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19 01 2022, 18:13:32 - Muscular study provides new information about how the largest dinosaurs moved and evolved

New research has revealed how giant 50-ton sauropod dinosaurs, like Diplodocus, evolved from much smaller ancestors, like the wolf-sized Thecodontosaurus.

 

11 01 2022, 16:00:14 - Within a dinosaur?s head: Ankylosaur was sluggish and deaf

Scientists took a closer look at the braincase of a dinosaur from Austria. The group examined the fossil with a micro-CT and found surprising new details: it was sluggish and deaf.

 

23 12 2021, 20:30:55 - Earth's first giant

The two-meter skull of an enormous new ichthyosaur species, Earth's first known giant creature, reveals how both the extinct marine reptiles and modern whales became giants.

 

22 12 2021, 21:30:53 - New insights into the timeline of mammal evolution

A new study has provided the most detailed timeline of mammal evolution to date.

 

21 12 2021, 19:35:21 - Exquisitely preserved embryo found inside fossilized dinosaur egg

A 72 to 66-million-year-old embryo found inside a fossilized dinosaur egg sheds new light on the link between the behavior of modern birds and dinosaurs, according to a new study.

 

21 12 2021, 16:27:24 - An ancient relative of Velociraptor is unearthed in Great Britain

A new bird-like dinosaur that used brute strength to overcome its prey has been found by palaeontologists combing through fossils found on the Isle of Wight, on the South Coast of Great Britain.

 

17 12 2021, 18:38:03 - Sauropod dinosaurs were restricted to warmer regions of Earth

A study investigated the enigma of why sauropod fossils are only found at lower latitudes, while fossils of other main dinosaur types seem ubiquitously present, with many located in the polar regions.

 

16 12 2021, 20:59:31 - Theropod dinosaur jaws became stronger as they evolved

Theropod dinosaurs evolved more robust jaws through time allowing them to consume tougher food, a new study reveals.

 

10 12 2021, 16:31:10 - Dinosaurs and amber: A new window to the Cretaceous world from 110 million years ago

New findings of amber in the site of Ariño in Teruel (Spain) have enabled the reconstruction of a swampy paleoenvironment with a rich coastal resin forest from 110 million years ago, from the era of dinosaurs. This place featured conifers and understories of gymnosperms and ferns, and flower plants, where insects, turtles, crocodiles, mammals and dinosaurs such as the species Proa valdearinnoensis and Europelta carbonensis lived.

 

10 12 2021, 02:16:51 - Dinosaur faces and feet may have popped with color

A study finds that there is a 50 percent chance that the common ancestor of birds and dinosaurs had bright colors on its skin, beaks and scales, but 0 percent chance that it had bright colors on its feathers or claws.

 

01 12 2021, 14:51:41 - CT uncovers bone disease in Tyrannosaurus rex jaw

Researchers have identified bone disease in the fossilized jaw of a Tyrannosaurus rex using a CT-based, nondestructive imaging approach. The imaging method could have significant applications in paleontology, researchers said, as an alternative to fossil assessment methods that involve the destruction of samples.

 

11 11 2021, 14:04:04 - Novel approach to a plant-based diet, unique to long-necked dinosaurs

A new study uncovers a novel approach to a plant-based diet, unique to long-necked dinosaurs.

 

11 11 2021, 13:54:43 - New species of iguanodontian dinosaur discovered from Isle of Wight

Discoveries of iguanodontian dinosaurs from the Isle of Wight have previously only been assigned to Iguanodon or Mantellisaurus . The diversity of dinosaurs in the Early Cretaceous of the UK is much greater than previously thought.

 

08 11 2021, 17:48:43 - 'Cold bone': Researchers discover first dinosaur species that lived on Greenland 214 million years ago

The two-legged dinosaur Issi saaneq lived about 214 million years ago in what is now Greenland. It was a medium-sized, long-necked herbivore and a predecessor of the sauropods, the largest land animals ever to live. The name of the new dinosaur pays tribute to Greenland's Inuit language and means "cold bone".

 

27 10 2021, 18:20:40 - Tiny pterosaurs dominated Cretaceous skies

The newly hatched juveniles of large and gigantic pterosaurs likely out-competed other smaller adult pterosaur species to dominate the Late Cretaceous period around 100 million years ago, a new study has found.

 

27 10 2021, 14:53:29 - Fossil dental exams reveal how tusks first evolved and why they are unique only to mammals

Researchers trace the first tusks back to ancient mammal relatives that lived before the dinosaurs and shed light on the evolution of mammalian tusks by first defining what makes a tusk a tusk.

 

21 10 2021, 18:09:51 - ?Raptor-like? dinosaur discovered in Australian mine, actually uncovered as a timid vegetarian

Fossil footprints found in an Australian coal mine around 50 years ago have long been thought to be that of a large 'raptor-like' predatory dinosaur, but scientists have in fact discovered they were instead left by a timid long-necked herbivore.

