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Collapse of simple life forms linked to mass extinction 200 million years ago
A mass extinction about 200 million years ago, which destroyed at least half of the species on Earth, happened very quickly and is demonstrated in the fossil record by the collapse of one-celled organisms called protists, according to new research led by a University of Washington paleontologist. (2001-05-09)
First dinosaur found with its body covering intact; displays primitive feathers from head to toe
A team of Chinese and American scientists announced today in Nature the discovery of a remarkably preserved, 130-million- year-old fossil dinosaur covered from head to tail with downy fluff and primitive feathers. (2001-04-25)
Major fossil find reveals Asian origins of salamanders
More than 500 fossils from a 150 million-year-old Chinese fossil site, many of which preserve exceptional detail, including the entire skeleton and impressions of soft tissues, provide compelling evidence that all the major primitive salamander families originated in Asia. (2001-03-28)
Ancient tick found in New Jersey leaves experts guessing
A 90-million-year-old tick recently found in New Jersey has left entomologists scratching their heads. (2001-03-26)
Stowaways from space provide link between impact, biggest extinction in Earth history
An asteroid or comet similar to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs smacked into Earth 251 million years ago, releasing about 1 million times the energy of the largest earthquake of the last century and triggering the biggest extinction in Earth history. (2001-02-21)
A bizarre new predatory dinosaur unearthed on Madagascar
Fossilized remains of a small and bizarre predatory dinosaur were recently recovered on the island of Madagascar. (2001-01-23)
New predatory dog-sized dinosaur unearthed on Madagascar
Fossilized remains of a bizarre, dog-sized predatory dinosaur were recently recovered on the island of Madagascar. (2001-01-22)
Scientists say volcanoes bigger threat than asteroids
While a giant asteroid may have wiped out the dinosaurs, modern Earth is at much greater risk from a threat closer to home, said volcanologists this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. (2000-12-17)
New rare dinosaur tracksite found in northern Wyoming
The dinosaur record of the Middle Jurassic period is sparse worldwide. (2000-11-15)
UB research offers first evidence that massive lava flows triggered apocalyptic climate changes
A University at Buffalo geologist has used computer models to show that huge lava flows -- called flood basalt eruptions -- that exited the earth's crust relatively slowly, rather than explosively, were capable of dramatic global-scale climate shifts and mass extinctions. (2000-11-15)
Venomous dinosaurs really existed
The poison-spitting dinosaurs in Jurassic Park were pure fiction. But now the first evidence that venomous dinosaurs may really have existed has been revealed from a tooth found in Mexico with a groove down the back, like the venom- delivering teeth of poisonous snakes. (2000-11-14)
Newly found bipedal reptile fossil predates dinosaurs by more than 60 million years
The oldest known fossil of an upright, bipedal reptile, which predates the age of the dinosaurs by at least 60 million years, has been discovered by an international team of scientists including two University of Toronto paleontologists. (2000-11-02)
Ancient running reptile was bipedal, say Science researchers
Long before some dinosaurs, birds, and humans began to make their way through the world on two legs, a 290 million-year old reptile beat them to the bipedal starting line. (2000-11-02)
Dinosaurs: New study counters age-old theory
Movies and TV programs show long-necked dinosaurs raising their heads vertically to browze on the treetops, but an Adelaide University researcher has just published new data that suggests otherwise; they wouldn't have had the heart for it. (2000-10-23)
Microscopic bone evidence supports dinosaur-bird evolution link
The notion that birds evolved from dinosaurs has come under assault with evidence of a feathered reptile that pre-dates birds. (2000-08-08)
Kansas evolution
The issue of teaching evolution in schools has resurfaced in Kansas. (2000-08-02)
UI researcher validates underpinnings of scientific theory
In a paper published in the July 7 issue of Science, Jonathan Adrain, University of Iowa assistant professor of geoscience, and his University of Oklahoma colleague confirm that paleobiologists studying the evolution of ancient marine life, while overlooking much relevant data, have the record straight. (2000-07-06)
Feathers on reptile older than dinosaurs, reported in Science
A small, flying reptile older than most dinosaurs may have sported a set of feathers, suggests a new study. (2000-06-22)
Ancient fossil shows earliest feathers, may end argument about birds' origin
By painstakingly studying a fossil unearthed in central Asia and first reported in 1970 by a Russian scientist named A.G. (2000-06-21)
Ancient feathered animal challenges dinosaur-bird link
Scientists today announced the discovery of the oldest animal ever known to have feathers, which may have been the ancestor of birds but clearly was not a dinosaur - a discovery that calls into serious question many theories about an evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. (2000-06-21)
UF researchers find oldest bones of new giant ground sloth species
Bones of a newly discovered ground sloth that is the oldest of its kind ever found in North America have been uncovered by a University of Florida research team. (2000-06-19)
Medical imaging shows dinosaur heart more like bird's or mammal's than reptile's
A computerized tomography (CT) scan of the chest cavity of a new dinosaur fossil reveals a heart more closely resembling a bird or mammal organ, rather than a modern reptile's. (2000-04-20)
Scientists discover 66-million-year-old dinosaur with a heart
Scientists at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have discovered the world's first dinosaur specimen with a fossilized heart. (2000-04-19)
New research proves fullerene can be cosmic carbon carriers
Buckyballs and other fullerenes encapsulate extraterrestrial noble gasses that, delivered to Earth and other planets via meteroids, could have contributed to devlopment of life- supporting atmospheres and death of the dinosaurs. (2000-03-19)
Were the last dinosaurs roasted alive?
