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Growing up queer in Appalachia

We were strange children. We were obsessed with androgyny, or unable to imagine ourselves growing up. Sometimes we were just acutely alienated, for …

Odd Football-Size Armored Creatures Solve Ancient Footprint Mystery

In a Cinderella-esque story, researchers have finally figured out the creature that left countless fossilized footprints across the ancient seafloor. …

Seafloor

Mass Extinction Causes: What Triggered Colossal Loss Of Life In Precambrian Era?

More than 540 million years ago, a mass extinction took place on our planet wiping out soft-bodied organisms. What caused the world’s first mass …

Scientists find 3.7 billion-year-old fossil, oldest yet

Scientists have found what they think is the oldest fossil on Earth, a remnant of life from 3.7 billion years ago when Earth's skies were orange and its oceans green.<p>In a newly melted part of Greenland, Australian scientists found the leftover structure from a community of microbes that lived on an …

Wales

Oldest fossils controversy resolved

New analysis of world-famous 3.46 billion-year-old rocks by researchers from The University of Western Australia is set to finally resolve a …

Western Australia

Timoclea grus (Holmes, 1858)

<i>Timoclea grus</i> (Holmes, 1858). Barely twenty-four hours after I posted a “what is it?” message on the “Fossil ID” forum of The Fossil Forum, members …

‘Lesbian and transgender hillbillies’ are taking over rural America

Look out farmer friends, “lesbian and transgender hillbillies” are coming to ruin your small towns and bucolic views. How do we know? Because crack …

LGBTQI

Biology’s Holy Grail: The Species And Its Controversial Recent History

Turns out we’ve all been cheated by the textbooks we read in high school or university.<p><i>This article was written by Darren Curnoe from the University</i> …

Evolution

Painting the Ancient Seas

During a 1958 benchmarking trip to a number of North American natural history museums, Smithsonian exhibits specialist Ann Karras wrote to Assistant …

Slaves Identify Elephant Fossils in America

By Adrienne Mayor (Regular Contributor)<p>African slaves dug up some colossal teeth while working in a swampy field on Stono Plantation (North Carolina) …

Mammoths

Birds of a fibula

Over the last 20 years, there has grown insurmountable evidence that birds are the direct modern descendants of dinosaurs. Eagles are dinosaurs. …

New fossil evidence supports theory that first mass extinction engineered by early animals

Newly discovered fossil evidence from Namibia strengthens the proposition that the world's first mass extinction was caused by 'ecosystem engineers' …

Biology

The Queers Left Behind: How LGBT Assimilation Is Hurting Our Community's Most Vulnerable

On the evening of June 28, two very different celebrations took place to mark the most historic New York City Pride week in decades.<p>The flashier of these celebrations was the iconic Dance on the Pier. As the Pride Parade came to a drizzly end, an exuberant crowd of young, gay and mostly white men …

When tectonics killed everything

It’s often known as “The Great Dying.”<p>Scientists have unearthed many clues over the last decades, but they’ve yet to reach a final verdict. So far …

Mollusc diversity for palaeontologists

While arthropods and roundworms exceed the phylum Mollusca in terms of species, molluscs hold their own when it comes to anatomical diversity. There …

Paleontology: Aftermath of a mass extinction

A new study of fossil fishes from Middle Triassic sediments on the shores of Lake Lugano provides new insights into the recovery of biodiversity …

Why the turtle got its shell

Turtle shells didn’t get their start as natural armor, it seems. The reptiles’ ancestors might have evolved partial shells to help them burrow …

The final nail in the coffin of Patagonian megafaunal extinctions

Are our ancestors responsible for Late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions? Were the Ice Age giants doomed to extinction because they couldn’t adapt …

Giraffatitan's weird head gets even weirder

In the last post on <i>Giraffatitan</i>, we focused on just how strange the head is, and explored some hints about the ontogeny of the animal's face.<p>However …

Paleo Profile: Pangu's Wing

Pterosaurs may as well have been made of paper. Their bones were so light and delicate that at times even looking at them feels like it might crush …

Diets

Butterflies in the Time of Dinosaurs, with Nary a Flower in Sight

Biologists Steven Jay Gould and Simon Conway Morris famously butted heads over a simple thought experiment: if we were to “rewind the tape” of life …

Biology

The Battle for the Bone Wars Beasts

A few years back, shortly after he introduced me to a splendid fossil alligator, Peabody Museum of Natural History collections manager Christopher …

Charisma

Patterns in Palaeontology: How and why did the arthropod shed its skin? Moulting in living and fossil arthropods

by Harriet B. Drage*1Introduction:Arthropods are one of the most successful groups of animals, in the present day and the fossil record. There are …

An articulated set of 76 mil-yr-old shark teeth in the vertebrate paleontology collection! #SharkWeek #fossils https://t.co/dJ3rUQT5lS

Astonishing 99-Million-Year-Old Bird Wings Found Preserved In Amber

When it was first revealed that feathers from ancient birds were able to survive fossilization, it shook the scientific world. Previously, it was …

Nature Communications