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75-million-year old eggshells suggest most dinosaurs were warm-blooded Read more:

March 14, 2020

An analysis of fossil eggshells may have settled a long-running debate about dinosaurs, suggesting that all species were warm-blooded.

This also means the ancestors of dinosaurs must have been warm-blooded too, says Robin Dawson at Yale University, who led the research.

Distant T-rex relative named ‘thunder reptile’ discovered in Argentina

February 14, 2020

Evidence of a new carnivorous dinosaur species has been unearthed in Argentina, and was dubbed by researchers as the ‘thunder reptile’.

Absolutely Massive Extinct Turtle Weighed 2,500 Pounds and Had Giant Horned Shell

February 12, 2020

The tropical region of South America is one of the world’s hot spots when it comes to animal diversity. The region’s extinct fauna is unique, as documented by fossils of giant rodents and crocodylians — including crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gavials — that inhabited what is today a desert area in Venezuela. Five to ten million years ago, this was a humid swampy region teeming with life. One of its inhabitants was Stupendemys geographicus, a turtle species first described in the mid-1970s.

Fossilized insect from 100 million years ago is oldest record of primitive bee with pollen

February 12, 2020

Beetle parasites clinging to a primitive bee 100 million years ago may have caused the flight error that, while deadly for the insect, is a boon for science today.

Footprint Find Could Be a “Holy Grail” of Pterosaur Research

February 11, 2020

Since pterosaur fossils were first discovered more than two centuries ago, scientists have lacked proof of how early members of this group of flying reptiles, from the Triassic or Jurassic periods, walked on land. But now the first known footprints of such pterosaurs, discovered in southern France, are overturning suggestions that they were sprawling or clumsy walkers that struggled when earthbound—or that they strolled on their hind legs like birds.

Tumor found in dinosaur fossil sheds light on modern childhood disease

February 10, 2020

A group of researchers from the Tel Aviv University identified a benign tumor called LCH (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) in the fossilized tale of a 'duck-billed dinosaur.’

Newly Discovered Tyrannosaur Was Key to the Rise of Giant Meat-Eaters

February 10, 2020

paleontologists are uncovering tyrannosaurs at a fast and furious pace. The classic Tyrannosaurus rex may remain the most famous of all, but, in the last year alone, experts have described the bones of pipsqueaks that were far from the top of the food chain, leggy predators that lived in the shadow of other carnivorous giants, and short-snouted species that stalked the floodplains of the ancient west over 10 million years before the tyrant lizard king itself.

Jurassic-era mammalian relative found with 38 of its babies’ skulls

February 07, 2020

Mammals today give birth to relatively few offspring with larger brains than other vertebrate species. However, this strategy wasn’t always popular. According to a new study performed at the University of Texas, a mammalian precursor no bigger than a small dog would give birth to as many as 38 babies at a time.

New thalattosaur species discovered in Southeast Alaska

February 04, 2020

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.

One Single Primitive Turtle Resisted Mass Extinction In The Northern Hemisphere

February 03, 2020

Sixty-six million years ago, in the emerged lands of Laurasia -now the northern hemisphere- a primitive land tortoise, measuring about 60 cm, managed to survive the event that killed the dinosaurs. It was the only one to do so in this area of the world, according to a Spanish palaeontologist who has analysed its peculiar fossils, found in France.

99-Million-year-old Frog Found Encased in Amber

February 01, 2020

About 99 million years ago in what’s now Myanmar, sap suddenly trapped a tiny juvenile frog with a beetle, perhaps its intended next meal. Unlucky for the frog, but lucky for science.

Expedition finds skeleton of 'bone crushing' reptile 230 million years after death

January 31, 2020

The skeleton of a reptile that roamed Earth 230 million years ago and crushed the bones of its prey has been found in Brazil.

The terrifying 7ft-long creature, an ancestor of the crocodile, was the “T-Rex of its time”, according to researchers.


January 31, 2020

Researchers have uncovered the remnants of a huge, fossilized shark head in the walls of a cave in Kentucky.

The remains of the ancient animal are located in Mammoth Cave National Park, which is home to the longest known cave system on Earth—one that extends for more than 400 miles, according to the National Park Service.

At last it can be told: we found a big Brachiosaurus in the Salt Wash

January 30, 2020

Last May I was out in the Salt Wash member of the Morrison Formation with Brian Engh and Thuat Tran, for just a couple of days of prospecting. We’d had crappy weather, with rain and lots of gnats. But temperatures were cooler than usual, and we were able to push farther south in our field area than ever before. We found a small canyon that had bone coming out all over, and as I was logging another specimen in my field book, I heard Brian shout from a few meters away: “Hey Matt, I think you better get over here! If this is what I think it is…”

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