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paleontology

fossilized fish

Newly-discovered fossilized school of fish is like a snapshot in time

May 30th, 2019

Finding a single fossil of an animal that died some 50 million years ago is cool. Finding two? That’s just plain awesome. But what about finding 259 of them at once? Well, there just isn’t a word in the English language to describe that level of greatness. That’s exactly what researchers from Arizona State University …

bird egg color

Birds inherited colorful eggs from dinosaurs, scientists say

November 1st, 2018

If you come across a bird nest there’s usually a pretty good way of telling what kind of feathered friend was responsible for it, even if the bird itself isn’t around. The color, size, and pattern of a bird’s eggs is often unique to its species, and there’s online tools and even entire books dedicated …

Scientists stumble upon baby horse frozen in time for 40,000 years

August 24th, 2018

Finding the remains of animals that have been dead for tens of thousands of years isn’t easy. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a handful of bones, or maybe even a near-complete skeleton, but that’s about the best most scientists can hope for. So, when researchers in Siberia stumbled upon the body of a 40,000-year-old baby …

flying lizard

The oldest flying reptile ever discovered was just found in Utah

August 14th, 2018

Over the decades, Utah has proven to be a real hotspot for fossil hunters, and it just yielded yet another amazing find. There in the desert, the long-still remains of a flying reptile was waiting to be discovered, and it’s now helping to rewrite the history of one of Earth’s most interesting family trees. The …