Oldest feather does not belong to Archaeopteryx

Archaeopteryx remains a key link in dinosaur-bird evolution, but maybe it wasn’t all that unique.

Paleontologists discovered a new species of ancient shark — and it was so, so tiny

“[Its] teeth are the size of a sand grain. Without a microscope you’d just throw them away,” says one of its discoverers.

Coastal erosion reveals incredibly well-preserved dinosaur footprints in southern England

It’s like Disneyworld for paleontologists.

Researchers find Jurassic piranha-like flesh-eating fish, and also spot their victims

The Jurassic had flesh-eating fish… of course it did.

Fossil Friday: the tiniest, most adorable Tylosaurus skull ever found


Fossil fats reveal the ‘oldest macroscopic animal’ that lived 558 million years ago

Hey, grandpa!

Fishermen find 10,000-year-old skull and antlers belonging to extinct giant elk

Well, talk about a big catch.

Fossil finding shows how early mammals developed early traits

What do you get when you cross a reptile and a mammal? We don’t know, but it certainly evolved from a synapsid.

First-ever baby snake fossil discovered beautifully encased in amber

Poor baby snake!

Scientists find ‘nude’ creature that lived half a billion years ago

An unusual creature form a long, long time ago.

Scientists find the oldest footprints ever — from a period we didn’t even know things have legs

Talk about a surprising find!

Largest pterosaur jaw ever found, recognized three decades after discovery in Transylvania

What’s with the long face?

How the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs spared ground-dwelling birds

Most birds could fly by that time — but it was the ones that couldn’t that survived.

Early mammal fossil shows how the Pangaea supercontinent split up

Talk about a groundbreaking discovery.

Utah tourists are destroying ancient dinosaur tracks — and throwing them into the water

Ignorance at its finest.

Unique fossils show how early bird beaks developed

It’s a mix of surprisingly old and surprisingly modern.

Fossilized footprints show human hunters stalked giant sloths more than 11,000 years ago

An amazing and dangerous encounter between humans and an ice age species was trapped in fossilized mud.

Researchers investigate intriguing ‘baby’ tyrannosaur fossil

It’s an extremely well-preserved fossil, but for now, it raises more questions than it answers.

Mesozoic baby bird fossil sheds new light on evolution

It’s impressive that we can learn so much about something so fragile, from so long ago.

Amazing fossil shows that Earth’s earliest birds evolved just like Darwin’s finches

These proto-birds may have evolved just like their modern relatives.