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Newswise: What the new Jurassic Park movie gets wrong: Aerodynamic analysis causes a rethink of the biggest pterosaur
Released: 20-May-2022 4:05 PM EDT
What the new Jurassic Park movie gets wrong: Aerodynamic analysis causes a rethink of the biggest pterosaur
Nagoya University

One of the most exciting moments of the new Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World Dominion, is when the Quetzalcoatlus swoops down from the sky and attacks the heroes’ aircraft.

Newswise: Precipitation and temperature helped drive abundant dinosaur populations in ancient Alaska
Released: 3-May-2022 9:50 AM EDT
Precipitation and temperature helped drive abundant dinosaur populations in ancient Alaska
Southern Methodist University

A new study led by SMU paleontologist Anthony Fiorillo identifies the key role precipitation and temperature play in structuring vertebrate herbivore dinosaur populations in Alaska. The findings, which are published in the journal Geosciences, may also provide historical insights into the consequences of climate change.

Newswise: Researchers discover overlooked Jurassic Park of lizards
Released: 3-May-2022 5:05 AM EDT
Researchers discover overlooked Jurassic Park of lizards
University of Bristol

New research published today in eLife by researchers from the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) and the University of Bristol (UB) moves back the moment of the radiation of squamates ―the group of reptiles that includes lizards, snakes and worm lizards― to the Jurassic, a long time before current estimates.

Newswise: Un Parque Jurásico de lagartos pasado por alto
Released: 3-May-2022 5:05 AM EDT
Un Parque Jurásico de lagartos pasado por alto
University of Bristol

Una nueva investigación publicada hoy en eLife por personal investigador del Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) y la Universidad de Bristol (UB) retrasa el momento de la radiación de los escamosos ―el grupo de reptiles que incluye lagartos, serpientes y lagartos gusanos― al Jurásico, mucho antes de las estimaciones hechas hasta el momento.

Newswise: Pterosaur discovery solves ancient feather mystery
Released: 21-Apr-2022 2:45 PM EDT
Pterosaur discovery solves ancient feather mystery
University College Cork

Flying reptiles could change the colour of their feathers, research finds.

Newswise: Natural History Museum of Utah releases Triceratops Traits, a new investigation for middle school science classes
Released: 20-Apr-2022 1:10 PM EDT
Natural History Museum of Utah releases Triceratops Traits, a new investigation for middle school science classes
University of Utah

In Triceratops Traits, students work alongside paleontologists to solve an evolutionary mystery by analyzing and interpreting data from the fossil record under the premise that natural laws have operated the same throughout the history of life on Earth to fit 7th grade learning standards in Utah and 6th-8th grades around the U.S.

Newswise: T. rex's short arms may have lowered risk of bites during feeding frenzies
Released: 1-Apr-2022 1:05 PM EDT
T. rex's short arms may have lowered risk of bites during feeding frenzies
University of California, Berkeley

Over the two decades paleontologist Kevin Padian taught a freshman seminar called The Age of Dinosaurs, one question asked frequently by undergraduates stuck with him: Why are the arms of Tyrannosaurus rex so ridiculously short?

Newswise: Periodic volcanism triggered multiple Jurassic extinctions
Released: 1-Apr-2022 12:35 PM EDT
Periodic volcanism triggered multiple Jurassic extinctions
University of Helsinki

A group of Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian geologists provide critical new evidence for the timing of volcanic activity in the Karoo province, the largest of the Jurassic magma systems. The remnants of the province are widespread in southern Africa and Antarctica.

Newswise: Dense bones allowed Spinosaurus to hunt underwater
22-Mar-2022 2:00 PM EDT
Dense bones allowed Spinosaurus to hunt underwater
University of Portsmouth

Spinosaurus is the largest predatory dinosaur known - over two metres longer than the longest Tyrannosaurus rex - but the way it hunted has been a subject of debate for decades. In a new paper, published today in Nature, a group of palaeontologists have taken a different approach to decipher the lifestyle of long-extinct creatures: examining the density of their bones.

Newswise: Giant impact crater in Greenland occurred a few million years after dinosaurs went extinct
Released: 10-Mar-2022 2:20 PM EST
Giant impact crater in Greenland occurred a few million years after dinosaurs went extinct
University of Copenhagen

Danish and Swedish researchers have dated the enormous Hiawatha impact crater, a 31 km-wide meteorite crater buried under a kilometer of Greenlandic ice.

Newswise: New species of stegosaur is oldest discovered in Asia, and possibly the world
Released: 7-Mar-2022 12:05 AM EST
New species of stegosaur is oldest discovered in Asia, and possibly the world
Taylor & Francis

Relatively small, but fearsome-looking stegosaur measured about 2.8 metres (9 feet) from nose to tail—but scientists can’t tell whether the remains are those of an adult or juvenile.