The dinosaurs may have perished in a gas-fuelled firestorm, claims a team of American oceanographers. (1999-11-16)
Giant plant-eating dinosaur found; two cast skeletons to be unveiled
A primitive, long-necked dinosaur that weighed an estimated 20 tons and grew to a length of 70 feet is the newest species to be plucked from the African Sahara by a team led by paleontologist Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago. (1999-11-11)
Montana researcher co-authors Science article on Niger dinosaurs
A Montana State University-Bozeman researcher is one of 11 coauthors of a paper that appears in the November 12 issue of Science. (1999-11-10)
Lasers clean fossils in no time
A powerful laser could make the task of freeing delicate fossils from the rock in which they are entombed much easier and quicker. (1999-11-02)
New dinosaurs appear to be oldest yet, as reported in the 22 October issue of Science
The jaws of two of the oldest dinosaurs ever discovered and the remains of eight other prehistoric animals have been unearthed in Madagascar. (1999-10-21)
The tale of finding the oldest known dinosaurs
A young man named Mena, from the island of Madagascar, lead researchers to their blockbuster finding of the oldest known dinosaurs -- and the beautifully preserved mammal relatives that accompanied them -- described in October 22 Science. (1999-10-20)
Discovery of oldest dinosaur bones reported in Science
A team of paleontologists has discovered jaws from two of the oldest dinosaurs ever discovered, and the remains of eight other prehistoric animals, in a rich bed of fossils in Madagascar, providing a 'time capsule' from the earliest days of dinosaurs and mammals and illuminating scientific understanding of the mid-late Triassic Period. (1999-10-20)
Jurassic period mammal teeth found; prevailing theories challenged
Paleontologists have discovered three tiny teeth embedded in the lower jawbone of a small Jurassic period mammal on the island of Madagascar, evidence that some of our mammalian ancestors roamed the Earth at exactly the same time as the dinosaurs, according to an article in the Sept. (1999-09-01)
Geologists at UNC-CH discover state's 'most spectacular' fossils
When Brian Coffey, a former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student, planned a field trip for an otherwise routine geology honors project in 1995, he had no idea he'd help make what his professor called (1999-08-16)
Dinosaur fossils reveal evolution's big picture, says Paul Sereno
Dinosaur fossils are providing the answers to some of scientists' biggest questions about evolution, according to paleontologist Paul Sereno, who has assembled the most up-to- date picture yet of dinosaur evolution in Science's 25 June 1999 special issue about evolution. (1999-06-24)
Discovery of new bird species in China, oldest beak shows evolution complexity
Working together on fossilized remains, Chinese and U.S. researchers have discovered a previously unknown species of primitive bird, a finding that offers new evidence that early bird evolution was considerably more complex than previously believed. (1999-06-16)
Dinosaurs And Neanderthals
Science and the German magazine bild der wissenschaft invite you to a public lecture, (1999-05-27)
Fossil Footprints Show Foot-Movement Similarity In Dinosaurs And Birds
A new study of dinosaur footprints preserved in three dimensions finds similarities and differences between modern- day fowl and ancient theropods. (1999-05-12)
Montana Scientist Returns From Dinosaur Nesting Site In Patagonia
More fossilized sauropod embryos and skin were found at Argentina's Auca Mahuevo site this year, reported a Montana State University scientist connected with the project. (1999-04-08)
Important New Fossil Animal Discovered By Wits Scientists
Discovery of a new species of fossil animal 260 million years old, which reinforces South Africa as the place of origin of all mammals, will be announced tomorrow by scientists at the University of the Witwatersrand. (1999-03-10)
Rare Fossil Shows Theropod Dinosaurs Are Fast, Dangerous 'Turbocharged' Reptiles
Oregon State University (OSU) scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) have completed a study of what they say is the world's most perfectly preserved fossil of a theropod, or meat-eating dinosaur. (1999-01-21)
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