Latest Fossils News

Ethiopian fossil reveals face for ancestor of famed 'Lucy'

Aug. 28, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A fossil from Ethiopia is letting scientists look millions of years into our evolutionary history — and they see a face peering back. The find, from 3.8 million years ago, reveals the face for a presumed ancestor of the species famously represented by Lucy, the celebrated Ethiopian...

Plan allows drilling, grazing near national monument in Utah

Aug. 23, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new U.S. government management plan unveiled Friday clears the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land that used to be off limits as part of a sprawling national monument in Utah before President Donald Trump downsized the protected area two years ago. The plan released...

Scientists say monster penguin once swam New Zealand oceans

Aug. 14, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scientists in New Zealand said Wednesday they've found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of an adult human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago. They said the previously undiscovered species is believed to have stood about 1.6...