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Unique feeding mechanism among marine reptiles from the age of dinosaurs
Fossils of the elasmosaur Aristonectes were first reported from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia in 1941.  View News Article (2015-10-30)


A study of weaning age in fossil elephants gives hints about the cause of their extinction
At the 2015 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meetings, researcher Michael Cherney of the University of Michigan, presented findings about weaning age (i.e. when a calf stops nursing) in fossil mammoths. View News Article (2015-10-29)


300 million-year-old 'supershark' fossils found in Texas
Previously, giant sharks had only been recovered from rock dating back 130 million years, during the age of the dinosaurs. View News Article (2015-10-30)


Dinosaurs used nasal passages to keep brains cool
Nasal passages act as air conditioners, warming and humidifying air as it is breathed in, and cooling and drying it as air leaves the body. View News Article (2015-10-29)


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)


Exceptionally preserved fossil gives voice to ancient terror bird
A new species of South American fossil terror bird called Llallawavis scagliai ("Scaglia's Magnificent Bird") is shedding light on the diversity of the group and how these giant extinct predators interacted with their environment. View News Article (2015-04-10)


Tricky take-off kept pterodactyls grounded
A new study, which teamed cutting-edge engineering techniques with paleontology, has found that take-off capacity may have determined body size limits in extinct flying reptiles. View News Article (2014-11-06)


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)


Well-preserved skeleton reveals the ecology and evolution of early carnivorous mammals
Prior to the rise of modern day mammalian carnivores (lions and tigers and bears, as well as weasels, raccoons, wolves and other members of the order Carnivora), North America was dominated by a now extinct group of mammalian carnivores - the hyaenodontids. View News Article (2015-12-10)


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)

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