Facts and Fancies About Amber
It's taken scientists a long time to figure out what amber is made of, and what we can learn from it.
Meeting Earth’s First Animals at the Burgess Shale
The Burgess Shale is a huge deposit of unique fossils that reveals records of the middle Cambrian, a vital period in evolutionary history.
The Most Abundant Creature You’ve Never Heard Of
Conodonts are actually older than the oldest previously known vertebrates, making them the earliest known “skeletonized” vertebrates in existence.
Getting to Know Pterosaurs
Everyone loves dinosaurs. Perhaps less well-known are their cousins, the pterosaurs. Pterosaurs could fly, and were closely related ...
The Popular, Lucrative, and Legally Questionable Fossil Trade
Middlemen sell fossils to the highest bidder, whether it’s a museum or a wealthy collector who wants their own stegosaurus.
Dinosaur Brains And Other Unusual Fossil Finds
How can anything besides bones remain from so many millions of years ago?
Do Fossils Always Tell the Truth?
New findings indicate life on earth is older than we thought.
The Tully Monster, Monstrous No More
The identity of the Tully monster, a 50-year-old paleontological mystery, has been solved.
The Mystery of Megasphaera
When did animals first come into being? It might have been millions of years earlier than we thought.
New Organism Might Represent One of Life’s Earliest Forms
Dendrogramma enigmatica, an organism discovered in the 1980s, may be one of the earliest lifeforms.