Latest Paleontology News

Fossil footprints puzzle scientists: Bear or ancient human?

Dec. 01, 2021 19:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prehistoric footprints that have puzzled scientists since the 1970s are getting a second look: Were they left by extinct animals or by human ancestors? When famed paleontologist Mary Leakey first uncovered the footprints in Tanzania 40 years ago, the...

New dinosaur species from Chile had a unique slashing tail

Dec. 01, 2021 11:15 AM EST

Fossils found in Chile are from a strange-looking dog-sized dinosaur species that had a unique slashing tail weapon, scientists reported Wednesday. Some dinosaurs had spiked tails they could use as stabbing weapons and others had tails with clubs. The new species,...

Duck-billed dinosaur may be one of many at Missouri site

Nov. 29, 2021 17:55 PM EST

Finding the fossils of a large duck-billed dinosaur in southern Missouri is exciting enough, but a paleontologist who helped lead the dig believes there are many more in the same area. The latest fossils are a specimen of Parrosaurus missouriensis, first discovered at the...

Tennessee grand jury won't indict in coal ash spill cleanup

Nov. 18, 2021 14:54 PM EST

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee grand jury this week declined to indict four men who helped supervise the cleanup of a massive 2008 coal ash spill at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant. A former investigative reporter for the Knoxville News...

Scientists find fossil of early hominid in South Africa

Nov. 04, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The fossil remains of an early hominid child have been discovered in a cave in South Africa by a team of international and South African researchers. The team announced the discovery of a partial skull and teeth of a Homo naledi child who died almost...

Can you dig it? Rare dinosaur fossil found in North Dakota

Nov. 01, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Paleontologists have given the name “Beautiful Nightmare” to a rare dinosaur fossil thought to be the only partial skull of its species found in North Dakota. “She is a beautiful example of her species, and she was a nightmare in her day to a...

'Save your species': UN uses dinosaur in fossil fuel message

Oct. 27, 2021 03:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations is summoning an unusual “witness” to testify to the dangers of burning fossil fuels that stoke global warming: a dinosaur. In a video released on social media ahead of this year's U.N. climate change summit, a computer-generated...

Bitcoin-mining power plant raises ire of environmentalists

Oct. 16, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

An obstacle to large-scale bitcoin mining is finding enough cheap energy to run the huge, power-gobbling computer arrays that create and transact cryptocurrency. One mining operation in central New York came up with a novel solution that has alarmed environmentalists. It uses its own power...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Sep. 29, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 28 The Wall Street Journal on top generals, Senate hearing and Afghanistan: President Biden hopes the political fallout from his botched Afghanistan withdrawal...

Oldest human footprints in North America found in New Mexico

Sep. 23, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago, researchers reported Thursday. The first footprints were found in a dry lake bed in White Sands National Park in 2009....