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Dinosaur symposium at the Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will host (2003-12-08)

U of A researcher has rare evidence of dinosaur cannibalism
University of Alberta researcher Phil Bell has found 70 million year old evidence of dinosaur cannibalism. The jawbone of what appears to be a Gorgosaurus was found in 1996 in southern Alberta. A technician at the Royal Tyrell Museum found something unusual embedded in the jaw. It was the tip of a tooth from another meat-eating dinosaur. (2009-10-06)

The world's deepest dinosaur finding - 2256 metres below the seabed
The somewhat rough uncovering of Norway's first dinosaur happened in the North Sea, at an entire 2256 metres below the seabed. While most nations excavate their skeletons using a toothbrush, the Norwegians found one using a drill. The fossil represents the world's deepest dinosaur finding. (2006-04-24)

U of A students reaffirm the work of a 1920s paleontologist
Three University of Alberta paleontology graduate students blew the dust off an 85-year-old dinosaur find to discover the original researcher had it right and a 1970s revision of his work was wrong. (2009-12-14)

Giant dinosaurs hatched with adult-like proportions
Analysis of a new dinosaur fossil suggests that the largest species ever known to walk the Earth was born with adult-like proportions, perhaps allowing it to be more independent than some other species of dinosaur. (2016-04-21)

New evidence dinosaurs were strong swimmers
A University of Alberta researcher has identified some of the strongest evidence ever found that dinosaurs could paddle long distances. U of A graduate student Scott Persons examined unusual claw marks left on a river bottom in China that is known to have been a major travel-way for dinosaurs. (2013-04-08)

Dinosaur extinction occurred at peak of diversity
When dinosaurs became extinct from the effects of a massive asteroid hitting Earth 65 million years ago, there were more varieties of the reptiles living than ever before, according to a new analysis of global fossil records. (2004-11-17)

Unusual fish-eating dinosaur had crocodile-like skull
Dr. Emily Rayfield at the University of Bristol, UK, used computer modelling techniques -- more commonly used to discover how a car bonnet buckles during a crash -- to show that while Baryonyx was eating, its skull bent and stretched in the same way as the skull of the Indian fish-eating gharial -- a crocodile with long, narrow jaws. (2008-01-13)

The dinosaur in the cupboard under the stairs
The mystery surrounding dinosaur footprints on a cave ceiling in Central Queensland has been solved after more than a half a century. University of Queensland palaeontologist Dr Anthony Romilio discovered pieces to a decades-old puzzle in an unusual place - a cupboard under the stairs of a suburban Sydney home. (2020-02-16)

Mystery surrounding dinosaur footprints on a cave ceiling in Central Queensland solved
The mystery surrounding dinosaur footprints on a cave ceiling in Central Queensland has been solved after more than a half a century. (2020-02-26)

Mysterious mountain dino may be a new species
A partial dinosaur skeleton unearthed in 1971 from a remote British Columbia site is the first ever found in Canadian mountains and may represent a new species. (2008-06-12)

New dino-book highlights Britain's 'Three-rex'
Jurassic Britain was a 'dinosaur paradise' with more than 100 different species -- including three tyrannosaurs -- described in the scientific literature to date, says the author of a new book, Dinosaurs of the British Isles. (2014-07-02)

Japan's largest complete dinosaur skeleton discovered
The complete skeleton of an eight-meter-long dinosaur has been unearthed from marine deposits dating back 72 million years at Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, making it the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Japan, according to researchers. (2017-06-06)

Dinosaur skull turns paleontology assumptions on their head
A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has unearthed a well-preserved Styracosaurus skull -- and its facial imperfections have implications for how paleontologists identify new species of dinosaurs. Nicknamed Hannah, the dinosaur was a Styracosaurus -- a horned dinosaur over five metres in length with a fan of long horns. UAlberta paleontologists have learned much from those horns -- because they aren't symmetrical. (2019-11-25)

