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Scientists say a 305 million-year-old fossil is the closest relative to "true spiders" ever discovered - but is not itself a spider. Easily pre-dating the dinosaurs, the 1.5cm creature lived alongside the oldest known ancestors of modern spiders but its lineage is now extinct.
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Fossil hunters have uncovered the remains of a dinosaur that has much of its soft tissue still intact.


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The remarkable remains of two ancient human-like creatures (hominids) have been found in South Africa. The fossils of a female adult and a juvenile male - perhaps mother and son - are just under two million years old.


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A new study of a 150-million-year-old fossil of an Archaeopteryx has shown that remnants of its feathers have been preserved.


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Researchers have identified rocks that they say could contain the fossilised remains of life on early Mars.


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A new research paper published by the Geological Society suggests why many ammonites on the Jurassic Coast have "bite marks" in the same place.
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A unique image, for the first time, has mapped organic compounds that are still surviving in a 50-million-year-old sample of reptile skin.


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