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  • Did Dinosaurs Flirt?

    11/04/2011 3:28:50 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 36 replies
    History ^ | 11/4/11 | staff
    Oviraptor tails were also extremely muscular, and, according to fossil impressions, had a fan of feathers at the end. In Persons’ view, oviraptors could very well have used their muscular, flexible tails to wave their feathers in order to impress potential mates, just as peacocks use their magnificent jewel-toned feathers in courtship displays today.
  • Dinosaurs Ate Rice by Brian Thomas

    11/04/2011 8:18:59 AM PDT · by fishtank · 110 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Nov. 4, 2011 | Brian Thomas
    Dinosaurs Ate Rice by Brian Thomas, M.S. | Nov. 4, 2011 Just what did dinosaurs eat? One way researchers are finding out is by studying coprolites, or fossilized dinosaur dung. And as it turns out, some dinosaurs ate rice plants. But if flowering plants like rice did not evolve until millions of years after dinosaurs lived—as evolution maintains—how could dinosaurs have eaten them? Some coprolites contain phytoliths, which are uniquely shaped microscopic crystals manufactured by various plant tissues. Most phytoliths are made of silicon dioxide, the same chemical that comprises sand. Scientists examining these tiny grains can often discern from...
  • Are dinosaurs fossils really that old? [vanity]

    10/28/2011 6:39:41 AM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 226 replies · 1+ views
    I read that carbon dating method is only accurate for up to 30,000 yrs. So how are scientists coming up with millions yrs. old fossils? For all we know dinosaurs died off not millions but 100's of thousands of yrs ago.
  • Perfect fossil could be most complete dinosaur ever

    10/16/2011 7:07:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies
    New Scientists ^ | 13 October 2011 | Jeff Hecht
    Dinosaur fossils don't come much more impressive than this. With 98 per cent of its skeleton preserved, this young predatory theropod from southern Germany may be the most complete dinosaur ever found. Oliver Rauhut, curator of the Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology in Munich, announced the find yesterday. Although Chinese bird and dinosaur fossils are famed for delicate details such as their feathers, they don't match this 72-centimetre-long theropod in terms of clarity and completeness of preservation. The young dinosaur has been dated at 135 million years old, putting it in the early Cretaceous, but it has yet...
  • Giant Kraken Lair Discovered

    10/10/2011 6:55:25 AM PDT · by decimon · 54 replies
    Geological Society of America ^ | October 10, 2011 | Unknown
    Boulder, CO, USA - Long before whales, the oceans of Earth were roamed by a very different kind of air-breathing leviathan. Snaggle-toothed ichthyosaurs larger than school buses swam at the top of the Triassic Period ocean food chain, or so it seemed before Mount Holyoke College paleontologist Mark McMenamin took a look at some of their remains in Nevada. Now he thinks there was an even larger and more cunning sea monster that preyed on ichthyosaurs: a kraken of such mythological proportions it would have sent Captain Nemo running for dry land. McMenamin will be presenting the results of his...
  • AP Editor: We Still Consider Herman Cain A Second-Tier Candidate

    10/10/2011 8:56:06 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Yeah, Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll, crushing Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. And OK, a CBS poll recently found him tied with Romney among likely Republican primary voters. Sure, he also scored a resounding victory in another straw poll this weekend. And Rasmussen just today released the finding that 56% of GOP voters like Cain's 9-9-9 plan. So is that enough to make the Associated Press consider Cain a first-tier candidate? Nah. On MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" this morning, AP's political editor, Liz Sidoti, sniffed "we still consider him a second-tier candidate." View the video here.
  • 'Dinofuzz' Found in Canadian Amber

    09/15/2011 10:55:17 AM PDT · by Renfield · 19 replies ^ | 9-15-2011 | Sid Perkins
    Fluffy structures trapped in thumbnail-sized bits of ancient amber may represent some of the earliest evolutionary experiments leading to feathers, according to a new study. These filaments of "dinofuzz" are so well preserved that they even provide hints of color, the researchers say. The oldest bird, Archaeopteryx, lived in what is now Germany about 150 million years ago, and the oldest known feathered dinosaur, Anchiornis huxleyi, lived in northeastern China between 151 million and 161 million years ago. Both creatures had modern-style feathers, each of which had a central shaft; barbs, which made up the feather's vane; and substructures called...
  • Newborn Dinosaur Discovered in Maryland

