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wonderchicken

Ancient ‘Wonderchicken’ fossil is oldest of modern birds

March 20th, 2020

Oldest-ever modern bird fossil found in Europe has been nicknamed the “Wonderchicken” due to its similarities between present-day chickens and ducks.  It’s believed that the species roamed the region as far back as one million years before the asteroid strike that triggered the death of most dinosaur species.  The fossil is helping scientists paint a …

frozen bird

This bird has been frozen for 46,000 years, and scientists just found it

February 23rd, 2020

Finding fossils of creatures that lived millions of years ago is one thing, but some parts of our planet offer scientists the unique opportunity to discover ancient creatures that are essentially frozen in time. Siberia is one such place, and researchers working in the region have discovered all manner of animals that have remained frozen …

dinosaur prints

Dinosaur print mystery finally solved after half century

February 18th, 2020

Finding dinosaur footprints can be exciting for any scientist. Finding them in a unique place just adds to the fun, but when a set of fossilized footprints was spotted on the ceiling of a cave in Australia, it sparked a decades-long mystery that was only just recently solved. As HeritageDaily reports, the fossilized footprints were …

giant turtle

Scientists discover ancient turtle that was as large as a car

February 17th, 2020

If you were to list the creatures that scare you today, turtles probably wouldn’t be near the top of the list. Sure, a snapping turtle can destroy a finger or two, but generally speaking, turtles are pretty chill. If you happened to be hanging out in South America five to ten million years ago, however, …

reaper of death dinosaur

New ‘Reaper of Death’ dinosaur species found in Canada

February 11th, 2020

Decades of science fiction has taught us that the Tyrannosaurus rex was the mighty king of the dinosaurs, but researchers now believe that the most iconic dino may have been more of a scavenger than a hunter. Nevertheless, the Tyrannosaurus family is full of interesting creatures, and thanks to paleontologists in Canada, that family just …

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Nobody knows if this 18,000-year-old frozen puppy is a dog or a wolf

November 28th, 2019

A pint-sized canine was recently unearthed in Siberia, almost perfectly preserved beneath the frosty surface. It’s believed to be around 18,000 years old, and it was only a puppy when it died. It presents scientists with a rare opportunity to study an ancient member of the canine family, but first, they have to answer one …

dinosaur feathers

Paleontologists found dinosaur feathers

November 18th, 2019

We often think of dinosaurs as big lizards, with reptilian features. For decades, the common belief was that dinosaurs had smooth skin, much like reptiles we see today. That was likely true for a large portion of them, but more recent discoveries suggest that there were also many dinosaurs that sported feathers. In a new …

new dinosaur

This newly-discovered dinosaur was a massive carnivore with shark-like teeth

October 10th, 2019

Museums around the world are filled with stunning fossil displays that show complete — or near-complete — specimens of creatures that lived long, long ago. But finding fossils isn’t easy, and uncovering complete skeletons is even harder, often leaving paleontologists with only a handful of bones with which to identify an ancient animal. That was …