Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

04 December 2018 | By Stephen Jay Gould | Filed in: palaeontology.

High in the Canadian Rockies is a small limestone quarry formed 530 million years ago called the Burgess Shale It hold the remains of an ancient sea where dozens of strange creatures lived a forgotten corner of evolution preserved in awesome detail In this book Stephen Jay Gould explores what the

Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution

19 January 2017 | By Richard Fortey | Filed in: palaeontology.

With Trilobite, Richard Fortey, paleontologist and author of the acclaimed Life, offers a marvelously written, smart and compelling, accessible and witty scientific narrative of the most ubiquitous of fossil creatures.Trilobites were shelled animals that lived in the oceans over five hundred million

Remarkable Creatures

15 April 2019 | By Tracy Chevalier | Filed in: palaeontology.

In 1810, a sister and brother uncover the fossilized skull of an unknown animal in the cliffs on the south coast of England With its long snout and prominent teeth, it might be a crocodile except that it has a huge, bulbous eye n nRemarkable Creatures is the story of Mary Anning, who has a talent

When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of all Time

22 April 2017 | By Michael J. Benton | Filed in: palaeontology.

Today it is common knowledge that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact 65 million years ago that killed half of all species then living Far less well known is a much greater catastrophe that took place at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago 90 percent of life was dest

T. Rex and the Crater of Doom

15 June 2019 | By Walter Álvarez | Filed in: palaeontology.

Sixty five million years ago a gigantic comet or asteroid as big as Mount Everest slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula, creating an explosion on impact equivalent to the detonation of a hundred million hydrogen bombs It produced a cloud of roiling debris that blackened the sky for months as well as o

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

09 October 2019 | By Elizabeth Kolbert | Filed in: palaeontology.

Over the last half billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impac

Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by their Trace Fossils

26 April 2018 | By Anthony J. Martin | Filed in: palaeontology.

What if we woke up one morning all of the dinosaur bones in the world were gone How would we know these iconic animals had a165 million year history on earth, and had adapted to all land based environments from pole to pole What clues would be left to discern not only their presence, but also to l

The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biology of the Tyrant Dinosaurs

27 February 2019 | By David Hone | Filed in: palaeontology.

Adored by children and adults alike, Tyrannosaurus is the most famous dinosaur in the world, one that pops up again and again in pop culture, often battling other beasts such as King Kong, Triceratops or velociraptors in Jurassic Park But despite the hype, Tyrannosaurus and the other tyrannosaurs a

The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times

26 February 2018 | By Adrienne Mayor | Filed in: palaeontology.

Griffins, Centaurs, Cyclopes, and Giants these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans But what if these beings were than merely fictions What if monstrous cre

Dinosaurs Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution in Paleontology

04 March 2019 | By Michael J. Benton | Filed in: palaeontology.

Over the past twenty years, the study of dinosaurs has transformed into a true scientific discipline New technologies have revealed secrets locked in prehistoric bones that no one could have previously predicted We can now work out the color of dinosaurs, the force of their bite, their top speeds,