History Stories
CATEGORY: Paleontology
Montana Fossil Turns Out to Be New Kind of “Sea Dinosaur”
April 17, 2017

A Montana elk hunter’s fossil find has led scientists to a new species of elasmosaur, the long-necked prehistoric sea creatures who roamed the inland sea east of the Rockies 70 million years ago. Read More

Australian “Jurassic Park” Home to World’s Largest Dinosaur Footprints
March 28, 2017

Scientists discovered a dinosaur footprint measuring some 5 feet 9 inches—reportedly the largest ever recorded. Read More

Largest-Ever Carnivorous Dinosaur Footprint Discovered in Bolivia
August 1, 2016

A tour guide in Bolivia recently stumbled on a giant fossilized footprint measuring more than a meter wide, left some 80 million years ago by a meat-eating dinosaur. Read More

Giant “Siberian Unicorn” and Humans May Have Roamed the World Together
March 31, 2016

Russian paleontologists found that an ancient rhino species known as the “Siberian unicorn” likely existed for hundreds of thousands years longer than previously thought. Read More

Michigan Farmer Digs Up Woolly Mammoth Bones in Field
October 7, 2015

A Michigan farmer reaped a startling harvest last week when he unearthed the partial skeleton of a prehistoric mammoth in his wheat field. Read More

Scientists Discover Two Giant New Late-Triassic Creatures
March 24, 2015

In the past week, scientists have announced the discovery of a human-sized salamander and a giant “butcher” crocodile, both of which lived some 230 million years ago. Read More

Mass Extinction Occurred Much Faster Than Previously Thought
February 20, 2014

Some 252 million years ago, the planet’s largest mass extinction took place in only around 60,000 years -- almost instantaneously, relative to geologic time. Read More

The Biggest Losers: Dinosaurs Slim Down With Lasers
June 6, 2012

New research shows that dinosaurs weighed significantly less than previous estimates. Read More

Arthritisaurus: Did Elderly Dinos Get Inflamed Joints?
May 15, 2012

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

Feathers in Amber Shed Light on Dinosaur Plumage
September 15, 2011

Amber deposits from the Late Cretaceous have revealed new clues about the structure, color and function of dinosaur feathers. Read More