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Cambrian Explosion Trigger Found In Grand Canyon
2012-04-20 04:50:27

Millions of years ago, the creatures who would become the ancestors of all life, animals and humans alike, were simple, sometimes composed of individual cells. Evolution had been slow, with very little diversification. Then, as the waters began to shift and separate exposing new areas of land to air and daylight, this slow evolution began to explode into activity. Referred to as the Cambrian Explosion, this diversification is estimated to have taken several million years itself, breeding many...

Image 1 - Dinosaurs May Have Doomed Their Species By Laying Eggs
2012-04-18 14:10:50

New research suggests that the way dinosaurs reproduced could have led to their demise. According to research from the Zoological Society of London, dinosaurs became at risk when they began to lay eggs. Working together with colleagues, Daryl Codron and Marcus Clauss from the University of Zurich conducted this research into the possible beginning stages of the dinosaurs extinction. Their work has been published in the journal Biology Letters. The trouble could have been the sheer size of...

Scientists Claim World's Largest Dinosaur Eggs Found In Chechnya
2012-04-18 04:50:08

Scientists from Chechnya said on Tuesday they have discovered what seem to be the largest fossilized dinosaur eggs ever recorded while combing a remote mountainous area of the North Caucasus region. Images of the large stash of dinosaur eggs were uploaded by the Chechen State University to its website following the exciting discovery, which occurred on April 9 during an expedition to study two waterfalls that had been previously uncharted. The remote site was shown after the images were...

How Did Duck Billed Dinosaurs Get Through Dark, Polar Winters?
2012-04-12 06:21:02

Researchers from the University of Cape-Town, the Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, and Temple University have discovered that duck-billed dinosaurs endured long, dark polar winters. These dinosaurs lived within Arctic latitudes approximately 70 million years ago, and rather than migrating south for the harsh winters, they simply stayed put. The paper, entitled “Hadrosaurs Were Perennial Polar Residents,” was published in the journal The Anatomical Record: Advances in...

Highly Advanced Killer Dinosaurs On Other Planets?
2012-04-12 05:36:14

What was old is once new again, as a new study discusses the possibility of advanced, cunning, and intelligent dinosaur-like creatures living on other planets in our universe. To add to the frightening image, the study simply concludes with the thought, "We would be better off not meeting them.” This research appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Scientist Ronald Breslow, Ph. D., author of the report, discusses an old and puzzling mystery of why the core and...

Eggs Of Enigmatic Dinosaur Discovered
2012-04-11 03:58:13

An Argentine-Swedish research team has reported a 70 million years old pocket of fossilized bones and unique eggs of an enigmatic birdlike dinosaur in Patagonia. What makes the discovery unique are the two eggs preserved near articulated bones of its hindlimb. This is the first time the eggs are found in a close proximity to skeletal remains of an alvarezsaurid dinosaur, says Dr. Martin Kundrát, dinosaur expert from the group of Professor Per Erik Ahlberg at Uppsala...

Image 1 - Were Easter Eggs Inspired By Dinosaurs?
2012-04-06 05:41:00

A new study comparing the eggs of various biological species has determined that some types of Easter eggs purchased in the marketplace may actually have been inspired by dinosaurs, not birds. According to an Asian News International (ANI) report, research conducted by paleontologists in Spain and the UK analyzed fossil eggs estimated to be 70 million years old that were discovered in the Pyrenees. Their goal was to determine whether or not the eggs in question had been laid by birds or...

New Dinosaur Species Is Largest Known Feathered Animal
2012-04-05 06:52:09

A new species of giant, feathered dinosaur discovered in northeastern China is the largest known feathered animal —- living or extinct -- ever to have existed, scientists reported on Wednesday. Xing Xu and from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and colleagues discovered three nearly-complete skeletons of the dinosaur, named Yutyrannus huali, meaning "beautiful feathered tyrant", in beds of sediment in Liaoning province.  The meat-eating creatures, known as...

2012-03-29 14:43:43

The dinosaurs of the Cretaceous may have faced an unexpected hazard: fire! In a paper published online today, researchers from Royal Holloway University of London and The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago have shown that during the Cretaceous (145-65 million years ago) fire was much more widespread than previously thought. The researchers traced fire activity in the fossil record through the occurrence of charcoal deposits, compiling a global database for this time interval....

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2012-03-29 07:08:23

A 3.4-million-year-old fossil foot found in eastern Ethiopia appears to settle a long-standing debate about whether there was just one line of hominins 3 to 4 million years ago, scientists said on Wednesday. The fossil record for that period had been virtually limited to the species Australopithecus afarensis, the early human ancestor made famous by the 3.2-million-year-old Lucy skeleton. However, research on the new specimen, which was found in February 2009 in an area locally known as...


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Robert Thomas Bakker
2014-04-22 14:27:45

Robert Thomas Bakker (born March 24, 1945) is an American Paleontologist known for his contribution to the “Dinosaur Renaissance” and his support of his mentor Ostrom’s theory that some dinosaurs were warm-blooded. He specializes in the ecological context and behavior of dinosaurs. Bakker was born in Bergen County, New Jersey. As a young boy, he developed an interest in dinosaurs following his first trip to the dinosaur exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History – he was...

Northern Sun Star, Solaster endeca
2013-11-14 11:54:31

The northern sun star (Solaster endeca), also known as the purple sun star or the smooth sun star, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Solasteridae family. It can be found in the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean with a range that includes coastlines of Greenland, Canada, and the United States. It prefers a habitat in areas with adequate to heavy shelter and muddy or rocky sediment, at depths of up to 1,480 feet. The northern sun star is large, reaching a diameter of 7.9...

Morning Sun Star, Solaster dawsoni
2013-11-11 11:20:37

The morning sun star (Solaster dawsoni) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Solasteridae family. It can be found in northern areas of the Pacific Ocean with a range that extends from the coasts of China, Japan, and Siberia to the coasts of California in the United States. It prefers a habitat in rocky areas at depths of up to 1,380 feet. This species has two subspecies known as Solaster dawsoni dawsoni and Solaster dawsoni arcticus. It has a wide body with eight to thirteen...

Paleontology
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paleontology or Palaeontology is the scientific study of prehistoric life, including the study of fossils to determine the organisms evolution and interactions with each other and their environments. Paleontological observations have been documented as far back as 5th century BC. The science became established in the 18th century as a result of Georges Cuvier’s work on comparative anatomy, and it developed quickly within the 19th century. The term itself comes from Greek palaios, meaning...

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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