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Newswise: Insights into climate change during origin of dinosaurs
Released: 13-Jul-2020 6:05 AM EDT
Insights into climate change during origin of dinosaurs
University of Utah

In a new study in the journal Gondwana Research demonstrated that the Carnian Pluvial Episode affected the southern hemisphere, specifically South America, which strengthens the case that it was a global climate event.

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2-Jul-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Fossil jawbone from Alaska is a rare case of a juvenile Arctic dromaeosaurid dinosaur
PLOS

A small piece of fossil jawbone from Alaska represents a rare example of juvenile dromaeosaurid dinosaur remains from the Arctic, according to a study published July 8, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Alfio Alessandro Chiarenza of the Imperial College London, UK, and co-authors Anthony R. Fiorillo, Ronald S. Tykoski, Paul J. McCarthy, Peter P. Flaig, and Dori L. Contreras.

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Released: 8-Jul-2020 9:45 AM EDT
Famous ‘Jurassic Park’ Dinosaur is Less Lizard, More Bird
University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

From movies to museum exhibits, the dinosaur Dilophosaurus is no stranger to pop culture. Many probably remember it best from the movie “Jurassic Park,” where it’s depicted as a venom-spitting beast with a rattling frill around its neck and two paddle-like crests on its head.

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Released: 26-Jun-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Tiny Japanese dinosaur eggs help unscramble Cretaceous ecosystem
University of Tsukuba

When most of us think of dinosaurs, we envision large, lumbering beasts, but these giants shared their ecosystems with much smaller dinosaurs, the smaller skeletons of which were generally less likely to be preserved.

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Released: 17-Jun-2020 12:50 PM EDT
Tracking Australia's gigantic carnivorous dinosaurs
University of Queensland

North America had the T. rex, South America had the Giganotosaurus and Africa the Spinosaurus - now evidence shows Australia had gigantic predatory dinosaurs.

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Released: 3-Jun-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Western Canadian scientists discover what an armoured dinosaur ate for its last meal
University of Saskatchewan

More than 110 million years ago, a lumbering 1,300-kilogram, armour-plated dinosaur ate its last meal, died, and was washed out to sea in what is now northern Alberta. This ancient beast then sank onto its thorny back, churning up mud in the seabed that entombed it--until its fossilized body was discovered in a mine near Fort McMurray in 2011.

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Released: 28-May-2020 6:05 PM EDT
Chinese pterodactyl wings its way to the United Kingdom
University of Portsmouth

The first ever specimen of a pterodactyl, more commonly found in China and Brazil, has been found in the United Kingdom.

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21-May-2020 10:50 AM EDT
In stressed ecosystems Jurassic dinosaurs turned to scavenging, maybe even cannibalism
PLOS

Among dinosaurs of ancient Colorado, scavenging and possibly cannibalism were responses to a resource-scarce environment, according to a study published May 27, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Stephanie Drumheller of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and colleagues.

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Released: 13-May-2020 2:20 PM EDT
T. rex was a champion walker, super-efficient at lower speeds
PLOS

While smaller dinosaurs needed speed, huge predators like T. rex were optimized for energy-efficient walking, according to a study published May 13, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Alexander Dececchi of Mount Marty College, South Dakota and colleagues.

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Released: 24-Apr-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Palaeontologists reveal 'the most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth
University of Portsmouth

100 million years ago, ferocious predators, including flying reptiles and crocodile-like hunters, made the Sahara the most dangerous place on Earth.

Newswise: Giant teenage shark from the Dinosaur-era
Released: 23-Apr-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Giant teenage shark from the Dinosaur-era
University of Vienna

Scientists of the University of Vienna examined parts of a vertebral column, which was found in northern Spain in 1996, and assigned it to the extinct shark group Ptychodontidae. In contrast to teeth, shark vertebrae bear biological information, like body size, growth, and age and allowed the team surrounding Patrick L.

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Released: 27-Mar-2020 12:50 PM EDT
New feathered dinosaur was one of the last surviving raptors
University of Pennsylvania

A new feathered dinosaur that lived in New Mexico 67 million years ago is one of the last known surviving raptor species, according to a new publication in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Released: 19-Mar-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Late Cretaceous dinosaur-dominated ecosystem
Geological Society of America (GSA)

A topic of considerable interest to paleontologists is how dinosaur-dominated ecosystems were structured, how dinosaurs and co-occurring animals were distributed across the landscape, how they interacted with one another, and how these systems compared to ecosystems today.

