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What was it that gave modern humans the edge over the Neanderthals ?

4-2-2024 | 16

Today, we are the only human species left on the planet - but what was it that made us so special ?


Real-life 'Kermit the Frog' proto-amphibian lived 270 million years ago

3-24-2024 | 1

A newly identified ancestor of modern day frogs has been named after Jim Henson's iconic green Muppet.


Huge meat-eating dinosaur was 'heron from hell', claims new study

3-10-2024 | 10

Researchers have solved the mystery of whether or not Spinosaurus was adept at pursuing its prey underwater.


Scientists discover the reason why humans no longer have long tails

3-3-2024 | 1

It might be hard to imagine, but many millions of years ago, our ancestors had long tails just like monkeys do today.


Mysterious lizard fossil's 'soft tissue' turns out to be mostly just black paint

2-16-2024 | 0

For decades, the fossil of a lizard found over 90 years ago was thought to exhibit evidence of preserved soft tissues.


New species of pterosaur discovered on Scotland's Isle of Skye

2-7-2024 | 2

Researchers discuss their recent fossil find and what it could mean for our understanding of these winged reptiles.


Prehistoric 'Hell chicken' offers hint of Late Cretaceous dinosaur diversity

1-28-2024 | 0

A newly identified species of birdlike dinosaur has offered up a glimpse of life before the asteroid strike.


World's largest ever shark may have been a lot thinner, scientists argue

1-24-2024 | 13

Illustrations of megalodon based on great white shark proportions might not reflect its actual body shape.


Real-life 10ft prehistoric 'King Kong' disappeared 215,000 years ago

 VIDEO  1-11-2024 | 10

Known as Gigantopithecus blacki, this enormous primate was the largest of its kind ever to walk the Earth.


Prehistoric carnivorous 'terror beast' worm fossils unearthed in Greenland

1-5-2024 | 2

Over 500 million years ago, these huge predatory worms prowled the Cambrian seas.


Scientists reconstruct the face of the infamous 'Piltdown Man'

1-4-2024 | 1

This is what Piltdown Man would have looked like if he didn't also happen to be one of the world's most infamous hoaxes.


Some juvenile T. rex fossils are a distinct species of small dinosaur

1-3-2024 | 0

It is now believed that some of the fossils once thought to be young T. rexes are actually adults of a separate species.


Could the dinosaurs be the reason why humans don't live for 200 years?

12-21-2023 | 1

Could our evolutionary history during the time of the dinosaurs have determined how long we live ?


Neanderthal genes could explain why some people are early birds

12-18-2023 | 5

Interbreeding between modern humans and Neanderthals could account for why some of us are predisposed to be early birds.


DNA analysis suggests dire wolves may not have actually been wolves

12-12-2023 | 2

These huge prehistoric carnivores were long thought to be close cousins of the modern day gray wolf.


Skull of colossal prehistoric 'sea monster' found in Dorset cliffs

 VIDEO  12-11-2023 | 13

The impressive skull, which measures two meters in length, belonged to a particularly ferocious sea creature.


Gargantuan millipede the length of a car reconstructed for Netflix show

 VIDEO  12-3-2023 | 3

Millions of years ago, the Earth was home to some truly titanic insects including one particularly enormous millipede.


Fossil remains of world's largest marsupial unearthed in Australia

10-25-2023 | 4

A relative of today's wombats, the Diprotodon was absolutely massive - standing 1.7 meters tall and weighing 3 tons.


First known fossilized 'terror bird' footprints found in Argentina

10-13-2023 | 7

The well-preserved tracks were left in the silt by a species of bird that would have made even today's ostriches seem tame.


Our ancestors may have evolved in Europe, not Africa, study claims

9-5-2023 | 43

A controversial new study based on an 8.7-million-year-old skull could serve to rewrite the history books.

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