Ancient flying 'dragon reptile' named after 'Avatar' creature

Sep 12, 2014

Ancient flying 'dragon reptile' named after 'Avatar' creature

Some of the most visually stunning sequences from director James Cameron’s blockbuster movie “Avatar” involved graceful flying creatures that were ridden by blue humanlike beings facing ecological destruction on a moon called Pandora. It turns out that an animal very similar to those “Avatar” ...

Biggest dinosaur predator also the weirdest

Sep 12, 2014

Biggest dinosaur predator also the weirdest

The biggest dinosaur predator that ever stalked the Earth was also the weirdest. Scientists announced on Thursday the discovery in Moroccan desert cliffs of new fossil remains of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, a 15-meter-long, 7-ton African monster that breaks the mold for how a dinosaur predator ...

Forebears of mammals were nocturnal party animals

Sep 4, 2014

Forebears of mammals were nocturnal party animals

A nocturnal existence is a way of life for numerous mammals, from bats that swoop through dark skies to skunks that emit their noxious spray under moonlight and majestic lions, tigers and leopards that prowl the night. But this love of nightlife appears to ...

Fossil found of 'four-winged' feathered dinosaur

Jul 16, 2014

Fossil found of 'four-winged' feathered dinosaur

A newly discovered dinosaur was built sort of like a biplane, but probably did not fly as well — if at all. Scientists on Tuesday described a fossil of the strange dinosaur, which lived in China 125 million years ago. The creature was covered ...

Jul 11, 2014

Utah man admits stealing rare dinosaur footprint fossil

A Utah man has admitted to stealing, and then throwing away, a very rare fossilized dinosaur footprint, but will not spend any time in prison, according to court documents. Jared Ehlers, a 35-year-old construction worker, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in ...

Scientists aim to unearth skull of largest dinosaur

Jul 8, 2014

Scientists aim to unearth skull of largest dinosaur

A few months ago, Argentine scientists found the remains of a giant dinosaur. Now they look forward to digging up hundreds more fossils, but what they really want is the big one’s head. In recent years, the discovery of fossils of such sauropods — ...

Bigfoot claims stepped on by DNA analysis

Jul 2, 2014

Bigfoot claims stepped on by DNA analysis

DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, they found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, ...

Fecal fossils show Neanderthal diet

Jun 26, 2014

Fecal fossils show Neanderthal diet

The discovery of the oldest known human excrement is offering valuable scientific insight into the lifestyle of Neanderthals who lived in Spain around 50,000 years ago. Scientists said on Wednesday they had found five samples of human fecal matter at an archaeological site called ...