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  • New species of horned dinosaur with 'bizarre' features revealed

    06/05/2015 10:38:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Jun 04, 2015
    About 10 years ago, Peter Hews stumbled across some bones sticking out of a cliff along the Oldman River in southeastern Alberta, Canada. Now, scientists describe in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on June 4 that those bones belonged to a nearly intact skull of a very unusual horned dinosaur—a close relative of the familiar Triceratops that had been unknown to science until now. "The specimen comes from a geographic region of Alberta where we have not found horned dinosaurs before, so from the onset we knew it was important," says Dr. Caleb Brown of the Royal Tyrrell Museum...
  • Canada Unveils ‘Dinosaur Mummy’ Found With Skin And Gut Contents Intact

    08/25/2019 9:46:50 AM PDT · by Anoop · 48 replies ^ | AUGUST 16, 2019 | ARCHAEOLOGY WORLD TEAM
    Scientists hail it as perhaps the best-preserved dinosaur specimen ever uncovered. You can’t even see its bones. That’s because, 110 million years later, those bones remain covered by the creature’s intact skin and armor.
  • Ancient droppings suggest Late Jurassic pterosaurs ate like modern flamingos

    08/26/2019 7:32:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 26, 2019 / 9:32 AM | By Brooks Hays
    Researchers discovered bits of many marine organisms in the coprolites dropped by Jurassic pterosaurs. The findings suggest the flying reptiles used a filter feeding technique similar to modern flamingos. Photo by Qvarnström et al./PeerJ =============================================================== Aug. 26 (UPI) -- New analysis of ancient coprolites -- fossilized droppings -- suggest Late Jurassic pterosaurs used a filter-feeding technique similar to modern flamingos. Scientists studied dozens of droppings found surrounding the 150-million-year-old footprints of pterosaurs in Poland's fossil-rich Wierzbica Quarry. Coprolites can offer paleontologists valued information about the diets of ancient species, but it's often difficult to determine which species produced the droppings....
  • Rise of dinosaurs linked to increasing oxygen levels

    08/22/2019 6:45:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | Goldschmidt Conference
    Scientists have found that increasing oxygen levels are linked to the rise of North American dinosaurs around 215 M years ago. A new technique for measuring oxygen levels in ancient rocks shows that oxygen levels in North American rocks leapt by nearly a third in just a couple of million years, possibly setting the scene for a dinosaur expansion into the tropics of North America and elsewhere... The US-based scientists have developed a new technique for releasing tiny amounts of gas trapped inside ancient carbonate minerals. The gases are then channelled directly into a mass spectrometer, which measures their composition....
  • Newly-Discovered Cretaceous Bird Lived Among Dinosaurs, Was Strong Flier

    11/13/2018 9:14:47 AM PST · by ETL · 20 replies ^ | Nov 13, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    All birds evolved from feathered theropods — the two-legged dinosaurs like T. rex — beginning about 150 million years ago, and developed into many lineages in the Cretaceous period, between 146 and 65 million years ago. But after the cataclysm that wiped out most of the dinosaurs, only one group of birds remained: the ancestors of the birds we see today.Why did only one family survive the mass extinction? The newly-discovered fossil from one of those extinct bird groups, enantiornithines, deepens that mystery. ..." Mirarce eatoni’s breast bone or sternum, where flight muscles attach, is more deeply keeled than other...
  • Mysterious deep-sea shark that's older than the dinosaurs captured on film

    07/08/2019 10:28:26 PM PDT · by ETL · 39 replies ^ | July 9, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia | Fox News
    Researchers have captured the mysterious bluntnose sixgill shark on film, a creature [species] that has been on Earth since before the dinosaurs. Described as "perfectly efficient" by the team from OceanX and Florida State University, the bluntnose sixgill shark is largely still an unknown to researchers, despite having been on the planet for nearly 200 million years. Occasionally, they come to the shallow waters, rising from depths as far as 8,200 feet, according to Science Alert, where they arrive under the blanket of the night sky to feed. In capturing the mysterious bluntnose sixgill on film in the Bahamas, the...
  • Travel Tuesday: Dinosaur dig uncovers clues about warmer Alaska climate

    07/30/2019 7:28:40 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 16 replies
    KTVA ^ | July 30th 2019, | Liz Raines
    (Video at source)A group of international researchers say they have uncovered possible evidence of a warmer climate in Alaska — dating back to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Dr. Tony Fiorillo of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, and his team are fresh back from a three-week, remote expedition to Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve. During that time, Fiorillo says the researchers discovered what appeared to be a crayfish burrow. How do crayfish fit in with dinosaurs? We wondered that too. "They lived with the dinosaurs," Fiorillo explained. "As you can imagine, in Anchorage, there aren't...
  • Massive 1,100-pound bone of ‘world’s biggest dinosaur’ found

