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December 19, 2014

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3:22 PM | Nizar Ibrahim named 2015 TED Fellow
Paleontologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Nizar Ibrahim, PhD, has been named a 2015 TED Fellow – the first paleontologist in the history of the program.
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6:43 AM | 2014: A Great Year for Hupehsuchia
I just can’t get enough of those bizarre hupehsuchians! These ancient marine reptiles–known exclusively from ~248 million year old rocks in China–had a tubular, bone-encased torso, toothless jaws, and flippers often sprouting an extra finger and toe or two. In … Continue reading »The post 2014: A Great Year for Hupehsuchia appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.

December 18, 2014

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6:35 PM | Eohupehsuchus brevicollis: Paleontologists Discover Short-Necked Triassic Marine Reptile
Paleontologists led by Dr Xiao-hong Chen of the China Geological Survey’s Wuhan Center have discovered a new species of marine reptile that lived in what is now China during the Lower Triassic, about 245 million years ago. The newly-discovered creature belonged to Hupehsuchia, a group of enigmatic Triassic marine reptiles that is known exclusively from [...]

December 16, 2014

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8:25 PM | The Most Amazing Science Images Of 2014
How better to kick off io9's Year In Review than with fifty of our favorite photos and videos from 2014?Read more...

December 15, 2014

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7:19 PM | Flamingo Fun with Chris Torres – Breaking Bio Ep. 74
This week, we learn all about flamingos from molecular biologist/palaeontologist Chris Torres of the University of Texas at Austin. Chris also explains how he solved a 150 year old mystery in a natural history museum, and why his house is covered in pink. Show Notes:   Torres C. (2001). Relationships of Birds – Molecules versus(...)
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6:41 PM | Snowsalamander
In the annals of paleontology, Snowmastodon holds a very special place. The site isn’t only remarkable for what …

December 14, 2014

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12:22 AM | The Case of the Missing Skull … Where Brontosaurus Went to...
The Case of the Missing Skull … Where Brontosaurus Went to Die : The Real Jurassic Park There’s always a mystery to solve at Dinosaur National Monument, the Real Jurassic Park. Like for instance, the case of the missing head, uncovering the Apatosaurus, and the final demise of the Brontosaurus. Mysteries that were eventually solved by Earl Douglass, David Berman and John McIntosh over a span of 7 decades and a missing clue, sitting in plain sight. By: Dinologue.

December 13, 2014

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12:22 AM | The Age of Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Timespan Deep within the Utah...
The Age of Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Timespan Deep within the Utah Badlands, Brian Switek talks us through the ‘Age of Dinosaurs’… the Dinosaur Timespan in the Earth’s history. By: Dinologue.

December 12, 2014

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10:41 PM | Using Penguins to Study Prehistory
Hesperornis isn’t a celebrity fossil, but it used to be. Soon after paleontologist O.C. Marsh named the toothed …
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7:30 PM | Drexel Snapshot: Dreadnoughtus Departure
The world said hello to Dreadnoughtus schrani for the first time just a little over three months ago, but soon it will be time for the Drexel scientists and students involved in studying this extraordinary dinosaur to say farewell. Kenneth Lacovara, PhD, the Drexel professor behind the dinosaur discovery, has been hard at work with … Continue reading →
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6:16 AM | Oldest North American horned dinosaur found
Fossil hunters have found a skull of a horned dinosaur, the oldest found in North America so far at 100 million years | Guardian

December 11, 2014

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3:00 PM | Assembling the Aquilops Paper
In my previous post, I introduced Aquilops, a new little dinosaur from ancient Montana, and talked about some of the science behind establishing its identity. Here, I want to step back (or is that look down?) for a little navel-gazing about … Continue reading »The post Assembling the Aquilops Paper appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
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2:10 PM | Weird Fossil Reveals Ancient Balloon Animal
The animal that once lived in the ancient sea looks like a bird's nest in fossil form.
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12:29 PM | Aquilops americanus: Small Cat-Sized Dinosaur Discovered in Montana
A group of paleontologists led by Dr Andrew Farke from Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology has described a new genus and species of ceratopsian dinosaur that lived in what is now southern Montana during the Early Cretaceous epoch, about 108 million years ago. The new dinosaur belongs to a group of herbivorous, beaked dinosaurs [...]

