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Amber Fossils Show That Ticks Pestered Dinosaurs Just Like They Pester Dogs Now

A team of researchers were able to find a new species of prehistoric ticks preserved in chunks of amber fossils. These ticks, they presume, were highly likely sucking the blood off dinosaurs 99 million years ago.

Animals December 13, 2017

Scientists Discover New Aquatic Dinosaur That Looked Like A Duck But Had Claws And Teeth Like A Crocodile

Scientists have discovered a strange dinosaur that combined certain traits of ducks, swans, penguins, crocodiles, and Velociraptors. The new species, named Halszka, lived 75 million years ago and is believed to have spent most of its days in the water.

Ancient December 7, 2017

Here's What Could Have Happened If Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Hit Earth Somewhere Else

Dinosaurs may not have met their doom if the Chicxulub asteroid had struck another part of Earth 66 million years ago. A study has suggested that it was a 1-in-10 chance that the asteroid hit an extremely unlucky spot on the planet.

Animals November 10, 2017

Animals Came Out Of The Dark When Dinosaurs Went Extinct

A new study reveals that a number of animals increased their daytime activity as dinosaurs faced extinction. Over the course of several million years, more mammals gave up their nocturnal existence and developed their visual acuity and color perception.

Animals November 7, 2017

This Ancient Frog Had Jaws Strong Enough To Eat Small Dinosaurs And Crocodiles

A team of researchers has estimated that the jaws of the Beelzebufo ampinga were strong enough to allow the ancient creature to eat small dinosaurs and crocodiles. The so-called 'devil frog' used to live in Madagascar and is thankfully extinct.

Ancient September 21, 2017

Largest Ichthyosaurus In Fossil Record Was Pregnant At Death

The Ichthyosaurus somersetensis specimen was found in the mid-1990s. Analysis revealed it was pregnant with the third known embryo for Ichthyosaurus when it died in the Early Jurassic period.

Animals August 29, 2017

‘Frankenstein Dinosaur’ Emerges As Missing Link In Dino Evolution

The Chilesaurus dinosaur, dubbed the Frankenstein dinosaur, is considered the missing piece of the puzzle of dinosaur evolution. Learn how it establishes the link between plant-eating dinos and carnivorous ones.

Animals August 17, 2017

Biggest Known Dinosaur To Walk Earth Just Got Named

Researchers just officially described and named the largest dinosaur on Earth to have ever lived: the Patagotitan mayorum. Learn more about the biggest member of the sauropod dinosaur family.

Animals August 9, 2017

New Formula Can Predict Top Speed Of Animals Including Dinosaurs

Using a new math formula, researchers were able to predict the top speed of different animals including extinct prehistoric creatures such as dinosaurs. Which one was faster, the T. rex or the velociraptor?

Animals July 18, 2017

Asteroid Extinction Event That Wiped Out Dinosaurs Cleared Way For Diversification Of Frogs

The mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs helped the frogs to explosively evolve new species. How did the K–Pg extinction event caused by an asteroid impact benefited the amphibians?

Animals July 5, 2017

Researchers Reveal Just How Powerful The Tyrannosaurus Rex Bite Really Was

Despite the jokes about its tiny arms, the T. rex - thanks to its massive size - is regarded as the king of the dinosaurs. New research has revealed the creature's bite may have even been more devastating than we once believed.

Ancient May 17, 2017

Extinction By Chance? Dinosaurs Would Have Survived If Chicxulub Asteroid Struck Earth 30 Seconds Earlier

The asteroid that created the Chicxulub crater and was blamed for the extinction of dinosaurs may have hit the waters of the Pacific or Atlantic if it arrived late. What could have happened if it was delayed for 30 seconds?

Animals May 15, 2017

Preserved Soft Tissues Found In Dinosaur That Looked Like Ghostbusters Monster

Fossils of the Zuul Crurivastator, an ankylosaur dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period, were found to have preserved soft tissues. How does this make the specimen a rare find?

Animals May 11, 2017

Orphan No More: Dinosaur Fossil ‘Baby Louie' Finally Identified As Member Of New Species

Famous dinosaur fossil 'Baby Louie,' found in China some 20 years ago, is now described as part of a new species of giant oviraptorosaurs. Learn more about the characteristics of the Beibeilong sinensis.

Animals May 10, 2017

New Dinosaur Species Finally Named After Decades Of Excavation: Meet The Moabosaurus Utahensis

After excavating 5,500 bones over the course of 40 years, researchers finally recognize a sauropod found in a quarry in Utah as a new dinosaur species, naming it Moabosaurus utahensis.