    This is one bone you don't want to pick with. Paleontologists have unearthed a 140-million-year-old dinosaur bone, 6.5 feet in length, weighing 1,100 pounds in France. The thigh bone was discovered in Charente, an area that dates back 140 million years and has been a treasure trove for archaeologists in the past. “This is a major discovery,” Ronan Allain, a paleontologist at the National History Museum of Paris said in an interview with Reuters. “I was especially amazed by the state of preservation of that femur.” “These are animals that probably weighed 40 to 50 tons," Allain added. More than...
  • Mysterious new lizard found inside 125-million-year-old flying dinosaur

    07/11/2019 6:36:06 PM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies ^ | July 11, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia | Fox News
    Researchers have found the fossilized remains of a new species of lizard inside the stomach of a small flying dinosaur known as a microraptor. Known as Indrasaurus wangi (after an ancient Hindu legend), the lizard was found almost entirely complete, SWNS reports. The lizard was swallowed whole, head first, by the microraptor, a crucial clue that provides new information into the eating habit of the winged dinosaur. "The new lizard had teeth unlike any other previously known from the Jehol Biota, thus expanding the diversity of this clade and possibly suggesting a unique diet for this new species," according to...
  • Gemstone miners in Canada accidentally stumbled across a fossil of the ancient sea monster [tr]

    07/05/2019 10:20:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 5, 2019 | Ian Randall
    Hunting for shiny, rainbow-coloured gemstones, miners found a different kind of treasure — a wonderfully preserved fossil skeleton of an ancient sea monster. The marine reptile lived 70 million years ago — at the same time as the dinosaurs — and was unearthed from a part of Alberta, Canada, that used to be underwater. The skeleton of the fearsome predator has, rarely, been very well preserved, with only its flippers missing.
  • Baby pterodactyls could fly from birth

    06/14/2019 8:58:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 90 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 12, 2019 | University of Leicester
    Previously, pterodactyls were thought to only be able to take to the air once they had grown to almost full size, just like birds or bats. This assumption was based on fossilised embryos of the creatures found in China that had poorly developed wings... Another fundamental difference between baby pterodactyls, also known as flaplings, and baby birds or bats, is that they had no parental care and had to feed and look after themselves from birth. Their ability to fly gave them a lifesaving survival mechanism which they used to evade carnivorous dinosaurs. This ability also proved to be one...
  • Incredible dinosaur discovery: Herd of opal-encrusted dinos uncovered

    06/04/2019 9:15:39 PM PDT · by ETL · 24 replies ^ | June 4, 2019 | James Rogers | Fox News
    Researchers have discovered the fossilized remains of a herd of dinosaurs in an opal mine in the Australian outback. The fossils were found in the mine near Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, and include a new dinosaur species as well as the world’s most complete opalized dino, according to experts. “We initially assumed it was a single skeleton, but when I started looking at some of the bones, I realised that we had four scapulae (shoulder blades) all from different sized animals,” said Dr. Phil Bell, lead researcher from the University of New England in Australia, in a statement. The...
  • Discovery of 'reptilian-mammal' fossil could rewrite history

    05/29/2018 12:53:58 PM PDT · by ETL · 60 replies ^ | May 29, 2018 | James Rogers
    The discovery of an unusual fossilized skull in eastern Utah is shedding new light on Earth’s history. The 130 million-year-old skull belonged to a previously unknown “reptile-like mammal.” Experts have described the new species, named “Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch,” in honor of paleontologist Richard Cifelli, in the journal Nature. “Based on the unlikely discovery of this near-complete fossil cranium, we now recognize a new, cosmopolitan group of early mammal relatives,” said Adam Huttenlocker, lead author of the study and assistant professor of clinical integrative anatomical sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, in a statement. ..." Cifelliodon belongs to an...
  • Bedbugs roamed Earth alongside dinosaurs 100 million years ago

    05/16/2019 6:18:07 PM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies ^ | May 16, 2019 | Ann W. Schmidt | Fox News
    A new study, published in Current Biology on Thursday, found that bedbugs have been around for 100 million years — significantly longer than scientists had previously believed. “To think that the pests that live in our beds today evolved more than 100 million years ago and were walking the Earth side by side with dinosaurs was a revelation. It shows that the evolutionary history of bed bugs is far more complex than we previously thought,” Professor Mike Siva-Jothy from the University of Sheffield, who participated in the study, said in a news release. Dr. Steffen Roth from the University Museum Bergen...
  • Leonardo’s dragon (How did he draw a dinosaur so accurately?)

