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# Fossils

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# New Mexico
Fossil footprints suggest early humans walked in North America 23,000 years ago
The findings may shed light on a mystery that has long intrigued scientists on when people first arrived in the Americas.
# Neoproterozoic era
‘890 million-year-old sponge fossils’ could be earliest animal life
If verified, the fossils may pre-date the next-oldest undisputed sponge fossils by around 350 million years.
# tetrapod
325-million-year-old amphibian fossil discovered in Co Clare
The 10mm-long bones are believed to come from a small amphibian that would have been an ancestor to the first lizards.
Fossil of prehistoric four-legged whale discovered in Peru
Scientists say the creature measured about 13 feet in length and could likely walk and swim.
# Fossils
A team at NUI Galway reckon they've cracked 'Darwin's Dilemma'
The great naturalist could not explain an apparent gap in animal evolution.
# Middle Jurassic
170 million-year-old dinosaur footprints discovered on Scotland's Isle of Skye
Discovery of fossils from this age, the Middle Jurassic, has been limited to a handful of sites around the world to date.
# falling down holes
Scientists have solved the mystery of why so many mammoth fossils are male
Young male Ice Age mammoths likely roamed alone and got themselves into risky situations.
# giraffic park
Dublin Zoo's latest attraction is...dinosaurs
The new exhibit features ‘Stan’ a life-sized replica fossil skeleton of a male adult tyrannosaurus rex.
# Fadó fadó
Clare geologist discovers 300 million year-old shark tooth
The shark once hunted in the ancient seas at a time when Ireland was located close to the equator.
# Discovery
Fossils point to life on Earth four billion years ago
Earth is thought to be about 4.57 billion years old.
# Tyrannosaurus Wrecked
Man sentenced to jail for smuggling dinosaur fossils
The man was sentenced, despite his work in helping Mongolia open its first dinosaur museum.
# going going gone
A real (not live) dinosaur is being sold in the UK today
The 17 metre Diplodocus skeleton named ‘Misty’ is expected to sell at auction for €720,000.
# Discovery
Old bones found at site of Mater redevelopment
The bones were discovered by construction workers earlier today.
# Ireland's Beasts
Ancient croc discovered in Dorset - and we had them here too
An unknown species was recently discovered in the UK, but Irish waters once had crocodiles and beasts of all sorts.
# Giant Penguin
Extinct 'giant penguin' species reconstructed from fossils
Bones of the ‘Kairuku’, extinct for about 26 million years, were discovered in New Zealand 35 years ago.
# suits you sir
What does the discerning gentleman collect?
Glass eyes, 45-million-year-old fossils and Winston Churchill’s half-smoked cigar among the items sold at annual curios auction.
# India
Amber fossils shed light on India’s past
The discovery of perfectly preserved insects in India has challenged the assumption that the country was an isolated island continent about 52 million years ago.
# Animal Life
The oldest sign of life, ever: a 650-million-year-old fossil
A glacial deposit found in Australia shows that life is at least 70 million years older than we thought.