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How I found a small, weird-looking horned dinosaur from eastern USA

Most of what we know about North American dinosaurs comes from the western half of the continent, while those of the east are something of a mystery. So little is known, in fact, that even a scrap of bone can shed light on their diversity. That is what happened while I was exploring the collections at the Yale Peabody Museum, …
Nick Longrich, 3 Dec 2015
asteroid impact

Boffins: We know what KILLED the DINOS – and it wasn't just an asteroid

For decades, scientists have been arguing over what killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago – an asteroid or geological activity. Now it turns out both sides may be right. In 1981, scientist Luis Walter Alvarez proposed that a massive asteroid slammed into the Earth, causing large-scale damage and clouds of toxic chemicals …
Iain Thomson, 2 Oct 2015
Hadrosaur

POLAR DINOSAURS prowled ARCTIC NIGHT, cast doubt on COLD BLOOD theory

Everybody knows that the dinosaurs were cold-blooded, right? Lizards, cold blood, there you go. But maybe not. A new species of dino, lately discovered among fossils found in chilly Alaska, has confirmed that the mighty lizardoids of the remote past could actually survive in much colder regions than had been thought - and this …
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2015
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Wendi the horny dino named after Canadian fossil hunter. Charming!

Pics A very big-boned and horny-faced ceratopsian dinosaur has been dubbed Wendiceratops pinhornensis as a tribute to the work of Canadian fossil hunter Wendy Sloboda. The new dino was identified from fossilised bones found in Alberta, Canada. Boffins involved in the dig believe that W pinhornensis was roughly 20 feet long and …
Lewis Page, 9 Jul 2015

Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

Ken Ham, an Australian young-Earth creationist, says he is on the verge of proving that dinosaurs and humans coexisted only a couple of thousand years ago. According to a report on news.com.au, Ham – along with a Dr David Menton – declared that he will soon publish "world-changing" evidence disproving that dinosaurs were …
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BARMY bio-boffins are growing DINOSAUR SNOUTS on CHICKENS

Having learned nothing from the triple Academy Award winning “documentary” of 1993, scientists from Harvard, Yale and several other universities have been manipulating chicken embryos into growing dinosaur faces. Published in the journal Evolution, the paper, titled "A molecular mechanism for the origin of a key evolutionary …

BATWINGED DINO-PIGEON causes FLAP in bone-boffinry circles

Chinese dinoboffins have announced the discovery of one of the oddest creatures that may have ever attempted flight. The critter lived during the Jurassic Period, about 160 million years ago, 10 million years before the appearance of the first bird. The pigeon-sized reptile, named Yi qi ("E-chee") or Strange Wing in Mandarin, …

TURKEY-SIZED 'platypus' T. REX found by kid BAFFLES boffins

Baffled bone boffins are puzzled by the discovery of a diminutive new vegetarian dino in Chile which, they say, was closely related to the infamous meat-eating Tyrannosaurus rex. Chilesaurus diegosuarezi. Image credit: University of Birmingham Chilesaurus diegosuarezi. Image credit: University of Birmingham Specimens of …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Apr 2015
Stegosaurus

SEX: Naughty female stegosauruses offered it on a PLATE

Differences in stegosauruses' armour plating may have had distinctly sexual origins, the University of Bristol's Evan Thomas Saitta suggests. Sophie, the teenage Stegosaurus starlet on display at the Natural History Museum, has 19 plates along her back. These are quite thin, suggesting no particular utility in defence. …

Rare Stegosaurus skeleton moves into plush London pad

London's Natural History Museum will be displaying the world's most complete Stegosaurus skeleton from early next month. The 300 Jurassic bones making up the plant-eating dino were dug up 11 years ago in Wyoming, US. When fully assembled, it measures 560 centimetres long and 290 centimetres tall. The animal is understood to …
Team Register, 15 Nov 2014
Deinocheirus mirificus

LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved

The secrets of a long-armed, “totally bizarre” dinosaur have finally been plumbed after bone-boffins unearthed a much fuller specimen of the odd creature. Deinocheirus mirificus Since 1965, when scientists in Mongolia dug up two huge dino forearms measuring 2.4m, baffled boffins have wondered what kind of giant lizard they …

'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault

Top brainboxes using advanced technology say they may have found a "smoking gun" in the form of a bite mark inflicted during a long-ago battle between a mighty dinosaur and another giant reptile. Dino bite rumble smoking gun action The bite mark in question dates from the late Triassic era, and was found in a rare fossil …
Lewis Page, 30 Sep 2014

Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

Boffins have discovered a dinosaur with one of the biggest noses ever seen in the animal kingdom, which it was thought to flash around in a bid to impress the ladies. The researchers who found the big-hootered dino decided to call it Rhinorex condrupus, which literally means "King Nose". Terry Gates, a joint post-doctoral …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Sep 2014
Spinosaurus aegyptiacus

DUCKCROCZILLA 'alien' dinosaur could emerge from THE SEA

Pic Paleontologists have published the first pictures of a gigantic half-crocodile, half-duck dinosaur that evolved to swim – and was bigger than the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex. Spinosaurus aegyptiacus Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water ... "Working on this animal was like studying an alien from outer …
Iain Thomson, 11 Sep 2014
Rukwatitan bisepultus

Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS

Pic Paleontologists at Ohio Uni have unearthed the partial skeleton of an entirely new species of titanosaur – the massive herbivores that were the largest animals ever to walk on the planet which is nowadays ours. Rukwatitan bisepultus "Looks like Derek ate a bad shrub. You OK, mate?" The new specimen, Rukwatitan bisepultus, …
Iain Thomson, 9 Sep 2014
Dreadnoughtus schrani

DREADNOUGHTUS: The 65-TON DINO that could crumple up a T-Rex like a paper cup

Paleontologists report that they have discovered the remains of a new type of dinosaur - dubbed Dreadnoughtus schrani - that tipped the scales at 65 tons, was 85 feet long ... and was still growing fast when it died. Dreadnoughtus schrani Dreadnoughtus schrani - our weightiest dinosaur to date Kenneth Lacovara, associate …
Iain Thomson, 4 Sep 2014
From left to right are: the ancestral neotheropod (~220 Million years old), the ancestral tetanuran (~200 myo), the ancestral coelurosaur (~175 myo), the ancestral paravian (~165 myo), and Archaeopteryx (150 myo).

The Therapod diet: From HUMUNGO DINO to TINY BIRD in 50m years

Video Terrifying dino-beasts from the family that spawned Tyrannosaurus rex kept shrinking and shrinking until they evolved into cute little birds, the whole process taking around 50 million years, according to palaeoboffins. Youtube Video Certain members of the theropod family – which counts T rex and Giganotosaurus carolinii …
Kulindradromeus zabaikalicus, a plant-eating feathered dinosaur

Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friends

Pic Boffins now reckon it's possible any or all dinosaurs sported feathers, after finding the first ever example of a dino with feathers and scales. Kulindradromeus zabaikalicus, a plant-eating feathered dinosaur Kulindradromeus zabaikalicus, a plant-eating feathered dinosaur Before now, only flesh-eating mighty lizards were …

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