 

21 10 2021, 18:09:21 - Early dinosaurs may have lived in social herds as early as 193 million years ago

Scientists believe they have found the earliest evidence for complex herd behavior in dinosaurs. Researchers say Mussaurus patagonicus may have lived in herds some 193 million years ago -- 40 million years earlier than other records of dinosaur herding.

 

30 09 2021, 20:07:35 - Toothy grins from the past: Ancient birds replaced their teeth like living crocodilians

The first 3D reconstructions of extinct Cretaceous birds reveal a reptilian tooth replacement pattern.

 

29 09 2021, 14:03:03 - Two new species of large predatory dinosaur discovered on Isle of Wight, UK

Bones found on the Isle of Wight likely belong to two new species of spinosaurid, a group of predatory theropod dinosaurs closely related to the giant Spinosaurus. Their unusual, crocodile-like skulls helped the group expand their diets, allowing them hunt prey on both land and in the water.

 

21 09 2021, 23:26:53 - Four dinosaurs discovered in Montana, including a possible rare ostrich-mimic Anzu

A team of paleontologists excavated four dinosaurs in northeastern Montana this summer. The four dinosaur fossils are: the ilium -- or hip bones -- of an ostrich-sized theropod, the group of meat-eating, two-legged dinosaurs that includes Tyrannosaurus rex and raptors; the hips and legs of a duck-billed dinosaur; a pelvis, toe claw and limbs from another theropod that could be a rare ostrich-mimic Anzu, or possibly a new species; and a Triceratops specimen consisting of its skull and other fossilized bones.

 

14 09 2021, 17:12:18 - Modern snakes evolved from a few survivors of dino-killing asteroid

A new study suggests that all living snakes evolved from a handful of species that survived the giant asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs and most other living things at the end of the Cretaceous. The authors say that this devastating extinction event was a form of 'creative destruction' that allowed snakes to diversify into new niches, previously filled by their competitors.

 

09 09 2021, 00:05:45 - Ancient teeth reveal surprising diversity of Cretaceous reptiles at Argentina fossil site

Where skeletons are rare, isolated teeth can flesh out our understanding of ancient reptile-dominated ecosystems, according to a new study.

 

09 09 2021, 00:04:46 - Who was king before Tyrannosaurus? Uzbek fossil reveals new top dino

A new dinosaur from the lower Upper Cretaceous of Uzbekistan, Ulughbegsaurus uzbekistanensis, was described from a single maxilla fossil. The research team estimated that this carcharodontosaurian weighed over 1000 kg and measured 7.5--8.0 meters in length, much larger than previously described predators from the same formation. The fossil's age, location, and co-occurrence with the smaller tyrannosaurid Timurlengia shed light on the transition from carcharodontosaurians to tyrannosaurids occupying the apex predator niche.

 

25 08 2021, 20:30:32 - Fossils illuminate dinosaur evolution in eastern North America

Tyrannosaurus rex, the fearsome predator that once roamed what is now western North America, appears to have had an East Coast cousin. A new study describes two dinosaurs that inhabited Appalachia -- a once isolated land mass that today composes much of the eastern United States -- about 85 million years ago: an herbivorous duck-billed hadrosaur and a carnivorous tyrannosaur.

 

24 08 2021, 14:34:43 - Tyrannosaurus rex?s jaw had sensors to make it an even more fearsome predator

Tyrannosaurus rex was not just a huge beast with a big bite, it had nerve sensors in the very tips of its jaw enabling it to better detect -- and eat -- its prey, a new study finds.

 

19 08 2021, 16:26:57 - Study of tyrannosaur braincases shows more variation than previously thought

Scientists have used CT scans to digitally reconstruct the brain, inner ear, and surrounding bones (known as the braincase) of two well-preserved Daspletosaurus specimens. This massive tyrannosaur lived in the coastal forest of what is now Alberta around 75 million years ago -- preceding the more famous T. rex by about 10 million years. Their results suggest that dinosaur brains, and the bones enclosing and protecting, them vary more than previously thought within species, or among closely related species.

 

18 08 2021, 14:39:45 - Discovery of prehistoric mammals suggests rapid evolution of mammals after dinosaur extinction

Scientists have discovered three new species of ancient creatures from the dawn of modern mammals that hint at rapid evolution immediately after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

 

10 08 2021, 20:31:02 - Shark diversity unaffected when the dinosaurs were wiped out, study finds

A global catastrophe 66 million years ago led to the extinction of all non-avian dinosaurs, and large marine reptiles like mosasaurs and plesiosaurs. But what happened to the sharks? According to a new study, shark-tooth diversity remained relatively constant across the mass extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous.

 

09 08 2021, 16:04:48 - Researchers find a ?fearsome dragon? that soared over outback Queensland

Australia's largest flying reptile has been uncovered, a pterosaur with an estimated seven-meter wingspan that soared like a dragon above the ancient, vast inland sea once covering much of outback Queensland.

 

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