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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.

May 30, 2012


beers of  colors in glasses on a table

What Does Brewer’s Yeast Have To Do With Evolution?

Researchers experimenting with yeast think evolution from single-celled to multi-celled organisms might have happened in the blink of an eye.

March 12, 2012


Fossil shells

Scientists Use Ancient Shells To Learn About The Past

If you needed to know what the weather was like in Singapore tens of millions of years ago, you'd have to consult a different source.

November 22, 2011



How Do Scientists Figure Out If A Dinosaur Is A New Species?

Scientists are using bone histology to sort things out. They've already concluded that Stygimoloch, was a juvenile Pachycephalosaurus, not a new species.

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