Wing imprints reveal dino-era praying mantis

Researchers have identified a new species of praying mantis after discovering imprints of its fossilized wings in present-day Quebec.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

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Dire wolves weren’t closely related to today’s wolves

Dire wolves, the extinct species made famous in "Game of Thrones," were so different from grey wolves they couldn't breed with them, DNA sequencing shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

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Dire wolves were a distant relative of wolves today

Dire wolves, the extinct species made famous in "Game of Thrones," were so different from grey wolves they couldn't breed with them, DNA sequencing shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

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Team finds fossil iguana nesting burrow in Bahamas

The discovery of a fossil iguana nesting burrow answers questions about the now-endangered lizards.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Dec. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Cretaceous bird beat toucans to the giant beak

A single fossil skull, partially trapped in rock, reveals a new species of bird called Falcatakely and its very unusual beak.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Dec. 1, 2020 ~9 min

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Cretaceous bird beat toucans to the giant beak

A single fossil skull, partially trapped in rock, reveals a new species of bird called Falcatakely and its very unusual beak.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Dec. 1, 2020 ~9 min

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Weird amphibians offer oldest signs of ‘rapid-fire’ tongues

Skull fossils from a species of extinct amphibians called albanerpetontids shows the oldest-known evidence of a slingshot-style tongue, researchers say.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~12 min

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Prehistoric sharks hid their biggest, sharpest teeth

Prehistoric sharks rotated their jaws keeping larger, sharper teeth in an upright position, making it "easier for them to impale their prey."

U. Zurich • futurity
Nov. 23, 2020 ~4 min

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Fossils reveal cozy, social life of this early mammal

The earliest evidence of mammal social behavior goes back to the age of dinosaurs, fossils of a rodent-like creature indicate.

Andrea Godinez-U. Washington • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~6 min

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