Released: 1-Mar-2022 4:05 PM EST
Tyrannosaurus remains hint at two possible species distinct from T. rex
Springer

A new analysis of Tyrannosaurus skeletal remains reveals physical differences in the femur, other bones and dental structures across specimens that could suggest Tyrannosaurus rex specimens need to be re-categorised into three distinct groups or species, reports a study published in Evolutionary Biology.

Newswise: The last day of the dinosaurs
Released: 23-Feb-2022 2:05 PM EST
The last day of the dinosaurs
Uppsala University

The asteroid which killed nearly all of the dinosaurs struck Earth during springtime. This conclusion was drawn by an international team of researchers after having examined thin sections, high-resolution synchrotron X-ray scans, and carbon isotope records of the bones of fishes that died less than 60 minutes after the asteroid impacted.

Newswise: New fossil birds discovered near China’s Great Wall – one had a movable, sensitive “chin”
Released: 18-Feb-2022 10:05 AM EST
New fossil birds discovered near China’s Great Wall – one had a movable, sensitive “chin”
Field Museum

Approximately 80 miles from the westernmost reach of China’s Great Wall, paleontologists found relics of an even more ancient world. Over the last two decades, teams of researchers unearthed more than 100 specimens of fossil birds that lived approximately 120 million years ago, during the time of the dinosaurs.

Newswise: Low volcanic temperature ushered in global cooling and the thriving of dinosaurs
Released: 31-Jan-2022 11:55 AM EST
Low volcanic temperature ushered in global cooling and the thriving of dinosaurs
Tohoku University

Researchers in Japan, Sweden, and the US have unearthed evidence that low volcanic temperatures led to the fourth mass extinction, enabling dinosaurs to flourish during the Jurassic period.

Newswise: Muscular study provides new information about how the largest dinosaurs moved and evolved
Released: 19-Jan-2022 10:35 AM EST
Muscular study provides new information about how the largest dinosaurs moved and evolved
University of Bristol

New research led by the University of Bristol has revealed how giant 50-tonne sauropod dinosaurs, like Diplodocus, evolved from much smaller ancestors, like the wolf-sized Thecodontosaurus.

Newswise: Within a dinosaur’s head: ankylosaur was sluggish and deaf
Released: 11-Jan-2022 4:05 AM EST
Within a dinosaur’s head: ankylosaur was sluggish and deaf
University of Vienna

German and Austrian scientists took a closer look at the braincase of a dinosaur from Austria. The group examined the fossil with a micro-CT and found surprising new details: it was sluggish and deaf. The respective study got recently published in the scientific journal scientific reports.

Newswise: Exquisitely preserved embryo found inside fossilized dinosaur egg
Released: 22-Dec-2021 8:00 AM EST
Exquisitely preserved embryo found inside fossilized dinosaur egg
University of Birmingham

A 72 to 66-million-year-old embryo found inside a fossilised dinosaur egg sheds new light on the link between the behaviour of modern birds and dinosaurs, according to a new study.

Newswise: An ancient relative of Velociraptor is unearthed in Great Britain
Released: 21-Dec-2021 4:05 AM EST
An ancient relative of Velociraptor is unearthed in Great Britain
University of Portsmouth

A new bird-like dinosaur that used brute strength to overcome its prey has been found by paleontologists combing through fossils found on the Isle of Wight, on the south coast of Great Britain.

Newswise: Sauropod dinosaurs were restricted to warmer regions of Earth
Released: 17-Dec-2021 1:40 PM EST
Sauropod dinosaurs were restricted to warmer regions of Earth
University College London

Giant, long-necked sauropods, thought to include the largest land animals ever to have existed, preferred to live in warmer, more tropical regions on Earth, suggesting they may have had a different physiology from other dinosaurs, according to a new study led by researchers at UCL and the University of Vigo.

Newswise: Dinosaurs’ Last Spring: Study Pinpoints Timing of Chicxulub Asteroid Impact
Released: 9-Dec-2021 5:40 PM EST
Dinosaurs’ Last Spring: Study Pinpoints Timing of Chicxulub Asteroid Impact
Florida Atlantic University

A groundbreaking study led by researchers at FAU and an international team of scientists conclusively confirms the time year of the catastrophic Chicxulub asteroid, responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs and 75 percent of life on Earth 66 million years ago. Springtime, the season of new beginnings, ended the 165 million year reign of dinosaurs and changed the course of evolution on Earth.

Released: 2-Dec-2021 6:15 PM EST
A dinosaur trove in Italy rewrites the history, geography, and evolution of the ancient Mediterranean area
Universita di Bologna

Italy is not exactly renown for dinosaurs. In comparison to its excellent artistic and archaeological heritage, dinosaur fossils are very rare.