December 10, 2014

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7:16 PM | Ancient doodle hints that Homo erectus was smarter than we thought
Etchings found on a shell discovered in Java but overlooked for decades.
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7:00 PM | Aquilops, the little dinosaur that could
Today, several colleagues and I named a really cute little dinosaur–Aquilops americanus. At around 106 million years old, Aquilops turns out to be the oldest “horned” dinosaur (the lineage including Triceratops) named from North America, besting the previous record by nearly 20 … Continue reading »The post Aquilops, the little dinosaur that could appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
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7:00 PM | Pointy-cheeked, Horned Dinosaur Unearthed in Montana
The earliest known horned dinosaur from North America was not exactly kissable, given its spiky cheekbones and sharp beak. Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | Pointy-cheeked, Horned Dinosaur Unearthed in Montana
The earliest known horned dinosaur from North America was not exactly kissable, given its spiky cheekbones and sharp beak. Continue reading →
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5:55 PM | 10 Original Gifts for Science (and SciArt) Geeks
It’s time again for me to offer up a few quirky gift ideas for the science enthusiasts in your life. I guarantee these will be the most original gifts under the tree! And the best part? Many... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:38 PM | Nidelric pugio: 520-Million-Year-Old Fossil of Spiny Marine Animal Found in China
A multinational team of paleontologists headed by Dr Thomas Harvey from the University of Leicester, UK, has described a strange balloon-shaped animal that swam in the Cambrian seas about 520 million years ago. The new fossil belongs to a now-extinct family of bizarre, balloon-shaped animals known as Chancelloriidae. It was uncovered from the Cambrian Series [...]

December 09, 2014

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8:16 PM | Rare Tiny 4-Winged Possible Microraptor Unearthed in South...
Rare Tiny 4-Winged Possible Microraptor Unearthed in South Korea It’s a rare find - a complete fossil of a tiny, 4-winged dinosaur was found in South Korea. It’s definitely a theropod, related to Tyrannosaurus Rex, and possibly a microraptor, according to Korean researchers, though it’s not entirely clear yet as its possible this particular dinosaur is not yet reported to current academia. Why do we have so little information on small and ancient vertebrates such as these? […]
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7:28 PM | Missing the Mastodon
When I look out my front window to the Wasatch Front, I can’t help but feel that there’s …

December 08, 2014

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9:30 PM | Secrets of Dinosaur Tracks Revealed in Bird X-Rays
A detailed look at a modern bird's foot is revealing the secrets of dinosaur tracks set down more than 250 million years ago.
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9:30 PM | Secrets of Dinosaur Tracks Revealed in Bird X-Rays
A detailed look at a modern bird's foot is revealing the secrets of dinosaur tracks set down more than 250 million years ago.

December 05, 2014

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3:45 PM | Deep Pterosaur Breaths
I cannot begin tell you how excited my children will be to learn that scientists think* giant pterosaurs may have breathed in a similar way to crocodilians when they get home from school today. Read Brian Switek’s explanation of the … Continue reading →
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12:55 AM | Video: Iguanodon, History of a Dinosaur!
Iguanodon was discovered before the word “dinosaur” was invented and the story of Iguanodon research is the story of dinosaur research as paleontologists use new fossils to test old ideas about what the animal looked like and how it moved. Was it a lumbering quadruped? A springy kangaroo reptile? A little of both? Join us as […] The post Video: Iguanodon, History of a Dinosaur! appeared first on Past Time.

December 04, 2014

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8:37 PM | How Pterosaurs Filled Their Lungs
Imagine a balloon inside a cask. There’s an opening at the top to blow air into, but here’s …
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5:47 PM | Lungfish brains ain’t boring
I tend to think of fish brains as fairly unremarkable. Too simple relative to mammal brains, too un-dinosaur-y relative to dinosaur brains. Shark and perch brains get a brief nod in many comparative anatomy classes, but mostly to lament how … Continue reading »The post Lungfish brains ain’t boring appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.

December 03, 2014

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5:49 PM | Finding Fossils on Paleo Trails Mary Brill explains to Brian...
Finding Fossils on Paleo Trails Mary Brill explains to Brian Switek, at Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, how to find different fossils based on the energy level of the sedentary deposition and colour of the rock. Basically low energy, low oxygen environments are what you want to look for the ideal scenario in your dinosaur fossil hunting. For more on Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, check out their site: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price/recreation/quarry.html By: Dinologue.

December 02, 2014

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8:32 PM | Mastodons Disappeared from Beringia before Ancient Humans Arrived
New radiocarbon dates on American mastodon (Mammut americanum) fossils in Alaska and Yukon (eastern Beringia) suggest this species suffered local extinction tens of millennia before either human colonization – the earliest estimate of which is between 13,000 and 14,000 years ago – or the onset of climate changes at the end of the Ice Age [...]
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