Ancient plankton hint at climate to come

Plankton fossils from the Pliocene, an era with CO2 levels similar to those today, may help scientist predict what's in store for our climate in the future.

U. Arizona | Aug. 13, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change fossils plankton temperature

Monkey from 18 million years ago was teeny tiny

Scientists in Peru's Amazon jungle have uncovered the 18-million-year-old remains of the smallest fossil monkey ever found.

Robin Smith-Duke | July 29, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology amazon evolution fossils primates teeth

Small Triceratops relative walked on two feet

"When I first saw this animal back in 2004, I knew instantly it was a new kind that had never been seen before and was very excited about it."

Katherine Unger Baillie-Penn | July 17, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dinosaurs fossils

Ancient ‘seaway’ used to cover the Sahara desert

The Sahara desert was once underwater and home to ancient relatives to animals like sharks and crocodiles, fossils show.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook | July 9, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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Fossils bust myth about mammals in dinosaur age

New fossil evidence of mammals from the time of the dinosaurs "overturns a classical interpretation of how mammals evolved."

James Urton-Washington | June 24, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dinosaurs evolution fossils mammals

‘Running hyenas’ once hunted and scavenged in the Arctic

"Chasmaporthetes probably hunted herds of ice age caribou and horses or scavenged carcasses of mammoths on the vast steppe-tundra..."

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | June 18, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology arctic fossils hyenas predators teeth

Two-toed sloths belong to an ‘extinct’ family

Extracting proteins from fossils reveals surprises in sloths' family tree.

Louise Lerner-Chicago | June 11, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology evolution fossils proteins sloth

Amber lump holds surprising 100M-year-old creature

How did an ancient sea creature end up trapped in amber? Scientists have a theory.

Andrea Zeek-Indiana | June 9, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology fossils mollusks oceans

‘Next to zero’ chance that apelike fossil is our direct ancestor

A new analysis challenges the claim that a 2-million-year-old fossil came from a human ancestor.

Matt Wood-U. Chicago | May 14, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology early-humans evolution fossils human-evolution skeletons

This new T. rex relative weighed under 100 pounds

A new dinosaur "gives us a glimpse into the evolution of tyrannosaurs just before they take over the planet."

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook | May 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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