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Paleontologists Discover Evidence of New Types of Dinosaurs in Idaho Including Tyrannosaur Ancestors

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A team of Montana State University paleontologists have identified several new types of dinosaurs from fossil evidence discovered in eastern Idaho, demonstrating the presence of a much more diverse group of theropods in the area than was previously known.

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Fossil Discovery: Extraordinary ‘Big-Mouthed’ Fish From Cretaceous Period

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An international team of scientists have discovered two new plankton-eating fossil fish species of the genus called Rhinconichthys from the oceans of the Cretaceous Period, about 92 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the planet.

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200 Million-Year-Old Jurassic Dinosaur Uncovered in Wales

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Juvenile theropod possibly oldest known Jurassic dinosaur from UK.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Unique Mosasaur Fossil Discovered in Japan

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An international research partnership has discovered the first Mosasaur fossil of its kind to be found in Japan. Not only does the 72-million-year-old marine reptile fossil fill a biogeographical gap between the Middle East and the eastern Pacific, but also it holds new revelations because of its superior preservation.

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Dinosaur Relatives and First Dinosaurs More Closely Connected Than Previously Thought

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A new study by a team of scientists from Argentina, Brazil, California and the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah has determined that the time elapsed between the emergence of early dinosaur relatives and the origin of the first dinosaurs is much shorter than previously believed.

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Hundreds of Enormous Footprints Left by Dinosaurs Found Along a Lagoon in Scotland

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UK researchers stumbled across several hundred dinosaur footprints in a coastal lagoon on the Isle of Skye, which they dated to the Middle Jurassic, 170 million years ago. The researchers, which include Stephen Brusatte from the University of Edinburgh, UK and his colleague Tom Challands, surmise that the footprints were left by sauropods, primitive cousins of the more famous Brontosaurus and Diplodocus. The largest of the footprints measure around 70 centimetres across, larger than those that would have been left by T. Rex. This find is the largest dinosaur site found in Scotland to date. The researchers report their findings in the Scottish Journal of Geology.

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The Dinosaur Ankle Re-Evolved Amphibian-Like Development in Birds

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A new study in Nature Communications by Luis Ossa, Jorge Mpodozis and Alexander Vargas, from the University of Chile, provides a careful re-examination of ankle development in 6 different major groups of birds, selected specifically to clarify conditions in their last common ancestor.

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New Species of Duckbilled Dinosaur Neatly Fills an Evolutionary Gap

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A previously undiscovered dinosaur species, first uncovered and documented by an adjunct professor at Montana State University, showcases an evolutionary transition from an earlier duckbilled species to that group’s descendants, according to a paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE.

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T. rex Could Open Jaws 90 Degrees to Take a Chomp Out of Prey

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Using computer models, researchers from the University of Bristol found that the feeding style and dietary preferences of dinosaurs was closely linked to how wide they could open their jaws. In the case of the meat-eating Tyrannosaurus rex, they could open their jaws wide, up to 90 degrees.

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National Guard Airlifts Dino Fossils Out of Wilderness

Video from NBC News. Newly Discovered Dinosaur Weighed More Than a 737 airplane? 0:33

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76-Million-Year-Old Extinct Species of Pig-Snouted Turtle Unearthed in Utah

In the 250-million-year evolutionary history of turtles, scientists have seen nothing like the pig nose of a new species of extinct turtle discovered in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by a team from the Natural History Museum of Utah.

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125-Year-Old Wing Provides Insight Into the Evolution of Avian Flight

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This study shows that some of the earliest birds from the Late Jurassic were capable of aerodynamic prowess like many present-day birds.

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Ancient Beaver-Like Fossil Remains Gives Scientists Clues on How Mammals Thrived After the Dinosaurs

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Scientists in New Mexico have discovered the remains of an ancient mammal resembling the modern beaver that survived the event that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

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Research Team Discovers ‘Lost World’ of Cold Weather Dinosaurs

A research team has discovered the northernmost dinosaur known to have ever lived.

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Scientists Discover Key Clues in Turtle Evolution

A team led by NYIT Assistant Professor Gaberiel Bever has determined that Eunotosaurus africanus is the earliest known branch of the turtle tree of life

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Tail As Old As Time – Researchers Trace Ankylosaur’s Tail Evolution

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How did the ankylosaur get its tail club? According to research that traces the evolution of the ankylosaur’s distinctive tail, the handle arrived first on the scene, and the knot at the end of the tail followed.

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Exit Dinosaurs, Enter Fishes

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A pair of paleobiologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego have determined that the world’s most numerous and diverse vertebrates ¬– ray-finned fishes – began their ecological dominance of the oceans 66 million years ago, aided by the mass extinction event that killed off dinosaurs.

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