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Oldest mammal in Brazil lived in the age of dinosaurs

Brasilestes stardusti is the name given to the oldest known mammal found in Brazil. It lived in what is now the northwest of São...

Tiny paragliding beetle that lived with dinosaurs discovered in amber, named...

Featherwing beetles are smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. They get their name from the feathery fringe on their wings...

Jurassic diet: Why our knowledge of what ancient pterosaurs ate might...

Whenever we think about extinct animals we often imagine them eating their favourite meals, whether it be plants, other animals or a combination of...

World’s oldest lizard fossil discovered

An international team of paleontologists, which includes the University of Bristol, have identified the world's oldest lizard, providing key insight into the evolution of...

Life recovered rapidly at impact site of dino-killing asteroid

About 66 million years ago, an asteroid smashed into Earth, triggering a mass extinction that ended the reign of the dinosaurs and snuffed out...

The smallest biggest theropod dinosaur

Spinosaurus is the longest, and among the largest predatory dinosaurs, and possesses many adaptations for a semiaquatic lifestyle. A tiny claw phalanx of the...

Dino-bird dandruff research head and shoulders above rest

Palaeontologists from University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have discovered 125 million-year-old dandruff preserved amongst the plumage of feathered dinosaurs and early birds, revealing...

When the dinosaurs died, so did forests — and tree-dwelling birds

Sixty-six million years ago, the world burned. An asteroid crashed to Earth with a force one million times larger than the largest atomic bomb,...

Study casts doubt on traditional view of pterosaur flight

Most renderings and reconstructions of pterodactyls and other extinct flying reptiles show a flight pose much like that of bats, which fly with their...

Genome structure of dinosaurs discovered by bird-turtle comparisons

A discovery by scientists at the University of Kent has provided significant insight into the overall genome structure of dinosaurs. By comparing the genomes of...

How does a one-tonne dino hatch its eggs?

Most dinosaurs buried their eggs and hoped for the best, but some species—including a few hefty ones—built nests and pampered unhatched offspring much as...

Dinosaurs’ tooth wear sheds light on their predatory lives

Predatory, bird-like theropod dinosaurs from the Upper Cretaceous (100.5-66 million years ago) of Spain and Canada all relied on a puncture-and-pull bite strategy to...

Dinosaurs ended – and originated – with a bang!

It is commonly understood that the dinosaurs disappeared with a bang -- wiped out by a great meteorite impact on the Earth 66 million...

The dinosaur menu, as revealed by calcium

By studying calcium in fossil remains in deposits in Morocco and Niger, researchers have been able to reconstruct the food chains of the past,...

World’s largest dinosaur found in Scotland

Scientists have discovered the biggest dinosaur site in Scotland on the Isle of Skye after stumbling across giant footprints fossilized into coastal rock. The 70cm-wide...

New Patagonian predator sheds light on mysterious meat-eating dinosaur group

The new predatory dinosaur Tratayenia rosalesi crosses a stream in what is now Patagonia, Argentina roughly 85 million years ago. Although many new dinosaur species...

Researchers investigate ‘baby’ tyrannosaur fossil unearthed in Montana

For now, there are just a few things researchers and students at the University of Kansas want people to dig about the new dinosaur...

New Ornithomimosaur from Arkansas Described

Last week, a new species of dinosaur was described in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The dinosaur, Arkansaurus fridayi, is an ornithomimosaur the Early...

Decade of fossil collecting gives new perspective on Triassic period, emergence...

After a great mass extinction shook the world about 252 million years ago, animal life outside of the ocean began to take hold. The...

Dinosaur frills and horns did not evolve for species recognition

The elaborate frills and horns of a group of dinosaurs including Triceratops and Styracosaurus did not evolve to help species recognise each other, according...

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