Prehistoric creatures flocked to different latitudes to survive climate change – the same is taking place today

Today, Earth's biodiversity is highest at the equator – but it hasn't always been this way.

Bethany Allen, PhD Student, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds • conversation
June 28, 2021 ~8 min

Evolution of a smile: 400 million year old spiny fish overturns shark theory of tooth origins

Scientists have long believed that sharks were the first vertebrates to evolve teeth. Our new study reveals a more complex history.

Philip C J Donoghue, Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Bristol • conversation
May 12, 2021 ~6 min

One incredible ocean crossing may have made human evolution possible

Given tens of millions of years, wildly improbable events – like primates crossing oceans – are almost a given.

Nicholas R. Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology, University of Bath • conversation
April 29, 2021 ~10 min

Dinosaurs: how our understanding of what they looked like keeps changing

A transcript of episode 11 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, including an interview on Israel's foreign policy options following its recent election.

Daniel Merino, Assistant Editor: Science, Health, Environment; Co-Host: The Conversation Weekly Podcast • conversation
April 16, 2021 ~42 min

Largest ever flying creatures had longer necks than giraffes – we found out how these pterosaurs kept their heads up

Gigantic flying reptiles had impressive wingspans of up to 12 metres – and a special trick in their necks.

Cariad Williams, PhD Candidate, Paleoentomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign • conversation
April 14, 2021 ~7 min

Tyrannosaurus rex didn't get its ferocious bite until it was an adult - new research

Our new study has found younger tyrannosaurs would have hunted small prey.

Andre Rowe, PhD Candidate in Geology, University of Bristol • conversation
March 9, 2021 ~5 min

We sequenced the cave bear genome using a 360,000-year-old ear bone and had to rewrite their evolutionary history

This is the oldest genome recovered from a non-permafrost environment.

Johanna L.A. Paijmans, Honorary Fellow, Palaeontology, University of Leicester • conversation
Feb. 26, 2021 ~7 min

Prehistoric pigments reveal how melanin has shaped bird and mammal evolution

The study reveals changes in the functions of melanin over 500 million years.

Valentina Rossi, PhD Researcher, Palaeobiology, University College Cork • conversation
Feb. 9, 2021 ~8 min

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

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