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  • Ancient mammal had super senses
    Rare fossil sheds light on ancient mammal with super senses
    During the dinosaur age, mammals were by and large the size of mice, and only barely managed to eke out an existence beside their massive reptilian neighbors. Up until a few decades ago, scientists mostly believed that there were no mammals during...
  • Spinosaurus was larger than Tyrannosaurus Rex by 4,000 pounds
    This colossal dinosaur was larger, deadlier than T-rex
    Over 100 years ago, a group of scientists made a startling discovery in Egypt's Sahara desert. What the paleontologists found was believed to be the fossilized remains of an enormous dinosaur calledSpinosaurus, a carnivorous creature...
  • Bone Wars, a paleontology tragedy
    Bone Wars, a paleontology tragedy
    In the realm of paleontology there was a tragedy that occurred and could be occurring today. It all began when paleontologists competed to find the most fossil dinosaur skeletons. One outgrowth of these "bone wars" was unscientific...
  • The Mongolian ostrich dinosaur is the weirdest dino discovery yet
    The Mongolian ostrich dinosaur is the weirdest dino discovery yet
    On Tuesday scientists announced their findings on the Mongolian ostrich dinosaur, or Deinocheirus mirificus. Does it sound like that would be a pretty funny looking beast? Because it is. It even seemed strange to the researchers who located the...
  • First fossil evidence found that proves stegosaurs killed predators
    First fossil evidence found that proves stegosaurs killed predators
    The first known physical evidence that stegosaurs not only defended themselves with their tail spikes but were capable of killing a large carnivore was presented at the Oct. 21, 2014, annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in...
  • Ancient kangaroo ancestor was big and did not hop
    Ancient kangaroo ancestor was big and did not hop
    Giant kangaroos from the Sthenurine group that lived in Australia about 100,000 years ago could not hop. A ten-year study of the anatomy and bone structure of all known ancient and modern species of kangaroo conducted by Christine M. Janis of...
  • Ohio University paleontologists have identified a new species of titanosaurian, a member of the large-bodied sauropods that thrived during the final period of the dinosaur age, in Tanzania.
    Fourth African titanosaur discovered in Tanzania
    Eric Gorscak, a doctoral student in biological sciences at Ohio University, and a team of professional excavators and coal miners have unearthed a new titanosaurian in the Rukwa Rift Basin of southwestern Tanzania. This dinosaur is only the fourth...
  • Dreadnoughtus schrani.
    Newly found Patagonian dinosaur is a contender for largest ever
    A new dinosaur belonging to a group of large plant eaters known as titanosaurs is the most complete giant dinosaur fossil ever unearthed. The Patagonia dinosaur is the only titanosaur ever found that has all the bones necessary to make an accurate...
  • This is the skeleton of Dimetrodon, an ancient relative of mammals. New research suggests that at least some species of Dimetrodon were active at night (nocturnal).
    Evidence discovered for nocturnal behavior in synapsids
    Previously, the fossil record indicates that nocturnal behavior began with mammals. The reasoning is that the coordination of neural input necessary for nocturnal activity required a large brain. Kenneth Angielczyk, a curator at The Field Museum,...
  • Neanderthal rock engraving from Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar.
    First known Neanderthal cave carving found in Gibraltar cave
    Neanderthals left a purposefully carved symbol in Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar. The purpose and meaning of the symbol are not known and may never be known. The discovery of the first known cave drawing created by Neanderthals was the work of...
  • Anza-Borrego Desert Wash
    Books for nature lovers: Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert
    Imagine a warm, almost tropical seashore with walruses and seals. Or, a warm, humid forest with a river running through it that empties into a lake. Palm trees and tropical plants all around. A plover like a killdeer run along the river banks and...
  • Edmontosaurus
    Stolen dinosaur recovered, suspects arrested
    God creates dinosaurs, God destroys dinosaurs, God creates man, man steals dinosaur. A baby dinosaur replica that had been stolen was recovered yesterday, with two suspects arrested by police. The dinosaur, an Edmontosaurus, was stolen on Monday...
  • Nothosaurus sp., a Nothosaur from the Triassic of Europe, North Africa and Russia, pencil drawing.
    First direct evidence of nothosaur locomotion discovered in China
    Nothosaurs ruled the world’s oceans for 186 million years. Many theories of locomotion for nothosaurs have been proposed but no direct evidence of the method of locomotion has been discovered until now. Professor Qiyue Zhang from Chengdu...
  • University of Utah biologist David Carrier and Michael H. Morgan, a University of Utah physician, contend that human faces - especially those of our australopith ancestors -evolved to minimize injury from punches to the face during fights between males.
    Biologists show that human faces were adapted by fighting
    The evolution and adaptation of the human face are the result of adaptations that make the human face more resilient to being hit by another human’s fist. This record of adaptation includes the earliest of human ancestors. University of Utah...
  • Three types of fossil microbes in the Archaean
    Oldest fossil on Earth shown to have inorganic origin
    An analysis of old core samples and new core samples from the supposed most ancient biological life found on Earth have proven to be the results of volcanic activity. Eugene G. Grosch and Nicola McLoughlin with the Department of Earth Science and...