CREDIT: PAINTING BY DANIELLE DUFAULT
28 Jul 2015

Unique tooth structure allowed predatory dinosaurs to efficiently crunch flesh and bone

The Tyrannosaurus rex and its fellow theropod dinosaurs that rampage across the screen in movies like Jurassic World were successful predators partly due to a unique, deeply serrated tooth structure that allowed them to easily tear through the flesh and bone of other dinosaurs, says new research from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM).

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Reconstruction of Tetraphodophis eating an olindalacerta (salamander) by James Brown/UOP
27 Jul 2015

Four-legged snake fossil found

An “absolutely exquisite” fossil of a snake that had four legs has been discovered by a team of scientists and may help show how snakes made the transition from lizards to serpents.

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Credit : April Neander
17 Jul 2015

Jurassic saw fastest mammal evolution

Mammals were evolving up to ten times faster in the middle of the Jurassic than they were at the end of the period, coinciding with an explosion of new adaptations, new research shows.

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This is an artist's impression of Zhenyuanlong suni - Credit : Chuang Zhao
16 Jul 2015

Feathered cousin of ‘Jurassic Park’ star unearthed in China

A newly identified species of feathered dinosaur is the largest ever discovered to have a well-preserved set of bird-like wings, research suggests.

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Tiarajudens fighting - Voltaire Paes
15 Jul 2015

Head-butting and canine display during male-male combat first appeared some 270 million years ago.

Head-butting and canine display during male-male combat first appeared some 270 million years ago.

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Dr. Michael Ryan (left) of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Dr. David Evans (right) of the Royal Ontario Museum, are co-authors of research describing Wendiceratops pinhornensis. Credit : Derek Larson
08 Jul 2015

New horned dinosaur reveals evolution of nose horn in Triceratops family

Scientists have discovered a striking new species of horned dinosaur (ceratopsian) based on fossils collected from a bone bed in southern Alberta, Canada.

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This is Dr. Michael Day with a skull of Anteosaurus found close to the extinction interval on the Nuweveld Escarpment north of Merwevillle, Western Cape Province.
08 Jul 2015

Mass extinction event from South Africa’s Karoo

An international team led by researchers from the Evolutionary Studies Institute (ESI) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, has obtained an age from rocks of the Great Karoo that shed light on the timing of a mass extinction event that occurred around 260 million years ago.

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30 Jun 2015

Big dinosaurs steered clear of the tropics

For more than 30 million years after dinosaurs first appeared, they remained inexplicably rare near the equator, where only a few small-bodied meat-eating dinosaurs made a living.

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Collinsium ciliosum, a Collins’ monster-type lobopodian from the early Cambrian Xiaoshiba biota of China Credit: Jie Yang
30 Jun 2015

Spiky monsters: new species of ‘super-armoured’ worm discovered

A newly-identified species of spike-covered worm with legs, which lived 500 million years ago, was one of the first animals on Earth to develop armour for protection.

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29 Jun 2015

New Sesotho-named dinosaur from South Africa

South African and Argentinian palaeontologists have discovered a new 200 million year old dinosaur from South Africa, and named it Sefapanosaurus, from the Sesotho word “sefapano”.

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Nils Knötschke from Dinosaur Park Münchehagen, excavating the footprints in 2003. In order to keep the footprints from breaking while they were chiseled out of the rock, they were coated in plaster before removing them. Photo: Holger Lüdtke/2003
24 Jun 2015

Researchers Reconstruct Dinosaur Tracks

Twelve years ago, footprints of carnivorous dinosaurs were discovered and excavated in a quarry near Goslar.

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This is Hallucigenia sparsa from the Burgess Shale (Royal Ontario Museum 61513). The fossil is 15 mm long. Credit : Jean-Bernard Caron
24 Jun 2015

Newly found ring of teeth uncovers what common ancestor of molting animals looked like

A new study of an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago – a worm-like animal with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has definitively identified its head for the first time, and revealed a previously unknown ring of teeth and a pair of simple eyes.

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This is a computer model and virtual development of the tooth plate of Romundina stellina, with colors gold through purple indicating the first up to the final tooth addition. Credit : Martin Rücklin, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
24 Jun 2015

Forgotten fossil indicates earlier origin of teeth

The tooth plate of just some millimeters in size had been in a box for more than 40 years, without being recognized after the discovery and preparation of the fish it belonged to.

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tri1
08 Jun 2015

Paleo-engineering: New study reveals complexity of Triceratops’ teeth

When it comes to the three-horned dinosaur called the Triceratops, science is showing the ancient creatures might have been a little more complex than we thought.

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05 Jun 2015

New species of horned dinosaur with ‘bizarre’ features revealed

About 10 years ago, Peter Hews stumbled across some bones sticking out of a cliff along the Oldman River in southeastern Alberta, Canada.

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02 Jun 2015

Yorkshire’s oldest new addition to the ‘Jurassic World’

Experts from the University of Manchester have identified Britain’s oldest sauropod dinosaur from a fossil bone discovered on the Yorkshire coast.

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21 May 2015

Paleontologists discover the first dinosaur fossil in Washington State

The fossils of the first dinosaur fossil from Washington State were collected along the shores of Sucia Island State Park in the San Juan Islands.

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15 May 2015

Clues contained in 500 million-year-old brain point to the origin of heads in early animals

A new study from the University of Cambridge has identified one of the oldest fossil brains ever discovered – more than 500 million years old – and used it to help determine how heads first evolved in early animals.

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f11
15 May 2015

Did ocean acidification from the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs cause the extinction of marine molluscs?

New research, led by the University of Southampton, has questioned the role played by ocean acidification, produced by the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs, in the extinction of ammonites and other planktonic calcifiers 66 million years ago

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12 May 2015

Retracing the bird’s beak to its dinosaur origins, in the laboratory

Scientists have successfully replicated the molecular processes that led from dinosaur snouts to the first bird beaks.

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17 Apr 2015

How ancient species survived or died off in their old Kentucky home

Researchers at an old geological site talk ‘dirt’ about how Ice Age climate change led to the extinction of mammoths and mastodons, but to the evolution and survival of bison, deer and other present-day species.

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13 Apr 2015

What life was like for newborn giant sea lizards during the age of the dinosaur

Many scientists have studied fossils from gigantic marine lizards called mosasaurs that lived at the time of the dinosaurs and flourished in ancient seas, but little is known about aspects of their breeding and birth.

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