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First New Dinosaur Discovered In Nearly A Decade
2013-04-19 13:22:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A pair of American researchers has announced the discovery of a new species of dinosaur from Madagascar — the first such discovery in almost a decade. According to a report in the open access journal PLOS ONE, the discovery fills a gap in the island nation´s fossil record and provides clues to the evolutionary history of Madagascar and India, which were part of the same land mass millions of years ago. The new species...

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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2010-10-18 08:15:04

It turns out that the undisputed king of the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, didn't just eat other dinosaurs but also each other. Paleontologists from the United States and Canada have found bite marks on the giants' bones that were made by other T. rex, according to a new study published online Oct. 15 in the journal PLoS ONE. While searching through dinosaur fossil collections for another study on dinosaur bones with mammal tooth marks, Yale researcher Nick Longrich discovered a bone with...

2008-12-08 13:25:56

U.S. scientists using computerized tomography scanning have found dinosaurs had much larger air cavities in their heads than had been thought. Ohio University Professor Lawrence Witmer and research associate Ryan Ridgely examined skulls from two predators, Tyrannosaurus rex and Majungasaurus, as well as two ankylosaurian dinosaurs, Panoplosaurus and Euoplocephalus. For comparison, the scientists said they also studied scans of crocodiles and ostriches, which are modern day relatives of...

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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. A new study by Ohio University researchers Lawrence Witmer and Ryan Ridgely found that dinosaurs had more air cavities in their heads than expected. By using CT scans, the scientists were able to develop 3-D images of the dinosaur skulls that show a clearer picture of the physiology of the airways. "I've been looking at sinuses for a long time, and indeed people would kid me...

2005-07-13 14:25:00

ATHENS, Ohio "“ What could the fierce dinosaur T. rex and a modern songbird such as the sparrow possibly have in common? Their pulmonary systems may have been more similar than scientists previously thought, according to new research from Ohio University and Harvard University. Though some scientists have proposed that predatory dinosaurs had lungs similar to crocodiles and other reptiles, a new study published in this week's issue of the journal Nature suggests the ancient beasts...


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2012-03-20 22:48:28

Majungasaurus, meaning “Mahajanga lizard,” is a genus of abelisaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period of what is now Madagascar (70 to 65.5 million years ago). The type species is M. crenatissimus. Majungasaurus was first described by French paleontologist Charles Depéret in 1896 from a fossil that included two teeth, a claw, and some vertebrae discovered along the Betsiboka River by a French army officer. Depéret referred to these fossils as belonging to...

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2010-02-03 13:44:47

Masiakasaurus, meaning "vicious lizard", is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period (70 million years ago), and possibly existed until the end of the dinosaur reign (66 million years ago). The type species, M. knopfleri, was named after musician Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, whose music inspired the expedition. Unlike most theropods, the front teeth of this small predator projected forward rather than straight down. This characteristic suggests that Masiakasaurus had a...

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2009-08-18 17:08:55

Carnotaurus, meaning "meat-eating bull", is a genus of dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period which lived in what is now South America. It was discovered in the La Colonia Formation near Patagonia, Argentina by José F. Bonaparte, who has uncovered many other South American dinosaurs. The name is derived from the Latin word carne: "flesh" and the Greek word tauros: "bull". Its naming refers to its distinct bull-like horns. Carnotaurus was a large predatory theropod. It was about 30...

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2009-08-05 12:25:42

Aucasaurus is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Santonian Stage of the Upper Cretaceous Period. It lived in what is now Argentina. It was smaller than the similar Carnotaurus, but had longer arms. The fossil remains are complete to the thirteenth caudal vertebrae, and is relatively understood. It is the most complete abelisaurid to be described as of yet. The skull was damaged which led scientists to speculate that it may have been in a fight prior to its death. Aucasaurus was...

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