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'We're Pretty Sure
It's Not a Bird'
Dec 5, 2023 12:53 PM CST
'We're Pretty Sure It's Not a Bird'
But what made bird-like tracks before birds existed isn't clear
- The earliest known fossils attributed to ancestors of modern birds date to around 160 million years ago, which is why birdlike tracks discovered in southern Africa and dated to tens of millions of years earlier have become a fascinating topic of discussion for paleontologists. In reviewing 163 tracks found across...
There Was No Record
of Koalas Here. Until Now
Sep 14, 2023 12:20 PM CDT
There Was No Record of Koalas Here. Until Now
Cat-sized 'Lumakoala' could be marsupials' missing link in Australia's Northern Territory
- The modern koala is a well-known and well-loved marsupial, but researchers know surprisingly little about its evolution. Indeed, they describe an "approximately 30-million-year-gap" in the fossil record of Australian marsupials, or diprotodontians, a group including kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats. That gap may be closing, however. Researchers say they've...
This Guy Might've Been the
Heaviest Animal Earth's Seen
Aug 2, 2023 12:50 PM CDT
This Guy Might've Been the Heaviest Animal Earth's Seen
Meet the long-extinct Perucetus colossus
- There could be a new contender for heaviest animal to ever live. While today's blue whale has long held the title, the AP reports that scientists have dug up fossils from an ancient giant that could tip the scales. Researchers described the new species—named
, or "...
Before Dinosaurs, These Guys
Had a Serious Eating Flaw
Jun 25, 2023 1:30 PM CDT
Before Dinosaurs, These Guys Had a Serious Eating Flaw
Rhynchosaurs had a single set of teeth they wore down to nubs, may have starved to death in old age
- In the age before the towering dinosaurs we know so well from textbooks and
movies, an ugly-cute creature about the size of a pig called the rhynchosaur roamed the Earth, chomping on tough plants with a single row of teeth. As the
New York Times
reports, they were...
Dino Claims Longest
Neck Known to Man
Mar 16, 2023 7:44 AM CDT
Dino Claims Longest Neck Known to Man
M. sinocanadorum had a 50-foot-long neck, made up of mostly hollow vertebrae: study
- Think giraffes have long necks? Paleontologists say a dinosaur that roamed northwest China some 162 million years ago had a neck eight times as long, making it the "longest-known neck in the animal kingdom," per IFL Science . Partial remains of the dinosaur,
, were discovered in the...
Fossil Site May Be
'Ancient Maternity Ward'
Dec 20, 2022 1:17 PM CST
Fossil Site May Be 'Ancient Maternity Ward'
Researchers describe how ancient ichthyosaurs traveled to Nevada site to give birth
- Scientists have uncovered new clues about a curious fossil site in Nevada, a graveyard for dozens of giant marine reptiles. Instead of the site of a massive die-off as suspected, it might have been an ancient maternity ward where the creatures came to give birth, per the AP . The site...
You've Never Known a
Dinosaur Like This Before
Dec 2, 2022 9:16 AM CST
You've Never Known a Dinosaur Like This Before
'Natovenator polydontus' is first found with streamlined ribcage for swimming and diving
- Paleontologists have discovered a dinosaur unlike any other known so far. Its Latin and Greek name,
, means "swimming hunter with many teeth." Yes, swimming. "I think like a swimming Velociraptor is a pretty good characterization," Philip Currie of the University of Alberta, co-author of...
This May Be
in T. Rex Evolution
Nov 29, 2022 10:05 AM CST
This May Be 'Missing Link' in T. Rex Evolution
Ancestor 'Daspletosaurus wilsoni' offers further evidence of linear evolution
- Paleontologists have uncovered a new species of tyrannosaur that they say serves as a "missing link" in the evolution of
. Experts from the Badlands Dinosaur Museum in North Dakota were digging at the Judith River Formation in Montana in 2017 when paleontologist Jack Wilson spotted a flat...
Fossil Discovery Spurs
Believers in Nessie
Aug 5, 2022 1:39 PM CDT
Fossil Discovery Spurs Believers in Nessie
Study suggests ancient plesiosaurs lived in freshwater bodies of water, though not Loch Ness
- A new study offering some of the best evidence yet for ancient long-necked reptiles living in freshwater lakes has been seized upon by believers in the Loch Ness Monster. Plesiosaurs, small-headed beasts with flippers that disappeared from the fossil record 66 million years ago, certainly inhabited Earth's oceans. There...
Gorgosaurus Sale a 'Disaster'
Jul 29, 2022 12:50 PM CDT
Paleontologist Calls Gorgosaurus Sale a 'Disaster'
Rare skeleton was sold for $6.1M
- A rare and exquisite Gorgosaurus skeleton sold for $6.1 million at a Sotheby's auction in New York City Thursday—but since the anonymous buyer apparently wasn't a museum or an unusually wealthy paleontologist, scientists say they find the sale concerning. Gorgosaurus was a distant—and faster—relative...