Good times ahead for dinosaur hunters, according to U of Penn scientist's dinosaur census
The golden age of dinosaur discovery is yet upon us, according to Peter Dodson at the University of Pennsylvania. Dodson revises his groundbreaking 1990 census on the diversity of discoverable dinosaurs upward by 50 percent, offering a brighter outlook about the number of dinosaurs waiting to be found. His findings also add evidence that dinosaur populations were stable, and not on the decline, in the time shortly before their extinction 65 million years ago. (2006-09-04)

'Australia's Jurassic Park' the world's most diverse
An unprecedented 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been identified on a 25-kilometre stretch of the Dampier Peninsula coastline dubbed 'Australia's Jurassic Park.' A team of palaeontologists from The University of Queensland's School of Biological Sciences and James Cook University's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences have unveiled the most diverse assemblage of dinosaur tracks in the world in 127 to 140 million-year-old rocks in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. (2017-03-26)

Long lost cousin of T. rex identified by scientists
Scientists have identified a new species of gigantic theropod dinosaur, a close relative of T. rex, from fossil skull and jaw bones discovered in China. (2011-03-31)

New dinosaur species possible in Northwestern Alberta
The discovery of a gruesome feeding frenzy that played out 73 million years ago in Northwestern Alberta may also lead to the discovery of new dinosaur species in Northwestern Alberta. University of Alberta student Tetsuto Miyashita and Frederico Fanti, a paleontology graduate student from Italy, made the discovery near Grande Prairie, 450 kilometers northwest of Edmonton. (2009-05-12)

A new duck-billed dinosaur, Kamuysaurus japonicus, identified
The dinosaur, whose nearly complete skeleton was unearthed from 72 million year old marine deposits in Mukawa Town in northern Japan, belongs to a new genus and species of a herbivorous hadrosaurid dinosaur, according to the study published in Scientific Reports. The scientists named the dinosaur Kamuysaurus japonicus. (2019-09-05)

Professor Will Connect With Students Live From China Dinosaur Site
On Thursday, Jan. 21, science students at two Indiana schools will communicate live via internet with Purdue University research Richard Hengst, who is on a scientific expeidition to a dinosaur site in southwest China. (1999-01-15)

A case of mistaken dino-identity
A Texas legislator is seeking a name change for the official state dinosaur, after master's level research at Southern Methodist University revealed the titleholder was misidentified. The Texas State Dinosaur, currently identified as Pleurocoelus, is actually Paluxysaurus jonesi -- a new genus and species unique to Texas. (2009-01-13)

Possible dinosaur burrows clues to survival strategies
Internationally renowned paleontologist and Monash University Honorary Research Associate, Dr. Anthony Martin has found evidence of a dinosaur burrow along the coast of Victoria, which helps to explain how dinosaurs protected themselves from climate extremes during the Cretaceous period -- the final era for dinosaurs before their extinction. (2009-07-15)

New dinosaur fossil challenges bird evolution theory
The discovery of a new bird-like dinosaur from the Jurassic period challenges widely accepted theories on the origin of flight. (2013-01-24)

Plant-eating dinosaur discovered in Antarctica
For the first time, the presence of large bodied herbivorous dinosaurs in Antarctica has been recorded. Until now, remains of sauropoda had been recovered from all continental landmasses, except Antarctica. Dr. Ignacio Alejandro Cerda and his team's identification of the remains of the sauropod dinosaur suggests that advanced titanosaurs achieved a global distribution at least by the Late Cretaceous. Their work has just been published online in Springer's journal, Naturwissenschaften - The Science of Nature. (2011-12-19)

Research on modern day animals reveals insights into extinct animals
Powerful head and neck retractions of vertebrate carcasses, including dinosaur fossils, have puzzled researchers as to whether they occurred just before an animal's death in agony, or after. Now experiments performed in the wild on large ostrich chick cadavers show that they occur post-mortem. (2016-05-03)

Evolution rewritten, again and again
Palaeontologists are forever claiming that their latest fossil discovery will (2010-08-31)

EARTH: Making tracks through the dinosaur diamond
EARTH Magazine travels through time to meet the major players of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous -- from sauropods and theropods to protomammals -- that created the rich tapestry of life in this region millions of years ago. (2016-04-26)

