Earth and Environment - Palaeontology
The 165-million-year-old fossil of a tiny, shrew-like animal shows the earliest example of modern hyoid bones-the ones that provide the ability to swallow food-in mammal evolution. The hyoid bones of Microdocodon gracilis -as well as all modern mammals, including humans-link the back of the mouth, or pharynx, to the openings of the esophagus and the larynx.
Examining fossilised pigments, scientists from the University of Bristol have uncovered new insights into blue colour tones in prehistoric birds.
New research, led by the University of Bristol, suggests that feathers arose 100 million years before birds - changing how we look at dinosaurs, birds, and pterosaurs, the flying reptiles.
An artistic rendering of what Lori, scientifically known as Hesperornithoides miessleri, may have looked like when she was alive roughly 150 million years ago. Image by Gabriel Ugueto Scientists have long known that birds and dinosaurs are related, but as with many families, it's complicated.
After garnering worldwide attention last year for her research on the origins of egg color in birds, Yale paleontologist Jasmina Wiemann has taken a second look at her eggshells.
Spoiler alert if you haven't watched the "Game of Thrones" season finale. Did you know that the anatomy of the mythical dragons in "Game of Thrones” is based on chickens, which also happen to be the closest relatives to T-Rex? Such trivia questions pique our curiosity and push us to learn more.