Paleontology

Filipino archeologist Armand Salvador Mijares shows a femur bone, one of those they recovered from Callao Cave belonging to a new specie they called Homo luzonensis, during a press conference in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Fossil bones and teeth found in Cagayan province, northern Philippines, have revealed a long-lost cousin of modern people, which evidently lived around the time our own species was spreading to Africa to occupy the rest of the world. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
April 11, 2019 - 8:07 pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Archaeologists who discovered fossil bones and teeth of a previously unknown human species that thrived more than 50,000 years ago in the northern Philippines said Thursday they plan more diggings and called for better protection of the popular limestone cave complex...
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This undated photo provided by the Callao Cave Archaeology Project in April 2019 shows Callao Cave on Luzon Island of the Philippines, where the fossils of Homo luzonensis were discovered. This view is taken from the rear of the first chamber of the cave, where the fossils were found, in the direction of the second chamber. In a study released on Thursday, April 10, 2019, scientists report that tests on two samples from the species show minimum ages of 50,000 years and 67,000 years. (Callao Cave Archaeology Project via AP)
April 10, 2019 - 12:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Fossil bones and teeth found in the Philippines have revealed a long-lost cousin of modern people, which evidently lived around the time our own species was spreading from Africa to occupy the rest of the world. It's yet another reminder that, although Homo sapiens is now the only...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows a model of a Tyrannosaurus rex on display in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, N.M. New research released on Friday, March 29, 2019 captures a fossilized snapshot of the day nearly 66 million years ago when an asteroid hit the Earth, fire rained from the sky and the ground shook far worse than any modern earthquake. It was the day that nearly all life on Earth went extinct, including the dinosaurs. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
March 29, 2019 - 6:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — New research released Friday captures a fossilized snapshot of the day nearly 66 million years ago when an asteroid smacked Earth, fire rained from the sky and the ground shook far worse than any modern earthquake. It was the day that nearly all life on Earth went extinct,...
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FILE - In this May 26, 2017, file photo, Susie Gelbart walks near petroglyphs at the Gold Butte National Monument near Bunkerville, Nev. As Democrats in Congress prepare to scrutinize President Donald Trump's review of 27 national monuments, most of the recommendations made by ex-Interior Ryan Zinke remain unfinished, seemingly stuck on the backburner as other matters consume the White House. Zinke recommended cuts to the boundaries of Gold Butte National Monument to free up a water district that he thought shouldn't have been included in the boundaries. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
March 12, 2019 - 2:27 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As Democrats in Congress prepare to scrutinize President Donald Trump's review of 27 national monuments, most of the recommendations made by ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke remain unfinished, seemingly stuck on the backburner as other matters consume the White House. Trump...
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In this Feb. 28, 2019 photo, a fossilized dinosaur footprints are shown on a paving stone at the Valley Forge National Historical Park in Valley Forge, Pa. A volunteer at the park outside Philadelphia recently discovered dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints on flat rocks used to pave a section of hiking trail. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
March 06, 2019 - 10:17 am
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) — The national park on the site where George Washington and the struggling Continental Army endured a tough winter during the American Revolution boasts a new feature that's a couple of hundred million years old — dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints discovered on rocks...
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FILE - This June 3, 2014, file photo shows a panoramic view of the Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro Ky. President Donald Trump's vow to save the coal industry will be tested this week when a utility board he appoints weighs whether to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign donors. An environmental assessment by the Tennessee Valley Authority recommends shuttering the remaining coal-fired unit at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The board could vote on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)
February 14, 2019 - 11:26 am
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, despite objections from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a move the board says will save its more than 10 million customers $320 million. The...
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February 13, 2019 - 1:46 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump's vow to save the coal industry will be tested this week when a utility board he appoints weighs whether to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign donors. An environmental assessment by the...
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This image provided by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs shows paleontology curator Spencer Lucas talking about Gordodon, a specialized plant-eating reptile, during an interview outside the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque, N.M. Fossil bones were discovered near Alamogordo by Ethan Schuth while on a University of Oklahoma geology class field trip in 2013. The bones, part of an exquisitely preserved but incomplete skeleton, are on display at the museum. (New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs via AP)
November 23, 2018 - 5:40 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The earliest known example of a plant-eating reptile has been found in the fossil record in southern New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History said. The museum made the announcement this week , saying the unique structure of the skull, jaws and teeth of the sail-...
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November 22, 2018 - 1:01 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say they've found the remains of a giant herbivore that lived more than 200 million years ago, around the same time as dinosaurs, in what is now Poland. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Science, researchers described a four-legged, elephant-sized creature that...
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Dinosaur skull
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November 21, 2018 - 9:14 am
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A doctor in Texas with a passion for paleontology is challenging the federal government after authorities seized a 70 million-year-old dinosaur skull from his fossil collection. Dr. James Godwin argues that the government waited too long to file a forfeiture claim after it...
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