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How Paleo Pigments are Helping Scientists Color In the Fossil Record.

January 15, 2020

Reconstructing color patterns in feathered dinosaurs

Forgotten trove of fossil feathers belonged to tiny polar dinosaurs

January 15, 2020

A new study provides our first glimpse of fossil feathers near the South Pole.

San Diego Paleontologist Helps Discover New Species Of Dinosaur

January 15, 2020

At the San Diego Natural History Museum, a visitor might find paleontologist Ashley Poust firing up a tiny jackhammer. He uses to chip away rock surrounding a fossil.

"Even though it looks scary vibrating at that speed, it wouldn’t hurt you unless you really stuck yourself with it," Poust said.

Poust is familiar with digging up, cleaning and analyzing fossils. So, when he looked at a fossil found by a farmer in China over a decade ago, he could tell it had the remains of a new species of dinosaur.

Paleontologists Dig Into a Giant Sloth Boneyard

January 15, 2020

ossilization is a fairly rare occurrence to start with. Most lives that ever have been lived left no record of their existence or passing. So when paleontologists come across dense pockets of bone, representing not just one animal but many, how such an ancient treasure trove was assembled is one of the core threads that we can pull on to unravel the mystery of a time long gone. So it is with a massive accumulation of sloths found in Santa Elena, Ecuador.

Making the world’s rarest dinosaur fossils accessible with scanning and 3D printing

January 14, 2020

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550-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Guts Found

January 14, 2020

Paleontologists from the University of Missouri have discovered the well-preserved digestive tracts in the fossils of microscopic animals called cloudinomorphs. The worm-like animals lived during the Ediacaran period, some 550 million years ago.

Ontogenetic similarities between giraffe and sauropod neck osteological mobility

January 13, 2020

The functional morphology of sauropod dinosaur long necks has been studied extensively, with virtual approaches yielding results that are difficult to obtain with actual fossils, due to their extreme fragility and size. However, analyses on virtual fossils have been questioned on several of their premises, such as the ability to accurately reconstruct intervertebral tissue with only skeletal data; or whether zygapophyseal overlap can be used to determine the limits of range of motion, since some extreme neck poses in extant giraffes have been claimed not to retain any zygapophyseal overlap.

Largest Australian Carnivorous Dinosaur Found in the Aussie Outback

December 15, 2019

Another Megaraphorid has been unearthed and classified in Australia making it the remains of the largest carnivorous dinosaur ever discovered in Australian history

Mummified skin suggests duck-billed dinosaurs were grey like elephants

January 11, 2020

A mummified dinosaur has skin so well preserved that the remains of blood vessels and pigment can be seen, and analysis of the pigment suggests that the animal had dark grey skin. However, it is possible that the dinosaur’s skin contained other pigments that haven’t been preserved.

The many lives of Triceratops skull No. 21

January 13, 2020

A 3D model of the restoration of Triceratops skull No. 21, which the Peabody traded to the Delft University Geological Museum in the 1950s. The restoration is underway in the Netherlands. (Photo credit: Javid Jooshesh, Naturalis)

Triceratops discovered in the Badlands of North Dakota

January 10, 2020

A student from the University of California has made the discovery of a lifetime on a recent exhibition in the North Dakota Badlands.


January 10, 2020

Parts of Alberta are libraries of Earth’s history, treasure troves of fossils from animals that lived millions of years ago. But sometimes, an especially rare gem is found.

More than old bones: New study sheds light on Triceratops behavior and living habits

January 09, 2020

 new study published by paleontologists Matthew M. Canoy Illies and Denver Fowler, on Jan.7, examines the kinked tail of “Larry” the Triceratops, a fossilized dinosaur on display in a new exhibit at the Badlands Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson. The investigation sheds light on the animal’s behavior and answers crucial questions about its overall ecology and habits.

What Did Dinosaurs Smell Like?

January 08, 2020

What did Triceratops smell like?

Bones have given us an osteological outline of what the famous “three-horned face” looked like. Skin impressions and colors of related animals have offered some possibilities about saurian fashion, too. But, if we were able to travel back 67 million years, what scent would waft away from the hefty herbivore? Would it smell like a barnyard? Like nothing at all? Would the dinosaur carry a whiff of… frill cheese?

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