Ancient 'Loch Ness monster' reptiles swam like penguins

Dec 18, 2015

Ancient 'Loch Ness monster' reptiles swam like penguins

Plesiosaurs, marine reptiles that thrived in the world’s seas when dinosaurs ruled the land, swam much like penguins by using their flippers to “fly” underwater, scientists said on Thursday, resolving a debate that began nearly two centuries ago. Plesiosaurs had four large flippers, and ...

Dec 10, 2015

Fossil of carnivorous whale named to honor 'Moby-Dick'

Don’t call me Ishmael. Call me “Albicetus.” Scientists on Wednesday said fossils unearthed in 1909 in Santa Barbara, California, that had been wrongly categorized for decades as belonging to a group of extinct walruses, were in fact the remains of a fearsome sperm whale ...

Oct 30, 2015

Fossil unearthed in Spain sheds light on ape evolution

The well-preserved partial skull and skeleton of a gibbon-like creature that lived 11.6 million years ago in Spain is shedding new light on the evolutionary history of modern apes. Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery in Catalonia of fossil remains of a small, fruit-eating ...

Pig-snouted turtle from dinosaur era is discovered in Utah

Oct 25, 2015

Pig-snouted turtle from dinosaur era is discovered in Utah

A strange pig-snouted turtle that lived alongside tyrannosaurs and duck-billed dinosaurs has been discovered in Utah, the University of Utah has announced. A team from the Natural History Museum of Utah discovered fossils of a strange-looking turtle in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in ...

How primeval hedgehogs evolved their spines

Oct 16, 2015

How primeval hedgehogs evolved their spines

Scientists say the fossil of a small, furry creature found in a Spanish quarry indicates that mammals evolved hedgehog-like spines far earlier than previously thought, according to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The fossil dates back some 125 million years to ...

South Africa's new human relative sparks racial row

Sep 17, 2015

South Africa's new human relative sparks racial row

Some prominent South Africans have dismissed the discovery of a new human ancestor as a racist theory designed to cast Africans as “subhuman,” an opinion that resonates in a country deeply bruised by apartheid. “No one will dig old monkey bones to back up ...