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Oldest Dino Embryo Boneyard Provides New Insight for Researchers
2013-04-10 19:01:01

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While these never actually walked the Earth, and didn´t fully develop or hatch, a trove of dinosaur embryos could give researchers rare insight into their development. Paleontologists working in China recently unearthed what could be the earliest collection of fossilized dinosaur embryos to date, and it has provided the researchers with a new opportunity to study ongoing growth patterns and development of the prehistoric...

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2012-01-24 04:34:59

An international team of researchers say that they have unearthed a 190-million-year-old dinosaur nesting site that they are calling the oldest such location in the world. In fact, according to a January 23 press release announcing the discovery, lead author and University of Toronto Mississauga biology professor Robert Reisz and colleagues claim that the newly discovered excavation site, which is located at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in South Africa, pre-dates the oldest...

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2010-11-12 09:15:00

Attempts to identify the oldest known dinosaur embryos have resulted in some stunning new discoveries about the early development of the ancient creatures, according to a new study published this week in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The dinosaur eggs in question, which were discovered in Cape Town, South African back in 1976, came from the species Massospondylus, a predecessor of plant-eating sauropods such as the Brontosaurus, according to BBC News Science Reporter Katia...

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2005-12-22 08:00:07

NASA -- Palaeontologists from the University of Bonn report on an intriguing diagnosis in the 16 December issue of the journal Science. A dinosaur which they have examined was apparently able to vary the speed of its growth according the conditions obtaining in its environment. Although tortoises and crocodiles also do this, plateosaurus engelhardti seems to be unique among dinosaurs, leading experts to puzzle over whether the family history of the dinosaurs will need to be rewritten....

2005-08-02 10:27:55

(Corrects affiliation of paleontologist in sixth paragraph) By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Unhatched dinosaur eggs dating back 190 million years carried fully developed embryos that would have been born clumsy and helpless, scientists said on Thursday. Their finding, published in Friday's issue of the journal Science, suggests even the earliest dinosaurs tended carefully to their young. It also raises questions about how the giant four-legged...

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2005-08-02 10:25:00

WASHINGTON -- Unhatched dinosaur eggs dating back 190 million years carried fully developed embryos that would have been born clumsy and helpless, scientists said on Thursday. Their finding, published in Friday's issue of the journal Science, suggests even the earliest dinosaurs tended carefully to their young. It also raises questions about how the giant four-legged dinosaurs called sauropods evolved. "These animals do not have any teeth, and since they are ready to hatch, that is strange,"...

2005-07-28 13:01:57

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Unhatched dinosaur eggs dating back 190 million years carried fully developed embryos that would have been born clumsy and helpless, scientists said on Thursday. Their finding, published in Friday's issue of the journal Science, suggests even the earliest dinosaurs tended carefully to their young. It also raises questions about how the giant four-legged dinosaurs called sauropods evolved. "These animals do not have any...

2005-07-28 15:02:35

The embryos of a long-necked, herbivorous dinosaur are the earliest ever recorded for any terrestrial vertebrate and point to how primitive dinosaurs evolved into the largest animals ever to walk on earth, say scientists from the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM), the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. The discovery, published in the July 29 issue of Science, provides a rare glimpse into the life of the sauropodomorph dinosaur Massospondylus,...

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2005-02-17 13:05:34

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- The discovery of a nearly intact fossil of a prehistoric crocodile is teaching scientists what the world was like before the continents were separated by oceans, a Brazilian paleontologist said. A reproduction of the previously unknown creature - dubbed Uberabasuchus Terrificus, or the terrible crocodile of Uberaba - was unveiled Wednesday at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Uberabasuchus lived 70 million years ago and was smaller than today's...

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2004-12-03 07:25:00

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- Scientists have unveiled a replica of a new species of dinosaur whose fossils were recently discovered in Brazil. The new dinosaur, an ancestor of the brontosaurus, has more in common with species found in Europe than with other finds in South America. A replica of Unaysaurus Toletinoi, a small plant-eater that lived some 230 million years ago, was unveiled last week at the National Museum in Rio. "It differs from all other dinosaurs," Zootaxa, a scientific...


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2012-03-21 18:26:56

Massospondylus, meaning “longer vertebrae,” is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Hettangian to Pliensbachian ages of the Early Jurassic Period (200 to 183 million years ago). Massospondylus was discovered in 1853 by J.M. Orpen in the Upper Elliott Formation at Harrismith, South Africa. It was described in 1854 by Sir Richard Owen. It is one of the first dinosaurs to have been named. The type species is M. carinatus. There have been seven other named species during the past 150...

Sellosaurus
2012-03-20 21:37:17

Plateosaurus, meaning “Broadway lizard,” is a genus of plateosaurid dinosaur from the Late Triassic Period (216 to 199 million years ago), which lived in what is now Central and Northern Europe. It is a primitive sauropodomorph dinosaur. There are two recognized species: the type species P. engelhardti from the late Norian and Rhaetian stages, and the slightly earlier P. gracilis from the lower Norian. Plateosaurus was discovered in 1834 by Johann Friedrich Engelhardt and described...

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2011-04-11 15:10:03

Yunnanosaurus, meaning "Yunnan lizard," is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Early to Mid Jurassic Period. This was perhaps one of the last living prosauropods of the time. It was discovered by Yang Zhongjian in the Lufeng Formation of Yunnan, China. The find consisted of twenty incomplete skeletons, including two skulls, and were excavated by Tsun Yi Wang. The type species, Y huangi, was named by C.C. Young in 1942, and created the family Yunnanosauridae based on the findings as a...

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2011-01-03 17:21:11

Unaysaurus, meaning "black water lizard," is a genus of sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Carnian to Norian ages of the Late Triassic Period (225 to 200 million years ago). It was discovered in southern Brazil, which at that time was connected to northwest Africa. During the reign of Unaysaurus, the world was united as the supercontinent Pangaea, which was just starting to break up into the Laurasia and Gondwana continents. The type species, U. tolentinoi, was named after Tolentino...

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2010-07-27 12:56:00

Jingshanosaurus, meaning "Jingshan lizard", is a genus of prosauropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Period. A nearly complete skeleton, including the skull, was found near the town of Jingshan, Lufeng County, Yunnan Province, China. The name from which this dinosaur derives, Jingshan, means "Golden Hill". Jingshanosaurus was first described in 1995. The type species, J. xinwaensis, was formalized by Zhang and yang. Fossil remains of this species had been exhibited in museums for years...

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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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