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Released: 2-Nov-2021 11:50 AM EDT
Uncovering the secrets behind Earth’s first major mass extinction
Syracuse University

We all know that the dinosaurs died in a mass extinction. But did you know that there were other mass extinctions?

Newswise: ‘Raptor-like’ dinosaur discovered in Australian mine, actually uncovered as a timid vegetarian
Released: 21-Oct-2021 11:15 AM EDT
‘Raptor-like’ dinosaur discovered in Australian mine, actually uncovered as a timid vegetarian
Taylor & Francis

Fossil footprints found in an Australian coal mine around 50 years ago have long been thought to be that of a large ‘raptor-like’ predatory dinosaur, but scientists have in fact discovered they were instead left by a timid long-necked herbivore.

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Released: 1-Oct-2021 2:00 PM EDT
The latest research news in Archaeology and Anthropology
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“Throw me the idol; I’ll throw you the whip!” - From Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Released: 29-Sep-2021 4:30 PM EDT
Two new species of large predatory dinosaur discovered on Isle of Wight
University of Southampton

A new study led by palaeontologists at the University of Southampton suggests that bones found on the Isle of Wight belong to two new species of spinosaurid, a group of predatory theropod dinosaurs closely related to the giant Spinosaurus.

Newswise: Organic molecule remnants found in nuclei of ancient dinosaur cells
Released: 24-Sep-2021 2:40 PM EDT
Organic molecule remnants found in nuclei of ancient dinosaur cells
Chinese Academy of Sciences

A team of scientists from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and from the Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature (STM) has isolated exquisitely preserved cartilage cells in a 125-million-year-old dinosaur from Northeast China that contain nuclei with remnants of organic molecules and chromatin.

Newswise: University of Washington researchers discover four dinosaurs in Montana
Released: 21-Sep-2021 2:20 PM EDT
University of Washington researchers discover four dinosaurs in Montana
University of Washington

A team of paleontologists from the University of Washington excavated four dinosaurs in northeastern Montana this summer. The four dinosaur fossils are: the ilium of an ostrich-sized theropod; the hips and legs of a duck-billed dinosaur; a pelvis and limbs from another theropod; and a Triceratops specimen.

Released: 25-Aug-2021 10:40 AM EDT
The giant jurassic dinosaur Allosaurus was a scavenger, not a predator
Portland State University

In a paper published August 23, authors Cameron Pahl and Luis Ruedas, of Portland State University, show that Allosaurus, a large carnivorous dinosaur from the Jurassic that has long been thought to be a top predator, could probably have acquired most of its calories by scavenging on the carcasses of enormous sauropod herbivores that lived alongside it.

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Released: 24-Aug-2021 12:15 PM EDT
T. rex’s jaw had sensors to make it an even more fearsome predator, new digital study finds
Taylor & Francis

Tyrannosaurus rex was not just a huge beast with a big bite, it had nerve sensors in the very tips of its jaw enabling it to better detect – and eat – its prey, a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Historical Biology today finds.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021
Newswise

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

Newswise: Study of tyrannosaur braincases shows more variation than previously thought
Released: 19-Aug-2021 1:10 PM EDT
Study of tyrannosaur braincases shows more variation than previously thought
Canadian Museum of Nature

Among the fierce carnivores that lived during the late Cretaceous was a predator named Daspletosaurus.

Newswise: New prehistoric ‘Hobbit’ creature is among three discoveries suggesting rapid evolution of mammals after dinosaur extinction
Released: 18-Aug-2021 4:45 PM EDT
New prehistoric ‘Hobbit’ creature is among three discoveries suggesting rapid evolution of mammals after dinosaur extinction
Taylor & Francis

Research published today in the peer-reviewed Journal of Systematic Palaeontology describes the discovery of three new species of ancient creatures from the dawn of modern mammals, and hints at rapid evolution immediately after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

Newswise: First giant dinosaur fossils from Xinjiang Hami Pterosaur Fauna found
Released: 13-Aug-2021 4:35 PM EDT
First giant dinosaur fossils from Xinjiang Hami Pterosaur Fauna found
Chinese Academy of Sciences

A joint Sino-Brazilian research team led by Dr. WANG Xiaolin from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has reported new dinosaur fossils from the Early Cretaceous Hami Pterosaur Fauna.

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Released: 9-Aug-2021 1:25 PM EDT
Researchers Find a ‘Fearsome Dragon’ That Soared Over Outback Queensland
University of Queensland

Australia’s largest flying reptile has been uncovered, a pterosaur with an estimated seven-metre wingspan that soared like a dragon above the ancient, vast inland sea once covering much of outback Queensland.

