paleobiology
Image of the Day: Primordial Plants
Image of the Day: Primordial Plants
The Scientist Staff | Mar 8, 2017
This ancient relative of the Ginkgo biloba (Umaltolepis mongoliensis) dates back 100 million years, to the early Cretaceous Period.
Extinct River Dolphin Species Discovered
Extinct River Dolphin Species Discovered
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 16, 2016
Overlooked for half a century, a skull in the Smithsonian collection points to a dolphin species that lived 25 million years ago, according to a study.
The Neanderthal in the Mirror
The Neanderthal in the Mirror
Lydia Pyne | Aug 1, 2016
Our evolutionary cousin is no longer a blundering caveman. Recent research has painted a picture of a human ancestor with culture, art, and advanced cognitive skills.
Book Excerpt from <em>Seven Skeletons</em>
Book Excerpt from Seven Skeletons
Lydia Pyne | Jul 31, 2016
In Chapter 1, “The Old Man of La Chapelle: The Patriarch of Paleo,” author Lydia Pyne explains the public's evolving conception of the first complete Neanderthal skeleton found and described by scientists.
To Retain a Brain
To Retain a Brain
Karen Zusi | Jan 1, 2016
Exceptional neural fossil preservation helps answer questions about ancient arthropod evolution.
Year in Review: Spotlight on Ancient DNA
Year in Review: Spotlight on Ancient DNA
Bob Grant | Dec 30, 2015
Several studies using centuries-old genetic material graced the pages of life-science journals in 2015. Here’s a look at a few of the researchers and papers that made headlines this year.
Ancient Reproduction
Ancient Reproduction
Kerry Grens | Aug 5, 2015
Deep-sea rangeomorphs that lived more than 540 million years ago used two methods of reproduction, according to a study of fossils.
Ancient Algae or Early Animals?
Ancient Algae or Early Animals?
Molly Sharlach | Sep 29, 2014
Tiny spherical fossils found in China appear to be multicellular organisms with differentiated tissues.
Omnivore Ancestors?
Omnivore Ancestors?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jun 26, 2014
Fifty-thousand-year-old feces suggest Neanderthals ate both meat and vegetables.
Fossilized Mosquito Blood Meal
Fossilized Mosquito Blood Meal
Abby Olena | Oct 14, 2013
Researchers have discovered a 46-million-year-old female mosquito containing the remnants of the insect’s final blood meal.