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New volume documents the science at the legendary snowmastodon fossil site in Colorado
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New volume documents the science at the legendary snowmastodon fossil site in Colorado

November 24th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Four years ago, a bulldozer operator turned over some bones during construction at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village, Colorado....
A/C came standard on armoured dinosaur models
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A/C came standard on armoured dinosaur models

November 10th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
armoured dinosaur modelsLed by palaeontologist Jason Bourke, a team of scientists at Ohio University used CT scans to record the anatomy of nasal passages in two different ankylosaur species. The team then modeled airflow through...
Origin of the unique ventilatory apparatus of turtles
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Origin of the unique ventilatory apparatus of turtles

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Through the careful study of modern and early fossil tortoise, researchers now have a better understanding of how tortoises breathe and the evolutionary processes that helped shape their unique breathing apparatus and tortoise...
Tricky take-off kept pterodactyls grounded
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Tricky take-off kept pterodactyls grounded

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A new study, which teamed cutting-edge engineering techniques with paleontology, has found that take-off capacity may have determined body size limits in extinct flying reptiles. The research simulated pterodactyl flight using...
New insights into an old bird
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New insights into an old bird

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The dodo is among the most famous extinct creatures, and a poster child for human-caused extinction events. Despite its notoriety, and the fact that the species was alive during recorded human history, little is actually known...
Taking a deeper look at ‘ancient wing’
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Taking a deeper look at ‘ancient wing’

November 5th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The reconstruction of ancient life has long required a certain degree of imagination. This is fundamental when considering the colouration of long-extinct organisms. However, new methods of investigation are being incorporated...
African diamond mine reveals dinosaur and large mammal tracks
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African diamond mine reveals dinosaur and large mammal tracks

November 5th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
In a surprise turn of events, one of the largest diamond mines in Africa, Catoca in Angola, contains 118 million year old dinosaur, crocodile and large mammal tracks. The mammal tracks show a raccoon-sized animal, during a time...
Massive geographic change may have triggered explosion of animal life
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Massive geographic change may have triggered explosion of animal life

November 3rd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
New analysis of geologic history can potentially solve the riddle of the ‘Cambrian...
Seeing Dinosaur Feathers in a New Light
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Seeing Dinosaur Feathers in a New Light

October 30th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Why were dinosaurs covered in a cloak such a long time before the early bird species Archaeopteryx first took flight? Researchers from the University of Bonn and the University of Göttingen attempt to answer that exact question...
Kung Fu Stegosaur
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Kung Fu Stegosaur

October 22nd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Stegosaurs have in the past been presented to us as lumbering plant eaters, but in reality they were lethal fighters when necessary, according to palaeontologists who have unveiled new evidence of a casualty of stegosaurian...
Secrets of Dinosaur Ecology discovered in fragile amber
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Secrets of Dinosaur Ecology discovered in fragile amber

October 21st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The research conducted by Ryan McKellar’s sounds like it could of come straight out of Jurassic Park: he studies pieces of amber found buried with dinosaur skeletons. However, instead of re-creating dinosaurs, McKellar uses the...
Extinct giant kangaroos may have been hop-less
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Extinct giant kangaroos may have been hop-less

October 16th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Stiff backs and strong joints show that giant kangaroos may have walked instead of...
Ancient fossils confirmed among our strangest cousins
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Ancient fossils confirmed among our strangest cousins

October 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Over 100 years has passed since their discovery, yet some of the world’s most bizarre fossils have just been identified as distant relatives of humans, thanks to the work of University of Adelaide...
Fossilised bird egg offers clues to Brazil’s prehistoric past
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Fossilised bird egg offers clues to Brazil’s prehistoric past

October 14th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Brazilian scientists have uncovered a near-intact fossilised bird egg- Brazil’s first- in Sao Paulo...
Physics determined ammonite shell shape
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Physics determined ammonite shell shape

October 13th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Ammonites are a group of extinct cephalopod mollusks with ribbed spiral shells. They are unusually diverse and well known among fossil lovers. Régis Chirat, researcher at the Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon: Terre, Planètes et...
52-million-year-old amber preserves ‘ant-loving’ beetle
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52-million-year-old amber preserves ‘ant-loving’ beetle

October 3rd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Eocene fossil is oldest-known social parasite of ants, correlates with the ecological rise of modern...
Tooth serves as evidence of 220 million-year-old attack
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Tooth serves as evidence of 220 million-year-old attack

September 29th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A tooth challenges beliefs about how ancient reptiles...
New evidence of ancient multicellular life sets evolutionary timeline back 60 million years
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New evidence of ancient multicellular life sets evolutionary timeline back 60 million years

September 25th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A Virginia Tech geobiologist with collaborators from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found evidence in the fossil record that complex multicellularity appeared in living things about 600 million years ago – nearly 60...
Answer to restoring lost island biodiversity found in fossils
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Answer to restoring lost island biodiversity found in fossils

September 23rd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Many native species have disappeared from tropical islands because of human activity, but University of Florida scientists have discovered how fossils can be used to restore lost...
New Hadrosaur Noses into Spotlight
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New Hadrosaur Noses into Spotlight

September 23rd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Call it the Jimmy Durante of dinosaurs‒ a recently discovered hadrosaur with a particularly distinctive nasal profile. The new dinosaur, named Rhinorex condrupus by palaeontologists from North Carolina State University and...
‘Jaws’ lived in Doncaster
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‘Jaws’ lived in Doncaster

September 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Sharks, swamps and a tropical rainforest bursting with life – this isn’t exactly what comes to mind when you think of Yorkshire. But for the first time evidence of Doncaster’s 310-million-year-old past, including a...
Scientists report first semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus
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Scientists report first semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus

September 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Enormous predator was over 9 feet longer than largest Tyrannosaurus...
How good is the fossil record?
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How good is the fossil record?

