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Earth's recovery from mass extinction could take millions of years
Recovering from mass extinction has a 'speed limit,' say researchers, with gradual patterns of ecosystem redevelopment and speciation. (2019-04-08)
Evolution imposes 'speed limit' on recovery after mass extinctions
It takes at least 10 million years for life to fully recover after a mass extinction, a speed limit for the recovery of species diversity that is well known among scientists. (2019-04-08)
Jurassic crocodile discovery sheds light on reptiles' family tree
A 150 million-year-old fossil has been identified as a previously unseen species of ancient crocodile that developed a tail fin and paddle-like limbs for life in the sea. (2019-04-04)
First-confirmed occurrence of a lambeosaurine dinosaur found on Alaska's North Slope
Paleontologists from Hokkaido University in Japan, in cooperation with paleontologists from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, have discovered the first-confirmed occurrence of a lambeosaurine (crested 'duck-billed' dinosaur) from the Arctic -- part of the skull of a lambeosaurine dinosaur from the Liscomb Bonebed (71-68 Ma) found on Alaska's North Slope. (2019-03-29)
Stunning discovery offers glimpse of minutes following 'dinosaur-killer' Chicxulub impact
At a site called Tanis in North Dakota's Hell Creek Formation, a team of paleontologists whose headquarters are at the University of Kansas unearthed a motherlode of exquisitely preserved animal and fish fossils that were killed suddenly in events triggered by the Chicxulub impact. (2019-03-29)
Scientists reveal largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton
Paleontologists have discovered and characterized the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found, making it the biggest terrestrial carnivore currently known to science. (2019-03-28)
UAlberta paleontologists report world's biggest Tyrannosaurus rex
University of Alberta paleontologists have just reported the world's biggest Tyrannosaurus rex and the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Canada. (2019-03-22)
New Cretaceous fossil sheds light on avian reproduction
A team of scientists led by Alida Bailleul and Jingmai O'Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported the first fossil bird ever found with an egg preserved inside its body. (2019-03-20)
Alligator study reveals insight into dinosaur hearing
UMD biologist finds alligators build neural maps of sound the way birds do, suggesting the hearing strategy existed in their common ancestor, the dinosaurs. (2019-03-18)
Mammals' unique arms started evolving before the dinosaurs existed
One of the things that makes mammals special is our diverse forelimbs -- bat wings, whale flippers, gibbon arms, and cheetah legs have evolved to do different, specialized tasks. (2019-03-18)
New wallaby-sized dinosaur from the ancient Australian-Antarctic rift valley
A new, wallaby-sized herbivorous dinosaur has been identified from five fossilized upper jaws in 125-million-year-old rocks from the Cretaceous period of Victoria, southeastern Australia. (2019-03-11)
Teenage T. rex was already chomping on prey, new UW Oshkosh research shows
New research from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh indicates that even as a teenager the Tyrannosaurus rex showed signs that it would grow up to be a ferocious predator. (2019-03-11)
Dinosaurs were thriving before asteroid strike that wiped them out
Dinosaurs were unaffected by long-term climate changes and flourished before their sudden demise by asteroid strike. (2019-03-06)
A small plesiosaur lived in Spain 125 million years ago
Plesiosaurs, erroneously viewed as dinosaurs, inhabited all the seas between 200 million and 65 million years ago. (2019-03-04)
Bristol undergraduate reconstructs the skulls of 2 species of ancient reptile
Using two partially fragmented fossil skulls, a student at the University of Bristol has digitally reconstructed, in three-dimensions, the skulls of two species of ancient reptile that lived in the Late Triassic, one of which had been previously known only from its jaws. (2019-02-25)
New species of tiny tyrannosaur foreshadows rise of T. rex
A newly discovered, diminutive -- by T. rex standards -- relative of the tyrant king of dinosaurs reveals crucial new information about when and how T. rex came to rule the North American roost. (2019-02-21)
Ancient 'night' marsupial faced four months of winter darkness
Paleontologists working on a steep river bank in Alaska have discovered fossil evidence of the northernmost marsupial known to science. (2019-02-19)
Want to learn about dinosaurs? Pick up some Louisiana roadkill
Scientists are able to learn about an animal's ecosystem by studying the chemical makeup of its body, whether the animal died recently or millions of years ago. (2019-02-19)
Diversity on land is not higher today than in the past, study shows
The rich levels of biodiversity on land seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been similar for at least the last 60 million years, since soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs. (2019-02-18)
Newly discovered marsupial lived among Arctic dinosaurs
