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First fossil bird with teeth specialized for tough diet
Beak shape variation in Darwin's finches is a classic example of evolutionary adaptation, with beaks that vary widely in proportions and shape, reflecting a diversity of ecologies. View News Article (2013-01-07)

New species of flying reptile identified on B.C. coast
Persistence paid off for a University of Alberta paleontology researcher, who after months of pondering the origins of a fossilized jaw bone, finally identified it as a new species of pterosaur, a flying reptile that lived 70 million years ago.  View News Article (2011-01-11)

Grinding Away at History Using 'Forensic' Paleontology and Archeology
The Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) announces an unusual paper in their journal PALAIOS that combines 'forensic' paleontology and archeology to identify origins of the millstones commonly used in the 1800's. View News Article (2014-06-24)

Mongolian paleontologists with a dream come to MSU
Jack Horner has flown to Mongolia the past three summers to search for dinosaur bones. Now three members of his field crew have joined him at Montana State University to start developing a new generation of Mongolian paleontologists. View News Article (2008-01-16)

Recent studies bring fossils and genes together to piece together evolutionary history
Paleontology, with its rocks and fossils, seems far removed from the world of developmental genetics, with its petri dishes and embryos. View News Article (2012-11-08)

Dinosaur skull changed shape during growth
The skull of a juvenile sauropod dinosaur, rediscovered in the collections of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Natural History, illustrates that some sauropod species went through drastic changes in skull shape during normal growth. View News Article (2010-04-01)

Rebuilding the head of an armoured dinosaur
A University of Alberta-led research team has taken a rare look inside the skull of a dinosaur and come away with unprecedented details on the brain and nasal passages of the 72 million year old animal.  View News Article (2011-09-30)

Fossil teeth of browsing horse found in Panama Canal earthworks
Rushing to salvage fossils from the Panama Canal earthworks, Aldo Rincon, paleontology intern at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, unearthed a set of fossil teeth. Bruce J. MacFadden, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida in Gainesville, describes the fossil as Anchitherium clarencei, a three-toed browsing horse, in the May... View News Article (2009-06-09)

Using magnets to coax secrets out of fossils
Scientists continue to coax more secrets out of thunderstones and other fossils. But in order to look inside, they often have to slice their precious specimens. Magnetic resonance imaging is a non-destructive means of obtaining startling high-resolution images. "By Thor, what`s that?!" Our ancestors must have taken fright when they came across one of the strange, long, tapered objects they called... View News Article (2002-03-06)

Super-sized muscle made twin-horned dinosaur a speedster
A meat-eating dinosaur that terrorized its plant-eating neighbours in South America was a lot deadlier than first thought, a University of Alberta researcher has found.  View News Article (2011-10-17)

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