Animals April 15, 2017

Fossil Discovered By Elk Hunter Belongs To New Species Of Plesiosaur With Shorter Neck

The skeleton discovered at the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge turned out to be of a new species of plesiosaur. The sea creature, however, has shorter neck compared with other elasmosaurs.

Animals April 14, 2017

'Sixth Sense' May Have Helped Tyrannosaur Dinosaurs To Hunt Their Prey

The T-rex and other tyrannosaur dinosaurs may have hunted their prey using a "sixth sense." These prehistoric animals have hypersensitive snout that can detect slight changes in the environment.

Animals March 30, 2017

Ancient Tracks Show Diversity Of Australia's Dinosaurs During Cretaceous Period

The world's most diverse collection of dinosaur tracks and the biggest dinosaur footprint were found by researchers in Australia. What do these reveal about the prehistoric dinosaurs?

Ancient March 30, 2017

World's Biggest Dinosaur Footprint Left By Sauropod In Australia's Jurassic Park

The amazing finding belongs to an entire collection of dinosaur tracks discovered in the Dampier Peninsula. The gigantic footprint was left behind by a sauropod from the Early Cretaceous.

Ancient March 28, 2017

New Dinosaur Origin Theory Claims First Ones Emerged 15 Million Years Earlier, In What Is Now UK

A new study redraws the two major branches of the dinosaur family tree. The proposal suggested that the first dinosaurs emerged 15 million years earlier than believed, in the northern part of the planet that is now the United Kingdom.

Ancient March 23, 2017

Thanks To A Strong Tail, Dinosaurs Managed To Stand On 2 Feet

What made bipedalism in dinosaurs possible, and what's the evolutionary purpose behind it? Researchers of a new study point to a strong tail made up of huge, leg-powering muscles.

Animals March 6, 2017

Embryo-carrying Dinosaur Relative Pushes Back Archosauromorphs Reproductive Biology By 50 Million Years

Embryo-carrying, 250-million-year-old fossil of the long-necked dino relative has its profound effect on the present knowledge about the reproductive biology among archosauromorphs. The fish-eating Dinocephalosaurus thrived during the Middle Triassic Period.

Animals February 17, 2017

Fossil Of Pregnant Dinocephalosaurus Offers Evidence Of Live Birth In Dinosaur Relative

The fossil of a pregnant Dinocephalosaurus, a member of a now extinct reptilian group, showed the creature gave birth to live youngs and did not lay eggs. What does this tell about viviparity and adaptation to aquatic life?

Animals February 15, 2017

LOOK: Specimen Shows Pterosaur Was King Of The Food Chain But It Relied On Filter Feeding

A more than 160-million-year-old specimen of the ancient flying reptile pterosaur was discovered in China. Researchers believe it is the earliest known pterosaur with filter-feeding habits similar to those of modern-day flamingos.

Animals February 6, 2017

Scientists Find 195-Million-Year-Old Collagen In Dinosaur Bone

Scientists have found ancient collagen and other iron-rich proteins in the bones of a Jurassic-era dinosaur. What helped preserve the soft tissue for nearly 200 million years?

Animals January 31, 2017

Dinosaur-Era Insect Found Preserved In Amber Looks Like An Alien

An insect that lived during the time of the dinosaurs resembled the appearance of E.T. Its features were unique enough that scientists placed it into its own order.

Animals January 26, 2017

Rare Lizard Fossil Found From Late Dinosaur Era

A complete fossil skeleton of an ancient lizard has been unearthed from the fossil-rich Egg Mountain site in Montana. The new species has been named Magnuviator ovimonsensis.

Ancient January 25, 2017

Cold And Darkness After Asteroid Impact Killed The Dinosaurs

A dark and cold period followed after the Chicxulub asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. How did this contribute to the mass extinction of the dinosaurs?

Animals January 16, 2017

Dino Eggs Took Six Or More Months To Hatch: Is This A Factor In Their Extinction?

New research finds that dinosaur eggs took considerably longer to hatch: a critical factor that likely hurt the creatures' survival in a post-exinction event marked by competitiveness and meager resources.

Animals January 3, 2017

Dinosaur That Lost Teeth As An Adult May Explain Why Birds Have Toothless Beak

The dinosaur Limusaurus inextricabilis was born with teeth but became toothless when it became an adult. Its dental transformation may shed light on the evolution of the bird's beak.