This Could Change Theory
on the Origin of Humankind
Jul 2, 2022 10:00 AM CDT
This Could Change Theory on the Origin of Humankind
Australopithecus africanus fossils in South Africa are a million years older than we thought
- The earliest species of human is thought to have evolved from East Africa based on fossil findings, including that of the famous Lucy, an
who lived in what is now Ethiopia some 3.2 million years ago. But that theory might now be shifting thanks to new findings...
'Hector' Just Sold
for Really Big Bucks
May 14, 2022 9:30 AM CDT
Remains of 'Hector' Just Sold for Really Big Bucks
Skeleton of dino that inspired velociraptors in 'Jurassic Park' was bought for $12.4M at auction
- "Hector" has been sold. The skeleton of the
dinosaur species, said to be the inspiration for the velociraptors in 1993's
, was auctioned off by Christie's on Thursday to an undisclosed buyer for $12.4 million, more than double the price the auction house...
Scientist: This Dinosaur Died
on the Day of Asteroid Strike
Apr 7, 2022 12:23 PM CDT
Scientist: This Dinosaur Died on the Day of Asteroid Strike
Leg was among many finds at North Dakota site that preserved the 'death blow'
- The asteroid that hit the Earth around 66 million years ago brought an abrupt end to the Cretaceous period—and to the life of a
dinosaur whose incredibly well-preserved leg was found at a North Dakota site. Researchers say they can pinpoint the day of the dinosaur's death...
Lost Continent Explains
a 34M-Year-Old Extinction
Mar 7, 2022 2:55 PM CST
Lost Continent Explains a 34M-Year-Old Extinction
Researchers discover Balkanatolia, an ancient island turned land bridge
- About 34 million years ago, native fauna disappeared from Western Europe, as mammals from Asia took over. The extinction, known as the Grande Coupure or "great break," might as well have been called the great puzzle. For decades, researchers have been unable to explain how animals from eastern...
T. Rex Is Actually 3 Species
Mar 2, 2022 8:52 AM CST
Controversial Take: T. Rex Is Actually 3 Species
Research team wants 'tyrant lizard king' joined by an 'emperor' and 'queen'
- Tyrannosaurus rex is the most intensively studied dinosaur in the world. Yet generations of paleontologists have failed to notice that T. rex is not a unique species but actually three, according to new research published Tuesday in
. "This paper is likely to rock the paleo community, and...
Pterodactyl Find Is a
'Discovery of the Century'
Feb 22, 2022 2:54 PM CST
Pterodactyl Find Is a 'Discovery of the Century'
Fossil shows pterosaurs evolved huge wingspans much earlier than previously thought
- Paleontologists are heralding the "discovery of the century" in Scotland: a fossil of a pterodactyl with a wingspan wider than a king-size bed. The fossil, some 70% complete, is not only the best-preserved of any pterosaur but the largest of any pterosaur to come from the Jurassic period, per...
Dies in Kenya at Age 77
Jan 2, 2022 5:10 PM CST
Noted Paleoanthropolgist Dies in Kenya at Age 77
Richard Leakey was the son of world-famous anthropology couple
- Paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey, known for his fossil-finding and conservation work in his native Kenya, has died at 77, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced Sunday evening. The cause of death was not announced. Leakey, the son of globally known anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey, also held a number of public service...
At This Sight, Geologist's
'Eyes Fell Out of My Head'
in case you missed it
Dec 19, 2021 3:50 PM CST
At This Sight, Geologist's 'Eyes Fell Out of My Head'
'Treasure trove' of dinosaur tracks discovered in Poland
- Hundreds of millions of years ago, "a very special sequence of events" took place in what's now the village of Borkowice in central-east Poland. As a result, geologists have discovered several hundred well-preserved dinosaur footprints—showing the extinct animals "running, swimming, resting, and sitting" in muddy earth,...
This Dino Species Has
'Something Never Seen Before'
in case you missed it
Dec 5, 2021 11:40 AM CST
This Dino Species Has 'Something Never Seen Before'
Fossil of dog-sized stegouros shows it had a tail that could slash, slice like an ancient Aztec weapon
- A fossil found in Chile is from a strange-looking dog-sized dinosaur species that had a unique slashing tail weapon, scientists reported Wednesday. Some dinosaurs had spiked tails they could use as stabbing weapons, and others had tails with clubs. The new species, described in a study in the journal
Fossil Could Be Oldest
Known Animal by 350M Years
Jul 28, 2021 7:20 PM CDT
Fossil Could Be Oldest Known Animal by 350M Years
Possible remains of ancient sponge found in Canada's far north
- Fossils discovered in the far north of Canada could push back the proven timeline of animals on Earth back by around 350 million years—a period of time longer than that between the first dinosaurs and the present day. Geologist Elizabeth Turner says the tiny fossils found in the Northwest...
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