Fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Jan 28, 2015

Fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized. Scientists on Tuesday described the four oldest-known snake fossils, the most ancient of which was a 10-inch-long (25-cm) reptile called Eophis underwoodi that lived about 167 million years ago and was unearthed ...

Nov 28, 2014

Courtship 'frill' helps identify new dinosaur species

A U.S. scientist has identified fossilized bones in a Canadian museum as belonging to a new species of dinosaur, saying researchers had only “scratched the surface” in terms of dinosaur diversity. Nick Longrich, a paleontologist who teaches at the University of Bath in Britain, ...

Dinosaur footprints in Bolivia threatened with extinction

Oct 3, 2014

Dinosaur footprints in Bolivia threatened with extinction

A hill in southeastern Bolivia that offers an awe-inspiring glimpse of the world as it was when dinosaurs ruled is threatened by nearby human activity, conservationists say. The near-vertical sheet of limestone is crisscrossed by more than 5,000 fossilized dinosaur footprints, some more than ...

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 ...

Site of dinosaur tracks to be unveiled

Aug 30, 2014

Site of dinosaur tracks to be unveiled

by Brady Mccombs

A dry wash full of 112-million-year-old dinosaur tracks that include an ankylosaurus, dromaeosaurus and a menacing ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus rex, is set to open to the public this fall in Utah. There are more than 200 tracks near the city of Moab from ...

Intact pterosaur eggs found in China

Jun 9, 2014

Intact pterosaur eggs found in China

A spectacular find of fossil eggs from 120 million years ago is providing unique insight into the lifestyle and sex differences of pterosaurs, the flying reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs. Until now, only four pterosaur eggs had ever been found, and all were ...