Dinosaurs

Newly discovered ankylosaur species had bizarre armor unlike any other

Newly discovered ankylosaur species had bizarre armor unlike any other

The Natural History Museum has announced the discovery of a new ankylosaur species that, the scientists discovered, had a unique type of armor that hasn't been observed on any other vertebrates -- extinct or living. What makes the armor so unique? Not only did this particular dinosaur have large spikes protecting its ribs, the spikes were also attached to its ribs.

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Montana discovery highlights life at the end of the dinosaur era

Montana discovery highlights life at the end of the dinosaur era

Paleontologists from the University of Washington and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture spent the summer working in Montana. They dug up the fossilized remains of four dinosaurs. All of the dinosaur fossils will be taken to the Burke Museum, where the public will be able to watch the team of paleontologists remove the rock surrounding the fossils. Work at the museum will be carried out in the fossil preparation laboratory.

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Brazilian police recovered an incredibly rare pterosaur fossil

Brazilian police recovered an incredibly rare pterosaur fossil

Like most extremely rare artifacts and items, a significant monetary value can be placed on rare fossils of ancient and extinct creatures. One of the best-preserved and most detailed fossils of a pterosaur ever found was recovered by police in Brazil during a raid. A pterosaur is a flying dinosaur with a large head crest.

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Jurassic Park may have got T-Rex table manners all wrong

Jurassic Park may have got T-Rex table manners all wrong

The Tyrannosaurus-rex, a formidable dinosaur that possessed large, powerful jaws and sharp teeth, may have had the ability to discern the food it ate. The findings come from a new study that reveals the T-Rex's jaws had sensitive nerve endings that, assuming food was plentiful, may have allowed these primordial beasts to choose which parts of prey they snacked on.

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Dinosaur killer asteroid research says source in solar system

Dinosaur killer asteroid research says source in solar system

It would appear that we're a bit closer to the source of the asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs on Earth. Researchers from Southwest Research Institute published a paper this week with research on material samples harvested from the crater dated back to the event that changed the course of life on Earth. Perhaps most surprising among the details shared by the researchers was the high frequency of elements similar to those found in other asteroids that hit the earth relatively frequently, meaning... this asteroid wasn't quite as rare as we might've thought.

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Scientists have discovered a peculiar dinosaur that breathed differently than any other

Scientists have discovered a peculiar dinosaur that breathed differently than any other

Paleontologists have recently discovered something very interesting about an extinct dinosaur and the way it breathes. The image seen below depicts the creature, called the Heterodontosaurus tucki, breathing on a cool morning. Researchers found unusual rib and sternum bones in an extremely well-preserved fossil skeleton of the Heterodontosaurus tucki.

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Paleontologists describe beetles found in dinosaur feces

Paleontologists describe beetles found in dinosaur feces

Paleontologists have described for the first time an insect only found in fossilized dinosaur feces. The team found the tiny beetle, called Triamyxa coprolithica, with a few near-complete specimens and numerous isolated body parts in fossilized dinosaur feces. The near-complete specimens and numerous body parts allowed vertebrate paleontologists and entomologists to piece together a complete reconstruction of the Triassic beetle and understand its relationship to modern beetles.

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ARK: Survival Evolved just jumped the shark with inflatable T-Rex costumes

ARK: Survival Evolved just jumped the shark with inflatable T-Rex costumes

There's an ARK update in the mix called ARK Summer Bash, and it's about to get weird. This update features inflatable T-Rex costumes, super soakers, and a bunch of other fun and strange bits and pieces. This is the 3rd annual ARK Summer Bash event in ARK: Survival Evolved, and it's started this week. This event will last until July 14th - at which point everyone who did not participate will regret missing said event for the rest of their lives, forever.

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Dinosaurs were declining before the asteroid impact, according to a new study

Dinosaurs were declining before the asteroid impact, according to a new study

Everyone knows that a massive asteroid impact with the Earth was ultimately responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs. A new study was recently published by an international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of Bristol, that shows dinosaurs were in decline for as much as 2 million years before the asteroid impact. Researcher Fabian Condamine says that the researchers looked at the six most abundant dinosaur families during the Cretaceous ranging from 150 to 66 million years ago.

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Study finds dinosaurs lived and reproduced in the Arctic

Study finds dinosaurs lived and reproduced in the Arctic

A new study has been published by researchers from Florida State University that challenges the notion that ancient dinosaurs were cold-blooded creatures that required tropical temperatures to survive. Paleontologists from Florida State University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks published a new study finding that nearly all types of dinosaurs, ranging from small and bird-like creatures to the massive Tyrannosaurus, not only reproduced in the Arctic but lived there year-round.

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Gigantic meteorite impact in Ukraine dated to 65 million years ago

Gigantic meteorite impact in Ukraine dated to 65 million years ago

Everyone's familiar with the demise of the dinosaurs thanks to a massive asteroid that slammed into the earth, causing an extension of most species on the planet. What many may not know is another massive meteorite impacted the planet. That second impact happened about 65 million years ago in what is now Ukraine.

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Trapped in amber, a bizarre fossil that had scientists fooled – until now

Trapped in amber, a bizarre fossil that had scientists fooled – until now

A breakthrough paper casts new light on the identity of a mysterious, tiny dinosaur, with fresh research indicating the fossilized remains are actually of an unknown lizard instead. Oculudentavis naga is a new species of a lizard that lived around 99 million years ago, but until recently was thought to be a very different creature altogether.

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