    09/14/2011 8:49:08 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 13 replies
    Johns Hopkins ^ | 09/12/2011 | Ray Stanford
    Fossil of the baby nodosaur. No, this isn't Jurassic Park. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with help from an amateur fossil hunter in College Park, Md., have described the fossil of an armored dinosaur hatchling. It is the youngest nodosaur ever discovered, and a founder of a new genus and species that lived approximately 110 million years ago during the Early Cretaceous Era. Nodosaurs have been found in diverse locations worldwide, but they've rarely been found in the United States. The findings are published in the September 9 issue of the Journal of Paleontology. "Now we...
  • Terra Nova (total vanity)

    08/12/2011 11:15:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    Fox Lineup | 8/12/11
    Stephen Spielberg has remade "Jurrasic Park" for TV. It starts in September. It is described as a tree-hugger version of a time-travel story (Earth's atmosphere becomes so polluted that people have to flee back in time 85 million years.) An updated Robinson family (per "Lost in Space") is described as the main characters. The trailers look like outtakes from "Jurrasic Park." My question: does this thing have a chance at "something over $4M" per episode?
  • Dinosaur Breath - Cretaceous Atmosphere Sample obtained and Studied.

    02/17/2003 4:37:53 PM PST · by vannrox · 15 replies · 822+ views
    Analog Science Fiction & Fact Magazine ^ | Published in the July-1988 issue | John G. Cramer
    Dinosaur Breath The largest flying creature alive today is the Andean condor Vultur gryphus. At maximum size it weighs about 22 pounds and has a wingspread of about 10 feet. But 65 million years ago in the late cretaceous period, the last age of dinosaurs, there was another larger flying animal, the giant pterosaur Quetzalcotalus. It had a wingspread of over 40 feet, the size of a small airplane. Other pterosaurs were also quite large. The pteranodons of the late jurassic period, the classic flying dinosaurs of magazine illustrations, had a maximum wingspan of about 33 feet. This presents a...
  • Dino-Era Feathers Found Encased In Amber (100 Million Years Old)

    03/12/2008 5:37:43 PM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 1,982+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 3-11-2008 | James Owens
    Dino-Era Feathers Found Encased in Amber James Owen for National Geographic NewsMarch 11, 2008 Seven dino-era feathers found perfectly preserved in amber in western France highlight a crucial stage in feather evolution, scientists report. The hundred-million-year-old plumage has features of both feather-like fibers found with some two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods and of modern bird feathers, the researchers said. This means the fossils could fill a key gap in the puzzle of how dinosaurs gave rise to birds, according to a team led by Vincent Perrichot of the Museum für Naturkunde-Berlin in Germany. The find provides a clear example "of...
  • Light Shed On South Pole Dinosaurs

    08/12/2011 9:02:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Science News ^ | August 5, 2011 | Montana State University
    Dog-sized dinosaurs that lived near the South Pole, sometimes in the dark for months at a time, had bone tissue very similar to dinosaurs that lived everywhere on the planet, according to a doctoral candidate at Montana State University. That surprising fact falsifies a 13-year-old study and may help explain why dinosaurs were able to dominate the planet for 160 million years, said Holly Woodward, MSU graduate student in the Department of Earth Sciences and co-author of a paper published Aug. 3 in the journal PLoS ONE. "If we were trying to find evidence of dinosaurs doing something much different...
  • Giant fossil shows huge birds lived among dinosaurs

