Classroom Science Leads to Revision of Megalodon’s Size
Classroom Science Leads to Revision of Megalodon’s Size
A handful of high schoolers prompt scientists to develop a new approach for calculating the size of the ancient behemoth.
Classroom Science Leads to Revision of Megalodon’s Size
Classroom Science Leads to Revision of Megalodon’s Size

A handful of high schoolers prompt scientists to develop a new approach for calculating the size of the ancient behemoth.

A handful of high schoolers prompt scientists to develop a new approach for calculating the size of the ancient behemoth.

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Discovered: Fossilized Spores Suggestive of Early Land Plants
Discovered: Fossilized Spores Suggestive of Early Land Plants
Ruth Williams | Aug 12, 2021
Spores found in 480 million-year-old rock bring the fossil record in line with molecular estimates of when plants first adapted to life on land.
Microbial Fossils Found in 3.4-Billion-Year-Old Subseafloor Rock
Microbial Fossils Found in 3.4-Billion-Year-Old Subseafloor Rock
Ruth Williams | Jul 14, 2021
The material, now part of an African mountain range, bolsters the idea that hydrothermal veins supported early forms of life.
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“Dragon Man” May Replace Neanderthal as Our Closest Relative
“Dragon Man” May Replace Neanderthal as Our Closest Relative
Amanda Heidt | Jun 25, 2021
A massive, well-preserved skull discovered in China in the 1930s belongs to a new species called Homo longi, researchers report, but experts remain skeptical about the evidence.
Signs of Ancient Microbial Life Abundant in Earth’s Crust: Study
Signs of Ancient Microbial Life Abundant in Earth’s Crust: Study
Catherine Offord | Jun 3, 2021
Researchers report chemical and molecular signatures of microbial activity from millions of years ago in mineral samples from abandoned mines in Sweden and nearby countries.
Unearthed: World’s Oldest Animal Sperm—And It’s Giant
Unearthed: World’s Oldest Animal Sperm—And It’s Giant
Max Kozlov | Dec 1, 2020
The sperm, belonging to a tiny marine crustacean, dates back nearly 100 million years, making it the most ancient animal sperm found to date.
Genetics Steps In to Help Tell the Story of Human Origins
Genetics Steps In to Help Tell the Story of Human Origins
Katarina Zimmer | Sep 1, 2020
Africa’s sparse fossil record alone cannot reveal our species’ evolutionary history.
Infographic: Meet Your Ancient Ancestors and Relatives in Africa
Infographic: Meet Your Ancient Ancestors and Relatives in Africa
Katarina Zimmer | Sep 1, 2020
Modern human genomes and bones left behind from ancient hominins in Africa tell a complex story about the origins of our species.
45,000-Year-Old Human Remains Found in Bulgarian Cave
45,000-Year-Old Human Remains Found in Bulgarian Cave
Jef Akst | May 12, 2020
A tooth and six bone fragments are the oldest confirmed Homo sapiens fossils in Europe.
Image of the Day: Slow-Growing Brains
Image of the Day: Slow-Growing Brains
Amy Schleunes | Apr 8, 2020
Scans of eight fossilized adult and infant Australopithecus afarensis skulls reveal a prolonged period of brain growth during development that may have set the stage for extended childhood learning in later hominins.
Image of the Day: Early Bilaterian
Image of the Day: Early Bilaterian
Amy Schleunes | Mar 31, 2020
The newly described Ikaria wariootia was a small, wormlike creature that marked an important evolutionary step between early multicellular organisms and more complex modern animals.
Image of the Day: Wonderchicken<br>
Image of the Day: Wonderchicken
Amy Schleunes | Mar 20, 2020
A newly discovered fossilized skull is between 66.8 million and 66.7 million years old and bears similarities to modern-day chickens and ducks.
Image of the Day: Tiny Dinosaur
Image of the Day: Tiny Dinosaur
Amy Schleunes | Mar 16, 2020
A roughly 99-million-year-old piece of amber from northern Myanmar contains the skull of what appears to represent the smallest known dinosaur of the Mesozoic era.
Image of the Day: Filament Networks
Image of the Day: Filament Networks
Amy Schleunes | Mar 11, 2020
Fossils from Newfoundland, Canada, reveal the extensive connections that existed among Earth’s earliest, sea-dwelling animals.
Image of the Day: Scorpionfly Fossils
Image of the Day: Scorpionfly Fossils
Amy Schleunes | Mar 10, 2020
A piece of ancient amber found in a small Burmese village holds preserved remains that indicate this family of insects survived longer than the Early Cretaceous, as previously believed.
Image of the Day: Hairy Cicada
Image of the Day: Hairy Cicada
Amy Schleunes | Mar 5, 2020
A single fossilized forewing belonging to a newly named cicada species that lived roughly 100 million years ago was unearthed at an abandoned Canadian mine.
Reanalyzed Fossils Could Be Last Known<em>&nbsp;Homo erectus</em> Specimens
Reanalyzed Fossils Could Be Last Known Homo erectus Specimens
Emily Makowski | Dec 18, 2019
A mass death event claimed the hominins’ lives and likely resulted from changing environmental conditions.
New Mammal Fossil May Show How Ear Bones Evolved from Jaw Bones
New Mammal Fossil May Show How Ear Bones Evolved from Jaw Bones
Emily Makowski | Dec 6, 2019
An ancient animal’s hammer, anvil, and stirrup bones are at the base of the jaw but completely detached from it.
Image of the Day: Brittle Star
Image of the Day: Brittle Star
Emily Makowski | Nov 20, 2019
This marine animal looks like a sea star, but don’t be fooled.
Image of the Day: <em>Fukuipteryx</em> Fossil
Image of the Day: Fukuipteryx Fossil
Emily Makowski | Nov 15, 2019
This ancient bird has a modern tail bone.