Prehistory refers to the period before written history. This is a gargantuan range of time spanning nearly 4.54 billion years, from the formation of the Earth to the first written records.
There is no concrete definition to prehistory, and it is sometimes used to define the time when humans first appeared instead of the time when the Earth or life originated...Read more
WHAT IS PALEONTOLOGY?
Paleontology (or palaeontology) is the study of prehistoric life. One who studies paleontology is called a paleontologist. The science focuses on ancient organisms, their environment, their evolution, and their interactions with one another. Because it is a historical science, experiments cannot be conducted as easily or as readily as in the physical sciences. Instead...Read more
A nearly complete skeleton of the enigmatic dinosaur Deinocheirus has been discovered! Deinocheirus has long been known only from a pair of giant arms, and scientists have speculated that it might be a type of gargantuan ornithomimosaur. The paper officially describing the fossils has yet to be published, but the bones reveal that not only was the animal an ornithomimosaur, but it had a hump or sail on its back!
By looking at fossilized skin from a turtle, a mosasaur, and an ichthyosaur, paleontologists have been able to determine that the skin of these animals in life was colored black - similar to many modern marine mammals.