Newswise: Dinosaur stomping ground in Scotland reveals thriving Middle Jurassic ecosystem
5-Mar-2020 12:30 PM EST
Dinosaur stomping ground in Scotland reveals thriving Middle Jurassic ecosystem
PLOS

During the Middle Jurassic Period, the Isle of Skye in Scotland was home to a thriving community of dinosaurs that stomped across the ancient coastline, according to a study published March 11, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Paige dePolo and Stephen Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and colleagues.

Newswise: January Science Snapshots
Released: 14-Feb-2020 12:30 PM EST
January Science Snapshots
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dinosaur blood vessels, giant viruses, and antibiotic-building enzymes

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Released: 11-Feb-2020 1:55 PM EST
Disease found in fossilized dinosaur tail afflicts humans to this day
American Friends of Tel Aviv University

The fossilized tail of a young dinosaur that lived on a prairie in southern Alberta, Canada, is home to the remains of a 60-million-year-old tumor.

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Released: 4-Feb-2020 2:10 PM EST
New Thalattosaur Species Discovered in Southeast Alaska
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have identified a new species of thalattosaur, a marine reptile that lived more than 200 million years ago.

Newswise: The “Firewalkers” of Karoo: Dinosaurs and Other Animals Left Tracks in a “Land of Fire”
22-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
The “Firewalkers” of Karoo: Dinosaurs and Other Animals Left Tracks in a “Land of Fire”
PLOS

Several groups of reptiles persisted in Jurassic Africa even as volcanism ruined their habitat

Newswise: New species of Allosaurus discovered in Utah
22-Jan-2020 5:55 PM EST
New species of Allosaurus discovered in Utah
University of Utah

A remarkable new species of meat-eating dinosaur, Allosaurus jimmadseni, was unveiled at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The huge carnivore inhabited the flood plains of western North America during the Late Jurassic Period, between 157-152 million years ago, making it the geologically oldest species of Allosaurus, predating the more well-known state fossil of Utah, Allosaurus fragilis.

Released: 21-Jan-2020 10:00 AM EST
Rutgers Geology Museum Hosts Open House
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Presentations on natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes and their impacts will be held in Scott Hall and are open to the public at the Rutgers Geology Museum’s 52nd Annual Open House. There will also be hands-on activity sessions for kids, a mineral sale and rock and mineral identification in Scott Hall, and make-and-take stations in the Rutgers Geology Museum. Field Station Dinosaurs will bring its baby Hadrosaurus puppet and will also offer hands-on activities for visitors. All events are free and no preregistration is required.

Released: 2-Jan-2020 12:15 PM EST
Researchers learn more about teen-age T.Rex
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Without a doubt, Tyrannosaurus rex is the most famous dinosaur in the world. The 40-foot-long predator with bone crushing teeth inside a five-foot long head are the stuff of legend.

Newswise: Dinosaur-Era Shark Fossil Discovered in Kansas; Researchers Name It Cretodus Houghtonorum
17-Nov-2019 4:00 AM EST
Dinosaur-Era Shark Fossil Discovered in Kansas; Researchers Name It Cretodus Houghtonorum
DePaul University

A 91-million-year-old fossil shark newly named Cretodus houghtonorum discovered in Kansas joins a list of large dinosaur-era animals. Preserved in sediments deposited in an ancient ocean called the Western Interior Seaway that covered the middle of North America during the Late Cretaceous period (144 million to 66 million years ago), Cretodus houghtonorum was an impressive shark estimated to be nearly 17 feet or slightly more than 5 meters long based on a new study appearing in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Released: 11-Nov-2019 2:25 PM EST
‘Ghost’ footprints from Pleistocene era revealed by radar tech
Cornell University

Invisible footprints hiding since the end of the last ice age – and what lies beneath them – have been discovered by Cornell University researchers using a special type of radar in a novel way.

Newswise: Paleontologists discover complete Saurornitholestes langstoni specimen
Released: 17-Oct-2019 2:20 PM EDT
Paleontologists discover complete Saurornitholestes langstoni specimen
University of Alberta

Discovery provides valuable insight into evolution of theropod dinosaurs around the world

Newswise: Unearthing the art of fossils
Released: 10-Sep-2019 8:05 AM EDT
Unearthing the art of fossils
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

A rocky start in college hasn’t stopped alumnus Zachary Heck (BS Geology, ’16) from pursuing his prehistoric passions. Having a year off due to academic suspension helped him get back on track, giving him time to a begin career in paleontology before he even graduated.

