Swedish researchers say they’ve discovered traces of ancient red algae preserved in sedimentary rock dating back 1.6 billion years, making them the oldest plant-like fossils ever found. The discovery shows that complex multicellular life appeared in Earth’s history much earlier than previously thought.
Sixty six million years ago the world changed in an instant. A huge asteroid, some ten kilometers in diameter, smashed into what is now Mexico. It arrived with the force of several million nuclear bombs, and unleashed a deadly cocktail of wildfires, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes.
Over a century ago, the world's greatest beachcomber prowled the ocean-washed cliffs of Lyme Regis. Top hat firmly in place, Mary Anning collected and identified fossils from England's eroding cliffs during the dawn of our understanding of dinosaurs. Today is her birthday.
Including scale in photographs is important for them to hold scientific value. When you're a geoscientist taking field-photos, humans make remarkably good scale objects. Enter palaeontologists, with their constant need to point out how much larger dinosaurs are than their research topics.
Did you have fun as a first-person palaeontologist uncovering dino-eggs in the Gobi Desert? Here's another video leading up to that moment, once again from the Google-Glass First-Person Perspective
Find a palaeontologist. Have him watch a whole lot of science fiction time-travel movies. Guide him into philosophical conversations about pivotal moments and alternate history. Then set him in front a keyboard, and see what spills out about what he might have studied if not dinosaurs.
We are living in the future. Need proof? Now from the comfort of your computer, you can experience a first-person view of excavating and packing a dinosaur nest for further study.
Did you know the American Museum of Natural History was on Kinja? They are, and they produce some really neat articles. They have a whole lot of palaeontology, with articles on fuzzy pterosaurs, pink pterosaurs, and toothy pterosaurs all this month. And this one, going on a road trip through the Gobi Desert.
A gene variant that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes in Latin Americans may have been inherited from Neanderthals. People who carry the higher risk version of the gene, named SLC16A11, are 25% more likely to have diabetes than those who do not, and 50% more likely if both parents have it. Yet another thing we…
The oldest bird footprints ever discovered in Australia suggest there were birds – big ones – soaring over the continent as long ago as the Early Cretaceous Period. How do researchers know these birds were flying, and not just walking? Science!
You know the saying: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably wasn't actually discovered by Nazis. Last month, headline-writers the world over lost their collective shit when researchers announced they had identified a "priceless," 1000-year-old, swastika-emblazoned, Nazi-ethnologist-discovered statue of buddha —…
We're obviously big Doctor Who fans, and it's no secret that we've got a thing for dinosaurs. But you know what else we love? Pedantry. Over on Dinosaur Tracking, Smithsonian's Brian Switek serves up all three in a light-hearted critique of Saturday's episode of Doctor Who, which featured dinosaurs quite prominently.…
Let's face it: the words "NASA," "space" and "dinosaur" don't go together nearly as often as they should, which is why everyone is so excited over the footprint pictured here.
Homo erectus was not alone in ancient Africa. Newly discovered fossil evidence, detailed in the latest issue of Nature, strongly suggests that no fewer than three distinct species of early humans from the genus Homo co-existed on the continent between 1.7 and 2 million years ago.
When you think of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, you tend to think of the giant prehistoric predator going up against equally terrifying beasts in primal conflict. Sad, then, that scientists now think that he was a bully, picking on smaller dinosaurs.