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  • Ticks Trapped in Amber Were Likely Sucking Dinosaur Blood

    12/12/2017 11:09:48 AM PST · by G Larry · 34 replies
    NYT ^ | 12-12-17 | NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR
    Paleontologists have found entombed in amber a 99-million-year-old tick grasping the feather of a dinosaur, providing the first direct evidence that the tiny pests drank dinosaur blood. Immortalized in the golden gemstone, the bloodsucker’s last supper is remarkable because it is rare to find parasites with their hosts in the fossil record. The finding, which was published Tuesday, gives researchers tantalizing insight into the prehistoric diet of one of today’s most prevalent pests.
  • Sinister sound of Tyrannosaurus Rex heard for first time in 66 million years

    12/10/2017 8:59:13 AM PST · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 9, 2017 | Sarah Knapton
    The fearsome roar of Tyrannosaurus Rex as portrayed in film has left many a cinema-goer quaking in their seat. But new research suggests the king of the dinosaurs made a far more sinister sound. For a new BBC documentary, naturalist Chris Packham visited Julia Clarke, professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Texas, to test out a the theory that dinosaurs actually sounded more like birds and reptiles, than today’s predatory mammals. “The most chilling noises in the natural world today come from predators, the howl of the wolf, the roar of the tiger, but experts now doubt that...
  • The 'fluffy' dinosaur that struggled to fly: cute crow-sized creature

    11/28/2017 9:08:17 PM PST · by mairdie · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 November 2017 | Shivali Best
    It looks like a rather cute fluffy toy. But, in fact, this is an artist's impression of a dinosaur that lived 160 million years ago. Latest research suggests the crow-sized dinosaur Anchiornis had feathers on its four wings that fluffed up rather than lying flat like those of modern birds. The primitive feathers may have actually hampered in its early attempts at flight. They would probably have caused drag when the creature tried to glide between trees, say scientists.
  • New dinosaur sported a curious set of chompers

    10/29/2017 8:55:21 PM PDT · by ETL · 19 replies
    ScienceNews.com ^ | October 26, 2017 | Helen Thompson
    Fossils discovered in France linked to previously unknown Cretaceous species. An ancient vegetarian dinosaur from the French countryside has given paleontologists something to sink their teeth into. The most striking feature of a new species of rhabdodontid that lived from 84 million to 72 million years ago is its oversized, scissorslike teeth, paleontologist Pascal Godefroit, of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels, and his colleagues report October 26 in Scientific Reports. Compared with other dinos of its kind, Matheronodon provincialis’ teeth were at least twice as large but fewer in number. Some teeth reached up to 6...
  • Original Dinosaur Egg Pigments Found

    09/29/2017 11:44:20 AM PDT · by fishtank · 16 replies
    Creation-Evolution Headlines ^ | September 25, 2017 | David F. Coppedge | September 25, 2017 | David F. Coppedge
    September 25, 2017 | David F. Coppedge Original Dinosaur Egg Pigments Found Add this to your dinosaur soft tissue collection: eggshell pigment proteins that allowed scientists to tell the eggs were blue. Eggs of an oviraptorid dinosaur found in China are still blue and red from the original pigment. Bob Yirka reports the find in Phys.org: The team reports that theirs was the first effort to seriously study color in dinosaur eggs. It came about after the team noted some Heyuannia huangi fossilized eggs that had a bluish tint—researchers had previously assumed the tint was due to mineralization, but the...
  • California gets its own official state dinosaur

    09/25/2017 8:43:16 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 38 replies
    L A Times ^ | 9/25/17 | Howard Blume
    A year after adopting a state fabric, California is the latest state to get its own official dinosaur, although the honor comes about 66 million years too late to directly benefit the honoree. The designated creature is Augustynolophus morrisi, which, according to a bill signed Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown, is “a unique dinosaur that has only been found in California.”
  • Town expected flood of business after Noah’s Ark opened. So far, it’s a trickle.