Animals December 26, 2016

Bipedal Dinosaur Born With Teeth Became Toothless By Adulthood

The bipedal dinosaur Limusaurus inextricabilis was born with teeth but they became toothless as they got older. How did this phenomenon known as ontogenetic edentulism benefit the prehistoric bird-like creature?

Animals December 23, 2016

Prehistoric Ghost Shark Older Than Dinosaurs Filmed Alive In Ocean For The First Time [Video]

A species of ghost shark, deep-sea creatures that have been swimming in the ocean before the time of the dinosaurs, has been filmed alive. See the video.

Animals December 17, 2016

Mud Dragon: Bird-Like Dinosaur With Toothless Beak And Feathers Found In China

A new species of bird-like dinosaur was discovered in Southern China. The mud dragon was in an odd position when it was found, suggesting it died trying to free itself after getting stuck in the mud.

Animals November 11, 2016

Fossilized Dinosaur Brain Discovered For First Time: Similar To Crocodiles And Birds

A small clump of fossilized brain tissue from a dinosaur has been found near a watery area in England. The fossil shares similarities with the brains of modern-day birds and crocodiles and may have been from a species related to the Iguanodon.

Animals October 29, 2016

New Species Of Long-Necked Sauropod Dinosaur Spans About Half The Length Of A Basketball Court

The newly described species of titanosaur dubbed Savannasaurus elliottorum weighed the equivalent of three African elephants when it lived in the late Cretaceous. The dinosaur measured 40 feet long, or about half the length of a basketball court.

Animals October 21, 2016

New Dinosaur Species Discovered In The Outback Of Australia

A new dinosaur species has been located in Australia, and it's not a meat eater. The creature, known as Savannasaurus elliottorum, was found back in 2005, but researchers decided to wait 10 years before revealing the information to the world.

Ancient October 20, 2016

First Dinosaur Bones, New Tracks Found In Alaska's Denali National Park

Dinosaur bones have been found in the Denali National Park for the first time. The discovery comes after a group of paleontologists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Park Service trekked around the area in July.

Ancient October 20, 2016

Could Dinosaurs Sing? Oldest Bird Voice Box Offers Clues

The voice box of an ancient bird believed to be a relative of ducks and geese hint that the syrinx of birds developed later in their evolution. What does this tell about the sound produced by dinosaurs?

Animals October 14, 2016

Sauropod Footprint Found In Mongolian Desert Is Largest Dinosaur Footprint Ever Found

A giant footprint left by a sauropod 70 to 90 million years ago was found in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. At over 42 inches long, it is the largest dinosaur footprint scientists have found.

Animals October 3, 2016

Ornamented Skulls Tied To Rapid Growth, Big Bodies Of Theropod Dinosaurs

The large body and rapid growth of theropods may have something to do with their ornamented heads. Researchers found that dinosaurs with horns, knobs and crests in their head tend to grow faster.

Animals September 28, 2016

Extinct Reptile Triopticus Primus Shows Dinosaurs Copied Body, Skull And Shapes Of Distant Relatives

An extinct reptile found in Texas showed that the skull and body shapes of dinosaurs are not completely original. The Triopticus primus provides example of the phenomenon called evolutionary convergence.

Animals September 23, 2016

Parrot Lizard Dinosaur Used Camouflage In Forests To Evade Predators During The Early Cretaceous

A dinosaur the size of a golden retriever used camouflage to hide from predators during the Cretaceous period. Coloring of the ancient reptile known as Psittacosaurus, or 'parrot lizard,' revealed it likely lived in forests in what is now China.

Animals September 15, 2016

Near-Complete Skull Of Tyrannosaurus Rex Unearthed In Montana

A team of paleontologists from Seattle's Burke Museum discovered an extremely rare fossil of a Tyrannosaurus rex in Montana. The rare find may help scientists unravel more details about the ferocious dinosaur.

Ancient August 24, 2016

Is The Newly Discovered Dinosaur With T. Rex Arms 'Cursed'?

After a long and arduous expedition, scientists from the Field Museum unearthed the fossils of a dinosaur with T. rex-like arms. During the trip, however, a few misfortunes befell the team.

Ancient July 15, 2016

Meet Gualicho Shinyae - The Other Dinosaur With Short, Stubby Arms

Like T. rex, Gualicho Shinyae had short arms that seem to be useless — or are they? What does this discovery teach us about this distinctive body feature?

Animals July 14, 2016

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