    08/10/2011 5:21:06 PM PDT · by Renfield · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8-10-2011
    An enormous jawbone found in Kazakhstan is further evidence that giant birds roamed - or flew above - the Earth at the same time as the dinosaurs. Writing in Biology Letters, researchers say the new species, Samrukia nessovi, had a skull some 30cm long. If flightless, the bird would have been 2-3m tall; if it flew, it may have had a wingspan of 4m. The find is only the second bird of such a size in the Cretaceous geologic period, and the first in Asia. The only other evidence of a bird of such a size during the period was...
  • Full Dinosaur Skeleton Found in Alaska, Plus Photos of Rare Dinosaur Fossils

    07/30/2011 7:44:38 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 16 replies
    IBTimes San Francisco ^ | July 29, 2011 | staff reporter
    A 200 million year old reptilian fossil was discovered by Alaskan scientists along the shores of Tongass National Forest. It was the low tide that made the discovery possible as a rare marine creature called Thalattosaurs was submerged in water and rocks. The last Thalattosaurs to survive was after the Triassic period, roughly 200 million years ago. An almost complete skeleton was recovered along with an outline of the body embedded onto surrounding rocks. The creature is usually between 3 to 10 feet long with padded limbs and flat tails. The snout turns downward and contains both pointy teeth for...
  • Famed fossil isn't a bird after all, analysis says (Archaeopteryx)

    07/27/2011 1:55:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 82 replies ^ | July 27, 2011 | By MALCOLM RITTER
    One of the world's most famous fossil creatures, widely considered the earliest known bird, is getting a rude present on the 150th birthday of its discovery: A new analysis suggests it isn't a bird at all. Chinese scientists are proposing a change to the evolutionary family tree that boots Archaeopteryx off the "bird" branch and onto a closely related branch of birdlike dinosaurs. Archaeopteryx (ahr-kee-AHP'-teh-rihx) was a crow-sized creature that lived about 150 million years ago. It had wings and feathers, but also quite un-birdlike traits like teeth and a bony tail. Discovered in 1861 in Germany, two years after...
  • Yale Scientists Discover the Last Living Dinosaur

    07/16/2011 4:39:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 130 replies
    CTV ^ | Sat Jul. 16 2011
    A fossil discovered in Montana has given new momentum to the hypothesis that dinosaurs were thriving right up until a devastating meteor hit Earth 65 million years ago, causing their extinction. Scientists from Yale University have found what is believed to be the youngest dinosaur fossil ever found, thought to be from just before the mass extinction took place. The discovery, described in a study published in the online edition of the journal Biology Letters, contradicts the theory that the dinosaurs slowly went extinct before the cosmic impact. The fossil -- a 45-centimetre horn believed to be from a triceratops...
  • Last dinosaur before mass extinction discovered

    07/12/2011 5:54:31 PM PDT · by decimon · 35 replies
    Yale University ^ | July 12, 2011 | Unknown
    New Haven, Conn.—A team of scientists has discovered the youngest dinosaur preserved in the fossil record before the catastrophic meteor impact 65 million years ago. The finding indicates that dinosaurs did not go extinct prior to the impact and provides further evidence as to whether the impact was in fact the cause of their extinction. Researchers from Yale University discovered the fossilized horn of a ceratopsian – likely a Triceratops, which are common to the area – in the Hell Creek formation in Montana last year. They found the fossil buried just five inches below the K-T boundary, the geological...
  • Dorset pliosaur: ‘Most fearsome predator’ unveiled

    07/11/2011 12:55:09 PM PDT · by Renfield · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7-8-2010 | Rebecca Morelle
    A skull belonging to one of the largest "sea monsters" ever unearthed is being unveiled to the public. The beast, which is called a pliosaur, has been described as the most fearsome predator the Earth has seen. The fossil was found in Dorset, but it has taken 18 months to remove the skull from its rocky casing, revealing the monster in remarkable detail. Scientists suspect the creature, which is on show at the Dorset County Museum, may be a new species or even genus. ~~~snip~~~ "It was probably the most fearsome predator that ever lived. Standing in front of the...
  • The rise and rise of the flying reptiles

