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January 15, 2015

 

exhibit of Giganto at the University of Iowa Natural History museum

The Real Bigfoot

Bigfoot is the stuff of make-believe, but Giganto was real, and was more menacing than the mythic monster.

October 22, 2014

 

Burgess Shale

Fossil Find Solves a Double Mystery

Scientists link mysterious ice-cream cone shaped fossils to Hallucigenia, a spiny, soft-bodied creature from 500 million years ago.

September 9, 2014

 

two jellyfish swim next to each other

Wisconsin Jellyfish

Jellyfish turn up in the unlikeliest of places...a Wisconsin sandstone quarry.

September 8, 2014

 

gills from a mushroom cap

Prototaxites: Giant Fungus

Long before animals roamed the earth, Prototaxites existed—a twenty-foot organism that some scientists classify as a giant fungus.

July 31, 2014

 

Cave painting of a hunter spearing a wooly mammoth

Inbred Mammoths

Did climate change wipe out the wooly mammoth? The fossil record may tell a different story of the mammoth's demise.

June 16, 2014

 

A Lego skeleton splashes down in water

A Skeleton Is Worth A Thousand Words

It's tricky business, but there's a lot you can figure out from a human skeleton if you know what you're doing.

April 30, 2014

 

Grey-colored, circular stromatolites

Searching For Earth’s Oldest Life

How far back does the fossil record really go anyway? It might not be as far as you think.

December 5, 2012

 

Pikaia Gracilens

Pikaia Gracilens Are One Of Our Oldest Ancestors

We're related... to something that looks like an eel!

October 29, 2012

 

Fossil mountain

What Makes The Burgess Shale So Remarkable?

Picture this: it's the Cambrian period. There are all sorts of strange looking creatures swimming and crawling around the ocean floor...

October 26, 2012

 

Giant penguins

What Is An Inkayacu paracasensis?

Giant penguin populations started to decline about twenty five million years ago.

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