Millipede fossil takes ‘world’s oldest bug’ title

The fossil researchers have dubbed the "world's oldest bug" is older than any fossil of an insect, arachnid, or related creepy-crawly.

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
May 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution insects fossils featured science-and-technology

Giant armored fish moseyed with its mouth open

The jaws of the ancient giant Titanichthys, an armored fish, suggest how it gathered food.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: food fish fossils oceans science-and-technology mouth

Ancient reptile had tough tooth enamel like a mammal

A reptile from the Late Cretaceous had unusual tooth enamel, report researchers. "Priosphenodon has the strangest teeth I have personally ever seen."

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: teeth fossils reptiles science-and-technology

Ancient reptile had tough tooth enamel like a mammal

A reptile from the Late Cretaceous had unusual tooth enamel, report researchers. "Priosphenodon has the strangest teeth I have personally ever seen."

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: teeth fossils reptiles science-and-technology

Fossils reveal Australia’s 600-pound kangaroo, 20-foot lizard

The Barada Barna people discovered the fossil remains of some remarkably large Australian megafauna, including huge kangaroos and lizards.

Lito Vilisoni Wilson-U. Melbourne • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: fossils australia lizards featured science-and-technology kangaroos

Fossils reveal Australia’s 600-pound kangaroo, 20-foot lizard

The Barada Barna people discovered the fossil remains of some remarkably large Australian megafauna, including huge kangaroos and lizards.

Lito Vilisoni Wilson-U. Melbourne • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: fossils australia lizards featured science-and-technology kangaroos

Ginkgo biloba leaves show climate over millions of years

Looking at fossilized and modern Ginkgo biloba tree leaves gives researchers an overview of climate change over the scale of millions of years.

Kristin Strommer-Oregon • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change fossils plants earth-and-environment leaves

Tail fossil may prove swimming dinosaurs did exist

Fossils from Spinosaurus aegyptiacus may be "smoking gun" evidence it lived in the water. That could upend the idea that there were no swimming dinosaurs.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils uncategorized

Do scientists build ‘trees of life’ with faulty methods?

Long-used approaches for reconstructing evolutionary paths, or "trees of life," are deeply flawed, say researchers in a new paper.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
April 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution extinction fossils new-species science-and-technology

Coquí frog has hung around Caribbean for 29M years

The discovery of a 29 million-year-old fossil heralds the coquí frog, the national symbol of Puerto Rico, as the oldest frog in the Caribbean.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
April 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: fossils frogs earth-and-environment

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