    07/06/2011 12:25:59 PM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies
    University of Bristol ^ | July 6, 2011 | Unknown
    Pterosaurs, flying reptiles from the time of the dinosaurs, were not driven to extinction by the birds, but in fact they continued to diversify and innovate for millions of years afterwards.A new study by Katy Prentice, done as part of her undergraduate degree (MSci in Palaeontology and Evolution) at the University of Bristol, shows that the pterosaurs evolved in a most unusual way, becoming more and more specialised through their 160 million years on Earth. The work is published today in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. ‘Usually, when a new group of animals or plants evolves, they quickly try out...
  • Florida Wildlife Commission: Be on the Lookout for Freak Seven-Foot Lizards

    06/29/2011 12:45:59 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 41 replies
    Broward/Palm Beach New Times ^ | Jun. 29 2011 | Matthew Hendley
    If you see a seven-foot lizard in your Broward or Palm Beach residence, that's a problem, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Nile Monitor lizards, native to Africa, have been popping up around the two counties -- enough times to warrant a hotline and a website dedicated to reporting freak lizard sightings. The lizard hot spot is the canal along Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, according to the FWC, which just caught two in the area last week -- including a five-foot lizard discovered on someone's patio after it crawled through the doggy door. They killed...
  • New Dinosaur Species Found in India

    08/13/2003 9:02:05 PM PDT · by nwrep · 3,128 replies · 17,377+ views
    AP ^ | August 13, 2003 | RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM
    New Dinosaur Species Found in India 2 hours, 55 minutes ago Add Top Stories - AP to My Yahoo! By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM, Associated Press Writer BOMBAY, India - U.S. and Indian scientists said Wednesday they have discovered a new carnivorous dinosaur species in India after finding bones in the western part of the country. AP Photo Missed Tech Tuesday? Check out the powerful new PDA crop, plus the best buys for any budget The new dinosaur species was named Rajasaurus narmadensis, or "Regal reptile from the Narmada," after the Narmada River region where the bones were found. The dinosaurs...
  • Dinosaur Cannibal: Fossil Evidence Found in Africa

    04/02/2003 12:22:28 PM PST · by Sabertooth · 39 replies · 708+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | April 2nd, 2003 | John Roach
    Dinosaur Cannibal: Fossil Evidence Found in Africa John Roachfor National Geographic News April 2, 2003 View a Dinosaur Cannibal Photo Gallery: Go>> "Eat or be eaten" may have been the mantra for Majungatholus atopus, a large, two-footed carnivorous dinosaur with a bump on its head that roamed Madagascar, the island off the southeast coast of Africa, about 65 million years ago. Analysis of bones scored by tooth marks suggests Majungatholus was a cannibal that regularly dined on members of its own species and other dinosaurs. The rare, tooth-marked bones are the best evidence to date for a behavior probably...
  • Big Dinos Stayed Cool

    06/23/2011 5:47:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Thursday, June 23, 2011 | Jennifer Viegas
    Sauropod dinosaurs, the enormous plant-eating dinos with long tails and necks, had body temperatures ranging from 96.3 to 100.8 degrees Fahrenheit -- making them as warm as most mammals -- including people. Because body temperature usually rises the larger an animal gets, the findings, published in the latest issue of Science, suggest huge sauropods had mechanisms for cooling themselves off. "What we can say is that sauropods did not have body temperatures that were as cold as modern crocodiles and alligators," lead author Robert Eagle... many models had predicted that sauropods would have high body temperatures of over 104 degrees......
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex 'hunted in packs'

    06/23/2011 5:27:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | Nick Collins
    Tyrannosaurids... formidable but solitary and dull-witted creatures because their skeletons were found alone. But new research based on finds in the Gobi Desert suggests that the species was not only equipped with the build and speed for pack hunting, but also the brain capacity to work together as a team, experts claim. Dr Philip Currie, of the University of Alberta, said that evidence from 90 skeletons of Tarbosaurus Bataar -- a cousin of the Tyrannosaurus Rex -- suggested strongly that about half a dozen of the dinosaurs were part of a social group that died together. He said Tyrannosaurids' hunting...
  • Old found next to new; Dinosaur herd bones uncovered near Edmonton subdivision