Newswise: Newly-Hatched Pterosaurs May Have Been Able to Fly
22-Jul-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Newly-Hatched Pterosaurs May Have Been Able to Fly
University of Portsmouth

Newly-hatched pterosaurs may have been able to fly but their flying abilities may have been different from adult pterosaurs, according to a new study. Researchers found that hatchling humerus bones were stronger than those of many adult pterosaurs, indicating that they would have been strong enough for flight.

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Released: 6-Jul-2021 11:20 AM EDT
New Fossil Sheds Light on the Evolution of How Dinosaurs Breathed
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Using a well-preserved Heterodontosaurus skeleton and high-powered x-rays, an international team of researchers has discovered that not all dinosaurs breathed in the same way. The findings give scientists more insight into how a major group of dinosaurs, including well-known creatures like the triceratops and stegosaurus, evolved.

Newswise: Sharp Size Reduction in Dinosaurs That Changed Diet to Termites
5-Jul-2021 4:05 AM EDT
Sharp Size Reduction in Dinosaurs That Changed Diet to Termites
University of Bristol

Dinosaurs were generally huge, but a new study of the unusual alvarezsaurs show that they reduced in size about 100 million years ago when they became specialised ant-eaters.

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Released: 2-Jul-2021 3:50 PM EDT
New beetle found in fossil feces attributed to dinosaur ancestor
Uppsala University

The tiny beetle Triamyxa coprolithica is the first-ever insect to be described from fossil faeces. The animal the researchers have to thank for the excellent preservation was probably the dinosaur ancestor Silesaurus opolensis, which 230 million years ago ingested the small beetle in large numbers.

21-Jun-2021 12:30 PM EDT
Research Team Discovers Arctic Dinosaur Nursery
Florida State University

University of Alaska Fairbanks and Florida State University scientists have found that nearly all types of Arctic dinosaurs, from small bird-like animals to giant tyrannosaurs, reproduced in the region and likely remained there year-round. The findings counter previous hypotheses that the animals migrated to lower latitudes for the winter and laid their eggs in those warmer regions. It’s also compelling evidence that they were warm-blooded.

Released: 17-Jun-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Footprints discovered from the last dinosaurs to walk on UK soil
University of Portsmouth

Footprints from at least six different species of dinosaur - the very last dinosaurs to walk on UK soil 110 million years ago - have been found in Kent, a new report has announced.

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Released: 14-Jun-2021 1:15 PM EDT
Study Presents New Species of Bizarre, Extinct Lizard Previously Misidentified as a Bird
Florida Museum of Natural History

An international research team has described a new species of Oculudentavis, providing further evidence that the animal first identified as a hummingbird-sized dinosaur was actually a lizard.

Newswise: Young T. rexes had a powerful bite, capable of exerting one-sixth the force of an adult
Released: 2-Jun-2021 10:30 AM EDT
Young T. rexes had a powerful bite, capable of exerting one-sixth the force of an adult
University of California, Berkeley

Jack Tseng loves bone-crunching animals -- hyenas are his favorite -- so when paleontologist Joseph Peterson discovered fossilized dinosaur bones that had teeth marks from a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, Tseng decided to try to replicate the bite marks and measure how hard those kids could actually chomp down.

20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
How Did Dinosaurs Deliver Bone-Crushing Bites? By Keeping a Stiff Lower Jaw.
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs chomped through bone by keeping a joint in their lower jaw steady like an alligator, rather than flexible like a snake, according to a study being presented at the American Association for Anatomy annual meeting during the Experimental Biology (EB) 2021 meeting, held virtually April 27-30.

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Released: 22-Apr-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Fat-footed tyrannosaur parents could not keep up with their skinnier adolescent offspring
Taylor & Francis

New research by the University of New England's Palaeoscience Research Centre suggests juvenile tyrannosaurs were slenderer and relatively faster for their body size compared to their multi-tonne parents.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Experimental Biology 2021 Press Materials Available Now
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Embargoed press materials are now available for the virtual Experimental Biology (EB) 2021 meeting, featuring cutting-edge multidisciplinary research from across the life sciences. EB 2021, to be held April 27–30, is the annual meeting of five scientific societies bringing together thousands of scientists and 25 guest societies in one interdisciplinary community.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Announcing Virtual Press Conference for Experimental Biology 2021 Meeting
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Reporters are invited to join a live Q&A discussion of exciting research announcements at the forefront of the life sciences during a virtual press conference for the Experimental Biology (EB) 2021 meeting. The press conference will be held online from 1–1:45 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 26, 2021 (RSVP by Friday, April 23).

Released: 9-Mar-2021 2:40 PM EST
An epic walk: 15 million years needed for dinosaurs to get from South America to Greenland
University of Copenhagen

For the first time, two researchers--one from the University of Copenhagen and the other from Columbia University--have accurately dated the arrival of the first herbivorous dinosaurs in East Greenland.


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