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This dinosaur was the size of a turkey and it lived in Australia

This dinosaur was the size of a turkey and it lived in Australia

A newly published study details a small dinosaur about the size of a turkey that was discovered in Australia. Named Diluvicursor pickeringi, the dinosaur was small, herbivorous, and bipedal with a very long tail. Researchers found a partial skeleton -- just that long tail and some foot bones -- belonging to the dinosaur fossilized in rock dating back 113 million years.

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Dinosaurs could have survived if asteroid had hit another location on Earth

Dinosaurs could have survived if asteroid had hit another location on Earth

The odds were stacked against the dinosaurs when the massive asteroid thought to be about 6-miles-wide slammed into the Earth 66 million years ago. The impact released energy more powerful than billions of atomic bombs and the aftermath killed off 75% of all life on Earth. The event is known as the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinction.

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Tiny T-Rex arms could have been for slashing prey

Tiny T-Rex arms could have been for slashing prey

The T-Rex is one of the fiercest of all dinosaurs and the most made fun of because of those tiny little arms. Some scientists believe that those tiny arms were leftovers from the evolution of the dinosaur. New research suggests that those tiny T-Rex arms might have been small, but they were still deadly indeed.

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Triceratops skull found in Colorado during construction work

Triceratops skull found in Colorado during construction work

Construction workers in Colorado have just made an incredible discovery: a triceratops skeleton including a skull, making it only the third triceratops skull discovered in the part of Colorado known as the Front Range. The skull and skeleton were buried for somewhere around 66 million years; the entire fossil hasn't yet been unearthed, but researchers are already excited.

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This dinosaur is the new largest largest-ever animal with countershading camo

This dinosaur is the new largest largest-ever animal with countershading camo

A nodosaurid ankylosaur revealed to the public this week showed exceptionally preserved parts and signs of strong predation pressure. This dinosaur was first discovered back on March 21, 2011 by mining machine operator Shawn Funk and crew in Alberta, Canada. After 7,000 hours over nearly 6 years of solitary cleaning at the The Royal Tyrrell Museum, museum technician Mark Mitchell's is part of the creature's history as much as he is a part of its name: Borealopelta markmitchelli.

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T-Rex was a power-walker not a sprinter, AI study concludes

T-Rex was a power-walker not a sprinter, AI study concludes

The Tyrannosaurus-Rex was, no doubt, one of the largest beasts to ever walk around on two legs. Questions remain, though, about how quickly it could move; were those legs similarly capable of running, and if so, how fast could this dinosaur move? The topic has been studied extensively, but answers are still forthcoming. In the latest study, researchers used a multi-physics approach to reconstructing the dino's locomotor abilities, and the results are surprising.

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Study says T-Rex probably wasn’t a feathery beast after all

Study says T-Rex probably wasn’t a feathery beast after all

Some recent research indicated that the Tyrannosaurus rex -- that is, the T-rex -- may have had feathers, but a new study has dashed that speculation, finding that the massive, ancient beast in fact had scaly, reptilian-like skin. The idea of a feathery T-rex came from the discovery that some theropods had feathers, leading some to speculate that the massive Tyrannosaurus rex did, as well. Researchers have found, however, that the evolution of gigantism included the loss of these extensive feather coverings.

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The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs had perfect timing, research shows

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs had perfect timing, research shows

Despite all that we know about the dinosaurs, there's still a lot to learn, and today we're discovering more about their disappearance from our fair planet. New research that delves into the asteroid that hit Earth, making the dinosaurs go extinct as a result, is giving us a window into just what happened to make the impact so severe. As it turns out, the size of the asteroid and the force of the impact may not have been to blame, but rather where the impact occurred could be responsible for the dinosaurs dying out.

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This new discovery could change the way we study dinosaurs

This new discovery could change the way we study dinosaurs

Despite everything fossils can tell us about dinosaurs, a new study is changing some of the oldest research we have at our disposal. The study in question, published in the journal Nature today, not only changes how some dinosaurs are classified, but also suggests traits of a common ancestor and shakes up what we thought we knew about where dinosaurs came from.

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Rare dinosaur egg embryo hints at 6-month incubation times

Rare dinosaur egg embryo hints at 6-month incubation times

The popular image of dinosaurs is that of giant lizards. After all, that's where their name came from. Science, however, paints us a different and more complicated story. They were warm-blooded, unlike reptiles and some were actually closer to birds than lizards, having feathers and wings. There were, however, nonavian dinosaurs that were indeed closer to crocodiles than chicken. And these, according to scientists, laid eggs that took 6 months or more to hatch, which, in a sad way, helped bring about their extinction.

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This odd dinosaur changed drastically as it aged

This odd dinosaur changed drastically as it aged

In the Gobi desert a new sort of dinosaur has been discovered which changed drastically from birth to age six. Using a total of 19 sets of bones, paleontologists show how Limusaurus inextricabilis ("mire lizard who could not escape") changed in big ways in the first year of its life. Researchers have shown how baby versions of this dinosaur had teeth, but that these teeth left the dinosaur within a year. But what about reptiles in our modern age that lose and grow several sets of teeth? This research has an answer for that, and other oddities, too.

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Feathered dinosaur tail found in Amber is the first of its kind discovered

Feathered dinosaur tail found in Amber is the first of its kind discovered

The chunk of amber seen in the first photo here is something very unique and unusual. It holds a segment of a feathered tail from a Cretaceous-era dinosaur along with an ant and various plant segments and other debris. The tail is the big draw though as it is the very first of its sort ever discovered.

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