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Released: 4-Sep-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Prehistoric AC
University of Missouri, Columbia

Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs on the planet, had an air conditioner in its head, suggest scientists from the University of Missouri

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Released: 26-Aug-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Filter-feeding pterosaurs were the flamingos of the Late Jurassic
Uppsala University

Modern flamingoes employ filter feeding and their feces are, as a result, rich in remains of microscopically-small aquatic prey. Very similar contents are described from more than 150 million year old pterosaur droppings in a recent paper in PeerJ.

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15-Jul-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Jurassic fossil shows how early mammals could swallow like their modern descendants
University of Chicago Medical Center

The 165-million-year-old fossil of Microdocodon gracilis, a tiny, shrew-like animal, shows the earliest example of modern hyoid bones in mammal evolution.

Released: 8-Jul-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Augustana University Professor’s Research Leads to Surprising Mating Decision in Butterfly Species
Augustana University, South Dakota

The males of one species of butterfly are more attracted to females that are active, not necessarily what they look like, according to a recent research conducted at Augustana University.The paper, “Behaviour before beauty: Signal weighting during mate selection in the butterfly Papilio polytes,” found that males of the species noticed the activity levels of potential female mates, not their markings.

Newswise: The Ancestor of the Great White Shark
Released: 5-Jul-2019 4:05 AM EDT
The Ancestor of the Great White Shark
University of Vienna

Mackerel sharks (Lamniformes) are a group consisting of some of the most iconic sharks we know, including the mako shark (the fastest shark in the world), the infamous great white shark and Megalodon, the biggest predatory shark that has ever roamed  the world’s oceans.

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Released: 28-Jun-2019 10:05 AM EDT
When the dinosaurs died, lichens thrived
Field Museum

When an asteroid smacked into the Earth 66 million years ago, it triggered mass extinctions all over the planet.

Newswise: Dinosaur bones are home to microscopic life
Released: 18-Jun-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Dinosaur bones are home to microscopic life
Field Museum

Bad news, Jurassic Park fans--the odds of scientists cloning a dinosaur from ancient DNA are pretty much zero.

Newswise: Smithsonian’s Sidedoor Podcast Returns for Season Four
Released: 17-Jun-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Smithsonian’s Sidedoor Podcast Returns for Season Four
Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian’s Sidedoor has returned with new episodes and a new host. Now in its fourth season, the podcast invites listeners to step behind the curtain into a fascinating world of Smithsonian stories.

Newswise: A Small Dinosaur from New Mexico is a Big Piece in the Puzzle of Tyrannosaur Evolution
2-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT
A Small Dinosaur from New Mexico is a Big Piece in the Puzzle of Tyrannosaur Evolution
Stony Brook University

Tyrannosauroid dinosaurs have a long evolutionary history and include iconic giants like Tyrannosaurus rex. Now an international research team including Alan H. Turner, PhD, from Stony Brook University, have uncovered the skeleton of a small tyrannosaur from Late Cretaceous rocks in New Mexico.

Newswise: Running May Have Made Dinosaurs’ Wings Flap Before they Evolved to Fly
26-Apr-2019 4:05 AM EDT
Running May Have Made Dinosaurs’ Wings Flap Before they Evolved to Fly
PLOS

Before they evolved the ability to fly, two-legged dinosaurs may have begun to flap their wings as a passive effect of running along the ground

Newswise: Chewing versus sex in the duck-billed dinosaurs
Released: 2-May-2019 1:20 PM EDT
Chewing versus sex in the duck-billed dinosaurs
University of Bristol

The duck-billed hadrosaurs walked the Earth over 90-million years ago and were one of the most successful groups of dinosaurs.

Newswise: Meet Gobihadros, a New Species of Mongolian Hadrosaur Known From a Virtually Complete Skeleton
11-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Meet Gobihadros, a New Species of Mongolian Hadrosaur Known From a Virtually Complete Skeleton
PLOS

The complete skeletal remains of a new species of Mongolian dinosaur fill in a gap in the evolution of hadrosaurs, according to a study released April 17, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Khishigjav Tsogtbataaar of the Mongolian Academy of Science, David Evans of the Royal Ontario Museum, and colleagues.

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16-Apr-2019 12:05 AM EDT
Fish that outlived dinosaurs reveals secrets of ancient skull evolution
Flinders University

A new study into one of the world’s oldest types of fish, Coelacanth, provides fresh insights into the development of the skull and brain of vertebrates and the evolution of lobe-finned fishes and land animals, as published in Nature.

