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Fish fossil catch from China includes oldest teeth ever

Sep. 28, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A big catch of fish fossils in southern China includes the oldest teeth ever found — and may help scientists learn how our aquatic ancestors got their bite. The finds offer new clues about a key period of evolution that’s been hard to flesh out because until...

Israeli archaeologists dig up large tusk of ancient elephant

Aug. 31, 2022 10:36 AM EDT

KIBBUTZ REVADIM, Israel (AP) — Israeli archaeologists recently unearthed the titanic tusk of a prehistoric elephant near a kibbutz in southern Israel, a remnant of a behemoth once hunted by early people around half a million years ago. The Israel Antiquities Authority announced...

Boy, 8, finds huge shark tooth fossil while on SC vacation

Aug. 27, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

Riley Gracely and his family were looking around the piles of dirt and gravel at Palmetto Fossil Excursions in Summerville when he saw something that looked like a tooth. The 8-year-old Lebanon, Pennsylvania, boy started digging in the soil, clay and gravel and pulled out a huge...

Our first steps? Fossil may boost case for earliest ancestor

Aug. 24, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty years ago, scientists discovered a 7-million-year-old skull that they concluded belonged to a creature who walked upright and was our earliest known ancestor. Not everyone was convinced. Now, the researchers are back with more evidence they say strengthens their case. ...

Giant sharks once roamed the seas, feasting on huge meals

Aug. 17, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Today's sharks have nothing on their ancient cousins. A giant shark that roamed the oceans millions of years ago could have devoured a creature the size of a killer whale in just five bites, new research suggests. For their study published Wednesday, researchers...

Trace of 'bone-crushing' dog found at Tennessee fossil site

Aug. 09, 2022 04:03 AM EDT

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State University says researchers have discovered evidence of the extinct “bone-crushing” dog at a fossil site that also included herbivores, a sabretooth cat and alligators. The university says it identified the Borophagus dog at the...

'Earliest animal predator' named after David Attenborough

Jul. 25, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A fossil of a 560-million-year-old creature, which researchers believe to be the first animal predator, has been named after the British naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough. Scientists said Monday they believe the specimen, named Auroralumina...

76 million-year-old dinosaur skeleton to be auctioned in NYC

Jul. 05, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The fossilized skeleton of a T. rex relative that roamed the earth about 76 million years ago will be auctioned in New York this month, Sotheby's announced Tuesday. The Gorgosaurus skeleton will highlight Sotheby's natural history auction on July 28, the auction...