Mammals thrived long before the dinosaurs died: teeth study

Jun 9, 2016

Mammals thrived long before the dinosaurs died: teeth study

The prevailing theory that mammals only flourished after an asteroid strike wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is doubly wrong, according to a study published Wednesday. Our warm-blooded predecessors thrived and spread over millions of years even as Tyrannosaurus and other flesh-ripping ...

Scientists drill into crater at sea for dino clues

May 28, 2016

Scientists drill into crater at sea for dino clues

Sharks swim around a platform off Mexico’s east coast as scientists drill deep into the ocean floor, extracting the remains of the asteroid widely blamed for the demise of the dinosaurs. Some 30 meters (98 feet) above the ocean floor, the researchers pull out ...

May 19, 2016

Fossil bird had record wingspan

Scientists on Wednesday said they have found the remains of a giant prehistoric bird that lived 50 million years ago in Antarctica and had the largest wingspan ever recorded. Paleontologists at a natural history museum in Argentina said they had identified the pelagornithid, or ...

Weird ancient hammerhead creature ate algae

May 7, 2016

Weird ancient hammerhead creature ate algae

It was a creature so outlandish that scientists say it reminds them of the fanciful beasts conjured up by Dr. Seuss. But would the famous children’s book author have thought up a marine reptile with a hammerhead snout it used to snack on algae? ...

Cave artwork in France 10,000 years older than thought

Apr 13, 2016

Cave artwork in France 10,000 years older than thought

Some of the world’s oldest prehistoric artwork, located in the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc cave in southeastern France, is actually 10,000 years older than previously thought, researchers said Tuesday. The red and black cave drawings contained in the cave are more than 30,000 years old, according ...