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  • Weird reptile-like mammal species discovered amid ancient Utah dinosaur bones

    05/30/2018 11:01:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | Published: 5:30 AM EDT May 30, 2018 Updated: 5:53 AM EDT May 30, 2018 | Author: David DeMille, The Spectrum
    __________________________________________________________________ A 130-million-year-old skull of a tiny mammal found amid a set of dinosaur bones in Utah more than a decade ago could reshape the way scientists think about the breakup of Earth’s ancient super-continent, Pangea, and about the way mammals spread across the world. The skull, found nearly complete, represents a new species, dubbed Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch. It was found in an exposed rock formation on Bureau of Land Management land northeast of Arches National Park and has some unlikely relatives — a subgroup of creatures known as Hanodontidae, which had previously only been found in regions of North Africa....
  • New 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Trailer Has A Bonkers Surfing Scene

    04/19/2018 9:40:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | April 18, 2018 | Ron Dicker
    The final “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” trailer dropped on Wednesday (see below), and its mysterious surfing scene has us stoked. It’s on for just a moment, but it looks totally rad. A very large creature rides the wave beneath the surface, while a human catches the swell from above. This probably won’t end with high-fives and beers on the beach.
  • Prehistoric 'Sea Monster' May Be Largest That Ever Lived

    04/10/2018 5:23:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    National Geographic ^ | April 9, 2019 | John Pickrell
    The ancient remains of a gigantic marine reptile have been found in southwestern England. Known as an ichthyosaur, the animal lived about 205 million years ago and was up to 85 feet long—almost as big as a blue whale, say the authors of a study describing the fossil published today in PLOS ONE. Biology textbook have long touted the modern blue whale as the largest animal that ever lived, but this and other fascinating fossil finds hint that there may once have been even bigger creatures swimming Earth’s seas.
  • In Footprints on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, Signs of a Dinosaur Playground

    04/04/2018 8:15:38 PM PDT · by BBell · 20 replies ^ | 4/4/18 | NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR
    Gigantic dinosaurs frolicked and splashed some 170 million years ago in the lagoons of what is now Scotland. That’s what a team of paleontologists has determined after discovering dozens of jumbo-sized footprints belonging to long-necked sauropods on the Isle of Skye. Mixed with the herbivores’ tracks were a few clawed impressions left behind by two-legged meat-eaters known as theropods. The footprints present a snapshot of life during an important period in dinosaur history that has yielded relatively few fossil remains. In the mid-Jurassic, sauropods necks grew longer and the first birds were figuring out flight.Identifying two types of footprints in...
  • Dinosaur and Mammal Tracks Found Together

    02/05/2018 7:32:24 AM PST · by fishtank · 60 replies
    Creation Evolution Headlines ^ | February 1, 2018 | David F. Coppedge
    Dinosaur and Mammal Tracks Found Together February 1, 2018 | David F. Coppedge In what is being called the mother lode of Cretaceous tracks, mammals, dinosaurs and pterosaurs left their prints in a table-sized rock. Of all places: at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, a property representing the cutting edge of human technology, dinosaurs left their mark. Ray Stanford was dropping off his wife at work when he noticed an unusual rock outcrop. As an amateur paleontologist, he looked and saw a dinosaur track, so he began digging. Soon he had an 8′ x 3′ slab of rock that...
  • Rare dinosaur discovery in EGYPT could signal more finds

    02/06/2018 9:05:27 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 02/06/2018 | Staff
    MANSOURA, Egypt (AP) — A skeleton has been unearthed in Egypt’s Western Desert, whose ancient sands have long helped preserve remains, but unlike most finds this one isn’t a mummy — it’s a dinosaur. Researchers from Mansoura University in the country’s Nile Delta discovered the new species of long-necked herbivore, which is around the size of a city bus, and it could be just the tip of the sand dune for other desert dinosaur discoveries. “As in any ecosystem, if we went to the jungle we’ll find a lion and a giraffe. So we found the giraffe, where’s the lion?”...
  • Scientists discover 'the Holy Grail of dinosaurs' in Africa

