History In The Headlines

Category: Marine Life

Smithsonian researchers document one of the fossil whales from the Cerro Ballena site. (Credit Smithsonian Institution)

Scientists Probe Mystery Behind Chile’s Ancient Whale Graveyard

A new report provides insight into the amazing graveyard of fossilized whale skeletons unearthed during the construction of a Chilean highway.

Tiktaalik roseae fossil

From Fins to Feet? Ancient Fish Reveals Link

Fossils of an ancient fish found in the Canadian Arctic suggest that the hind legs of four-legged animals actually developed in the water, as enhanced fins.

Oarfish

Legendary Sea Giant Discovered

A snorkeling science instructor discovers a dead 18-foot, 200-pound oarfish and drags it to land.

Leedsichthys problematicus

Scientists Discover World’s Largest Fish

Thanks to a nearly complete skeleton found buried in an English quarry, the giant Jurassic-era Leedsichthys has grabbed the title of world’s largest fish.

Dinosaur Arthritis

Arthritisaurus: Did Elderly Dinos Get Inflamed Joints?

Research suggests the marine reptiles known as pliosaurs got arthritis, and their dinosaur contemporaries might also have suffered from the condition.

Rebellatrix

Killer Fish Rebellatrix Not Your Typical Coelacanth

Rebellatrix, a new member of the “living fossil” coelacanth group, shows a different side of these ancient (but not extinct) fish.

Anomalocaris

First Super Predator Was a Hawk-Eyed Shrimp, Study Shows

Anomalocaris, which ruled the oceans 500 million years ago, boasted some of the sharpest and largest eyes in history, research suggests.

Ancient Crocodile

Did Ancient Crocodiles Clash With History’s Largest Snakes?

A newly discovered ancient crocodile lived alongside the largest snake ever to slither across the earth, according to researchers.

Megalodons

Prehistoric Monsters of the Deep: Slideshow

From sharks bigger than a bus to giant sea scorpions, explore some of the largest and most fearsome marine creatures of the past.