Paleontologist Jack Horner is like a lot of us: as a child, he wanted a pet dinosaur — a dream he's working to make reality. In a recent TED talk, Horner explained why the Chickensaurus is dinosaur's best hope.
The recent discovery of one-meter-tall "hobbit" skeletons in Indonesia is one of the most shocking finds in the history of paleontology. Now there's hope that DNA extracted from a preserved tooth might unlock the secrets of these hobbits.
Several million years ago, one of our oldest primate ancestors may have lived in fear of prowling saber-toothed tigers, according to new fossils that place the fearsome predator in the exact same part of Africa as these ancient primates.
One explanation for the extinction of our hominid cousins is that Neanderthals weren't as smart about what foods they ate as our ancestors. But newly discovered Neanderthal teeth reveal a complex diet, mixing in fruits and vegetables with their meat.
Snakes and other creatures have been menacing the world with venomous fangs since the early days of the dinosaurs, but until now nobody quite knew how they got their most fearsome weapon. Now a paleontologist has solved this evolutionary mystery.
Dinosaur eggs dating back to the early Jurassic are revealing amazing secrets about dinosaurs. These particular dinosaurs were born quadrupedal, then learned how to walk upright, revealing drastic physical changes and a very human-like reliance on their parents during infancy.
Neanderthals and ancient ancestors of modern humans were probably far more promiscuous than we are today. How do we know? Because their fingers were shorter than ours are.
These days, Antarctica is the coldest, driest place on Earth. What little life it harbors clings to the edges of the continent. But that wasn't always true. 45 million years ago, Antarctica was a lush rain forest, teeming with life.
The image of a gigantic dinosaur towering above its helpless prey just got a little bit more frightening, as it turns out dinosaurs had thick layers of cartilage between their bones that added up to an extra 10% of height.
For 200 years, paleontologists have cataloged and named new species of dinosaurs. But it turns out the ones who named the most dinosaurs were the most likely to misinterpret their discoveries. Apparently it really is quality, not quantity, that matters.
The newly identified ancient bird Pelagornis chilensis is one of the biggest birds ever discovered, with a gigantic 17 foot wingspan and spiny, teeth-like structures along its massive beak that it used to hunt fish and squid.
Paleontologists have discovered a shocking fact about the relationship between the celebrated Triceratops dinosaur (left) and its less-glamorous, holey-headed counterpart, Torosaurus (right). Turns out they're not evolutionary cousins. In fact, Triceratops is just a younger version of Torosaurus.
Roughly 375 million years ago, proto-amphibians crawled out of the sea to start living on land. While those ancient trailblazers get the attention, their achievement wouldn't matter much without the reptiles who explored inland - and now we've found them.
If you ever find yourself staring down a saber-toothed tiger due to some time travel mishap, a word of warning: Those massive teeth aren't your biggest problem. Its phenomenally strong arms will have you pinned in seconds.
Ardipithecus ramidus, a four million year old ancestor of humans, was so important that it was declared the biggest scientific breakthrough of 2009. That might still be true - but we might also be totally wrong about where it lived.
One of the biggest mysteries about dinosaurs is whether they are ectotherms or endotherms - in other words, cold-blooded like reptiles or warm-blooded like birds. Now there may be a way to figure it out using minerals on dinosaur teeth.
Raptors get more fearsome all the time. Jurassic Park painted velociraptors as clever, fleet-footed predators, and they may have hunted from trees. Now researchers suspect their turkey-sized relative had a venomous bite — and other raptors might have it, too.
Dinosaurs may not have been the most fearsome creatures to stalk the Saharan plains. Paleontologists have discovered fossils of several crocodile species that indicate some crocs galloped upright on land, some were enormous, and some literally ate dinosaurs for breakfast.
A process known as computed tomography scanning, or CT for short, has revolutionized scientists' ability to investigate the past. Using devices a trillion times more powerful than hospital X-rays machines, scientists can peer inside priceless fossils without destroying them.