September 4th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Methods have been developed to try to identify and correct for bias in the fossil record but new research from the Universities of Bristol and Bath, suggests many of these correction methods may actually be...
T. Rex times seven: New dinosaur species is discovered in Argentina
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T. Rex times seven: New dinosaur species is discovered in Argentina

September 4th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Scientists have discovered and described a new supermassive dinosaur species with the most complete skeleton ever found of its type. At 85 feet long and weighing about 65 tons in life, Dreadnoughtus schrani is the largest land...
Exceptionally well preserved insect fossils from the Rhône Valley
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Exceptionally well preserved insect fossils from the Rhône Valley

September 2nd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
In Bavaria, the Tithonian Konservat-Lagerstätte of lithographic limestone is well known as a result of numerous discoveries of emblematic fossils from that area (for example, Archaeopteryx)....
Plant Life Forms in the Fossil Record: When Did the First Canopy Flowers Appear?
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Plant Life Forms in the Fossil Record: When Did the First Canopy Flowers Appear?

September 1st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Most plant fossils are isolated organs, making it difficult to reconstruct the type of plant life or its ecosystem...
Flapping baby birds offer clues to origin of flight
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Flapping baby birds offer clues to origin of flight

August 29th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
How did the earliest birds take wing? Did they fall from trees and learn to flap their forelimbs to avoid crashing? Or did they run along the ground and pump their “arms” to get...
Snails Tell of the Rise and Fall of the Tibetan Plateau
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Snails Tell of the Rise and Fall of the Tibetan Plateau

August 29th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The rise of the Tibetan plateau — the largest topographic anomaly above sea level on Earth — is important for both its profound effect on climate and its reflection of continental dynamics....
Misunderstood worm-like fossil finds its place in the Tree of Life
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Misunderstood worm-like fossil finds its place in the Tree of Life

August 28th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively linking it with...
Oldest representative of a weird arthropod group
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Oldest representative of a weird arthropod group

August 28th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Biologists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have assigned a number of 435-million-year-old fossils to a new genus of predatory arthropods. These animals lived in shallow marine habitats and were far less...
Jurassic Welsh mammals were picky eaters, study finds
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Jurassic Welsh mammals were picky eaters, study finds

August 20th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
For most people, mere mention of the word Jurassic conjures up images of huge dinosaurs chomping their way through lush vegetation – and each other. However, mammals and their immediate ancestors were also around in the...
Evolution of marine crocodilians constrained by ocean temperatures
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Evolution of marine crocodilians constrained by ocean temperatures

August 20th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The ancestors of today’s crocodiles colonized the seas during warm phases and became extinct during cold phases, according to a new Anglo-French study, which establishes the link between marine crocodilian diversity and the...
Toothless ‘dragon’ pterosaurs dominated the Late Cretaceous skies
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Toothless ‘dragon’ pterosaurs dominated the Late Cretaceous skies

August 18th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A new study provides an exciting insight into the Late Cretaceous and the diversity and distribution of the toothless ‘dragon’ pterosaurs from the Azhdarchidae family. The research was published in the open access journal...
New home for an ‘evolutionary misfit’
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New home for an ‘evolutionary misfit’

August 18th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A worm-like creature with legs and spikes finally finds its place in the evolutionary tree of...
Reconstructions show how some of the earliest animals lived…and died
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Reconstructions show how some of the earliest animals lived…and died

August 12th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
New three-dimensional reconstructions display how some of the world’s earliest animals developed, and offer some answers as to why they went...
Scientists to explore how insects evolved ultrasonic hearing abilities over millennia
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Scientists to explore how insects evolved ultrasonic hearing abilities over millennia

August 6th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The Leverhulme Trust has awarded a grant of £250,000 to a team of scientists led by the University of Lincoln, UK, to research how a group of insects evolved incredible ultrasonic hearing...
Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds
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Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds

August 1st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A novel study lead by Adelaide scientist has shown how enormous, carnivorous, ground-dwelling dinosaurs – the theropods – evolved into agile flyers: they kept shrinking in size for over 50 million...
Decades-old amber collection offers news views of a lost world
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Decades-old amber collection offers news views of a lost world

July 31st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Scientists are searching through an extremely large collection of 20-million-year-old amber unearthed in the Dominican Republic over 50 years ago; the effort is displaying new insights into ancient tropical insects and the world...
Unique Images bring fossil insects back to life
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Unique Images bring fossil insects back to life

July 29th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A ground breaking new book brings together two of the major disciplines behind the popular film franchise Jurassic Park, with the aim to raise the profile of insect fossils through stunning photographs and unique...
Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows
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Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows

July 28th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Scientists say that the dinosaurs may have survived the fatal asteroid strike if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in...