A Beer Made With Yeast From a 35 Million-Year-Old Fossil

As microbrewers continue their quest to brew beer with ever stranger ingredients, here is one possible winner: yeast living on the 35 million year-old fossil of an extinct whale. Bone Dusters Paleo Brew is the alcoholic brainchild of a brewer and a palaeontology lover. Read More >>

The Fossilised Machines Humans Will Leave Behind

In the debut issue of a new journal called The Anthropocene Review, University of Leicester geologist Jan Zalasiewicz leads a team of five writers in discussing the gradual fossilisation of human artefacts, including industrial machines, everyday objects, and even whole cities. They refer to these as "technofossils," and they're destined to form a whole new layer of the earth's surface. Read More >>

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Molten Lava Fossilized This Plant Down to its Single Cells

When this Jurassic plant was smothered in molten lava one hundred and eighty million years ago, it was almost instantly fossilised—in incredible cellular detail. Read More >>

3D Scanning Saved These Ancient Footprints Just Before They Washed Away

In May 2013, a storm uncovered these ancient footprints on an English beach. At over 800,000 years old, they're the oldest human ancestor footprints ever found outside of Africa. The storm that revealed them soon washed them away too, but scientists have been studying the footprints for months after the fact, thanks to 3D imaging. Read More >>

How to Fossilise... Yourself

Fossils aren't the preserve of dead dinosaurs and ancient insects. Believe it or not, you could ensure that your body lives on, perfectly preserved in stone, for ever more. You just need to die in a very, very specific way. Read More >>

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How the AMNH is Using 3D Printing to Copy Dinosaur Bones

You’re a secondary school science teacher and your class is learning about dinosaurs. You can’t exactly run to the local dino bone barn and buy some bargain bones for them to see first-hand. But what if you had access to a 3D printer? Enter the American Museum of Natural History’s education department, which is experimenting with scanning and printing bones. Read More >>

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This Database Lets You 3D Print and Explore Thousands of Fossils

Fossils are three dimensional objects, but you aren't really supposed to touch them, and you can't see their depth and detail very easily over the internet. But a new database of fossils from the British Geological Survey actually has the necessary files for you to 3D print fossils yourself. Read More >>

Here's a 120,000 Year Old Tumour Found Inside a Neanderthal

Neanderthals weren't smoking cigarettes. They weren't breathing in pollution. They weren't eating processed foods. They weren't dealing with pesticides. Nope. But apparently, Neanderthals still got cancer. This 120,000-year-old bone fragment reveals a cancerous tumour: Neanderthals, they're just like us. Read More >>

Scientists Have Found the Oldest Primate Skeleton Ever

Today's smallest primate, the pygmy mouse lemur, can reach up to about 5 inches in height — and that's even on the larger side. But the primate skeleton that researchers just uncovered, the oldest ever found on record, stood even smaller than our pygmy friend as it scampered around the earth — a whole 55 million years ago. Read More >>

A Nine-Year-Old Girl Got a New Ancient Flying Reptile Species Named After Her Because She Discovered It

When Daisy Morris was four years old, she found fossilised bones of a previously undiscovered species of the flying reptile beast pterosaur. Now, at nine years young, scientists have decided to name the reptile, which lived during the same time period as dinosaurs, after Daisy. It's called Vectidraco daisymorrisae. How cute. Read More >>

Leave Our Awesome Dinosaur Stampedes Alone

For years, people were perfectly happy believing that the series of fossilised footprints in Australia's Lark Quarry was all that remained of an epic dinosaur stampede. Then Science happened. Read More >>

Holy Crap, Here's a 100-Million-Year-Old Spider Eating a Wasp

100 million years ago, when dinosaurs were still around, this spider had captured a wasp in his web. The wasp was going to be the spider's dinner. The wasp was going to die watching the spider kill him. The wasp was going to — SPLAT. At that exact moment — one hundred freaking years ago — tree resin flowed over on top of them and froze the two bugs in time for us to see now. Read More >>

Oldest Fossilised Bugs Ever Found Preserved in Amber. Clone Time!

You know the drill: An ancient bug is minding its own business, munching some leaves, buzzin' some dinos', when all of a sudden he's sucked up into a ball of tree resin and winds up in a 21st century laboratory. And a team of international scientists just found the oldest ones in the world. Just like Jurassic Park! But with real scientists and no dinosaur machines (that you know about). Read More >>

Astonishing 385-Million Year Old Forest Discovered Under a Quarry in the Catskills

This is the second fossilised forest that has stunned researchers this month, and it's also the oldest. It's 385 million years old, from the time when the earth's first forests appeared. And it was all buried beneath a quarry in Upstate New York. Read More >>


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