Tag: Paleontology

Ebay Sale Of Baby T. Rex Fossil Draws Backlash From Paleontologists

A professional fossil hunter placed a baby Tyrannosaurus rex fossil on auction on eBay. The action disappointed paleontologists who believe the specimen should have been analyzed first before being put on exhibit.

Ancient April 18, 2019

Fossilized Egg Found Preserved Inside Ancient Bird In China

For the first time, scientists in China found a fossilized female bird with well-preserved eggs. This discovery could shed more light on ancient avian reproduction.

Ancient March 21, 2019

Extinct Flying Creatures That Lived Alongside Dinosaurs Had Fur Feathers, Says Study

Scientists finally found evidence confirmed that pterosaurs had feathers that resembled a fluffy fur. In a new study, an international team probed a pair of well-preserved fossils.

Animals December 19, 2018

Paleontologists Find First Ever Oregon Dinosaur Fossil

The University of Oregon scientists found the first and, possibly, the only dinosaur bone in the state. Oregon was submerged underwater for the most part of the dinosaur period and, therefore, had no dinosaur fossils.

Animals November 19, 2018

Scientists Solve The Mystery Of Dickinsonia: The 'Holy Grail' Of Paleontology

A new study confirmed that the Dickinsonia, from the Ediacaran biota, is the earliest confirmed animal that walked the Earth. ANU researchers found cholesterol molecules from fossil unearthed in Russia.

Animals September 22, 2018

Paleontologists Bake Synthetic Fossils That Look Like The Real Thing

Using sediment-encased maturation method, paleontologists baked synthetic fossils in the laboratory that look and act like the real thing. How were they able to cram the fossilization process in just 24 hours?

Ancient July 26, 2018

Oldest Footprint Discovered On Ancient Seafloor Reveals What Creature Is First To Have Feet

Scientists discovered the oldest footprint known so far in an ancient seafloor in China. It is uncertain if the organism belongs to the arthropod family, although the researchers believe it could be a bilaterian with paired feet.

Ancient June 7, 2018

Footprints Traced Back To Ice Age Reveal Humans Chased And Hunted Giant Sloths

Scientists have offered an alternate theory on what drove giant ground sloths to extinction. A set of footprints found in New Mexico suggested that humans armed with stone spears may have chased and hunted sloths during the last Ice Age.

Ancient April 26, 2018

Mystery Death Of Oxford Dodo Revealed: How Scientists Use The Specimen To Rewrite Extinct Bird’s History

Scientists discovered the cause of death of the Oxford Dodo that had evolved in Mauritius Island in the 1600s. Dodo models were made and distributed in a number of museums in Europe and other countries to celebrate the extinct animal.

Animals April 21, 2018

Rare Bristle Worm Fossil Hints How Modern Earthworms Developed Their Heads

Among the 20,000 fossils uncovered at Burgess Shale, one was found to contain soft tissue belonging to a 2-centimeter worm. It gave scientists strong evidence that in their early evolutionary stages, worms had a far different appearance.

Animals January 22, 2018

Construction Workers Discover 130-Million-Year-Old Perfectly Preserved Dinosaur Eggs In China

About 20 to 30 perfectly preserved dinosaur eggs were unearthed from Ganzhou. This city was granted the title of 'hometown of dinosaurs in China' as it served as the breeding ground for a specific type of dinosaur.

Animals January 2, 2018

Metro Crew Unearth The Bones Of Ancient Sloth And Bison During Line Work

The crew for Metro’s LA railway expansion project digs more than railway extensions in the past six months. Fossils of two more ancient animals were found under Crenshaw Boulevard.

Ancient June 4, 2017

Paleontologists Find Fossil Of 508-Year-Old Sea Creature That Had 50 Legs And 2 Claws

Paleontologists discovered a 508-million-year-old sea creature's fossil in the Marble Canyon in British Columbia. The fossil showed that the creature had 50 legs and 2 giant claws.

Ancient April 27, 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

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

Duck-Billed Dinosaur Suffered From Facial Tumor

A facial tumor found in the skull of a dinosaur fossil is the first of its kind ever discovered. What do we know about this ancient animal?