A research team has discovered a previously unknown species of marsupial that lived in Alaska's Arctic during the era of dinosaurs, adding a vivid new detail to a complex ancient landscape. (2019-02-18)
New clue in curious case of cassowary casque
A team of Australian scientists has completed research that could help solve a 200-year-old mystery surrounding an iconic Australian bird. (2019-02-13)
Exceptional new titanosaur from middle Cretaceous Tanzania: Mnyamawamtuka
An exceptional sauropod dinosaur specimen from the middle Cretaceous of Tanzania represents a unique species and provides new insights into sauropod evolution, according to a study published Feb. (2019-02-13)
Mosquitoes that carry malaria may have been doing so 100 million years ago
The anopheline mosquitoes that carry malaria were present 100 million years ago, new research shows, potentially shedding fresh light on the history of a disease that continues to kill more than 400,000 people annually. (2019-02-11)
USC scientists find a cheaper way to light up OLED screens
USC Dornsife chemists appear to have finished the quest for a cheaper, efficient alternative to the iridium compounds while also solving the decades-long problem with the color blue. (2019-02-07)
Iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovered in Antarctica
Scientists have discovered the fossils of an iguana-sized reptile, which they named 'Antarctic king,' that lived at the South Pole 250 million years ago (it used to be warmer). (2019-01-31)
The 210-million-year-old Smok was crushing bones like a hyena
Coprolites, or fossil droppings, of the dinosaur-like archosaur Smok wawelski contain lots of chewed-up bone fragments. (2019-01-30)
Long-necked dinosaurs rotated their forefeet to the side
Long-necked dinosaurs (sauropods) could orient their forefeet both forward and sideways. (2019-01-29)
Molecular analysis of anchiornis feather gives clues to origin of flight
An international team of researchers has performed molecular analysis on fossil feathers from a small, feathered dinosaur from the Jurassic. (2019-01-28)
Study shows flight limitations of earliest feathered dinosaurs
Anchiornis, one of the earliest feathered dinosaurs ever discovered, was found to have the ability to fly. (2019-01-28)
Fossil shark teeth discovered in leftover rock that contained SUE the T. rex
Scientists have discovered a new species of fossil shark in the leftover rock excavated with SUE, the world's largest and most complete T. rex. (2019-01-21)
Ancient carpet shark discovered with 'spaceship-shaped' teeth
The world of the dinosaurs just got a bit more bizarre with a newly discovered species of freshwater shark whose tiny teeth resemble the alien ships from the popular 1980s video game Galaga. (2019-01-21)
Earth and moon pummeled by more asteroids since the age of dinosaurs, say scientists
The number of asteroids colliding with the Earth and moon has increased by up to three times over the past 290 million years, according to a major new study involving the University of Southampton. (2019-01-17)
Sudden aging
Coralline red algae have existed for 130 million years, in other words since the Cretaceous Period, the time of the dinosaurs. (2019-01-16)
The oldest large-sized predatory dinosaur comes from the Italian Alps
Early Jurassic predatory dinosaurs are very rare, and mostly small in size. (2018-12-19)
Scientists discover over 450 fossilized millipedes in 100-million-year-old amber
Over 450 millipedes, fossilized in 100-million-year-old Burmese amber, were recently discovered by a research team from the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity. (2018-12-19)
Study finds dinosaurs battled overheating with nasal air-conditioning
Researchers have long wondered how gigantic, heavily armored dinosaurs, such as the club-tailed ankylosaurs that lived in sweltering climates, avoided overheating. (2018-12-19)
HKU fossil imaging helps push back feather origins by 70 million years
In a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, an international team led by Professor Baoyu Jiang of Nanjing University and including Dr Michael Pittman of the Department of Earth Sciences, the University of Hong Kong, shows that pterosaurs had at least four types of feathers in common with their close relatives the dinosaurs, pushing back the origin of feathers by some 70 million years. (2018-12-18)
Research finds rings of Saturn are dying
New research shows Saturn's rings are dying at a worst-case-scenario rate. (2018-12-18)
'Treasure trove' of dinosaur footprints found in southern England
More than 85 well-preserved dinosaur footprints -- made by at least seven different species -- have been uncovered in East Sussex, representing the most diverse and detailed collection of these trace fossils from the Cretaceous Period found in the UK to date. (2018-12-17)
New discovery pushes origin of feathers back by 70 million years
An international team of palaeontologists, which includes the University of Bristol, has discovered that the flying reptiles, pterosaurs, actually had four kinds of feathers, and these are shared with dinosaurs -- pushing back the origin of feathers by some 70 million years. (2018-12-17)
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