paleontology
Dinosaurs
Interactive Map Plots Where Every Known Fossil Was Discovered
See who your neighbors would have been 100 million years ago.... READ ON
Science
5 Extinctions That Wiped Much of Life off Planet Earth
The next time you’re feeling less than brave, remind yourself you’re already one of nature’s great success stories.... READ ON
Animals
Wolf-Sized Otters Once Prowled Prehistoric Swamps 
Researchers were digging through an ancient lake bed in China’s Yunnan Province when they found a sizable fossilized skull that resembled that of a modern otter’s.... READ ON
Stones, Bones & Wrecks
Here's What a Neanderthal's Voice Might Have Sounded Like
Less grunting, more hoarse screaming.... READ ON
Dinosaurs
Baby Dinosaurs Took Months to Hatch, Study Finds
Scientists examining fossilized embryos say the little tykes may have spent as much as half a year curled up in their eggs.... READ ON
History
The Overlooked Paleontologist Who May Have Inspired 'She Sells Sea Shells'
Though Anning didn’t receive her due credit from the male naturalists who reaped the benefits of her labors, word of the fossil-hunter’s many achievements still managed to spread far and wide during her lifetime.... READ ON
Booze
The Field Museum Is Launching a Beer Based on Its T. rex, Sue
The pale ale is called psuedoSue.... READ ON
Stones, Bones & Wrecks
These Proto-Wombats Could Chomp Like Nobody’s Business
Paleontologists say a prehistoric marsupial called "Didelphodon vorax" had the strongest bite force of any mammal that’s ever lived.... READ ON
Dinosaurs
Scientists Find Feathered Dinosaur Tail Preserved in Amber
Paleontologists found part of a young dinosaur's fluffy tail beautifully preserved in a drop of amber.... READ ON
Animals
Scientists Discover Seal-Like Prehistoric Predator
The animal lived off the coast of what is now Washington state about 10 million years ago and probably fished like seals do, relying on the power of its oversized eyes to track its prey.... READ ON
Museums
Experience a 1920s Fossil Expedition With This 360-Degree Video
The American Museum of Natural History is highlighting its artifacts in a whole new way.... READ ON
Animals
Researchers Reclassify Itsy-Bitsy, Prehistoric “Beardogs”
Two specimens of the Chihuahua-sized animals have just rearranged the branches of the carnivore family tree.... READ ON
Stones, Bones & Wrecks
What Long-Dead Bees Can Tell Us About Our Ancestors
The presence and contents of a fossilized nest suggest that Australopithecus africanus lived in a dry, savannah-like environment.... READ ON
Stones, Bones & Wrecks
DNA Shows Infamous ‘Piltdown Man’ Hoax Was Two Parts Human, One Part Ape
But who was behind the hoax?... READ ON
Stones, Bones & Wrecks
Some Woolly Mammoths Survived Until Just 5600 Years Ago
A new study finds that mammoths were roaming Alaska’s St. Paul Island as recently as 5600 years ago, but even then their days were numbered.... READ ON
Animals
Why Turtles Have Shells (It’s Not What We Thought)
New evidence suggests that prehistoric turtle shells served a different purpose than we originally believed.... READ ON

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