    05/09/2019 7:31:54 AM PDT · by fishtank · 79 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Published: 7 May 2019 (GMT+10) | Philip Robinson
    Leonardo’s dragon (How did he draw a dinosaur so accurately?) by Philip Robinson Published: 7 May 2019 (GMT+10) The month of May 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519). The polymath was well known for his contributions to science, history, engineering, architecture, drawing and especially painting, with his most famous painting being the Mona Lisa. For this anniversary the UK’s Royal Collection Trust is displaying some of its collection of Leonardo drawings in 12 different locations. One particular drawing is causing a stir.
  • New dinosaur found looking like dragon - named after Harry Potter dragon

    05/28/2006 6:09:41 AM PDT · by S0122017 · 40 replies · 956+ views
    animal discovery ^ | 24 mei | Larry O'Hanlon
    'Hogwarts' Dragon Unveiled By Larry O'Hanlon, Animal Planet News May 24 — A dragon-like dinosaur named after Harry Potter's alma mater has performed a bit of black magic on its own family tree, say paleontologists who unveiled the "Dragon King of Hogwarts" on Monday in Albuquerque. The newly described horny-headed dinosaur Dracorex hogwartsia lived about 66 million years ago in South Dakota, just a million years short of the extinction of all dinosaurs. But its flat, almost storybook-style dragon head has overturned everything paleontologists thought they knew about the dome-head dinos called pachycephalosaurs. "What you knew about pachycephalosaurs — you...
  • Fossil of "Sphinx" discovered in NE China

    01/24/2006 5:42:09 PM PST · by Tyche · 47 replies · 1,893+ views
    People's Daily Online ^ | 24 Jan 2006 | People's Daily Online
    The legendary "Sphinx" eventually found its counterpart version in archeological fossil. Chinese and American paleontologists found two distinct kinds of bone characteristics in the fossil of a sharp-mouthed mammal excavated in China's Liaoning province. The mammal's upper part makes people believe it was viviparous while its lower part looks like oviparous, reports Wen Hui Daily. The latest issue of the British magazine Nature reports the unprecedented discovery. The magazine editor as well as paleontologists marveled at the discovery and believed it might change the traditional theory on mammals evolution. Li Gang, one of the coauthors of the paper, said the...
  • Tracking Myth to Geological Reality

    11/05/2005 12:20:12 PM PST · by Lessismore · 26 replies · 1,584+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 11/4/2005 | Kevin Krajick*
    Once dismissed, myths are winning new attention from geologists who find that they may encode valuable data about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and other stirrings of the earth SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--James Rasmussen, owner of a funky used-record store called Bud's Jazz, and Ruth Ludwin, a seismologist at the University of Washington, Seattle, make an unlikely professional team. Late last year, they were walking down the beach near the bustling Fauntleroy ferry dock, searching for a reddish sandstone boulder. Native American legends-Rasmussen belongs to the local Duwamish people-say the boulder is haunted by a'yahos, a spirit with the body of a serpent and...
  • Mysterious amphibious human-like creature spotted in the Caspian Sea

    08/11/2005 7:23:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies · 921+ views
    Pravda ^ | March 25 2005 | translated by Guerman Grachev
    An amphibious humanlike being was reported in Karelia in 1928. The creature was repeatedly seen in the lake of Vedlozero by local residents. A group of researchers from the Petrozavodsk University arrived to investigate the case on location. Unfortunately, the findings were classified and the members of the research party eventually perished in the Gulag.
  • Research To Investigate Links Between Ancient Greeks And Modern Science Fiction

    06/08/2005 11:28:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 737+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2005-06-08
    New research into the Ancient Greeks shows their knowledge of travel inspired early forms of fantasy and science fiction writing.There is a long tradition of fantasy in Greek literature that begins with Odysseus' fantastic travels in Homer's Odyssey. Dr Karen Ni-Mheallaigh, at the University of Liverpool's School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, is exploring fantasy in ancient literature, examining theories of modern science fiction writing and how these can be applied to texts from the ancient world. Dr Ni-Mheallaigh is looking at the work of 2nd century AD writer, Lucian of Samosata, who wrote True Histories, a travel narrative that...