Scientists digitally reconstruct giant steps taken by dinosaurs for the first time
The Manchester team, working with scientists in Argentina, were able to laser scan a 40 meter-long skeleton of the vast Cretaceous Agentinosaurus dinosaur. Then using an advanced computer modeling technique involving the equivalent of 30,000 desktop computers they recreated its walking and running movements and tested its locomotion ability tested for the very first time. (2013-10-30)

Infants can't talk, but they know how to reason
A new study reveals that preverbal infants are able to make rational deductions, showing surprise when an outcome does not occur as expected. (2018-03-15)

Mojoceratops: New dinosaur species named for flamboyant frill
When Nicholas Longrich discovered a new dinosaur species with a heart-shaped frill on its head, he wanted to come up with a name just as flamboyant as the dinosaur's appearance. Over a few beers with fellow paleontologists one night, he blurted out the first thing that came to mind: Mojoceratops. With the publication of Longrich's paper describing his find in the Journal of Paleontology, online today, the name is now official. (2010-07-08)

Discovery shows dinosaurs may have been the original lovebirds
Dinosaurs engaged in mating behavior similar to modern birds, leaving the fossil evidence behind in 100 million year old rocks, according to new research by Martin Lockley, professor of geology at the University of Colorado Denver. (2016-01-07)

Dinosaurs' rise was 'more gradual,' new fossil evidence suggests
Researchers have discovered two small dinosaurs together with a lagerpetid, a group of animals that are recognized as precursors of dinosaurs. The discovery made in Brazil and reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Nov. 10 represents the first time that a dinosaur and a dinosaur precursor have ever been found together. (2016-11-10)

Best evidence yet that dinosaurs used feathers for courtship
A University of Alberta researcher's examination of fossilized dinosaur tail bones has led to a breakthrough finding: some feathered dinosaurs used tail plumage to attract mates, much like modern-day peacocks and turkeys. (2013-01-04)

Sands of Gobi Desert yield new species of nut-cracking dinosaur
Plants or meat: that's about all that fossils ever tell paleontologists about a dinosaur's diet. But the skull characteristics of a new species of parrot-beaked dinosaur and its associated gizzard stones indicate that the animal fed on nuts and/or seeds. These characteristics present the first solid evidence of nut-eating in any dinosaur. (2009-06-17)

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. (2011-09-29)

Dinosaur, crab fossils reveal ecosystem secrets
For centuries, they wouldn't be caught dead next to each other. But now a team of geologists directed by Joshua Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, have found a well-preserved fossil of a crab within inches of a tail vertebra from a massive plant-eating dinosaur. (2003-03-10)

New dinosaur species found in Montana
A dinosaur skeleton found 24 years ago in Montana has finally been identified as a new species that links North American dinosaurs with Asian dinosaurs. (2007-09-21)

Dino hips discovery unravels species riddle
New research from University of Alberta paleontologists shows one of North America's most broadly identified dinosaur species, Troodon formosus, is no longer a valid classification, naming two others in its stead. The discovery by graduate student Aaron van der Reest leaves North America's paleontology community in upheaval. (2017-08-08)

America's smallest dinosaur uncovered
An unusual breed of dinosaur that was the size of a chicken, ran on two legs and scoured the ancient forest floor for termites is the smallest dinosaur species found in North America, according to a University of Calgary researcher who analyzed bones found during the excavation of an ancient bone bed near Red Deer, Alberta, in 2002. The discovery is reported in the current issue of Creteaceous Research. (2008-09-23)

Meet Xenoceratops: Canada's newest horned dinosaur
Scientists have named a new species of horned dinosaur (ceratopsian) from Alberta, Canada. Xenoceratops foremostensis (Zee-NO-Sare-ah-tops) was identified from fossils originally collected in 1958. Approximately 20 feet long and weighing more than 2 tons, the newly identified plant-eating dinosaur represents the oldest known large-bodied horned dinosaur from Canada. Research describing the new species is published in the October 2012 issue of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. (2012-11-08)

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