    07/07/2006 9:40:50 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 5 replies · 396+ views
    EDMONTON — Bones belonging to an entire herd of dinosaurs have been found next to a new subdivision in southwest Edmonton. Fittingly, the bones belong to the Edmontosaurus, one of the largest duck-billed dinosaurs. The site contains some of the most complete skeletons scientists have of the dinosaur, and will help answer questions about its migratory habits and its development, said Phil Currie, a University of Alberta paleontologist. "With a herd of dinosaurs we can learn a lot about how they grew up, how they changed as they grew, and differences in individuals," said Currie. "That’s significant because we rarely...
  • Early Version of T. Rex Is Discovered

    02/08/2006 10:26:20 AM PST · by mlc9852 · 27 replies · 299+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | February 8, 2006 | MALCOLM RITTER
    NEW YORK - Scientists say they've found the earliest known tyrannosaur, shedding light on the lineage that produced the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex. The discovery comes with a puzzle: Why did this beast have a strange crest on its head? Digging in the badlands of northwestern China that appeared in the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," researchers found two skeletons of a creature that lived some 160 million years ago. That's more than 90 million years before T. rex came along. A two-legged meat-eater, the beast was far smaller than T. rex, measuring about 10 feet from its snout to the...
  • 'Thunder-Thighs' Dinosaur Discovered

    03/09/2011 10:40:36 PM PST · by Immerito · 24 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | February 23, 2011 | Unknown
    'Thunder-Thighs' Dinosaur Discovered: Brontomerus May Have Used Powerful Thigh Muscles to Kick Predators ScienceDaily (Feb. 23, 2011) — A new dinosaur named Brontomerus mcintoshi, or "thunder-thighs" after its enormously powerful thigh muscles, has been discovered in Utah, USA. The new species is described in a paper recently published in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica by an international team of scientists from the UK and the US. A member of the long-necked sauropod group of dinosaurs which includes Diplodocus and Brachiosaurus, Brontomerus may have used its powerful thighs as a weapon to kick predators, or to help travel over rough, hilly...
  • T. Rex More Hyena Than Lion

    03/09/2011 10:34:09 PM PST · by Immerito · 15 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | February 22, 2011 | Unknown
    T. Rex More Hyena Than Lion: Tyrannosaurus Rex Was Opportunistic Feeder, Not Top Predator, Paleontologists Say ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) — The ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex has been depicted as the top dog of the Cretaceous, ruthlessly stalking herds of duck-billed dinosaurs and claiming the role of apex predator, much as the lion reigns supreme in the African veld. But a new census of all dinosaur skeletons unearthed over a large area of eastern Montana shows that Tyrannosaurus was too numerous to have subsisted solely on the dinosaurs it tracked and killed with its scythe-like teeth. Instead, argue paleontologists John "Jack"...
  • Rare 89-Million-Year-Old Flying Reptile Fossil from Texas May Be World's Oldest Pteranodon

    03/09/2011 10:26:34 PM PST · by Immerito · 11 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | March 1, 2011 | Unknown
    ScienceDaily (Mar. 1, 2011) — Fossilized bones discovered in Texas from a flying reptile that died 89 million years ago may be the earliest occurrence of the prehistoric creature known as Pteranodon. Previously, Pteranodon bones have been found in Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming in the Niobrara and Pierre geological formations. This likely Pteranodon specimen is the first of its kind found in Texas, according to paleontologist Timothy S. Myers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, who identified the reptile. The specimen was discovered north of Dallas by an amateur fossil hunter who found various bones belonging to the left...
  • Test shows dinosaurs survived mass extinction by 700,000 years

    01/27/2011 11:05:42 AM PST · by decimon · 57 replies
    University of Alberta ^ | January 27, 2011 | Unknown
    University of Alberta researchers determined that a fossilized dinosaur bone found in New Mexico confounds the long established paradigm that the age of dinosaurs ended between 65.5 and 66 million years ago. The U of A team, led by Larry Heaman from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, determined the femur bone of a hadrosaur as being only 64.8 million years old. That means this particular plant eater was alive about 700,000 years after the mass extinction event many paleontologists believe wiped all non-avian dinosaurs off the face of earth, forever. Heaman and colleagues used a new direct-dating method...
  • CSI: Manchester -- University team gets forensic on dinosaurs (TV series)

