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April 25, 2015

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5:25 PM | What is a Velociraptor? by palaeoverse: PalaeoVerse answers the...
What is a Velociraptor? by palaeoverse: PalaeoVerse answers the important questions for Velociraptor Awareness Day. Images come from Wikipedia, our own artists, the Jurassic Park Franchise, and Dinosaur Revolution.

April 24, 2015

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5:00 PM | Mammoth ain’t Mopey
I am very pleased to announce that the Mammoth is Mopey project of Jennie & David Orr passed its $104 funding goal on IndieGoGo last night. Personally, this means my kids will be getting a copy of this beautiful and inspiring book, one … Continue reading →

April 23, 2015

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10:00 PM | The Deep History of the Sea’s Bone-Eating Worms
Bones are symbols of death. That makes sense. Before X-rays and CT scans allowed us to look inside …
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11:52 AM | Differences in Size, Shape of Bony Plates Offer Way to Tell Male, Female Stegosaurs Apart
According to paleontologist Evan Saitta of the University of Bristol, UK, stegosaur plates may have differed between males and females. Stegosaurus is a genus of armored, herbivorous dinosaurs. They lived in what is now the western United States during the Late Jurassic, approximately 150 million years ago. They were 6 – 9 meters (20 – [...]

April 22, 2015

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6:58 PM | Stegosaurus Males And Females May Have Had Different Plates
Stegosaurus, a large, herbivorous dinosaur with two staggered rows of bony plates along its back and two pairs of spikes at the end of its tail, lived roughly 150 million years ago during the Late Jurassic in the western United States. Some individuals had wide plates, some had tall ones, with the wide plates being up to 45 percent larger overall than the tall plates. According to a new study, the tall-plated Stegosaurus and the wide-plate Stegosaurus were not two distinct species, nor were […]
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6:01 PM | Male And Female Stegosaurus May Have Had Different Plates
T. rex has its big head and tiny arms, triceratops has horns, and brontosaurus (yes, brontosaurus) has its super long neck. The stegosaurus, on the other hand, has a tiny…
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1:30 PM | Dozens Of Dinosaur Eggs Unearthed By Chinese Road Workers
A construction crew working in Heyuan, China have stumbled upon a remarkable batch of fossilized dinosaur eggs. Of the 43 discovered, 19 remain completely intact. Read more...
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1:12 PM | Dinosaur Egg Stash Found During China Roadwork
A nest of 43 dinosaur eggs were revealed in red sandstone as construction workers dug into a road in the city's center.
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1:12 PM | Dinosaur Egg Stash Found During China Roadwork
A nest of 43 dinosaur eggs were revealed in red sandstone as construction workers dug into a road in the city's center.

April 21, 2015

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10:29 PM | The Mission to Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth Right now, in the...
The Mission to Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth Right now, in the 21st century, South Korean scientists are actually working to resurrect the prehistoric woolly mammoth using cloning technology and the flesh of perfectly preserved specimen once buried in Northern Siberia. The hope is that if they can find an active cell from the meaty leg of a 40,000 year old frozen mammoth, it could hold the keys to bringing back the extinct species. At the same time, shady tusk hunting Siberians looking for […]

April 20, 2015

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10:49 PM | Baby Mosasaurs Were Born Out at Sea
If you want to find sea monsters, there’s hardly a better place to look than western Kansas. Not …

April 19, 2015

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1:38 PM | Why The Brontosaurus Is Making A Comeback The brontosaurus was a...
Why The Brontosaurus Is Making A Comeback The brontosaurus was a dinosaur, then it wasn’t, and now it is again. Why can’t scientists make up their minds? Read More:Brontosaurus Finally Gets Its Name BackNotice of New Jurassic ReptilesBack to Brontosaurus? The Dinosaur Might Deserve Its Own Genus After All By: DNews.

April 18, 2015

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10:29 PM | Misconceptions about Dinosaurs This week, Elliott discusses some...
Misconceptions about Dinosaurs This week, Elliott discusses some misconceptions about dinosaurs! Brontosaurus Update: http://bit.ly/1Chw9Tj By: Mental Floss. Store: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)

April 17, 2015

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8:35 PM | Know Your Scientists! Archaeology or Paleontology? by...
Know Your Scientists! Archaeology or Paleontology? by scishow: How do you make an archaeologist really mad, really fast? Ask her if she’s found any dinosaurs. SciShow helps you Know Your Scientists by explaining the many differences between archaeology and paleontology, and how they’re each awesome in their own ways. Support at: https://www.patreon.com/scishow

April 16, 2015

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6:35 PM | Prehistoric Bone-Devouring Osedax Worms Fed on Carcasses of Plesiosaurs
In a new paper in the journal Biology Letters, scientists reported fossil traces of Osedax – a genus of bone-devouring worms that both eat and inhabit dead whale skeletons and other bones on the sea floor – from 100 million-year-old plesiosaur and sea turtle bones. Osedax worms, also known as boneworms, zombie worms, or bone-eating [...]

