Paleontologists at the University of Edinburgh, the UK, found that marine predators living in deep waters during the Jurassic Period thrived as sea levels rose, while species that dwelled in the shallows died out.
Two Quaternary Period fossils of elephant teeth, dating back to almost two million years ago, were discovered in Iran's northwestern Ardabil Province, said the head of provincial Natural History and Genetic Resources Bureau.
A pair of researchers in the UK has identified fossils found in the Transylvania area in Romania as those of a pterosaur they have named Hatzegopteryx — a giant, muscle-bound flying reptile that could eat prey as large as a small horse.
Researchers from Bristol Paleobiology Group, part of the School of Earth Sciences, studied the best way to understand relationships of extinct animals to other extinct species as well as those alive today.
Many people are concerned about conservation of the planet's cute and cuddlies. But in a world of global climate change, sometimes we must prioritize which species we can and should save from extinction. Dr. Alycia Stigall and her colleagues are leading the charge in studies to help us make those determinations by looking at the fossil record.