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Amber Specimen Offers Rare Glimpse of Feathered Dinosaur Tail

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Researchers from China, Canada, and the University of Bristol have discovered a dinosaur tail complete with its feathers trapped in a piece of amber.

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Paleontology, Mammals, Evolution, Marsupials

New Study Traces the Origins of Marsupials in N. America, Find Mammals During Age of Dinosaurs Packed a Powerful Bite

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A new study by Burke Museum and University of Washington paleontologists describes an early marsupial relative called Didelphodon vorax that lived alongside ferocious dinosaurs and had, pound-for-pound, the strongest bite force of any mammal ever recorded.

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Virginia Tech Geoscientists Size-Up Early Dinosaurs, Find Surprising Variation

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The study focused on the skeletal changes that occurred during growth in the small carnivorous dinosaur Coelophysis (SEE-lo-FY-sis), one of the earliest dinosaurs.

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UF Archaeologist Uses Chicxulub ‘Dinosaur Crater’ Rocks, Prehistoric Teeth to Track Ancient Humans

Where’s the best place to start when retracing the life of a person who lived 4,000 years ago? Turns out, it’s simple -- you start at the beginning.

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Greenland Fossils Help Show Recovery After Mass Extinction Event 252 Million Years Ago

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A new study published in Scientific Reports shows how higher latitude ecosystems recovered after the World's most cataclysmic extinction event 252 million years ago.

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Herbivorous Mammals Have Bigger Bellies

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What do enormous dinosaurs have in common with tiny shrews? They are both four-legged vertebrates, otherwise known as tetrapods. In the course of evolution, tetrapods developed various body shapes and sizes - from the mouse to the dinosaur - to adapt to different environments. Their feeding habits range from pure herbivory to fierce carnivory, and their body structure reflects this feeding diversity. As plants are usually more difficult to digest than meat, herbivores are thought to need larger guts and more voluminous bellies. Nevertheless, this hypothesis had never been tested scientifically.

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Why Did T. Rex Have Such Small Arms? SUE Arrives at Advanced Photon Source for Its Most Detailed Scan Ever

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SUE the Dinosaur’s forearm came to the Advanced Photon Source for its most detailed scan ever, which could shed light on why the large dinosaur had such small arms.

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New Species of Ancient Texas Reptile Offers Clues to Evolution of Dinosaurs

newly described species of extinct reptile that roamed Texas more than 200 million years ago had a strikingly dome-shaped head with a very thick skull and a large natural pit on top that lends the appearance of an extra eye, according to a study released Sept. 22 in Current Biology.

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New Research Reveals an Ancient Reptile Had Bizarre Forelimb Evolution

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Fossil remains from an ancient reptile known as Drepanosaurus reveals unusual skeletal adaptations in the forelimb that scientists have never before recorded in land animals.

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Paleontology, Theropod, ornamentation, body size

Outrageous Heads Led to Outrageously Large Dinosaurs

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New research from North Carolina State University shows that theropod dinosaur species with bony crests, horns and knobs evolved to giant body sizes 20 times faster than those species lacking such embellishments.

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A Rare Small Specimen Discovered From the Age of Flying Giants

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A rare small-bodied pterosaur, a flying reptile from the Late Cretaceous period approximately 77 million years ago, is the first of its kind to have been discovered on the west coast of North America.

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New Species of Pterosaur Discovered in Patagonia

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Scientists today announced the discovery of a new species of pterosaur from the Patagonia region of South America. The researchers have named this new species ‘ Allkauren koi’ from the native Tehuelche word ‘all’ for ‘brain’, and ‘karuen’ for ‘ancient’.

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University of Washington Paleontologists Discover Major T. Rex Fossil

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Paleontologists with the University of Washington's Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture have discovered a Tyrannosaurus rex, including a very complete skull. The find, which paleontologists estimate to be about 20 percent of the animal, includes vertebrae, ribs, hips and lower jaw bones.

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Fossil Reveals Ostrich Relatives Once Lived in North America

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New research reveals that 50-million-year-old bird fossil specimens, some of which are on display in the Museum’s special exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us, are from a previously unknown relative of the modern-day ostrich.

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Murusraptor barrosaensis Likely a Megaraptorid “Giant Thief”: Patagonian Fossil of New Dinosaur Species Gives Clues to Evolutionary Origins

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A new species of megaraptorid dinosaur discovered in Sierra Barrosa in northwest Patagonia may help discern the evolutionary origins of the megaraptorid group, according to a study published July 20, 2016, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Philip Currie from the University of Alberta and Rodolfo Coria from the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas in Argentina.

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New Theropod Dinosaur Suggests That Small T. Rex-Like Arms Evolved Multiple Times

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The discovery of a theropod dinosaur with Tyrannosaurus rex-like arms suggests that these unusual forelimbs may have evolved multiple times, according to a study published July 13, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Sebastián Apesteguía from the Universidad Maimónides, Argentina, and colleagues.

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The Success of the Plant-Eating Dinosaurs

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There has been a long debate about why dinosaurs were so successful. Say dinosaur, and most people think of the great flesh-eaters such as Tyrannosaurus rex, but the most successful dinosaurs were of course the plant-eaters.

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Dinosaurs, Evolution, Sauropods

To the Breaking Point: Testing Ideas About the Evolution of Long-Necked Sauropod Dinosaurs

Sauropod dinosaurs were the largest land-dwelling animals of all time, with highly elongated necks and tails that were held suspended above the ground.

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Extinction, Asteroid, Climate Change, Evolution, Dinosaur, Paleontology

Warming Pulses in Ancient Climate Record Link Volcanoes, Asteroid Impact and Dinosaur-Killing Mass Extinction

A new reconstruction of Antarctic ocean temperatures around the time the dinosaurs disappeared 66 million years ago supports the idea that one of the planet's biggest mass extinctions was due to the combined effects of volcanic eruptions and an asteroid impact.

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Dinosaur, Fossil, Tumour, Evolution

First Facial Tumour Fossil Discovered in a Dwarf Duck-Billed Dinosaur From Transylvania

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The first-ever record of a tumourous facial swelling found in a fossil has been discovered in the jaw of the dwarf dinosaur Telmatosaurus transsylvanicus, a type of primitive duck-billed dinosaur known as a hadrosaur.







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