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Dinosaurs used nasal passages to keep brains cool
Dinosaur nasal passages were certainly nothing to sneeze at. Possessing among the largest and most complex nasal passages seen in animals, their function has puzzled paleontologists. (2015-10-28)
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. (2011-01-10)
Mongolian paleontologists with a dream come to Montana State University
Jack Horner has flown to Mongolia the past three summers to search for dinosaur bones. (2008-01-15)
Fossil skeleton of strange, ancient digging mammal clears up 30-year evolutionary debate
Shortly after dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops went extinct, the Earth became filled with mammals only distantly related to those alive today. (2012-08-27)
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. (2013-01-07)
New dinosaur discovery suggests new species roosted together like modern birds
The Mongolian Desert has been known for decades for its amazing array of dinosaurs, immaculately preserved in incredible detail and in associations that give exceedingly rare glimpses at behavior in the fossil record. (2017-08-24)
Eyes came before limbs in the transition to land
The transition to land from our fishy ancestors is one of the most iconic, and best documented, transitions in the fossil record. (2016-10-28)
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. (2010-03-31)
Variation in the recovery of tetrapods
The end-Permian mass extinction (EPME) occurred about 250 million years ago and represents the Earth's most catastrophic extinction event. (2017-08-24)
3-D scanning methods allow an inside look into fossilized feces
Coprolites are fossilized feces that give evidence of an organism's behavior and often contain food residues, parasite remains and other fossils that provide clues to ancient paleoecological relations. (2017-08-24)
Fossils and layers: Solving the terrane puzzle of the North American cordillera
Tectonostratigraphic terranes comprise a huge portion of real estate in western North America. (2008-07-16)
Alligator relatives slipped across ancient seaways
The uplift of the Isthmus of Panama 2.6 million years ago formed a land-bridge that has long thought to be the crucial step in the interchange of animals between the Americas. (2013-03-04)
Recent studies bring fossils and genes together to piece together evolutionary history
In the current issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Hans Thewissen, Ingalls-Brown Professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), and his colleagues review recent studies that have used modern genetic techniques to shed light on fossils, and vice versa. (2012-11-07)
Taking a deeper look at 'ancient wing'
In order to determine the feather color of ancient organisms such as Archaeopteryx, microscopic melanin-containing structures called melanosomes have been compared in a variety of living and fossil birds. (2014-11-05)
Elucidating the biology of extinct cave bears
One of the largest known species of bear, the cave bear (Ursus spelaeus), ranged widely through Eurasia all the way to the Mediterranean in the south and to the Caucasus Mountains and northern Iran in the east during Late Pleistocene times. (2017-08-24)
Rare find: Feathered dinosaur feasts on flying food
University of Alberta researchers found evidence that a feathered, but flightless dinosaur was able to snag and consume small flying dinosaurs. (2012-08-29)
Complete 9,000-year-old frozen bison mummy found in Siberia
Many large charismatic mammals went extinct at the end of the Ice Age -- approximately 11,000 years ago, including the Steppe bison, Bison priscus. (2014-11-06)
Mystery of the flatfish head solved
A new discovery described in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology by Oxford University researcher Dr Matt Friedman describes a fossil fish, named Heteronectes (meaning (2012-06-25)
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)
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. (2009-10-06)
A/C came standard on armored dinosaur models
A new study shows that armor-plated dinosaurs (ankylosaurs) had the capacity to modify the temperature of the air they breathed in an exceptional way: by using their long, winding nasal passages as heat transfer devices. (2014-11-08)
China's earliest modern human
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing have been studying a 40,000-year-old early modern human skeleton found in China and have determined that the (2007-04-02)
Giant Triassic amphibian was a burrowing youngster
During the Triassic Period Krasiejów, Poland had a warm climate and was populated by giant amphibians, such as Metoposaurus diagnosticus. (2013-09-02)
Early humans linked to ancient Australian extinction
New data presented at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meetings in Dallas, Texas, implicates early humans in the extinction of large mammals, birds and lizards in Australia. (2015-10-28)
Modeling the vertebrate invasion of land
Early tetrapods, such as Ichthyostega, moved onto land from aquatic environments over 350 million years ago. (2016-10-28)
Exquisite ancient horse fossil preserves uterus with unborn foal
A specimen of the ancient horse Eurohippus messelensis has been discovered in Germany that preserves a fetus as well as parts of the uterus and associated tissues. (2014-11-06)
Chemical analysis demonstrates communal nesting in dinosaurs
The reproductive behaviors of birds are some of their most conspicuous and endearing qualities. (2016-10-28)
Well-preserved skeleton reveals the ecology and evolution of early carnivorous mammals
Prior to the rise of modern day mammalian carnivores, North America was dominated by a now extinct group of mammalian carnivores, hyaenodontids. (2015-12-09)
A new study of fossil bone growth reveals the ancestry of mammalian 'warm-bloodedness'
'Warm-bloodedness', a characteristic of mammals, is a trait encompassing a suite of physiological processes that helps to maintain a relatively high, constant body temperature. (2015-10-29)
A 'transitional fossil' debunked
Snakes are a very diverse group of present-day reptiles, with nearly 3,600 known species. (2016-10-28)
Giant extinct salmon fought with spike teeth during upriver spawning events
The ancient coastal waters of the Pacific, roughly 11 to 5 million years ago, were home to a bizarre and fascinating species of giant salmon with large spike-like teeth. (2016-10-28)
Dinosaur 13 doesn't unearth whole truth about paleontology and fossil protection on US public lands
In light of the film Dinosaur 13, which describes the discovery and loss of the complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as 'Sue' by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology reiterates its strong endorsement of the US Federal laws and regulations that protect fossils on public lands, which are fully consistent with the professional standards held by paleontological scientists and with the ethics of the Society. (2014-12-10)
Montana drought sends paleontologists to field early for largest project in state's history
The threat of another bad fire season sent Jack Horner and crews to the field early this year for the largest paleontology project in Montana's history. (2001-06-04)
The dinosaur museum that visits you
The vast expanses of the Gobi Desert are a prime destination for paleontologists. (2017-08-24)
Super-sized muscle made twin-horned dinosaur a speedster
A meat-eating dinosaur that terrorized its plant-eating neighbors in South America was a lot deadlier than first thought, a University of Alberta researcher has found. (2011-10-14)
Ice age era bones recovered from underwater caves in Mexico
When the Panamanian land bridge formed around 3 million years ago, Southern Mexico was in the middle of a great biotic interchange of large animals from North and South America that crossed the continents in both directions. (2017-08-24)
Redescription of the oldest-known dolphin skull sheds light on their origins and evolution
Dolphins are the most diverse family of living marine mammals and include species such as the bottlenose dolphin and the killer whale. (2014-05-06)
300 million-year-old 'supershark' fossils found in Texas
Even before the age of dinosaurs, big toothy predators were roaming Texas. (2015-10-29)
GSA, the Paleontological Society, and SEPM in STEPPE together
STEPPE is a newly established, NSF-supported consortium involving the Geological Society of America, the Paleontological Society, and the Society for Sedimentary Geology -- designed to coordinate research, teaching, and learning in the areas of sedimentary geology and paleobiology. (2013-04-25)
133 million-year-old dinosaur brain fossil found in England
Soft tissues such as hearts and muscles are very rarely preserved in the fossil record. (2016-10-28)
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