1. Paleontology

    Crawling through Time: Fish bones reveal past climate change

    The timing of ancient migrations of snakehead fish from the Indian subcontinent into Europe, Asia, and Africa tells scientists about temperature and humidity changes in those locations.

  2. Paleontology

    Rare English bits are oldest known charcoal

    Analyses of small black chunks of material extracted from 420-million-year-old rocks found along the England-Wales border suggest that they're remnants of the earliest known wildfire.

  3. Paleontology

    Fossil confirms that early arthropods molted

    A 505-million-year-old fossil provides hard proof of that ancient arthropods shed their exoskeletons during growth, just as their modern relatives do.

  4. Paleontology

    Ancient Buzzing: German site yields early hummingbird fossils

    Excavations in Germany have yielded the only known fossils of hummingbirds from the Old World and by far the oldest such fossils unearthed anywhere.

  5. Paleontology

    A Makeover for an Old Friend

    Time and technology revamp a dinosaur classic.

  6. Paleontology

    Early Biped Fossil Pops Up in Europe

    A newly described, nearly complete 290-million-year-old fossil of an ancient reptile pushes back the evidence for terrestrial bipedalism by 60 million years.

  7. Paleontology

    Listening to fish for extinction clues

    Tiny fossils from fish that survived worldwide extinctions about 34 million years ago may reveal that cooler winters caused the die-off.

  8. Paleontology

    Old Colonies: Ancient formations are termites’ legacy

    New analyses of mysterious pillars at two sites in southern Africa suggest that the sandstone features are petrified remains of large, elaborate termite nests.

  9. Paleontology

    Early Flight? Winged insects appear surprisingly ancient

    New analyses of a fossil suggest that winged insects may have emerged as early as 400 million years ago.

  10. Paleontology

    L.A.’s Oldest Tourist Trap

    Modern excavations at the La Brea tar pits are revealing a wealth of information about local food chains during recent ice ages, as well as details about what happened to trapped animals in their final hours.

  11. Paleontology

    Ancestral Handful: Tiny skull puts Asia at root of primate tree

    Researchers have unearthed the partial skull of the oldest known primate, a tiny creature that lived in south-central China 55 million years ago.

  12. Paleontology

    Proud paleontologists proclaim: It’s a boy!

    Marine sediments deposited about 425 million years ago have yielded what scientists contend is the world’s oldest undoubtedly male fossil.