    01/30/2018 7:25:25 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 38 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | January 30 at 3:32 PM | Amy B Wang
    Paleontologist Matthew Lamanna can still remember the day in 2014 when a colleague, Hesham Sallam, emailed him detailed pictures of fossils that had just been unearthed by his team in Egypt. From one photo, depicting the remains of a large lower jaw bone, Lamanna knew right away that Sallam had found a dinosaur. “No pun intended, my jaw did almost literally hit the floor when I saw that,” Lamanna, the principal dinosaur researcher at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, told The Washington Post. “When you stare at dinosaur bones for a lot of your life, you learn to recognize...
  • Giant killer lizard fossil shines new light on early Australians

    09/23/2015 12:42:47 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 11 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 9/23/2015 | Gilbert J. Price, et al
    As if life wasn't hard enough during the last Ice Age, a new study has found Australia's first human inhabitants had to contend with giant killer lizards. Researchers working in Central Queensland were amazed when they unearthed the first evidence that Australia's early human inhabitants and giant apex predator lizards had overlapped
  • Tufty hair, orange eyebrows, freckles and no roar: What tyrannosaurus rex was REALLY like

    12/28/2017 2:11:36 PM PST · by mairdie · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 December 2017 | Susie Coen
    With a roar loud enough to shake a forest and a green, scaly skin, it has long been regarded as the slickest villain of the prehistoric world. But according to a new TV programme, Tyrannosaurus Rex looked entirely different to the terrifying image so familiar from depictions on the silver screen. According to a new documentary, Tyrannosaurus Rex may not have been as terrifying as its depictions on the silver screen According to a new documentary, Tyrannosaurus Rex may not have been as terrifying as its depictions on the silver screen The dinosaur had black, bristly tufts of feathers and...
  • 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.
  • Ticks That Fed on Dinosaurs Found Trapped in Amber

    12/12/2017 11:08:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 12/12/2017 | John Pickrell
    Tiny fossils preserved in Cretaceous resin include one parasite that was engorged when it died. Blood-filled parasites trapped in amber have been igniting imaginations since the 1990s, when the resurrected dinosaurs of Jurassic Park burst out of Michael Crichton’s novels and onto the big screen. Now, scientists say they have found the real deal: chunks of Burmese amber carrying ticks that drank the blood of feathered dinosaurs some 99 million years ago. One of these parasites is tangled up in a possible dinosaur feather found encased in a lump of amber. Another was found in a separate piece of amber...
  • Sinister sound of Tyrannosaurus Rex heard for first time in 66 million years

    12/10/2017 8:59:13 AM PST · by EveningStar · 46 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...
  • ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: Watch the First Trailer

    12/08/2017 5:41:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Variety ^ | December 7, 2017 | Matt Fernandez
    On Thursday, the prehistoric death trap of Jurassic World beckoned visitors back with a new trailer during Thursday Night Football. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is the sequel to “Jurassic World,” Colin Trevorrow’s 2015 reboot of the “Jurassic Park” franchise. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles as Owen and Claire, and Jeff Goldblum’s return as Ian Malcolm from the original film.
  • New dinosaur looks like odd mix of duck, croc, ostrich, swan

    12/06/2017 11:50:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    AP ^ | December 6, 2017 | Seth Borenstein
    With a bill like a duck but teeth like a croc’s, a swanlike neck and killer claws, a new dinosaur species uncovered by scientists looks like something Dr. Seuss could have dreamed up. It also had flippers like a penguin, and while it walked like an ostrich it could also swim. That’s the first time swimming ability has been shown for a two-legged, meat-eating dinosaur. The tiny creature, only about 18 inches (45 centimeters) tall, roamed 75 million years ago in what is now Mongolia. Its full curled-up skeleton was found in a sandstone rock.
  • Hundreds Of Eggs From Ancient Flying Reptile Are Found In China

