paleontology

tech-science

These 54-Million-Year-Old Fly Eyes Are Preserved in Astounding Detail

The crane fly fossils upend theories about the structure of the most common visual organ in the animal kingdom.
Becky Ferreira
8.14.19
tech-science

Fossils of a 12-Foot-Tall, 1000-Pound Bird Found in Crimea

Pachystruthio dmanisensis was three times the size of modern ostriches.
Becky Ferreira
6.27.19
Science

Teen Finds Second Mastodon Fossil on Iowa Farm in 30 Years

The owners of the property want to keep their identities and location hidden for fear of fossil hunters.
Rob Dozier
5.16.19
tech-science

This Bird Went Extinct and Then Evolved Into Existence Again

"We know of no other example in rails, or of birds in general, that demonstrates this phenomenon so evidently.”
Becky Ferreira
5.9.19
Motherboard

90-Million-Year-Old 'Chimera' Crab Was An Animal Mashup

"We have an idea of what a typical crab looks like—and these new fossils break all those rules."
Becky Ferreira
4.24.19
ANIMALS

‘Dynasties’ Is a Timely Reminder That People Are the Worst Animals

The new show voiced by Sir David Attenborough documents the trajectories of animal life in an almost Shakespearean way.
John Saward
1.25.19
marsupial lion

Australia's Ancient 'Marsupial Lion' Was Absolutely Terrifying

Scientists reconstructed the first full skeleton of the marsupial lion, which was like a lion, koala, and Tasmanian devil wrapped up in a bodyslam.
Becky Ferreira
12.13.18
dinosaurs

What This Rare Skull Tells Us About Dinosaur Parenting

Some dinosaurs nurtured their offspring, but Diplodocus kids were likely left to fend for themselves as soon as they hatched.
Becky Ferreira
10.11.18
Dino Crime

The Bizarre True Crime Story Surrounding a ‘Big Sexy Dinosaur’

Motherboard talks to Paige Williams, author of The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy.
Becky Ferreira
9.11.18
HOTY2017

The Paleontologist Who Finds Anthropocene Insights in the Dinosaur Age

Steve Brusatte explains how these spectacular bygone animals shaped our present, and how they can inform our future.
Becky Ferreira
12.4.17
Extinct Predators

This Extinct Wolf-Sized Otter Demolished Prey With Its Forceful Bite

This 110-pound otter that lived 6 million years ago had a powerful bite, and was likely a top predator.
Becky Ferreira
11.9.17
embryos

A 200-Million-Year Old Display Fossil Turns Out to Be a Rare Pregnant Specimen

The pregnant ocean predator from the Jurassic is the largest of her kind.
Becky Ferreira
8.28.17
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