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Flesh-Eating Dinosaurs Migrated Between Morocco and Europe

November 16, 2019

Scientists have discovered dinosaur tracks in Morocco that prove some dinosaur species used migratory routes between Morocco and Europe. An article published in October’s issue of the Journal of African Earth Sciences explains the findings.

An unusual bird

November 14, 2019

he Early Cretaceous basal birds were known largely from just two-dimensionally preserved specimens from north-eastern China (Jehol Biota), which has hindered our understanding of the early evolution of birds. 

Extinct giant ape directly linked to the living orangutan.

November 13, 2019

By using ancient protein sequencing, researchers have retrieved genetic information from a 1.9 million year old extinct, giant primate that used to live in a subtropical area in southern China. The genetic information allows the researchers to uncover the evolutionary position of Gigantopithecus blacki, a three-meter tall and possibly 600 kg primate, revealing the orangutan as its closest living relative.

Ice Age footprints of mammoths and prehistoric humans revealed for the first time using radar

November 12, 2019

The mammoth lumbers through our imaginations when we think about the world during the most recent Ice Age. They’re just one of many giant creatures that our ancestors lived alongside and which became extinct when the climate changed. The giant ground sloth – a large herbivore which was endemic to the Americas – is another.

Gnathovorax cabreirai: a new early dinosaur and the origin and initial radiation of predatory dinosaurs

November 12, 2019

The world's oldest carnivorous dinosaur, known as Gnathovorax cabreirai, has been discovered in southern Brazil, according to a new study.

First evidence of feathered polar dinosaurs found in Australia

November 12, 2019

A cache of 118 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur and bird feathers has been recovered from an ancient lake deposit that once lay beyond the southern polar circle.

New Fossil Pushes Back Physical Evidence Of Insect Pollination To 99 Million Years Ago

November 11, 2019

A new study co-led by researchers in the U.S. and China has pushed back the first-known physical evidence of insect flower pollination to 99 million years ago, during the mid-Cretaceous period.

How WWII Service Members Helped Shape the Smithsonian’s New Fossil Hall Read more: Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

January 01, 2020

If you were to visit the Smithsonian’s fossil hall (affectionately known as the “Hall of Extinct Monsters”) from its opening in 1911 up until the 1940s, you would see large mounted fossils occupying a central, sky lighted hall of vertebrates. On either side of these massive skeletons were two galleries flanked by mahogany cases that contained fossil invertebrates and plants.

The Ancient Underwater Boneyard That Tells a Dark Story

November 08, 2019

It was while working deep in the archives of a dinosaur museum that Hallie Street realized she had a mystery on her hands. Street, a curatorial assistant at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s T.rex Discovery Centre, was only meant to be cataloging the thousands of ancient fossils in the museum’s collection. But every time she picked up another tiny plastic bag with a shark tooth or reptile bone in it, the weird markings and sheer number of specimens gave her the same hunch—something dramatic had happened to these animals.

NASA Scientist Shows Dinosaurs Roamed Earth on The Other Side of The Milky Way

November 08, 2019

When dinosaurs ruled the Earth, the planet was on a completely different side of the galaxy.

A new animation by NASA scientist Jessie Christiansen shows just how long the dinosaurs' reign lasted, and how short the era of humans has been in comparison, by tracing our solar system's movement through the Milky Way.

Huge trove of mammoth skeletons found in Mexico

November 07, 2019

Archaeologists said Wednesday they have made the largest-ever discovery of mammoth remains: a trove of 800 bones from at least 14 of the extinct giants found in central Mexico.

Millions at stake in dinosaur fight: Are fossils minerals?

November 07, 2019

The discovery of two fossilized dinosaur skeletons intertwined in what looks like a final death match could make a Montana ranching couple rich beyond their dreams. Or they may have to share the wealth.

Mysterious claw found 50 years ago identified as 1st dinosaur species unique to British Columbia

November 07, 2019

Ferrisaurus sustutensis, a smaller cousin of Triceratops, roamed the area more than 67 million years ago

Miocene-Period Great Ape Unearthed in Germany: Danuvius guggenmosi

November 07, 2019

A previously unknown species of great ape that was well adapted to both walking upright as well as using all four limbs while climbing has been identified from fossils found in southern Germany.

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