    11/30/2017 4:24:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    npr ^ | November 30, 20173:55 PM ET | Merrit Kennedy
    A cache of hundreds of eggs discovered in China sheds new light on the development and nesting behavior of prehistoric, winged reptiles called pterosaurs. Pterosaurs were fearsome-looking creatures that flew during the Lower Cretaceous period alongside dinosaurs. This particular species was believed to have a massive wingspan of up to 13 feet, and likely ate fish with their large teeth-filled jaws. Researchers working in the Turpan-Hami Basin in northwestern China collected the eggs over a 10-year span from 2006 to 2016. A single sandstone block held at least 215 well-preserved eggs that have mostly kept their shape. Sixteen of those...
  • Gigantic dinosaur-eating plane-size reptile discovered in Mongolia

    11/04/2017 7:12:50 PM PDT · by ETL · 102 replies
    FoxNews: Science ^ | Nov 2, 2017
    A monstrous, meat-eating flying reptile that had a wingspan of a small airplane, could walk on all fours and stalked its prey on land has been found in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Fortunately for us humans, who would have made for a delightful midday snack, this pterosaur is dead. Long dead. Seventy million years dead. With an approximately 36-foot wingspan, “It might have been this quite robust, formidable predator,” Mark Witton, an expert on pterosaurs at the University of Portsmouth in the U.K., told National Geographic. “They seem to be feeding on things on the ground and are generalist...
  • Dinosaur Dung Fertilizes Planet, New Research Shows

    10/28/2017 3:25:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    Science Daily / Science News ^ | October 16, 2017 | Northern Arizona University
    Christopher Doughty, faculty member in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University... "Theory suggests that large animals are disproportionately important to the spread of fertility across the planet... What better way to test this than to compare fertility in the world during the Cretaceous period -- where sauropods, the largest herbivores to exist, roamed freely -- to the Carboniferous period -- a time in Earth's history before four-legged erbivores evolved." During these two periods, plants were buried faster than they could decompose. As a result, coal was formed. Doughty gathered coal samples from mines throughout...
  • Ancient Frogs Might Have Eaten Dinosaurs

    10/07/2017 10:17:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Fortune ^ | Sep 23rd | Emily Price
    Beelzebufo ampinga was a beach-ball sized frog with a bite comparable to that of a lion.In the past, ancient frogs might have snacked on dinosaurs. Popular Science reports that there was once a “giant frog” that walked the earth called Beelzebufo ampinga. Named after an ancient deity referred to as “Lord of the Flies,” the massive amphibian is thought to have lived in Madagascar around 70 million years ago. The “beach ball-sized” frog has jaws that are “powerful enough to obliterate small dinosaurs.” Scientists first discovered the frog in 2008 and speculated that it might have used its powerful mouth...
  • Dinosaur fossil found at Denver construction site

    09/11/2017 10:16:17 AM PDT · by ETL · 31 replies
    FoxNews/Science ^ | August 30, 2017
    Construction crews in Colorado made an unusual find at their construction site — a rare dinosaur fossil. The crews said they found the fossil while breaking ground on a new public safety facility in the city of Thornton, Fox 31 Denver reported.The fossil has been identified as a triceratops skull by scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, who went to the site and confirmed the dinosaur remnant."My heart was racing. I realized it was a pretty important dinosaur find," Joe Sertich, curator of dinosaurs for the museum, told Fox 31. "This is probably one of only three skulls...
  • Newfound Dino Looks Like the Creepy Love Child of a Turkey and an Ostrich

    07/28/2017 5:24:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 27, 2017 | Laura Geggel
    A Chinese farmer has discovered the remains of a dinosaur that could have passed for the ostrich-like cassowary in its day, sporting the flightless bird's head crest and long thunder thighs, indicating it could run quickly, just like its modern-day lookalike, a new study finds.