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Millions at stake in dinosaur fight: Are fossils minerals?

Nov. 7, 2019 4:07 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The discovery of two fossilized dinosaur skeletons intertwined in what looks like a final death match could make a Montana ranching couple rich beyond their dreams. Or they may have to share the wealth. It all comes down to how the state Supreme Court answers a seemingly simple...

Standing tall: Scientists find oldest example of upright ape

Nov. 6, 2019 8:09 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The remains of an ancient ape found in a Bavarian clay pit suggest that humans' ancestors began standing upright millions of years earlier than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday. An international team of researchers says the fossilized partial skeleton of a male ape that lived...

Fossil trove shows life's fast recovery after big extinction

Oct. 24, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A remarkable trove of fossils from Colorado has revealed details of how mammals grew larger and plants evolved after the cataclysm that killed the dinosaurs. The thousands of specimens let scientists trace that history over a span of 1 million years, a mere eyeblink in Earth's lifespan....

Kayakers find partially fossilized bear skull in Kansas

Oct. 18, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Two sisters have found a partially fossilized bear skull while kayaking the Arkansas River in south-central Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks said in a news release Ashley and Erin Watt made the discovery in August after flooding apparently dislodged the skull. They...

Queuing for eternity: Fossils show lining up is primal urge

Oct. 17, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Ever felt like you've been queuing forever? Scientists say fossils found in Morocco suggest the practice of forming orderly lines may date back 480 million years and could have had evolutionary advantages. Their study, published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, describes groups of...