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Tiny Japanese dinosaur eggs help unscramble Cretaceous ecosystem

July 01, 2020

When most of us think of dinosaurs, we envision large, lumbering beasts, but these giants shared their ecosystems with much smaller dinosaurs, the smaller skeletons of which were generally less likely to be preserved. The fossilized egg shells of these small dinosaurs can shed light on this lost ecological diversity.

Bizarre saber-tooth predator from South America was no saber-tooth cat

June 25, 2020

A new study led by researchers from the University of Bristol has shown that not all saber-tooths were fearsome predators.

300-million-year-old fish resembles a sturgeon but took a different evolutionary path

June 22, 2020

Sturgeon, a long-lived, bottom-dwelling fish, are often described as "living fossils," owing to the fact that their form has remained relatively constant, despite hundreds of millions of years of evolution.

Transitional evolutionary forms in chasmosaurine ceratopsid dinosaurs: evidence from the Campanian of New Mexico

June 18, 2020

Morphological landmarks used in morphometric analysis of chasmosaurine parietals.

Insect-crunching reptiles on ancient islands of the U.K.

June 18, 2020

By analyzing the fossilized jaw mechanics of reptiles who lived in the Severn Channel region of the UK 200-million-years ago, researchers from the University of Bristol have shown that they weren't picky about the types of insects they ate—enjoying both crunchy and less crunchy varieties.

Gigantic Australian carnivorous dinosaurs discovered and studied using footprints

June 17, 2020

North America had the T. rex, South America had the Giganotosaurus and Africa the Spinosaurus—now evidence shows Australia had gigantic predatory dinosaurs.

Egg from Antarctica is Big and Might Belong to an Extinct Sea Lizard

June 16, 2020

In 2011, Chilean scientists discovered a mysterious fossil in Antarctica that looked like a deflated football. For nearly a decade, the specimen sat unlabeled and unstudied in the collections of Chile’s National Museum of Natural History, with scientists identifying it only by its sci-fi movie-inspired nickname – “The Thing.”