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Fossil Discovery May Be Of Earliest Living Dinosaur
2012-12-05 09:40:27

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some of the earliest known dinosaurs to have walked the planet were considered to be small dinosaurs like the swift-footed Eoraptor. But researchers have discovered a new dinosaur-like fossil that may be even older. Called Nyasasaurus parringtoni, the specimen is thought to have existed 10 to 15 million years earlier than dinosaur fossils have previously shown, originating in the Middle rather than the Late Triassic Period. Study...

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2011-05-20 12:37:24

A fossil unearthed in China in the 1970s of a creature that died about 247 million years ago, originally thought to be a distant relative of both birds and crocodiles, turns out to have come from the crocodile family tree after it had already split from the bird family tree, according to research led by a University of Washington paleontologist.The only known specimen of Xilousuchus sapingensis has been reexamined and is now classified as an archosaur. Archosaurs, characterized by skulls with...

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2010-03-03 13:00:00

Paleontologists have discovered a dinosaur-like animal that lived 10 million years earlier than the oldest known dinosaurs, suggesting that dinosaurs and close relatives such as pterosaurs (flying reptiles) originated much earlier than scientists previously thought. The research also suggests that at least three times in the evolution of dinosaurs and their closest relatives, meat-eating animals evolved into animals with diets that included plants. These shifts all occurred in less than 10...

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2009-12-10 15:55:00

A team of paleontologists has unearthed a previously unknown meat-eating dinosaur from a fossil bone bed in northern New Mexico. The discovery settles a long-standing debate about early dinosaur evolution, and reveals a period of explosive diversification.  It also hints at how dinosaurs spread across the supercontinent Pangaea. A description of the new species, named Tawa after the Hopi word for the Puebloan sun god, appears in the Dec. 10 issue of the journal Science. The...

2006-01-25 13:45:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A toothless, two-legged crocodile ancestor that walked upright and had a beak instead of teeth was discovered in the basement of New York's American Museum of Natural History, according to a report published on Wednesday. The 210 million-year-old fossil had sat in storage at the museum for nearly 60 years and was found only by accident, the paleontologists said. The animal is interesting because it closely resembles a...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.