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Feathers May Have Helped Dinosaurs Beat Cold

Traditionally understood as warm-loving animals, dinosaurs lived and thrived in the arctic, suggest a study by Chinese and American researchers.

Shining Light On Why Beetles Glow

The discovery of a a 99 million year old amber fossil from Myanmar offers insight into how and why beetles began to glow.

Toothy Insights Into Ancient Elephants’ Changing Diets

Researchers analyzed the wear and tear on fossilized elephant teeth to unearth the diets of these prehistoric animals.

Insect Camouflage Behavior Dates Back To The Cretaceous

Fossils of green lacewings and other insects dating back to the mid-Cretaceous show how they evolved to carry debris as camouflage.

Ancient ‘Unicorn’ Ant Trapped Prey With Its Giant Horn

The bizarre-looking ant, preserved in 99-million-year-old Burmese amber, had a prominent horn and exaggerated, scythe-like mandibles.

Macrofossils Re-Write The History Of Multicellular Life

Fossils of multi-celled organisms visible to the naked eye have just been found in China, and are a billion years older than previously thought.

Brood Care In Insects Is At Least 100 Million Years Old

A scale insect family fossilized in amber shows how early insects cared for their offspring.

A 600 Million Year Old Sponge

An extraordinarily well-preserved fossil discovered in China sheds light on the evolution of sponges.

Giant Prehistoric Fossilized Fleas Found From Mesozoic Era Of China

We are all familiar with modern day fleas that bite and feed on our pet pooches, but it seems that millions of years ago, dinosaurs faced the same problem, only a much bigger one.