Fossils

  • Chhattisgarh to set up marine fossil park in Koriya August 20, 2014

    Chhattisgarh will set up a 'Marine Fossil Park' in Koriya district where fossils of Permian geological period were found. The state government has provisioned Rs 17.15 lakh to set up the fossil park and the forest department has been tasked to develop it, a public relations officer said. The marine fossils of...
  • Vladimir Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina July 13, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed agreements on nuclear energy generation with Argentina as part of a Latin American tour aimed at building Russia's influence in the region. Argentina has been building nuclear-powered electricity plants to revive its nuclear programme and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels amid...
  • Mary Anning: 5 things to know about the British fossil collector May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Celebrating the 215th birth anniversary of Bristish fossil hunter and paleontologist Mary Anning, Google has put a doodle that features Anning searching for fossils, with the remains of creatures forming the letters of the word Google. Here are 10 things to know about the legendary fossil hunter. 1. Mary...
  • Google doodles fossil hunter Mary Anning's 215th birth anniversary May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Paying a tribute to British fossil collector Mary Anning on her 215th birth anniversary, Google has posted a doodle that features Anning searching for fossils, with the remains of creatures forming the letters of the word Google. Mary Anning was a fossil-collecting woman in the 19th century whose discoveries...
  • Over 8,000 Indians register for project Mars One November 3, 2013

    Chennai: Over 8,000 Indians have so far signed up for the one-way trip to Mars and settle down on the red planet. The one-way trip called Mars One, a project by The Netherlands, has been conceived with the aim of establishing a colony there in the next 10 years. An applicant...
  • Fossilised birds found in wall of 177-year-old school October 8, 2013

    Kolkata: Fossils of 17 birds were found buried in a wall during renovation of a 177-year-old school building in Kolkata, with the Zoological Survey of India suggesting that they are the remains of a species of crows. The fossilised remains were found during renovation of La Martiniere for Boys School in Kolkata,...
  • Scientists discover fossil of oldest land-living creature of Gondwana September 3, 2013

    Scientists have discovered a 350-million-year-old fossilised scorpion in South Africa which is the oldest known land animal to have lived on the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana. Dr Robert Gess, from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, discovered the fossilised scorpion from rocks near Grahamstown in South...
  • Marine fossil site in Ariyalur to be declared 'National Geological Monument' August 21, 2013

    Geological Survey of India would soon declare a marine fossil site in Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu as a 'National Geological Monument,' a top GSI official said in Chennai on Wednesday. "We have already written to the Ministry of Science and Technology for declaring the site as a 'National Geological Monument'....
  • US returning trove of dinosaur fossils to Mongolia May 11, 2013

    New York: The United States will return to Mongolia more than a dozen illegally smuggled dinosaur skeletons, including two Tyrannosaurus bataars that are 70 million years old and at least six fossilized Oviraptors, US officials said on Friday. The announcement followed the handover to Mongolian officials on Monday of another T...
  • 7-year-old science genius is author of two books January 17, 2013

    Kolkata: Seven-year-old Pritvik is a science genius. He has already authored two books on paleontology. The Class 4 student from Kolkata has taken the world of science by storm with his book 'When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth'. For the class 4 student who also teaches four classes including his seniors,...
  • Oldest fossils on Earth discovered August 22, 2011

    London: The Earth's oldest fossils that show convincing evidence of cells and bacteria living in an oxygen-free world over 3.4 billion years ago have been discovered. The discovery has been made by a team led by Dr David Wacey of the University of Western Australia and including Professor Martin Brasier...
  • Five-year-old finds 160 million-year-old fossil March 18, 2011

    London: A five-year-old girl in Britain has found a massive 160 million-year-old fossil while digging with her plastic beach spade. Emily Baldry found the pre-historic specimen at Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire, Daily Express reported Friday. She was digging when her plastic spade struck something hard. Her father Jon and palaeontologist Neville Hollingworth...
  • Kin of fossil Lucy had feet like modern people February 11, 2011

    Washington: Lucy's feet were made for walking. That's the word from a team of researchers who got a first look at a foot bone from this human relative who lived 3 million or more years ago, and concluded this ancestor was fully comfortable with life on the ground, rather than...
  • Remains of first one-fingered dinosaur found January 25, 2011

