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 ...

Dodos were not so dumb after all

Feb 25, 2016

Dodos were not so dumb after all

The dodo is an extinct flightless bird whose name has become synonymous with stupidity. But it turns out that the dodo was no birdbrain, but instead a reasonably brainy bird. Scientists said on Wednesday they figured out the dodo’s brain size and structure based ...

Feb 11, 2016

Climate change 'forcing species to move'

Warming temperatures are causing about half of the world’s plants and animals to move location, an international conference in Australia heard Wednesday, with every major type of species affected. Camille Parmesan, an expert from Britain’s Plymouth University on how climate change impacts wildlife, said ...

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

Jan 31, 2016

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

The mystery behind the extinction of a huge flightless bird called Genyornis that flourished in the grasslands and woodlands of prehistoric Australia may have been solved, with burned eggshells as the clue and people as the culprits. Scientists said Friday burn patterns detected on ...

Tasmanian bush fires raze ancient World Heritage forests

Jan 31, 2016

Tasmanian bush fires raze ancient World Heritage forests

World Heritage-listed forests whose origins predate the age of the dinosaurs are being destroyed by raging Australian bush fires, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever. Firefighters in Tasmania — an island state south of the mainland known for its cooler temperatures ...