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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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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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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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The Preservation of Colors in Fossil Insects

March 6, 2013

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Explaining the Preservation of Colors in Fossil Insects

By using elevated pressures and temperatures to simulate the effects of burial on structurally colored cuticles of modern beetles, researchers at Yale University show how colors change during fossilization. An international research team led by Yale University scientists has for the first time explained the preservation of colors in fossil insects. The discovery shows why […]

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Scientists Reconstruct the Ancestor of Placental Mammals

February 12, 2013

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Ancestor of Placental Mammals

More than twenty scientists collaborated on a recently published study that reconstructed the ancestor of placental mammals. The common ancestor of more than 5,000 contemporary placental mammals such as rats, whales, and humans was a small, insect-eating animal that appeared after the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, an international team of researchers report […]

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