April 15, 2015

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9:00 PM | Battle for the “Bone Wars” Beasts
A few years back, shortly after he introduced me to a splendid fossil alligator, Peabody Museum of Natural …
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9:00 PM | Battle for the “Bone Wars” Beasts
A few years back, shortly after he introduced me to a splendid fossil alligator, Peabody Museum of Natural …

April 13, 2015

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9:00 PM | The Call of the Terror Bird
When you think of a scary dinosaur, what comes to mind? The agile, sickle-clawed Utahraptor? A towering Tyrannosaurus? …
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7:29 PM | Dinosaurs Biting Other Dinosaurs In The Face
The number one rule of the Taphonomy Club is don’t talk about marks on bones … without placing them in context. Many marks on bones could have multiple causes, such as putative cut marks caused by stone tools on animal bones found on early hominid sites. In that case, hard sharp stony objects in the…
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6:25 PM | Gigantic Marine Lizard's Origin Story Gets a Rewrite
Researchers have new ideas in mind about the way in which baby mosasaurs came into the world.
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1:04 AM | Recapitating Apatosaurus
You may have felt rumblings reverberating through the Internet this week, like the roll of distant thunder. That’s …

April 12, 2015

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11:44 PM | 500 Million Year Old Arthropod Discovered - See How It Swam A...
500 Million Year Old Arthropod Discovered - See How It Swam A Burgess Shale arthropod Yawunik kootenayi fossil was found in Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park in Canada. This animation of its movement was derived from the fossil’s structure. Full Story: http://www.livescience.com/50285-new-cambrian-predator-yawunik-kootenayi.html By: Live Science Videos.
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8:00 PM | Newly Discovered Terror Bird Sheds Light On A Fearsome Clan
It may not have been the largest terror bird on the block, but still, an encounter with Llallawavis scagliai was no laughing matter. To add to the fearsome sight of its bone crushing beak, scientists now suspect this terror bird let out exceptionally low-pitched cries when it encountered prey.Read more...

April 11, 2015

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1:36 PM | Mosasaurs Gave Birth to Their Offspring in Open Ocean, Say Paleontologists
A team of paleontologists led by Dr Adam Behlke of Yale University says that very large marine reptiles called mosasaurs did not lay eggs on beaches, and that newborn mosasaurs likely did not live in sheltered nearshore nurseries. Sometimes referred to as the ‘T. rex of the sea,’ mosasaurs were a group of predatory marine [...]

April 10, 2015

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5:21 PM | Book in Brief: How to Clone a Mammoth
“Will there ever be a real Jurassic Park?” I’ve heard this question more times than I can count. …
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3:53 PM | Llallawavis scagliai: New Terror Bird Discovered in Argentina
A group of paleontologists has described a new genus and species of Phorusrhacidae that lived in what is now Argentina during the Pliocene epoch, around 3.5 million years ago. Phorusrhacidae (the so-called terror birds) were a group of extinct terrestrial carnivorous birds that are known mainly from the Cenozoic of South America, but also from [...]

April 09, 2015

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9:31 PM | Fossil Fish Sliced Prey With Bizarre Jaws
Paleontology collections are wonderful. Shelves and cabinets hold anywhere from thousands to hundreds of millions of years of …
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9:21 PM | New Species Of Ancient Terror Bird, Llallawavis Scagliai, Discovered
A new species of bird called Llallawavis scagliai (Scaglia's Magnificent Bird) is shedding light on the diversity of the group and how these giant extinct predators interacted with their environment.The new species found in South America is the most complete terror bird ever discovered, with more than 90% of the skeleton exquisitely preserved and also reveals details of anatomy that rarely preserve in the fossil record, including the auditory region of the skull, voice box, complete trachea, […]
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4:03 PM | Paleontologists Find Evidence of Cannibalism in Tyrannosaurine Dinosaurs
The evidence comes from paleontologists Dr David Hone of Queen Mary University of London and Dr Darren Tanke of the Royal Tyrrell Museum who analyzed a fossilized skull and a mandible of the tyrannosaurine dinosaur Daspletosaurus. Daspletosaurus was a large tyrannosaurine dinosaur that lived in what is now North America during the Late Cretaceous period, [...]
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3:00 PM | Scarred Skull Confirms Combat And Cannibalism Among Tyrannosaurs
Paleontologists have painted a grim picture of the short and brutal life endured by a Daspletosaurus, a member of the tyrannosaur family. Damage inflicted to this specimen's skull affirms the suggestion that that these fearsome carnivores engaged in inter-species combat — and even cannibalism.Read more...
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