    01/25/2011 12:53:45 PM PST · by decimon · 3 replies
    University of Manchester ^ | January 25, 2011 | Unknown
    A new TV series featuring dinosaur detectives from The University of Manchester looking at how dinosaurs once lived, looked and functioned begins in the UK this week. Presented by University of Manchester palaeontologist Dr Phil Manning, the series will be aired on the National Geographic Channel, starting in the UK on Thursday February 3rd, before being transmitted to many countries around the world. It is the first ever series on dinosaurs commissioned by National Geographic, as previously documentaries have only aired as one or two-hour specials. Jurassic CSI will for the first time provide a detailed forensic look at dinosaurs...
  • Dating sheds new light on dawn of the dinosaurs

    01/24/2011 2:55:25 PM PST · by decimon · 18 replies
    University of California, Davis ^ | January 24, 2011 | Unknown
    Careful dating of new dinosaur fossils and volcanic ash around them by researchers from UC Davis and UC Berkeley casts doubt on the idea that dinosaurs appeared and opportunistically replaced other animals. Instead -- at least in one South American valley -- they seem to have existed side by side and gone through similar periods of extinction. Geologists from Argentina and the United States announced earlier this month the discovery of a new dinosaur that roamed what is now South America 230 million years ago, at the beginning of the age of the dinosaurs. The newly discovered Eodramaeus, or "dawn...
  • Scientists Discover 'Koreaceratops': First Horned Dino From Korea

    12/08/2010 2:18:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews ^ | December 6, 2010
    Triceratops has a new cousin -- one from a distant continent, that is. Scientists from South Korea, the United States and Japan just announced the discovery of a new horned dinosaur, based on an analysis of fossil evidence found in South Korea. Dubbed "Koreaceratops" after its country of origin, the new dinosaur fossil was found in 2008 in a block of rock along the Tando Basin reservoir.
  • 100-million-year-old crocodile species discovered (Thailand)

    11/25/2010 7:17:25 AM PST · by decimon · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 25, 2010 | Unknown
    BANGKOK – A new species of crocodile that lived 100 million years ago has been identified from a fossil found in Thailand, researchers said Thursday. Komsorn Lauprasert, a scientist at Mahasarakham University, said the species had longer legs than modern-day crocodiles and probably fed on fish, based on the characteristics of its teeth.
  • Dino Demise Led to Evolutionary Explosion of Huge Mammals

    11/25/2010 11:56:18 AM PST · by Racehorse · 39 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 25 November 2010 | Janelle Weaver
    Mammals around the world exploded in size after the major extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago, filling environmental niches left vacant by the loss of dinosaurs, according to a new study published today (Nov. 25) in the journal Science. The maximum size of mammals leveled off about 25 million years later, or 40 million years ago, because of external limits set by temperature and land area, reported an international team led by paleoecologist Felisa Smith of the University of New Mexico. "For the first 140 million years of their evolutionary history, mammals were basically...
  • Eggs with the oldest known embryos of a dinosaur found

    11/13/2010 8:11:07 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12 November 2010 | Katia Moskvitch
    Palaeontologists have identified the oldest known dinosaur embryos, belonging to a species that lived some 190 million years ago. The eggs of Massospondylus, containing well-perserved embryos, were unearthed in South Africa back in 1976. The creature appears to be an ancestor of the family that includes the long-necked dino once known as Brontosaurus. The study in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology also sheds light on the dinosaurs' early development.
  • Triceratops 'Never Existed' -- Three-horned fossils are actually juvenile torosauruses

    11/09/2010 7:32:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Newser ^ | August 3, 2010 | Rob Quinn
    One of the best-known dinosaur species may not have really been a dinosaur species at all, according to new research. Scientists compared triceratops skulls to those of a lesser-known species, the torosaurus, and concluded that the triceratops were actually young torosauruses, New Scientist reports. They believe the three-horned dinosaur's skull changed shape as it aged. Researchers say the bones of the horns and neck frill in the young dinosaurs remained spongy until they became full adults. "Even in the most mature specimens that we've examined, there is evidence that the skull was still undergoing dramatic changes at the time of...
  • Outlandish species alert: A dinosaur with 15 horns?

