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New Species of Horned Dinosaur – Regaliceratops Peterhewsi

June 5, 2015

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New Species of Horned Dinosaur

A newly published study details the discovery of a new species of horned dinosaur, Regaliceratops peterhewsi. About 10 years ago, Peter Hews stumbled across some bones sticking out of a cliff along the Oldman River in southeastern Alberta, Canada. Now, scientists describe in the Cell Press journal Current Biology that those bones belonged to a […]

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Scientists Replicate the Molecular Processes That Led from Dinosaur Snouts to Bird Beaks

May 12, 2015

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Researchers Retrace the Bird’s Beak to Its Dinosaur Origins

Researchers have conducted the first successful reversion of a bird’s skull features, replicating ancestral molecular development to transform chicken embryos in a laboratory into specimens with a snout and palate configuration similar to that of small dinosaurs. Scientists have successfully replicated the molecular processes that led from dinosaur snouts to the first bird beaks. Using […]

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Paleontologists Discover Bizarre ‘Platypus’ Dinosaur

April 29, 2015

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Chilesaurus Diegosuarezi Fossils of a Strange Dinosaur

A team of scientists have unearthed fossils of a strange dinosaur in southern Chile. Named Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, this dinosaur featured a bizarre combination of traits. Paleontologists are referring to Chilesaurus diegosuarezi as a ‘platypus’ dinosaur because of its bizarre combination of characters that resemble different dinosaur groups. For example, Chilesaurus boasted a proportionally small skull, […]

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A New Birth Story for Gigantic Marine Lizards That Once Roamed the Oceans

April 10, 2015

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A New Birth Story for a Gigantic Marine Lizard That Once Roamed the Oceans

Paleontologists now believe that mosasaurs gave birth to their young in the open ocean, not on or near shore. They weren’t in the delivery room, but researchers at Yale University and the University of Toronto have discovered a new birth story for a gigantic marine lizard that once roamed the oceans. Thanks to recently identified […]

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Carnufex Carolinensis – North America’s Top Predator Before Dinosaurs?

March 20, 2015

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Carnufex Carolinensis

New research from North Carolina State University shows that a 9-foot long crocodile ancestor may have been North America’s top predator before the dinosaurs arrived. A newly discovered crocodilian ancestor may have filled one of North America’s top predator roles before dinosaurs arrived on the continent. Carnufex carolinensis, or the “Carolina Butcher,” was a 9-foot […]

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Aegirocassis Benmoulae Hints at Early Arthropod Evolution

March 12, 2015

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Aegirocassis Benmoulae Hints at Early Arthropod Evolution

Newly discovered fossils of an extinct sea creature named Aegirocassis benmoulae provide key evidence about the early evolution of arthropods. A presentation by Dr. Peter Van Roy describing a new fossil anomalocaridid from the Early Ordovician Fezouata Formation of Morocco. Dr. Van Roy is one of the authors of a new study that has shed […]

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Earth’s Earliest Primates Lived in Trees

January 20, 2015

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Earth’s Earliest Primates Lived in Trees

New research from Yale University reveals that Earth’s earliest primates lived in trees. Earth’s earliest primates have taken a step up in the world, now that researchers have gotten a good look at their ankles. A new study has found that Purgatorius, a small mammal that lived on a diet of fruit and insects, was […]

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Aquilops Americanus – Oldest Known Species of Horned Dinosaur from North America

December 12, 2014

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Aquilops Americanus Oldest Horned North American Dinosaur

A team of paleontologists has discovered the oldest known “horned” dinosaur fossil from North America. Named Aquilops americanus, the species is 40 million years older than the iconic Triceratops. A fossil skull small enough to fit in the palm of your hand represents the oldest species of horned dinosaur named from North America. The discovery, […]

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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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New Questions About the Evolution of Dinosaurs in North America

August 19, 2014

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New Evidence Raises Questions About When Dinosaurs Evolved in North America

Scientists at MIT precisely dated the rocks in which the earliest dinosaur fossils were discovered in the southwestern United States, raising questions about when dinosaurs evolved in North America. The Jurassic and Cretaceous periods were the golden age of dinosaurs, during which the prehistoric giants roamed the Earth for nearly 135 million years. Paleontologists have […]

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Scientists Discover New Species of Horned Dinosaur – Mercuriceratops Gemini

June 19, 2014

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New Species of Horned Dinosaur Mercuriceratops Gemini

A newly published study details the discover of a new species of dinosaur named Mercuriceratops Gemini, which was approximately 6 meters long and lived about 77 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous Period. Cleveland, Ohio – Scientists have named a new species of horned dinosaur (ceratopsian) based on fossils collected from Montana in the […]

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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 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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Microraptor Wind Tunnel Test Provides Insight into the Evolution of Bird Flight

September 18, 2013

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Dinosaur Wind Tunnel Test Gives New Insight into the Evolution of Bird Flight

Scientists at the University of Southampton examine the aerodynamic performance of feathered, non-avian dinosaurs, providing new insight into the evolution of bird flight. In recent years, new fossil discoveries have changed our view of the early evolution of birds and, more critically, their powers of flight. We now know about a number of small-bodied dinosaurs […]

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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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