Newswise: First-confirmed occurrence of a lambeosaurine dinosaur found on Alaska's North Slope
Released: 29-Mar-2019 11:05 AM EDT
First-confirmed occurrence of a lambeosaurine dinosaur found on Alaska's North Slope
Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Paleontologists from Hokkaido University in Japan, in cooperation with paleontologists from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas

Newswise: A Mile-Long Graveyard of Jurassic Fossils Sparks a New International Science Collaboration
Released: 28-Mar-2019 4:45 PM EDT
A Mile-Long Graveyard of Jurassic Fossils Sparks a New International Science Collaboration
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis announced plans this week for Mission Jurassic, a project that will support paleontological excavation of a fossil-rich plot of land in northern Wyoming. The project will bring together scientists from around the world, including the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, to reveal dramatic new secrets about the world of millions of years ago.

Released: 22-Mar-2019 1:05 PM EDT
UAlberta paleontologists report world’s biggest Tyrannosaurus rex
University of Alberta

University of Alberta paleontologists have just reported the world’s biggest Tyrannosaurus rex and the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Canada. The 13-metre-long T. rex, nicknamed “Scotty,” lived in prehistoric Saskatchewan 66 million years ago.

Released: 11-Mar-2019 11:10 AM EDT
New wallaby-sized dinosaur from the ancient Australian-Antarctic rift valley
Cambridge University Press

A new, wallaby-sized herbivorous dinosaur has been identified from five fossilized upper jaws in 125 million year old rocks from the Cretaceous period of Victoria, southeastern Australia.

Newswise: Dinosaurs were thriving before asteroid strike that wiped them out
Released: 6-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EST
Dinosaurs were thriving before asteroid strike that wiped them out
Imperial College London

Dinosaurs were unaffected by long-term climate changes and flourished before their sudden demise by asteroid strike.

Newswise: Precise Chronology Suggests Extreme Volcanism Contributed to Dinosaur Extinction
Released: 21-Feb-2019 2:00 PM EST
Precise Chronology Suggests Extreme Volcanism Contributed to Dinosaur Extinction
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Not by meteorite alone did the dinosaurs die off. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory research scientist Kyle Samperton and colleagues present the most compelling evidence yet that massive volcanic eruptions in the Deccan Traps region of India contributed to the fall of the dinosaurs – also known as the end-Cretaceous mass extinction – approximately 66 million years ago.

Newswise: Newly discovered marsupial lived among Arctic dinosaurs
Released: 19-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
Newly discovered marsupial lived among Arctic dinosaurs
University of Alaska Fairbanks

A research team has discovered a previously unknown species of marsupial that lived in Alaska's Arctic during the era of dinosaurs, adding a vivid new detail to a complex ancient landscape.

Newswise: Paleontologists discover northernmost marsupial known to science
Released: 18-Feb-2019 5:05 PM EST
Paleontologists discover northernmost marsupial known to science
University of Colorado Boulder

Tiny, opossum-like animal lived alongside dinosaurs in Alaska's polar forests roughly 69 million years ago and faced months of winter darkness.

Newswise: Diversity on land is not higher today than in the past, study shows
Released: 18-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Diversity on land is not higher today than in the past, study shows
University of Birmingham

The rich levels of biodiversity on land seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been similar for at least the last 60 million years, since soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Newswise: Exceptional new titanosaur from middle Cretaceous Tanzania: Mnyamawamtuka
7-Feb-2019 1:05 PM EST
Exceptional new titanosaur from middle Cretaceous Tanzania: Mnyamawamtuka
PLOS

An exceptional sauropod dinosaur specimen from the middle Cretaceous of Tanzania represents a unique species and provides new insights into sauropod evolution, according to a study published February 13, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Eric Gorscak of Midwestern University, Illinois, and Patrick O’Connor of Ohio University, USA.

Newswise: New oviraptorosaur species discovered in Mongolia
31-Jan-2019 11:30 AM EST
New oviraptorosaur species discovered in Mongolia
PLOS

A new oviraptorosaur species from the Late Cretaceous was discovered in Mongolia, according to a study published in February 6, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Yuong-Nam Lee from Seoul National University, South Korea, and colleagues.

Newswise: Iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovered in Antarctica, shows how life at the South Pole bounced back after mass extinction
Released: 31-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST
Iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovered in Antarctica, shows how life at the South Pole bounced back after mass extinction
University of Washington

Scientists have just discovered a dinosaur relative that lived in Antarctica 250 million years ago. The iguana-sized reptile's genus name, Antarctanax, means "Antarctic king."


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