Animals July 5, 2016

Evolution Follows Least Resistant Path, Leads To Suboptimal Physical Traits

A new study found that evolution appears to follow the path of least resistance, which can lead to suboptimal physical traits that do not typically match functional needs.

Ancient July 4, 2016

40000-Year-Old Juvenile Mammoth Named Lyuba Gets Featured In Canadian Museum

The world's only fully preserved mammoth has visited Canada for a very special exhibit this June. Its appearance in the country is a triumph of Canadian scientists' diplomatic and scientific efforts.

Ancient May 31, 2016

Dinosaur Post Stamp Series Depicts Beasts From Canada's Geological Past

A new stamp series from Canada Post depicts five prehistoric beasts from the country's geological past. Each stamp tells a story through the eyes of either the creature's prey or predator.

Animals May 30, 2016

This Newly Discovered Dinosaur Suffered From A Bone Infection Before Dying

A long, long time ago, a horned, spike-frilled dinosaur got struck with a bone infection and died sometime after. Discovered by a team in Montana, the dinosaur is now named Judith. Here is her story.

Ancient May 19, 2016

Amateur Paleontologist Discovers New Species Of Dinosaur In Montana

A retired scientist exploring newly purchased land made a discovery of an unexpected sort. He found a previously unknown species of dinosaur.

Animals May 18, 2016

71-Million-Year-Old Fossils Excavated In Antarctica May Provide Insight On The End Of Age Of Dinosaurs

A group of scientists were able to unearth a huge trove of dinosaur fossils in Antarctica. The fossils are believed to be from the Age of Dinosaurs about 71 million years ago.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2016

Primates Stressed Out By Climate Change Altered Human History

Global cooling tens of millions of years ago led to a radical change in populations of primates. These changes may have also altered the course of human evolution.

Animals May 6, 2016

Sarmientosaurus Was Droopy-Headed Dinosaur That Looked Like Eeyore

Sarmientosaurus musacchioi may have looked sad, drooping its head to the ground. However, this dinosaur may have possessed sensory skills that would put other Titanosaurs to shame.

Animals April 26, 2016

Giant Fossilized Tooth From Ancient Killer Whale Found In Australia's Beaumaris Bay

Local fossil enthusiast Murray Orr stumbled upon a giant fossilized tooth along the beach of Beaumaris Bay in Australia. The tooth belongs to an ancient killer whale and is believed to be about 5 million years old.

Animals April 23, 2016

Tiny Rapetosaurus Krausei Sheds Light On Mighty Titanosaurs

A rare fossil of a young rapetosaurus could teach researchers about how the animal lived millions of years ago. What can we learn from analyzing the birth, life and death of this tiny dinosaur?

Animals April 21, 2016

Alberta Scientists Identify New Dinosaur Species With Muscles Fit To Lift Feathers

Scientists in Alberta have distinguished a new dinosaur species with muscles fit to lift feathers, solving a decades-long case of mistaken identity. The discovery can help experts further understand bird-like dinosaurs.

Animals April 15, 2016

Certain Species Survived Mass Extinctions Using Live Fast, Die Young Strategy

A study of ancient fossils reveals that species adapted to life post the catastrophic mass extinction, by enabling shorter life expectancies and early reproduction - 'live fast, die young' strategy.

April 7, 2016

Many Animals May Go Extinct Without Fossil Record: Study

Many animals may vanish without leaving a permanent mark. Scientists studied and compared vital animal databases and discovered that a large percentage of species at high risk of extinction lack a fossil record.

Animals March 23, 2016

Pregnant Tyrannosaurus Rex Discovered - How Can Bones Unravel Mysteries Of Ancient Creatures?

A Tyrannosaurus rex found in Montana may have been pregnant when she died. How can this assist researchers in future studies of the ancient creatures?

Animals March 16, 2016

Teyujagua: A Look At How This 250 Million Year Old Reptile Got Its Name

Researchers dig up a link between dinosaurs and the distant ancestors of the reptiles. They're calling it the "fierce lizard."

Animals March 13, 2016

Discovery Of 250-Million-Year Old Reptile Could Answer Mysteries Of Dinosaur Evolution

A reptile skull from 250 million years before the present day could answer questions about the rise of dinosaurs. What makes Teyujagua paradoxa so special?