    Washington: Paleontologists have discovered what they claim is the remains of the world's first known bug-eating dinosaur which sported just a single finger on each of its hands and weighed just 450 grams. The tiny one-fingered beast has been named 'Linhenykus monodactylus'. Linhenykus means "claw from Linhe", the city in Inner...
  • Male pterodactyls tools to woo opposite sex January 21, 2011

    London: Male pterodactyls, a class of flying reptiles which lived alongside dinosaurs between 220 and 65 million years ago, used their giant head crests to woo the opposite sex, a rare fossil find has revealed. Scientists who have unearthed a 160-million-year-old fossil, dubbed "Mrs T", believe that while female pterodactyls had...
  • Ardi, 4-mn-year-old human ancestor, rewrites history October 2, 2009

    Washington: The story of humankind is reaching back another million years as scientists learn more about "Ardi," a hominid who lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. The 110-pound (50-kg), 4-foot (1.22-m) female roamed forests a million years before the famous Lucy, long studied as the earliest skeleton...
  • Pregnant fish was among the first on earth to have sex February 27, 2009

    London: The fossil of a pregnant fish has shed light on the possible origin of sex, according to a new study. The fossil is an adult placoderm, an extinct group of armoured fish, and it contains a five cm-long embryo. It is dated to the Upper Devonian period 350 million years...
  • Fossil of largest snake discovered in Cerrejon February 5, 2009

    Washington: It was the all-time titan of snakes - a monster as long as a Tyrannosaurus rex that stalked a steamy South American rain forest after the demise of the dinosaurs and ate crocodiles for breakfast, lunch and dinner. An international team of scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery in northern...
  • New carnivorous dinosaurs identified in Sahara February 14, 2008

    London: Scientists have identified two previously unknown types of carnivorous dinosaurs from fossils found in the Sahara desert in Niger. According to the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, one of the dinosaurs probably scavenged its prey like a hyena, the other probably hunted live animals. "They are the earliest records of both...
  • Fossil desert in Egypt holds clues to global warming August 5, 2007

    If you want proof of climate change, you needn't look further than Egypt's western desert. Scientists say much of its dunes used to be an ocean. A UNESCO world heritage site since 2005, the sands of time there are revealing invaluable fossil remains of underwater beings. ...
  • Dinosaur eggs reportedly found in MP June 20, 2007

    New Delhi: Three explorers have recovered more than 100 fossilised eggs of dinosaurs in a remote area, a news report said Monday. The amateurs also found footprints of the dinosaurs through which they could also trace the 'track way' of the now extinct heavy animals, The Hindustan Times Web site quoted...
  • Giant dinosaur bones found in Spain December 23, 2006

    Washington: The fossil bones of what may have been Europe's largest animal ever, a new type of dinosaur, have been discovered in Spain. Discovery of the sauropod, estimated to have weighed between 40 and 48 tons, is reported in Friday's issue of the journal Science. Named Turiasaurus riodevensis, the animal lived...
  • 'Monster' fossil found in Norway October 6, 2006

    Oslo: Scientists have found a fossil of a "Monster" fish-like reptile in a 150 million-year-old Jurassic graveyard on an Arctic island off Norway. The Norwegian researchers discovered remains of a total of 28 plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs -- top marine predators when dinosaurs dominated on land -- at a site on the...
  • Remains of earliest child discovered September 22, 2006

    London: A 3.3 million-year-old skeleton of the earliest child ever found shows the ancient ancestor of modern humans walked upright but may also have climbed trees, scientists said on Wednesday. They found the well-preserved remains of a three-year-old girl of the species Australopithecus afarensis, which includes the fossil skeleton known as...
  • Fossils of new dinosaur species found August 29, 2006

    Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Brazilian paleontologists have discovered a new giant dinosaur species based on fossilised fragments of the herbivorous reptile that lived 80 million years ago. The Maxakalisaurus topai, of the Titanosauria group, was 13 metres (yards) long and weighed about nine tons. It had a large body, long tail and...