Your oldest ancestor was a sack-like creature with only one orifice

Jan 31, 2017

Your oldest ancestor was a sack-like creature with only one orifice

Humans’ earliest known relative was likely an egg-shaped creature that ate and expelled from the same gaping orifice some 540 million years ago, scientists reported Monday. Startlingly well-preserved fossils of the tiny beast, dubbed Saccorhytus, were discovered in central China’s Shaanxi province, they reported ...

Smart mouth: Chinese fish fossil sheds light on jaw evolution

Oct 21, 2016

Smart mouth: Chinese fish fossil sheds light on jaw evolution

A bottom-dwelling, mud-grubbing, armored fish that swam in tropical seas 423 million years ago is fundamentally changing the understanding of the evolution of an indisputably indispensable anatomical feature: the jaw. Scientists said on Thursday they unearthed in China’s Yunnan province fossils of a primordial ...

Color of 'cute' bristly dinosaur deciphered

Sep 16, 2016

Color of 'cute' bristly dinosaur deciphered

Scientists guided by small structures preserved in fossilized skin have deciphered the color and camouflage pattern of a little dinosaur with a parrot-like beak and bristles on its tail that roamed thick forests in China about 120 million years ago. Psittacosaurus was mainly brown ...