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Illuminating Fossils: Light’s Importance in Paleontology

Emily Hughes brings us tales of adventure and discovery from the Australian Outback as she and her mother search for unbelievably ancient fossils. Photographers and professors of physics understand the importance of light, but surprisingly enough, so do paleontologists.

“Monster” Sea Scorpion Was a Gentle Giant

New research suggests that fearsome-looking giant sea scorpions were actually likely gentle giants.

Mapping the Past

Emily Hughes brings us tales of adventure and discovery from the Australian Outback as she and her mother search for unbelievably ancient fossils. Map-making: It’s not just for map-makers anymore. Paleontologists also use many aspects of it.

A Whole New Dimension: 3D-Fossil Excavation

Emily Hughes searches for fossils in the romantic expanse of the Australian Outback. Her team is continuing its excavation of the Ediacaran fossils—this time in three dimensions.

Snorkeling Conditions 560-Million Years Ago

Emily Hughes searches for fossils in the romantic expanse of the Australian Outback. After a recent trip to Hawaii and a round of snorkeling, she reflects on what swimming through the oceans 560-million years ago would have been like.

Fossil Excavation in a Nutshell

Emily Hughes searches for fossils in the romantic expanse of the Australian Outback. She is excavating the first fossil bed of the season, and excited for what will be contained inside.

The Fossil-Hunting Expedition Begins

Emily Hughes searches for fossils in the romantic expanse of the Australian Outback. This is the first of her posts—the trip to the Outback for fossil hunting begins!

Dwarf Dinosaurs vs. Giant Pterosaurs

Not-so-long necks? In what’s now Transylvania, the so-called island rule may have dwarfed the world’s largest land animal, making it prey for enormous winged reptiles.

Ancient Daddy Longlegs Had Extra Set of Eyes

The 305-million-year-old fossil may reveal secrets about the evolution of spider eyes, new study says.

Wrapping Up Round Two

By Becca Peixotto, Caver/Scientist. In only eight days of digging, we retrieved more than 320 numbered fossil specimens and an awful lot of sediment. Don’t worry: there’s plenty more.

Young Visitor Helps Recover First Top Jaw From the Site

Principal excavator Becca Peixotto reports back on this week’s activity at the Rising Star hominin fossil cave site.

What’s New at This Week’s Excavation

By Becca Peixotto, Caver/Scientist. Discover what’s new about this expedition returning to the hominin fossil chamber at Rising Star.

A Critical Piece of the Hominin Puzzle

The team is back in the cave to recover a tantalizing piece of upper jaw and other fossils in preparation for the groundbreaking workshop to begin in May.

A New Season for Superglue in the Sea Monster Lab

A new update from the Sea Monster lab in the basement of the Geological Museum in Oslo, Norway, where the specimens of last summer are about finished and new ones are to be cracked open!

Scientists Return to Explore a Second Fossil Chamber

On the final day of Rising Star cave excavations in November of 2013, researchers confirmed that a second chamber also contained hominin fossils. Now they return for a closer examination.