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Image of the Day: Primordial Plants
Staff | Mar 8, 2017
This ancient relative of the
) dates back 100 million years, to the early Cretaceous Period.
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
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
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
Karen Zusi | Jan 1, 2016
Exceptional neural fossil preservation helps answer questions about ancient arthropod evolution.
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.
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?
Molly Sharlach | Sep 29, 2014
Tiny spherical fossils found in China appear to be multicellular organisms with differentiated tissues.
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jun 26, 2014
Fifty-thousand-year-old feces suggest Neanderthals ate both meat and vegetables.
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.