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2011-12-08 05:56:14

New research from Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies and the State Museum of Pennsylvania has unveiled enormous bones from North America's biggest dinosaur. In a paper published Dec. 6 in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, MSU researcher Denver W. Fowler and coauthor Robert M. Sullivan from Harrisburg, Pa., describe two gigantic vertebrae and a femur that the team collected in New Mexico from 2003 to 2006. Carrying the vertebrae alone took most of a day and was a "killer" because...

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2011-08-07 06:46:43

By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service Dog-sized dinosaurs that lived near the South Pole, sometimes in the dark for months at a time, had bone tissue very similar to dinosaurs that lived everywhere on the planet, according to a doctoral candidate at Montana State University. That surprising fact falsifies a 13-year-old study and may help explain why dinosaurs were able to dominate the planet for 160 million years, said Holly Woodward, MSU graduate student in the Department of Earth Sciences and...

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2011-01-26 09:05:00

A new chapter in the dispute over the Tyrannosaurus rex's eating habits was written on Wednesday, as scientists with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) published a new study they say confirms that it was, in fact, a hunter and not a scavenger. Their findings, which were published Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, "end a long-running debate about the hunting behavior of this awesome predator," officials from the ZSL said in a press release on Tuesday. While...

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2010-07-15 08:21:46

Research by a Montana State University doctoral student and one of the nation's top paleontologists is upending more than 100 years of thought regarding the dinosaurs known as Triceratops and Torosaurus. Since the late 1800s, scientists have believed that Triceratops and Torosaurus were two different types of dinosaurs. Triceratops had a three-horned skull with a rather short frill, whereas Torosaurus had a much bigger frill with two large holes through it. MSU paleontologists John Scannella...

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2009-08-26 06:40:00

Canadian Scientist Aims to Reverse Evolution A Canadian paleontologist is taking his hunt for prehistoric reptiles from the dust and rubble of intense archeological digs to the pristine facilities of a genetic research laboratory.  His goal?  To tweak the DNA of developing chicken embryos to create a dinosaur, à la Jurassic Park. Hans Larsson, Research Chair in Macro Evolution at McGill University in Montreal, suspects that by manipulating certain key genetic...

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2009-05-01 07:35:00

A paleontologist at North Carolina State University says she has discovered new evidence to support the idea that soft tissue and proteins can be preserved over long periods of geological time after a protein sequence was recovered from an 80 million-year-old duck-billed hadrosaur. Dr. Mary Schweitzer, along with colleagues Dr. John Asara of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Chris Organ of Harvard Medical School, and a group of researchers from Montana State...

2008-06-24 02:25:00

As news of a remarkably well-preserved cache of dinosaur bones was being heralded in media outlets around the world, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management paleontologist who had announced the find was taking a breath and urging others to do the same. No new species were turned up at the 3-month-old site, although a lot of digging is yet to be done. It is within the same Utah/ Colorado border region where at least two previously unheard-of dinosaur species were discovered during the past 10...

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2008-06-06 13:25:00

Scientists who dig dinosaurs in Eastern Montana will now be able to chemically analyze fossils the same day they're excavated and before degrading begins.Paleontologists from Montana State University, North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences recently bought and renovated a mobile laboratory that Dan Redding of Rudyard drove to Eastern Montana for the summer.The lab is the first of its kind and a dream come true, said Mary Higby Schweitzer, a North...

2006-11-07 08:31:15

LEWISTOWN, Mont. (AP) - A retired pastor and his son unearthed the skull and lower jaw of a sea reptile believed to be about 70 million years old, Montana State University said. The find northeast of here represents the first complete skull of a long-necked plesiosaur discovered in Montana, and one of the best specimens of its kind in North America, MSU researchers said. "It's a very important specimen," MSU paleontologist Jack Horner said. "We have been looking for it for a long, long...

2006-02-16 19:00:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - New methods of analyzing fossils have scientists arguing more than ever about whether Tyrannosaurus rex was a lumbering scavenger or a swift and agile predator. A CAT scan study of Tyrannosaurus rex skulls shows it had the inner ear of a much smaller, swifter predator. But a close look inside its thigh bone shows it had the ungainly body of a heavier creature. "I think what we have to do now is re-model dinosaurs," said...


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John R. “Jack” Horner
2013-10-14 13:35:47

John R. “Jack” Horner (born June 15, 1946) is an American paleontologist known for his research on dinosaur growth, and for discovering evidence that some dinosaurs nested and cared for their young.  He is perhaps the most famous paleontologist due to his role as technical advisor for all three Jurassic Park films, and his providing inspiration for Dr. Alan Grant, the film's lead character. He also advised on the FOX television show Terra Nova. Horner was born and raised in the small...

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2010-02-03 16:31:17

Kritosaurus, meaning "separated lizard" (sometimes misinterpreted as "noble lizard"), is a genus of duckbilled dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period (73 million years ago). It lived, possibly, in both North and South America. It was discovered in 1904 by Barnum Brown near Ojo Alamo, New Mexico. The initial discovery could not be verified age-wise, but by 1916 Brown was able to determine it came from the late Campanian age of the Kirtland Formation. It was initially named Nectosaurus, but...

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2010-02-03 16:02:04

Maiasaura, meaning "good mother lizard", is a genus of dinosaur from the Campanian age of the Upper Cretaceous Period (74 million years ago). It lived in what is now the state of Montana in the United States. It was discovered by paleontologist Jack Horner, whom was a paleontology advisor for the Jurassic Park movies. It was also co-discovered by Robert Makela. The dinosaur was named after finding a series of nests with egg and hatchling remains at Egg Mountain, in rocks of the Two Medicine...

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  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
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