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An 88,000-year-old finger bone places human ancestors in Arabia earlier than previously believed.

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Image of the Day: Primordial Sculpture

By The Scientist Staff | September 20, 2017

This lifelike replica of the one-centimeter, 500-million-year-old arthropod Agnostus pisiformis was reconstructed from the animal’s ancient fossils.

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Image of the Day: Wait For It

By The Scientist Staff | May 17, 2017

A current moved this prehistoric ammonite’s lifeless shell across the seafloor, producing an almost 28-foot-long fossilized scratch. 

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The infamous "Baby Louie" embryo is a giant oviraptorosaur fossil from China that resembled a gargantuan bird.

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Image of the Day: Bygone Blood Cells

By The Scientist Staff | April 11, 2017

These fossilized red blood cells (right), found in an ancient, blood-engorged Amblyomma tick (left), likely belonged to primates.

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Fossilized Dinosaur Brain Found

By Joshua A. Krisch | October 31, 2016

Prehistoric soft tissue can be hard to come by. The preserved remains of dinosaur brains have long remained elusive—until now.

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A Tiny Missing Link?

By Bob Grant | November 2, 2015

The common ancestor of all apes, including great apes and humans, may have been not-so-great in stature.

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Enamel’s Origins

By Karen Zusi | September 25, 2015

Fossil and genetic evidence indicates tooth enamel originated in the scales of ancient fish.

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Ancient Reproduction

By Kerry Grens | August 5, 2015

Deep-sea rangeomorphs that lived more than 540 million years ago used two methods of reproduction, according to a study of fossils.

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Four-legged Snake Fossil Found

By Bob Grant | July 27, 2015

Researchers discover an unprecedented paleontological relic that may just rewrite the book on snake evolution.

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