Fossils

  1. Life

    Scientists Say: Hominid

    Scientists are still working out what counts as a hominid. Some say it’s just people and our extinct ancestors. Others say add more apes.

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  2. Animals

    Giant worms may have hidden beneath the ancient seafloor to ambush prey

    Twenty-million-year-old tunnels unearthed in Taiwan may have been home to creatures similar to today’s monstrous bobbit worms.

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  3. Fossils

    This ancient reptile’s last meal may have truly been a killer

    An ichthyosaur’s eyes were too big for its stomach. And that may have led to this ancient reptile’s death.

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  4. Fossils

    American crocs seem to descend from kin that crossed the Atlantic

    A fossil hints that early crocodiles crossed over from Africa, millions of years ago, to colonize a new land.

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  5. Humans

    Let’s learn about early humans

    Homo sapiens are the last member left of our genus. But many other species of early humans existed before us.

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  6. Fossils

    Early dinosaurs may have laid soft-shelled eggs

    Scientists for the first time have turned up evidence of fossils from soft-shelled dinosaur eggs. This has scientists rethinking how dinosaur eggs evolved.

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  7. Fossils

    These crocodile ancestors lived a two-legged life

    A set of 106-million year old footprints show a crocodile relative appears to have walked on two legs.

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  8. Fossils

    Tube-dwelling sea creatures may be oldest known parasites

    A fossil bed of clam-like animals from a half-billion years ago is covered in tube-dwelling organisms. These suggest the tube dwellers were parasites, scientists now report.

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  9. Fossils

    Fossil stomach reveals a dinosaur’s last meal

    A rare fossilized stomach reveals a dino’s dining preferences. It also provides clues to the ecosystem in which the reptile lived.

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  10. Fossils

    Saber-toothed anchovy relatives were once fearsome hunters

    Today’s plankton-eating anchovies sport tiny teeth. But their ancient kin were armed with spiky lower teeth and a giant upper sabertooth.

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  11. Fossils

    The challenge of dinosaur hunting in deep caves

    Spelunkers aren’t the only people to find caves interesting. So do paleontologists. Though getting to work may be harrowing, they find it’s worth it.

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  12. Earth

    Scientists Say: Jurassic

    During this time from about 200 million to 145 million years ago, dinosaurs reigned and many animals evolved, including birds and some early mammals.

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