    09/23/2010 6:39:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Week ^ | September 23, 2010
    Fossil hunters have unearthed the remains of two new dinosaur species that roamed Utah's swamps 76 million years ago. Here's a brief guide to what exactly they found: What are the two new species? Kosmoceratops and Utahceratops, which have been classified (for obvious reasons) in the horned-dinosaur family which also includes the Triceratops. What did they look like? Kosmoceratops, whose hulking head sprouted 15 horns, was about 15 feet long, the size of a small car. Scott Sampson, the study leader at the Utah Museum of Natural History, calls it "one of the most amazing animals known." Utahceratops was 30...
  • Amazing Horned Dinosaurs Found on 'Lost Continent' (Fifteen Horns)

    09/23/2010 4:04:05 AM PDT · by tlb · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Fox ^ | September 22, 2010 | staff
    The Utah reptiles belong to the horned-dinosaur family, which is known for outlandish anatomy, and are wowing seasoned fossil hunters. The species named Kosmoceratops had 15 horns decorating its massive head, giving it the most elaborate dinosaur headdress known to science. At 15 feet long, it was larger than a Ford Fiesta. Its name means "ornate horned-face" in Latin. The newly discovered dinosaurs, close relatives of the famous Triceratops, were announced today. Utah scientists believe most of the horns were used to attract mates and intimidate rivals of the same species. The dinosaur fossils were found in the Grand Staircase-Escalante...
  • World's most complete fossil of pre-dinosaur predator discovered

    05/13/2010 6:06:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies · 731+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | May 13, 2010 | Claire Bates
    Brazilian paleontologists have found the near complete fossil of a fearsome predator that roamed the Earth before the dinosaurs. The 22ft long creature, called Prestosuchus chiniquensis, lived some 238million years ago. It belonged to a family of reptiles called thecodonts and had a large, deep skull with serrated teeth and a long tail.
  • Dinosaurs died from sudden temperature drop 'not comet strike', scientists claim

    04/25/2010 6:50:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 41 replies · 1,056+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Apr 24, 2010 | Andrew Hough
    Dinosaurs were wiped out by sudden drop in temperatures, not by comet striking the planet, scientists claimed. British researchers claim that a sudden plummeting in the sea temperature of 16F (9C) more than 137 million years ago was the first step towards their eventual road to extinction. While studying fossils and minerals from the Arctic Svalbard, Norway, they concluded the sudden change in the Atlantic Gulf Stream during the Cretaceous period would almost certainly have wiped out the ''abundance'' of the world's dinosaurs.
  • A bailout for news? (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/12/2010 6:06:28 AM PDT · by abb · 30 replies · 546+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | April 11, 2010 | Eric Deggans
    For most old-school journalists, the equation is simple. Public disdain for reporters — ranked slightly above used car salesmen in one public poll — combined with a need to stay independent from the government as watchdogs, equals a situation where we can't take money from the government to survive. But there are some other numbers to consider: 5,900 full-time newspaper journalism jobs disappeared last year, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, with one-third of newspaper newsroom jobs gone since 2001. Newspaper advertising revenue dropped 22 percent in 2009, according to the PEJ. The historic way of funding great...
  • Farmer Discovers Fossil of Ant-Eating Dinosaur

