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2012-05-23 17:04:00

The rise of the tyrants of the South The stubby arms of Tyrannosaurus rex obviously weren't designed for hand-to-hand combat. However, the abelisaurids of the Southern hemisphere were even less well equipped in that department—and upper limb reduction began very early in their evolution. When Tyrannosaurus and its relatives roamed North America and Asia, the abelisaurids occupied a similar niche in Patagoniaand other areas ofGondwanaland. They were the dominant predators in the...

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2008-02-14 00:05:00

Paleontologists have discovered fossils in Africa's Sahara Desert of two new meat-eating dinosaurs that walked the earth 110 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period.   The dinosaurs were discovered in 2000 during an expedition led by University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno.  Sereno and co-author Stephen Brusatte of the University of Bristol reported the discovery in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. In their report, they said the fossils provide a...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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