This 480 million-year-old creature is the ancestor of all starfish

A strange little fossil may represent the ancestor of all starfish-like animals on the planet, according to a new study.  The 480 million-year-old fossil was unearthed in the Moroccan desert more than 17 years ago, but its identity and evolutionary history remained mysteries until now. Scientists have now formally described the specimen in new research […]

24 million-year-old nursery for baby megasharks discovered in South Carolina

About 24 million years ago, baby shark ancestors of the giant beast called megalodon needed a place to grow big before heading into the open ocean, so they swam around a coastal spot replete with easy-to-catch prey — a nursery in what is now South Carolina, according to new research. Until now, scientists knew of […]