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Volcanic Activity Led To Demise Of Chinese Dinosaurs: Study
2014-02-05 07:45:33

[ Watch the Video: Pyroclastic Eruptions Preserved Fossil Beds In China ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The exceptional preservation and diversity of dinosaur, bird and early mammal fossils present in the fossil beds of northern China are famous. How these creatures died, and why hundreds of creatures from different habitats were buried together on ancient lake floors, has yet to be understood. A new study, published in Nature Communications, claims that the...

Fossilized Feces From Dino Ancestors Shared A Toilette
2013-11-29 12:21:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Seeing a pile of feces usually sends people running, but a team of paleontologists has leaped head-long into an ancient collection of poo believed to be about 240 million years old, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports. Dubbed the “world’s first public toilet,” the site in Argentina is the earliest known evidence of ancient reptiles sharing a collective dumping ground. Modern animals such as elephants and...

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2009-09-18 06:05:00

The Tyrannosaurus Rex is characterized by its big head, packed with sharp teeth, and tiny arms. However, a new ancestor has been dug up in China that was only 10 feet tall and 150 pounds, aptly nicknamed "Raptorex." Though the mini Raptorex is almost 100 times smaller than the T. rex, it is practically identical in structure, even sporting the same little arms and all the fortunate traits that made it such a successful predator, said lead author Paul Sereno from the University of Chicago and...

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2009-03-24 09:24:27

Yes, according to a new fossil discovery in Montana's Homer Site Until now, Triceratops was thought to be unusual among its ceratopsid relatives. While many ceratopsids"”a common group of herbivorous dinosaurs that lived toward the end of the Cretaceous"”have been found in enormous bonebed deposits of multiple individuals, all known Triceratops (over 50 in total) fossils have been solitary individuals. But a new discovery of a jumble of at least three juveniles the badlands of the...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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