    03/31/2010 3:13:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 404+ views
    LiveScience ^ | Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | Charles Q. Choi
    One of the smallest known dinosaurs, Xixianykus zhangi was built for quick running. A shorter upper leg relative to its lower leg helped the dinosaur carry its weight more efficiently. A newfound ant-eating dinosaur was one of the smallest known and also one of the best adapted for running, scientists revealed... lived in a warm, temperate forested environment watered by rivers and lakes alongside duck-billed dinosaurs and likely sail-backed predators known as spinosaurs roughly 89 million to 83 million years ago. Scientists aren't sure how the dinosaur perished, but the fossil is fairly intact compared with many, so another creature...
  • First tyrannosaur fossil from Southern Hemisphere

    03/25/2010 11:34:11 AM PDT · by cajuncow · 14 replies · 364+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 3-25-10 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer Randolph E. Schmid, Ap Science Writer
    WASHINGTON – A foot-long piece of bone unearthed in Australia is the first evidence that ancestors of the mighty T. rex once lived in the Southern Hemisphere. The remains are from an animal much smaller than the famed predator, but add to the knowledge of how this type of dinosaur evolved. The discovery is reported in Friday's edition of the journal Science by a team of researchers led by Roger B. J. Benson of the department of earth science at England's University of Cambridge.
  • Dinosaur Buried Alive By Collapsing Sand Dune [this didn't just happen]

    03/24/2010 7:19:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies · 1,241+ views
    LiveScience ^ | March 23, 2010 | Jeanna Bryner
    A plant-eating dinosaur might have been swallowed up by a collapsing sand dune some 185 million years ago in what are now Utah's red rocks. The desert disaster likely plopped the dinosaur onto its head, where it remained until being discovered by a local historian and artist in 2004... in the Comb Ridge area near Bluff, Utah, when he spotted the bony fossil protruding from the multicolored cliffs of the Navajo Sandstone, which represents the remains of a huge sand dune desert as large as the modern-day Sahara Desert. As such, the dinosaur has been named Seitaad ruessi, derived from...
  • Does JOB 40:41 speak about Dinosaurs?

    03/08/2010 6:27:24 PM PST · by TaraP · 203 replies · 700+ views
    Vanity | March 8th, 2010 | TaraP
    Job 40:15-24 Behemoth 15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. 16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. 17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. 18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. 19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. 20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where...
  • It's Official: An Asteroid Wiped Out the Dinosaurs

    03/05/2010 5:46:05 AM PST · by jilliane · 96 replies · 1,368+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/05/2010 | Kate Kelland
    A giant asteroid smashing into Earth is the only plausible explanation for the extinction of the dinosaurs, a global scientific team said on Thursday, hoping to settle a row that has divided experts for decades.
  • Study challenges bird-from-dinosaur theory of evolution - was it the other way around?

    02/17/2010 8:12:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 614+ views
    PHYSORG.COM ^ | 02/09/2010
    An image drawn in 1915 by naturalist William Beebe suggests a hypothetical view of what early birds may have looked like, gliding down from trees - and it bears a striking similarity to a fossil discovered in 2003 that is raising new doubts about whether birds descended from ground-dwelling theropod dinosaurs. Photo courtesy of Oregon State University ( -- A new study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides yet more evidence that birds did not descend from ground-dwelling theropod dinosaurs, experts say, and continues to challenge decades of accepted theories about the evolution of...
  • Dinosaur True Colors Revealed for First Time

    01/28/2010 3:58:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 965+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 1/28/10 | Chris Sloan
    "Dino fuzz" pigment discovery in feathers may strengthen dinosaur-bird link. Pigments have been found in fossil dinosaurs for the first time, a new study says. The discovery may prove once and for all that dinosaurs' hairlike filaments—sometimes called dino fuzz—are related to bird feathers, paleontologists announced today. (Pictures: Dinosaur True Colors Revealed by Feather Find.) The finding may also open up a new world of prehistoric color, illuminating the role of color in dinosaur behavior and allowing the first accurately colored dinosaur re-creations, according to the study team, led by Fucheng Zhang of China's Institute for Vertebrate Paleontology. The team...
  • Feathered Dinosaurs Could Glide

    01/27/2010 5:41:25 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 472+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | Associated Press
    In an effort to determine the flight abilities of the animals, researchers built models of these early birds and launched them into the air. [University of Kansas]