Fossils (from Classical Latin fossilis; literally, "obtained by digging") are the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms from the remote past. The totality of fossils, bot...
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Mesmerizing Feather Stars
Meet the feather star, an ancient species of marine invertebrate.
You've been woefully misled on fossil fuels
You've been woefully misled on fossil fuels.
Miners in Canada came across what is considered to be the best preserved fossil of its kind
One of our favorite stories of the year: Miners in Canada came across what is considered to be the best preserved fossil of its kind. Meet the nodosaur, a plant-eating armored dinosaur....
Largest-Ever Carnivorous Dinosaur Footprint Discovered In Bolivia
A tour guide in Bolivia recently stumbled on a giant fossilized footprint measuring more than a meter wide, left some 80 million years ago by a meat-eating dinosaur.
NOVA: Little people of Flores
In 2003 paleoanthropologists made a discovery on the Indonesian island of Flores that shook up the world of early human studies like no other in recent years...
Huge Trove Of Dinosaur Fossils Found In Antarctica
Scientists braved the cold of Antarctica to study the end of the age of dinosaurs. They found more than a ton of fossils, ranging from 71m and 67m years old, many of which are marine reptiles.
These ancient Asian primate fossils might be the missing pieces of a major evolutionary puzzle
A discovery in southern China shows how catastrophic climate change shifted the course of primate — and ultimately human — evolution.
Pint-Sized Lizards Trapped in Amber Give Clues to Life 100 Million Years Ago
The trove of Cretaceous reptiles includes an early relative of the chameleon—the oldest yet discovered
520-Million-Year-Old Nervous System Found
The crustacean-like animal lived long before the first dinosaurs emerged.
Oldest Nervous System Found In 520-Million-Year-Old Fossil
Fossils of an ancient creature resembling a shrimp with an armored head contain the oldest and best-preserved nervous system ever found, which could help scientists decipher the evolution of nervous s...
Major Jurassic Fossil Site Found In Argentina
Paleontologists in Argentina have announced the discovery of a major Jurassic-era fossil site four years after it was first discovered.
Monster-Size Marine Crocodile Discovered
The biggest sea-dwelling crocodile ever found has turned up in the Tunisian desert. The whopper of a prehistoric predator grew to over 30 feet long (nearly ten meters) and weighed three tons. Paleonto...
DNA Reveals Mysterious Human Cousin With Huge Teeth
A new genetic analysis suggests that the recently discovered Denisovans lived in Eurasia for millennia. The find underscores that our Homo sapiens ancestors shared the Eurasian continent with other hu...
Frozen Cave Lion Cubs From The Ice Age Found In Siberia
Russian researchers have announced the discovery of cave lion cubs found in the Ice Age permafrost of Yakutia, Siberia. The frozen cats are the first of their kind ever found in such a well-preserved ...
Paleontology or palaeontology (/ˌpeɪlɪɒnˈtɒlədʒi/, /ˌpeɪlɪənˈtɒlədʒi/ or /ˌpælɪɒnˈtɒlədʒi/, /ˌpælɪənˈtɒlədʒi/) is the scientific study of life existent prior to, but sometimes including, the start of ...
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Paleoanthropology (English: Palaeoanthropology; from Greek: παλαιός (palaeos) "old, ancient"), anthrōpos (ἄνθρωπος), "man", understood to mean humanity, and -logia (-λογία), "discourse" or "study"), w...
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Relative dating
Relative dating is the science of determining the relative order of past events (i.e., the age of an object in comparison to another), without necessarily determining their absolute age, (i.e. estimat...
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Index fossil
Index fossils (also known as guide fossils, indicator fossils or zone fossils) are fossils used to define and identify geologic periods (or faunal stages). They work on the premise that, although dif...
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Transitional fossil
A transitional fossil is any fossilized remains of a life form that exhibits traits common to both an ancestral group and its derived descendant group. This is especially important where the descendan...
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Fossil collecting
Fossil collecting (some times, in a non-scientific sense, fossil hunting) is the collection of fossils for scientific study, hobby, or profit. Fossil collecting, as practiced by amateurs, is the prede...
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Living fossil
A living fossil is a living species (or clade) of organism that appears to be similar to a species otherwise known only from fossils, typically with no close living relatives. Normally the similarity...
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Fossil fuel
Fossil fuels are fuels formed by natural processes such as anaerobic decomposition of buried dead organisms. The age of the organisms and their resulting fossil fuels is typically millions of years, a...
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A Lagerstätte ([ˈlaːɡɐˌʃtɛtə], from Lager 'storage' Stätte 'place'; plural Lagerstätten) is a sedimentary deposit that exhibits extraordinary fossils with exceptional preservation—sometimes including...
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Petrified wood
Petrified wood (from the Greek root petro meaning "rock" or "stone"; literally "wood turned into stone") is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. It is the ...
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Trace fossil
Trace fossils, also called ichnofossils (sg. /ˈɪknoʊfɒsɨl/; Greek: ιχνος ikhnos "trace, track"), are geological records of biological activity. Trace fossils may be impressions made on the substr...
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