Giant ancient sharks had enormous babies that ate their siblings in the womb

New fossil detective work sheds light on the life of megalodon, the biggest predatory shark ever discovered.

Tom Fletcher, Honorary Research Fellow in Palaeobiology, University of Leicester • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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Lyme Regis Mary Anning statue designs released

The statue to palaeontologist Mary Anning will stand near her birthplace on Lyme Regis seafront.

Jan. 5, 2021 ~2 min

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Woolly rhino from Ice Age unearthed in Russian Arctic

Found with most of its organs intact, the rhino is thought to have lived more than 20,000 years ago.

Dec. 30, 2020 ~2 min

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War in the time of Neanderthals: how our species battled for supremacy for over 100,000 years

Did Neanderthal military superiority delay our migration out of Africa?

Nicholas R. Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology, University of Bath • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~9 min

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Pterosaurs increased their flight efficiency over time – new evidence for long-term evolution

Fossils reveal that dinosaurs' flying cousins become twice as efficient at flying over 150 million years.

Michael J. Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology, University of Bristol • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~6 min

 evolution  dinosaurs  fossils  palaeontology  flight  pterosaurs

Ammonite: Who was the real Mary Anning?

In a romantic Victorian-era drama, Kate Winslet plays the role of fossilist Mary Anning. Who was she?

Oct. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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Boy, 12, discovers rare dinosaur skeleton

He was hiking with his father in Alberta, Canada, when he stumbled upon the Hadrosaur remains.

Oct. 15, 2020 ~4 min

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Fossilised teeth reveal first mammals were far from warm blooded

New study used X-rays of the teeth of early mammals' to show they were more like cold blooded reptiles.

Pam Gill, Senior Research Associate in Palaeontology, University of Bristol • conversation
Oct. 13, 2020 ~5 min

 mammals  x-ray  fossils  palaeontology

Shark researchers size up real 'Megalodon' for first time

A study reveals true scale of the prehistoric mega-shark made famous in Jason Statham's The Meg.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 3, 2020 ~2 min

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Eigg beach runner stumbles on dinosaur bone

The chance find was made on the Isle of Eigg where scientists have been searching for the fossils for 200 years.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 26, 2020 ~2 min

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