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Little boy finds big dinosaur fossil under future mall

Little boy finds big dinosaur fossil under future mall

The son of a zookeeper, Wylie Brys, discovered no less than a 100-million year old dinosaur bone whilst digging in the dirt this past September. The report is coming out now because between September 2014 and now, April of 2015, preparations have been underway to excavate and remove the fossil. Excavation took place over the past two days and the bone - or bones, as it turned out - were removed just today. The finding began back in September when Brys and his father were digging for fish bones in the area where a mall was set to be built.

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Brontosaurus is back! (in 60 years or so)

Brontosaurus is back! (in 60 years or so)

This week there's word going round that Brontosaurus is back. In fact, though, the name is only back according to one study. One study does not make the entire scientific community change its mind. The timeline you'll see below shows when the Brontosaurus was first discovered, when the name Brontosaurus was retired, and how long it took for the entire scientific community to accept the realities therein. It's not as simple as most news stories on this subject this week would have you believe.

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Brontosaurus is back from the dead (in name at least)

Brontosaurus is back from the dead (in name at least)

Back when you were a kid and you were first learning about dinosaurs - almost no matter what age you are today - you probably learned about a dinosaur named Brontosaurus. As one of the first dinosaurs to be reconstructed with fossil fragments and shown to the public as a quintessential "thunder lizard," Brontosaurus remained a popular name for a certain kind of long dinosaur for many years after it was formally retired. In 1903, paleontologist Elmer Riggs suggested that traits that separated the Brontosaurus and the Apatosaurus suggested that the former was just a shorter or younger version of the latter. This week that changes.

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Jurrasic World for real: new “dragon” dinosaur turns up in China

Jurrasic World for real: new “dragon” dinosaur turns up in China

At 15-meters long, Qijianglong (pronounced “CHI-jyang-lon") was not a small dinosaur. Half of its length was made up of neck, while a tiny head sat on one end and a four-legged hulk of a body sat at the other. The digging site at which this animal was found was first discovered in 2006, and only now have paleontologists gotten to a point where they're comfortable confirming the new species, long neck and head included. This creature is from the mamenchisaurids family and the sauropodomorpha (sauropod) suborder - long necked, plant-eating dinosaurs found all around the world.

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Dinosaurs may have survived if not for “colossal bad luck”

Dinosaurs may have survived if not for “colossal bad luck”

Dinosaurs may have survived had the asteroid that struck Earth been off by just a few million years, scientists now claim, with "colossal bad luck" blamed for their extinction. The six mile wide space rock struck the planet arrived at just the wrong time, researchers at the University of Edinburgh say, combining with existing environmental changes on Earth that added up to dinosaur disaster.

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Largest ever dinosaur species unearthed

Largest ever dinosaur species unearthed

Dinosaurs researchers are suggesting could be the largest species ever discovered have been identified from their fossil remains, around 130 feet long and weighing roughly the same as 14 elephants. Despite being considerably larger than a tyrannosaurus rex, the freshly-discovered dinos were herbivores, and belong to the group titannosaurida, or titanosaurs.

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Tiny fluffy T-Rex roamed the Arctic

Tiny fluffy T-Rex roamed the Arctic

A new species of pygmy Tyrannosaurus Rex only half the size of its closest relative has been identified in northern Alaska, with Nanuqsaurus hoglundi ending up smaller and fluffier than its better-known cousins thanks to the harsh conditions. The dinky dino was likely the top Arctic predator in the late Cretaceous period, paleontologists Anthony R. Fiorillo and Ronald S. Tykoski concluded, measuring around 20 feet long and probably covered in dense fuzzy hair.

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Scientists explain how T Rex soft tissue remained preserved for 68 million years

Scientists explain how T Rex soft tissue remained preserved for 68 million years

Scientists have been trying to explain exactly how some soft tissue on a 68 million year old T Rex skeleton could have survived millions of years without rotting away. The question has been burning in the minds of researchers since 2005 when an adolescent T Rex skeleton was discovered in Montana that had soft tissue preserved inside the leg. At first, scientists believed that the soft tissue had to be caused by some sort of later bacterial infection.

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Mongolia’s stolen T-Rex finally headed home: one year later

Mongolia’s stolen T-Rex finally headed home: one year later

Just under one year ago, the story of a $1 million dollar Tyrannosaurus Rex made its way across newslines due to its rarity and the fact that it'd been stolen from Mongolia. Fast forward to now and this Tarbosaurus Bataar thunder lizard is finally headed back to its home, the until-recently holder of this collection of fossils headed to court with a collection of charges against him. Eric Prokopi is not having a good day today.

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