paleobiology
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.
Jurassic Bummer
Jurassic Bummer
Bob Grant | Sep 12, 2013
Researchers find that extracting dinosaur DNA from insects embedded in ancient amber is likely impossible.