'Some people thought it might be this bizarre, swimming mollusc. We decided to throw every possible analytical technique at it'
The tiny Tortotubus fungus helped create life as we know it and is believed to date back some 440 million years
Glyptodonts were about the size and shape of a VW Beetle, often weighing more than a ton
Anatomical study of species that lived up to 2 million years ago suggests its long, curved toes made it a strong climber
The skeleton, named Misty, went up for auction as part of a sale of natural history curiosities
Discovery of 24ft (7.3m) long, 8ft (2.4m) high predator changes our understanding of evolution of tyrannosaur family
As the fourth instalment in the multi-million pound Jurassic Park series is announced, scientists have revealed that the theory behind the film that kept so many audiences captivated would not be successful in reality.
The monstrously successful Jurassic Park series is to be brought back to life (again). Universal Pictures are planning another instalment of dinosaur-based carnage in the fourth sequel, Jurassic World, which will premiere in 2015.
No plot details have been announced at this stage (though the new film will show in 3D), and this blank slate has encouraged us to get in early with a few suggestions for any reading Hollywood executives (you're welcome, Mr Spielberg). Please leave more ideas in the comments - but keep it bitey, and no totally implausible pseudo-science.
Dinosaurs, hamsters, and a brother's famous bottom
We took on nature in its purest form and gave our souls a thorough cleansing
A fossilised skeleton of a tiny creature with a long tail, sharp teeth and monkey-like feet has turned out to be the oldest-known primate – the group that includes gorillas, chimps and humans.
Discovery in Siberia passed on to researchers who hope to clone extinct animal
The United States has returned a stolen, 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus skeleton to Mongolia.
The gingko became a ubiquitous presence in modern life – whether in sculpture form or as a smart drug.
A new species of dinosaur whose translated name means “lonely small bandit” has been discovered in Madagascar.