    06/26/2017 7:10:33 PM PDT · by Coronal · 63 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | June 2, 2017 | Linda Blackford
    Williamstown - Shem’s Snack Shack sits about a mile away from the Ark Encounter on a road that turns into Williamstown’s Main Street. In case you missed the reference to Shem, Noah’s son, it’s also the “Home of the Ark Dog” — two-thirds of a Biblical cubit long — and has swirly blue linoleum floors meant to mimic the ocean and a camel mascot named Humphrey, who declares that the gourmet hot dogs are flooded with flavor. The snack shack is owned by Charleston, W.Va., doctor Brian Plants, a longtime donor to the Answers in Genesis ministry of Australian Ken...
  • Woman, 26, cited after Charleston police said she scared carriage horses with T.rex costume

    05/20/2017 10:51:20 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 59 replies
    Post and Courier ^ | 5.19.2017 | Dave Munday
    A 26-year-old West Ashley woman was ticketed Friday after Charleston police said she caused an accident by scaring two carriage horses with a Tyrannosaurus rex costume. Nicole Wells of Ashley River Road was cited on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and wearing a mask or disguise on a public street, a city code violation, police said. Wells was released after turning herself in Friday morning, spokesman Charles Francis said. She was not jailed. The incident was reported shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday near Tommy Condon's restaurant on Church Street. Two Palmetto Carriage Works horses, named Yogi and Boo...
  • Newly discovered dinosaur named after Zuul from 'Ghostbusters'

    05/11/2017 9:12:19 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies
    upi ^ | May 10, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    Scientists in Canada named a newly discovered dinosaur after a character from the original Ghostbusters film. The 75 million-year-old ankylosaur was named Zuul crurivastator for its resemblance to the Ghostbusters character Zuul and it's powerful tail. "This dinosaur's short snout, long horns behind the eyes and on the cheeks, and gnarly face resemble Zuul, a fictional monster from the 1984 film Ghostbusters," the Royal Ontario Museum said. The museum celebrated the unique name by inviting Ghostbusters actor Dan Aykroyd to pose for photos with Zuul's head. Its species name "crurivastator" means "destroyer of shins" and refers to its powerful sledgehammer-like...
  • Dinosaur Eggs Not Bird-Like After All

    02/16/2017 8:31:05 AM PST · by fishtank · 57 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Article posted on February 13, 2017. | Tim Clarey, Ph.D.
    Dinosaur Eggs Not Bird-Like After All by Tim Clarey, Ph.D. * Evidence for Creation › Evidence from Science › Evidence from the Life Sciences › Life Was Created Fully Functional › Variation Is Limited within Kinds Prevailing secular theory considers birds to be living dinosaurs, but new science is hatching to support the stark differences between these creatures. The data demonstrate dinosaurs were more likely cold-blooded like all modern reptiles. Dr. Gregory Erickson of Florida State University and his colleagues from the University of Calgary and the American Museum of Natural History recently published their findings on dinosaur incubation periods...
  • Dinosaur footprint among largest on record discovered in Mongolia's Gobi Desert

    10/04/2016 5:30:46 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | October 4, 2016 | Chiara Palazzo
    Scientists have unearthed in Mongolia's Gobi Desert one of the biggest dinosaur footprints ever recorded, measuring over a metre in length. The enormous print, which measures 106cm (42 inches) in length and 77cm in width and dates back more than 70 million years, offers a fresh clue about the giant creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago, scientists from the Okayama University of Science said.
  • Young-Earth Creationist Wins Lawsuit

    10/04/2016 12:52:05 PM PDT · by fishtank · 54 replies
    Proslogion ^ | 10-4-16 | Dr. Jay L. Wile
    Young-Earth Creationist Wins Lawsuit Oct. 4, 2016 More than three years ago, I wrote about the sad story of Mark Armitage, a gifted scientist who has become an expert in microscopy. In addition to running his own microscope company, he also worked as the Manager for the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Suite in the Biology Department at California State University Northridge. While on a fossil dig in the Hell Creek Formation in Montana, he discovered a 48-inch Triceratops horn. When he and his colleague soaked it in weak acid to remove the mineral components, they recovered soft, brown tissue.
  • Beachgoer Finds 130-Million Year Old Dinosaur Prints

    09/07/2016 2:01:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI
    Everyone knows you have to watch out for sharks on Australian beaches – but what about dinosaurs? A 130-million year old dinosaur footprint has been found among the seaweed and surf on popular Cable Beach near the town of Broome, Western Australia. Bindi Lee Porth said she was collecting seashells when she felt an indent in the sand. Clearing it away, she found a number of massive, preserved footprints.
  • Dinosaurs in St. David Clea Brown shares stories of the dinosaur dig on her family’s ranch

