Teen finds prehistoric mastodon jaw in southern Iowa

U.S. 05/17/19, 13:22

A teen searching for arrowheads in southern Iowa found something much bigger: the prehistoric jawbone of a mastodon.The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the 30-inch bone belonged to a juvenile mastodon, an elephant-like animal believed to have roamed Iowa some 34,000 years ago.Officials with the University of Iowa Paleontology Repository, ...

Indiana sewer project unearths trove of mastodon bones

U.S. 04/18/19, 11:36

Workers installing sewer lines across a southern Indiana farm unearthed the fossilized bones of a mastodon that likely stood about 9 feet (2.7 meters) tall.The bones include most of a tusk, parts of a skull and a jawbone with teeth. They were recently dug up on a farm in Seymour, ...

Filipinos plan more diggings where new human species found

Science 04/11/19, 03:52

Archaeologists who discovered fossil bones and teeth of a previously unknown human species that thrived more than 50,000 years ago in the northern Philippines say they plan more diggings and better protection of the popular limestone cave complex where the remains were unearthed.Filipino archaeologist Armand Salvador Mijares said Thursday the ...

Bones from Philippines cave reveal a new human cousin

Asia & Pacific 04/10/19, 12:02

Fossil bones and teeth found in the Philippines have revealed a long-lost cousin of modern people, which evidently lived around the time our own species was spreading from Africa to occupy the rest of the world.It's yet another reminder that, although Homo sapiens is now the only surviving member of ...

Snapshot of extinction: Fossils show day of killer asteroid

U.S. 03/29/19, 18:25

New research released Friday captures a fossilized snapshot of the day nearly 66 million years ago when an asteroid smacked Earth, fire rained from the sky and the ground shook far worse than any modern earthquake.It was the day that nearly all life on Earth went extinct, including the dinosaurs.The ...

Dinosaur tracks make fresh impression at Valley Forge park

U.S. 03/06/19, 10:19

The national park on the site where George Washington and the struggling Continental Army endured a tough winter during the American Revolution boasts a new feature that's a couple of hundred million years old — dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints discovered on rocks used to pave a section of hiking ...

Trump’s coal pledge could be tested by TVA vote this week

U.S. 02/13/19, 15:52

President Donald Trump's support for the coal industry — and for a particular power plant — will face a test this week when a utility board he appoints considers whether to close a coal-fired Kentucky plant whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign donors. President Donald Trump's ...

Robot recreates the walk of a 290-million-year-old creature

Science 01/16/19, 15:47

How did the earliest land animals move? Scientists have used a nearly 300-million-year old fossil skeleton and preserved ancient footprints to create a moving robot model of prehistoric life.Evolutionary biologist John Nyakatura at Humboldt University in Berlin has spent years studying a 290-million-year-old fossil dug up in central Germany's Bromacker ...

Fossil of plant-eating reptile found in southern New Mexico

Science 11/23/18, 18:40

The earliest known example of a plant-eating reptile has been found in the fossil record in southern New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History said.The museum made the announcement this week , saying the unique structure of the skull, jaws and teeth of the sail-backed reptile indicate it ...

Fight over dinosaur fossils comes down to what’s a mineral

U.S. 11/16/18, 16:32

About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a multimillion-dollar issue that hinges on the legal definition of "mineral."The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that ...

China building boom uncovers buried dinosaurs, makes a star

World 10/25/18, 01:47

China's rapid city building has churned up a motherlode of dinosaur fossils, and no one has seized the scientific opportunity more than one paleontologist.In this Sept. 12, 2018, photo, paleontologist Xu Xing examines an ancient crocodile skull and teeth, recovered from a dig site in Yanji, China. The excavation was ...

Oldest fossils on Earth? New look finds might just be rocks

Science 10/17/18, 09:39

What were billed as the oldest fossils on Earth may just be some rocks, according to a new study.Two years ago, a team of Australian scientists found odd structures in Greenland that they said were partly leftovers from microbes that lived on an ancient seafloor. They were said to be ...

Study of puzzling fossils confirms they came from an animal

Science 09/20/18, 14:31

Scientists say they've confirmed that puzzling fossils from more than 500 million years ago are traces of an animal.That would make it one of the earliest known creatures.The fossils are impressions in rock: oval shapes with internal lines, looking somewhat like a leaf imprint densely packed with veins. First described ...

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