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Beaks Were Functionally Important In Protecting Dinosaur Skulls
2013-12-03 08:20:52

One typical hallmark of modern birds that comes in a huge variety of shapes and sizes is the beak. While this is common knowledge, it is less well known that during the Cretaceous Period keratin-covered beaks had already evolved in different groups of dinosaurs.

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2011-07-28 04:55:00

Archaeopteryx, once believed to be the world’s earliest bird, may actually have been just another feathered dinosaur.

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2011-05-10 07:50:00

A new study from an international team of scientists suggests juvenile and adult predatory dinosaurs had a range of hunting and feeding strategies.

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2010-08-19 12:10:00

90-pound birds that once lived in South America used their giant, sharp beaks like a boxer giving their opponent a quick jab.

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2008-12-08 15:30:00

Paleontologists have long known that dinosaurs had tiny brains, but they had no idea the beasts were such airheads.

2006-02-16 19:00:00

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.


Word of the Day
abactinal
  • Pertaining to the surface or end opposite to the mouth in a radiate animal.
The word 'abactinal' comes from a Greek root meaning 'ray' and a Latin prefix meaning 'away'.
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