Animals March 12, 2016

Complete Fossil Of Baby Chasmosaurus May Help Fill Evolution Gap Of Horned Dinosaurs

Paleontologists in Alberta, Canada have completed the skeleton of a baby Chasmosaurus, one of the rarest dinosaur species to be unearthed. The discovery of this juvenile dinosaur can help fill in the gaps in the evolution of horned dinosaurs, experts said.

Animals January 15, 2016

Museum Of Natural History Unveils Massive Skeleton Of Titanosaur: Dinosaur Among Biggest Ever Found

American Museum of Natural History unveiled a dinosaur simply called Titanosaur. Considered one of the biggest dinosaurs ever discovered, it stretches at 122 feet and said to weigh 140,000 pounds – almost as heavy as 10 African elephants.

January 15, 2016

Newly Named Dinosaur Species In China Has Bow-Shaped Hip Bone

Chinese paleontologists named a new dinosaur species uncovered in the Zhucheng fossil site in Shandong province, China. The partial skeleton of the Ischioceratops zhuchengensis features a bow-shaped hip bone.

Animals January 3, 2016

Newly Discovered Dinosaur Species Carried A Mysterious Sail On Its Back, Fossil Shows

The sail on the back of a dino found in Spain could have been a natural 'radiator' helping to maintain the creature's body temperature, scientists speculate. Or, like a camel's hump, it could have been storage for fat during lean times, they say.

Animals December 17, 2015

Dinosaur 'Aunts, Uncles And Cousins' Lived More Recently Than Previously Thought

The dinosauromorphs were accurately dated for the first time, by a cross-continental team.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2015

Eggshell Fragments Reveal Nesting Habit Similarities Of Birds And Dinosaurs

A new study in Canada found that the nesting habits of primitive and advanced dinosaurs were similar to those of crocodiles and modern birds, respectively. To find out the link, researchers at the University of Calgary studied the eggshell porosity of dinosaurs and compared them to those of birds and crocodiles.

Animals November 29, 2015

Homo Naledi May Be About Two Million Years Old

A new report revealed that the pre-historic human species Homo naledi may be about two million years old. Paleoanthropologist Francis Thackeray developed a mathematical method to obtain the age of the human species.

Animals November 28, 2015

Researchers Discover 278 Million Year Old Fanged Eel, Other Ancient Aquatic Carnivores In Brazil

Experts recently unearthed several fossils of ancient aquatic carnivores and a reptile that lived in the supercontinent Pangaea several million years ago. The discovery could help scientists understand more about these animals’ way of life, researchers said.

Animals November 7, 2015

Fossil Of Winged Raptor Dinosaur - With Feathers - Is Biggest Ever Found

A winged raptor 17 feet long would have been just as agile and vicious as smaller Velociraptors, paleontologists say. The Dakotaraptor was named for its discovery in fossil-rich deposits in South Dakota.

November 6, 2015

One Of The Best-Preserved Land Dinosaurs Has Been Found

The dinosaur bears a striking resemblance to emus and ostriches, suggesting a close kinship with modern land birds.

Animals November 4, 2015

Paleontologists Find Fossils Of Baby Duck-Billed Dinosaurs In Mongolia's Dragon's Tomb

Paleontologists recently examined the fossils of three baby Saurolophus or duck-billed dinosaurs found in Mongolia's Dragon's Tomb. These paleontologists will piece together how the baby duck-billed dinosaurs grew and developed into adults.

Animals October 16, 2015

Scientists Discover 125-Million-Year-Old Mammal That Likely Suffered From Hair Disease

A 125-million-year-old mammal's fossils were found in the Spanish town of Cuenca. This nearly intact find excites the scientific community with its potential to help researchers gain new insights on prehistoric mammals.

Animals October 15, 2015

Scientists Take Dinosaur Temperatures To Solve 150-Year-Old Mystery

Fossils help researchers determine body temperatures of dinosaur species, helping answer a long-standing question: warm- or cold-blooded? The answer, they say, falls somewhere in between.

October 13, 2015

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