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The First Truly Semiaquatic Dinosaur, Spinosaurus Aegyptiacus

September 18, 2014

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Semiaquatic Dinosaur Spinosaurus Aegyptiacus

An international team of scientists has unveiled the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. New fossils of the massive Cretaceous-era predator reveal it adapted to life in the water some 95 million years ago, providing the most compelling evidence to date of a dinosaur able to live and hunt in an aquatic environment. The fossils […]

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Study Explains Prevalence of Hadrosaur Skin Among All Known Dinosaur Skin Fossils

September 11, 2014

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New Research Documents the Prevalence of Hadrosaur Skin

A new study from Yale University details the prevalence of hadrosaur skin among all known dinosaur skin fossils, revealing that hadrosaur skin is 31 times more likely to be preserved. In life, Tyrannosaurus rex usually got the best of the less fearsome duck-billed dinosaurs, or hadrosaurs: T. rex ate them. But in death, the plant-eating […]

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Scientists Discover New Supermassive Dinosaur Species – Dreadnoughtus Schrani

September 4, 2014

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Scientists Discover New Supermassive Dinosaur Species

A team of scientists at Drexel University have unveiled a new supermassive dinosaur species discovered between 2005 and 2009. Weighing in at nearly 65 tons and measuring 85 feet long, Dreadnoughtus schrani is the largest land animal ever found of calculable mass and one of the most complete skeletons ever found for a dinosaur in […]

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Paleontologists Announce the Discovery of Bird-Like Dinosaur Anzu Wyliei

March 21, 2014

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Paleontologists Announce the Discovery of Anzu Wyliei

Paleontlogists from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History have revealed the discovery of an 11 feet long and five feet tall bird-like dinosaur, named Anzu wyliei. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – A team of researchers has announced the discovery of a bizarre, bird-like dinosaur, named Anzu wyliei, that provides paleontologists with their first good look at a […]

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Scientists Discover Ancient Fossilized Crustaceans Entombed with Eggs and Embryos

March 18, 2014

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Researchers Discover Ancient Crustaceans Buried Alive with Eggs and Embryos

A team of biologists has discovered 450-million-year-old fossilized crustaceans entombed with their eggs and newly hatched offspring, extending the knowledge of ostracods and confirming their presence in the Ordovician period. Scientists have found 450-million-year-old fossilized crustaceans entombed with their eggs and newly hatched offspring. At least one of the animals is a newly identified species. […]

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Scientists Discover the Earliest Known Complete Nervous System

October 17, 2013

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The Earliest Known Complete Nervous System Discovered

Scientists have discovered the earliest known complete nervous system preserved in the fossilized remains of a 520 million year old arthropod. A team of researchers led by University of Arizona Regents’ Professor Nick Strausfeld and London Natural History Museum’s Greg Edgecombe have discovered the earliest known complete nervous system, exquisitely preserved in the fossilized remains […]

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New Species of Horned Dinosaur Discovered in Utah

July 18, 2013

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Scientists Discover a New Horned Dinosaur Nasutoceratops Titusi

A team of researchers has discovered a new species of horned dinosaur, called Nasutoceratops titusi, in southern Utah. Salt Lake City, Utah – A remarkable new species of horned dinosaur has been unearthed in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, southern Utah.  The huge plant-eater inhabited Laramidia, a landmass formed when a shallow sea flooded the central […]

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Research Reveals First Complete Chemical Analysis of ‘Dinobird’ Feathers

June 17, 2013

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First Complete Chemical Analysis of Dinobird Feathers

Using X-ray experiments at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, researchers were able to reveal the first complete chemical analysis of feathers from Archaeopteryx. Menlo Park, California — The first complete chemical analysis of feathers from Archaeopteryx, a famous fossil linking dinosaurs and birds, reveals that the feathers were patterned—light in color, with […]

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Fossil Discovery Shows Giant Reptiles Coexisted with Mammals

June 5, 2013

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Lizard King Fossil Shows Giant Reptiles Coexisted with Mammals

Paleontologists discovered the fossil remains of a giant lizard, Barbaturex morrisoni, which coexisted with mammals in the hot tropical forests of Southeast Asia some 40 million years ago. Some 40 million years before rock singer Jim Morrison’s lyrics earned him the moniker “the Lizard King,” an actual king lizard roamed the hot tropical forests of […]

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Preserved Mammoth with Blood Discovered in Siberia

May 29, 2013

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Preserved Mammoth Found with Flowing Blood

A team of Russian scientists have discovered the remains of a female mammoth with blood and muscle tissue. Russian scientists have claimed to have discovered a fully-grown female mammoth carcass with blood and well-preserved muscle tissue trapped in ice in Siberia. The researchers found the mammoth blood during the excavation on the Lyakhovsky Islands in […]

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Researchers Find Hints of Supernova Iron in Bacteria Microfossils

May 9, 2013

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Fossil Remnants Reveal Biological Evidence of a Supernova

Scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have discovered the first proven biological evidence of a supernova on earth, finding hints of supernova iron in bacteria microfossils. In fossil remnants of iron-loving bacteria, researchers of the Cluster of Excellence Origin and Structure of the Universe at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), found a radioactive iron isotope […]

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Scientists Reveal a New Species of Dinosaur

May 7, 2013

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Scientists Reveal a New Species of Dinosaur

New research describes the newly discovered species of bone-headed dinosaur, named Acrotholus audeti, which lived about 85 million years ago. Scientists have named a new species of bone-headed dinosaur (pachycephalosaur) from Alberta, Canada. Acrotholus audeti (Ack-RHO-tho-LUS) was identified from both recently discovered and historically collected fossils. Approximately six feet long and weighing about 40 kgs […]

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Ancient DNA Reveals the First Detailed Genetic History of Modern Europe

April 24, 2013

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The First Detailed Genetic History of Modern Europe

An international team of researchers used ancient DNA to reconstruct the first high-resolution genetic record of modern European lineages through time, observing both human DNA evolving in ‘real-time’ and the dramatic population changes that have taken place in Europe. Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7500 years old […]

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World’s Oldest Dinosaur Bonebed Reveals How Dinosaur Embryos Grew and Developed

April 11, 2013

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Worlds Oldest Dinosaur Bonebed Reveals How Dinosaur Embryos Grew and Developed

An international team of scientists excavated and analyzed over 200 bones from dinosaurs at different stages of embryonic development from a 190-million-year-old dinosaur bonebed, revealing how dinosaur embryos grew and developed in their eggs. A 190-million-year-old dinosaur bonebed near the city of Lufeng, in Yunnan, China has revealed for the first time how dinosaur embryos […]

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