    07/26/2016 1:59:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    ST. DAVID — There’s no telling how many times Milton Curtis stepped over those odd-looking rocks as he went about the day-to-day business of ranching. Back in 1921, life on Curtis Ranch in St. David was filled with cattle and horses and providing for a young family. Things like dinosaurs really weren’t the topic of discussion, nor did they get much attention. But in 1921, that changed. “What my father thought were rocks were actually the tips of tusks from a giant mastodon dinosaur,” chuckled 98-year-old Clea Brown, her eyes sparkling as she talked about a discovery that launched the...
  • There's a First Time for Everything: Dinosaur Shovels Snow in Kentucky

    01/24/2016 8:23:29 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | 22JAN2016 | Emily Shapiro
    That's one way to bring humor to a snowy situation. A man donned a dinosaur costume to shovel snow in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His wife, Amy Saxon White, told ABC News that he got the costume for Halloween and he loves to dress up for the kids. He decided to put the costume back on in the snow to give a friend a laugh, she said. White posted the photo to Facebook around 9 a.m. today and it already has over 2 million views. "Only my hubs," the caption reads. Kentucky is one of many states that has declared a...
  • Unusual 'sail-backed' dinosaur roamed Spain 125 million years ago

    12/16/2015 7:34:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 16, 2015 | Will Dunham
    Along a lush river delta in what is now northeastern Spain, a herd of dinosaurs munched on ferns and conifers similar to modern-day cypresses 125 million years ago. These creatures stood out from the others in this Cretaceous Period landscape by virtue of the unusual sail-like structure on their backs, and experts today can only hypothesize about its function.
  • Dark matter and the dinosaur: New theory challenges notions on origins of human life

    12/12/2015 1:32:59 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 22 replies
    National Post ^ | December 12, 2015 | Joseph Brean
    TORONTO — Dark matter inspires many strange theories, but until now few have involved giant lizards and the origins of humanity. If physicist Lisa Randall’s theory is correct, however, there is a clear link between dark matter, the great unknown majority of universal stuff and the extinction of the dinosaurs, which cleared the path for the rise of mammals, including that special species, homo sapiens. Roughly, her idea is that the rotation of a vast disc of dark matter through our solar system dislodged an asteroid from a weak and distant orbit, and sent it hurtling toward Earth, where it...
  • Rapid short-term cooling following the Chicxulub impact at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary

    05/19/2014 4:31:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    PNAS.org ^ | approved April 11, 2014 | Johan Vellekoop et al
    Here, for the first time (to our knowledge), we are able to demonstrate unambiguously that the impact at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary (K–Pg, ∼66 Mya) was followed by a so-called “impact winter.” This impact winter was the result of the injection of large amounts of dust and aerosols into the stratosphere and significantly reduced incoming solar radiation for decades. Therefore, this phase will have been a key contributory element in the extinctions of many biological clades, including the dinosaurs. The K–Pg boundary impact presents a unique event in Earth history because it caused global change at an unparalleled rate. This detailed...
  • 125-million-year-old mammal fossil reveals the early evolution of hair and spines

    10/20/2015 10:47:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    phys.org ^ | October 14, 2015 | Provided by: University of Chicago Medical Center
    Skeleton of the Cretaceous mammal Spinolestes with preserved fur shadows. The outer ear can be seen at the upper edge of the photo (arrow). During preparation, the skeleton was transferred to a plastic matrix. Credit: Georg Oleschinski. With permission of Nature Publishing Group ====================================================================================================================== The discovery of a new 125-million-year-old fossil mammal in Spain has pushed back the earliest record of preserved mammalian hair structures and inner organs by more than 60 million years. The specimen, named Spinolestes xenarthrosus, was fossilized with remarkably intact guard hairs, underfur, tiny hedgehog-like spines and even evidence of a fungal hair infection. The unusually...
  • Evolution: Will the Dinosaur Paradigm Be Next to Fall?

    09/30/2015 8:54:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    CEH ^ | 09/30/2015
    “Cold dinosaur” fossils have paleontologists questioning everything they thought they knew about dinosaur physiology. What else is up for grabs?How did dinosaurs survive far north in Alaska? That’s what researchers are asking about dinosaur bones excavated along the Colville River. The 30-foot hadrosaur is the northernmost dinosaur skeleton discovered so far. Science Daily quotes one of the researchers:“The finding of dinosaurs this far north challenges everything we thought about a dinosaur’s physiology,” said FSU Professor of Biological Science Greg Erickson. “It creates this natural question. How did they survive up here?” The Prince Creek Formation is said to be...