How did dinosaurs have sex? The most commonly held view that dinosaurs favoured the doggy position has recently been challenged by a British researcher and science writer

Op-Ed: Ancient micro continent traces found in Indian Ocean

Sydney - It’s the Holy Grail for the Earth sciences. An ancient micro continent has been found. The Seychelles are believed to be the modern remains of this continent, submerged during the breakup into modern continental land masses.
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Paleontologist Paul Sereno
Paleontologist Paul Sereno
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Depiction of the weird and wonderful Anomalocaris at Dinosaur Museum  Canberra  Australia. The Anoma...
Depiction of the weird and wonderful Anomalocaris at Dinosaur Museum, Canberra, Australia. The Anomalocaris was a top invertebrate predator during the Cambrian Explosion which saw a huge expansion in the number of animal species about 520 million years ago.
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Artist s impression of the new fossil species Pelagornis sandersi  which may be the biggest flying b...
Artist's impression of the new fossil species Pelagornis sandersi, which may be the biggest flying bird ever found, with a wingspan estimated at up to 24 feet.
Art by Liz Bradford
Artist s drawing of the new fossil species Pelagornis sandersi  with the bone fragments the workers ...
Artist's drawing of the new fossil species Pelagornis sandersi, with the bone fragments the workers found shown in white. The strikingly well-preserved specimen consisted of multiple wing and leg bones and a complete skull.
Art by Liz Bradford
3-D reconstruction of the auditory ossicle of a two-year-old Neanderthal.
3-D reconstruction of the auditory ossicle of a two-year-old Neanderthal.
University of the basque Country
Paleontologist Dan Ksepka examines the fossilized skull of what may be the biggest flying bird ever ...
Paleontologist Dan Ksepka examines the fossilized skull of what may be the biggest flying bird ever found. Its telltale beak allowed Ksepka to identify the find as a previously unknown species of pelagornithid, an extinct group of giant seabirds known for bony tooth-like spikes that lined their upper and lower jaws.
Dan Ksepka
Skeleton and restoration model of Neanderthal (La Ferrassie 1). Exhibit in the National Museum of Na...
Skeleton and restoration model of Neanderthal (La Ferrassie 1). Exhibit in the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, Japan.
By Photaro (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons
Artist s reconstruction of the new horned dinosaur Regaliceratops peterhewsi in the palaeoenvironmen...
Artist's reconstruction of the new horned dinosaur Regaliceratops peterhewsi in the palaeoenvironment of the Late Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada.
Artwork by Julius T. Csotonyi / Courtesy of Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta

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