May 20, 2016

Researchers solve mystery of red color in birds

Scientists said Thursday they have solved a long-standing mystery about what makes some birds red — a color that, when found in beaks and feathers, shows strong sex appeal. The genes affecting coloration belong to a wider family of genes involved in detoxification, said ...

Weird ancient hammerhead creature ate algae

May 7, 2016

Weird ancient hammerhead creature ate algae

It was a creature so outlandish that scientists say it reminds them of the fanciful beasts conjured up by Dr. Seuss. But would the famous children’s book author have thought up a marine reptile with a hammerhead snout it used to snack on algae? ...

Dinosaur discovery in Central Asia solves T. rex mystery

Mar 19, 2016

Dinosaur discovery in Central Asia solves T. rex mystery

Fossils unearthed in northern Uzbekistan’s remote Kyzylkum Desert of a smaller, older cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex are showing that the modest forerunners of that famous brute had already acquired the sophisticated brain and senses that helped make it such a horrifying predator. Researchers said ...

Mar 10, 2016

Prehistoric marine reptiles killed off by global warming

One of the enduring mysteries of paleontology, the demise of a highly successful group of dolphin-like marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs that flourished in the seas for more than 150 million years, may finally have been solved. Scientists on Tuesday attributed their extinction 94 million ...