Little bat-winged dinos could glide, but not fly

Two small dinosaurs with bat-like wings, Yi and Ambopteryx, couldn't take the air as well as birds.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution birds dinosaurs fossils science-and-technology flight

Cricket ‘singing’ has been the same for 300 million years

Crickets, katydids, and grasshoppers have been singing the same tune for more than 300 million years, a new study shows.

Adam Russell-TAMU • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: evolution insects fossils communication sound science-and-technology

Fossils indicate ice age manatees near Texas

Have manatees been visiting Texas for thousands of years, or did an ancient population of ice age manatees once call Texas home?

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
Oct. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: fossils science-and-technology

Fossils indicate ice age manatees near Texas

Have manatees been visiting Texas for thousands of years, or did an ancient population of ice age manatees once call Texas home?

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
Oct. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: fossils science-and-technology

Ancient creature might’ve been the first to hibernate

New findings suggest that "entering into a hibernation-like state is not a relatively new type of adaptation. It is an ancient one."

James Urton-U. Washington • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: extinction fossils antarctica science-and-technology hibernation

First mass extinctions in 13,000 years may be on the way

New research looking at fossil pollen samples serves "as a dire warning about the vulnerability of natural systems to extinction."

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change extinction fossils plants forests earth-and-environment

Mystery solved: Odd, giraffe-necked reptile lived in water

Researchers may have finally solved the mystery of where Tanystropheus, a bizarre reptile with a giraffe-like neck that lived 242 million years ago, lived.

U. Zurich • futurity
Aug. 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution fossils reptiles science-and-technology skulls

Museum fossils reveal new dolphin-ish reptile

Scientists have identified a new species of tuna-shaped reptiles called ichthyosaurs, one called Hauffiopteryx altera.

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
July 20, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: fossils reptiles new-species science-and-technology

Venom-spitting dinosaur wasn’t actually like ‘Jurassic Park’

"It's pretty much the best, worst-known dinosaur. Until this study, nobody knew what Dilophosaurus looked like or how it evolved."

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils bones science-and-technology movies

Antarctic sea lizard laid mystery fossil named ‘The Thing’

"It is from an animal the size of a large dinosaur, but it is completely unlike a dinosaur egg."

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils eggs antarctica oceans lizards science-and-technology

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