Fossil discovery reveals ancient koala relatives the size of small cats roamed Australia

New research in the journal Scientific Reports points to a missing ancestor that links koalas with other marsupials like kangaroos, possums and wombats. In the process, the scientists may have just cracked a major mystery related to evolution in Australia. Meet Lumakoala blackae, an ancient koala species believed to have lived throughout Australia 25 million years ago....

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The oldest pterosaur ever was just discovered; it’s 107 million years old

Pterosaurs are perhaps the most popular dinosaur that isn’t actually a dinosaur.

The massive beasts, whose name is Greek for “winged lizards,” are so strongly associated with the age of dinosaurs that they memorably appear everywhere from natural history museums to movie franchises like the “Jurassic Park” series. Pterosaurs like the iconic pterodactyl are closely related to birds and other dinosaurs, and as such new discoveries about them regularly excited fans of science....

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