paleontology
Image of the Day: 99-Million-Year-Old Blood Sucker
Image of the Day: 99-Million-Year-Old Blood Sucker
The Scientist Staff | Dec 13, 2017
Scientists have found the oldest known specimen of a blood-sucking insect together with the remains of its host. 
The Weird Growth Strategy of Earth’s First Trees
The Weird Growth Strategy of Earth’s First Trees
Shawna Williams | Oct 24, 2017
Ancient fossils reveal how woodless trees got so big: by continuously ripping apart their xylem and knitting it back together.
Image of the Day: Fangaroo
Image of the Day: Fangaroo
The Scientist Staff | Oct 19, 2017
Fanged kangaroos in Australia were thought to have gone extinct 15 million years ago, but new evidence suggests they were around for at least 5 million more years.
Effects of Neanderthal DNA on Modern Humans
Effects of Neanderthal DNA on Modern Humans
Ruth Williams | Oct 5, 2017
A new study reveals how Neanderthal DNA in the genomes of present-day British people influences their traits.
Human Species May Be Much Older Than Previously Thought
Human Species May Be Much Older Than Previously Thought
Shawna Williams | Sep 29, 2017
From DNA evidence, researchers estimate the split from other species took place between 260,000 and 350,000 years ago.
Image of the Day: Fossil Guts
Image of the Day: Fossil Guts
The Scientist Staff | Sep 25, 2017
Scientists unearthed an intact, fossilized digestive organ of a 500-million-year-old trilobite—a prehistoric relative of the horseshoe crab.
Image of the Day: Ancient Traces
Image of the Day: Ancient Traces
The Scientist Staff | Sep 13, 2017
Scientists uncovered 500-million-year-old fossilized burrows, up to 600 microns in diameter, made by one of the world’s first freely moving animals.
Mongolian Dinosaurs and the Poaching Problem
Mongolian Dinosaurs and the Poaching Problem
David Moscato | Sep 8, 2017
High-profile cases of poached fossils shine a light on the black market for paleontological specimens—and how scientists and governments are trying to stop it.
Scientists Uncover Oldest <em>Homo sapiens</em> Fossils to Date
Scientists Uncover Oldest Homo sapiens Fossils to Date
Diana Kwon | Jun 6, 2017
The new fossils push the origin of the human species back by 100,000 years.
Mammalian Jaws Evolved to Chew Sideways
Mammalian Jaws Evolved to Chew Sideways
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2017
Parallel evolution in jaws and teeth helped early mammals diversify their diets.