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14

Aug

The twisted custody battle over a T. rex named Sue

The documentary ‘Dinosaur 13’ details the complicated legal challenges over a 42-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil discovered in South Dakota in 1990. 

 

The twisted custody battle over a T. rex named Sue

The documentary ‘Dinosaur 13’ details the complicated legal challenges over a 42-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil discovered in South Dakota in 1990.

 

31

Jul

Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birdsNew birds ‘out-shrank and out-evolved’ their dinosaur ancestors and thrived in new ecosystems.

Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds
New birds ‘out-shrank and out-evolved’ their dinosaur ancestors and thrived in new ecosystems.

28

Jul

Could dinosaurs have survived the asteroid impact that made them extinct?A drop in biodiversity before the asteroid hit serves as ‘cautionary tale’ for humans and our effect on the ecosystem.

Could dinosaurs have survived the asteroid impact that made them extinct?
A drop in biodiversity before the asteroid hit serves as ‘cautionary tale’ for humans and our effect on the ecosystem.

24

Jul

Tyrannosaur ‘gangs’ terrorized ancient landscapeWhile most researchers believe the predators were lone wolves, so to speak, multiple fossil specimens have been found in a single bone bed.

Tyrannosaur ‘gangs’ terrorized ancient landscape
While most researchers believe the predators were lone wolves, so to speak, multiple fossil specimens have been found in a single bone bed.

10

Jul

Huge trove of dinosaur footprints discovered in AlaskaAlong with the dinosaur tracks, researchers found traces from birds, clams, worms and bugs.

Huge trove of dinosaur footprints discovered in Alaska
Along with the dinosaur tracks, researchers found traces from birds, clams, worms and bugs.

03

Apr

Researchers reconstruct 112-million-year-old dinosaur ‘chase’The footprints are located in the Paluxy River Trackway, a popular site to see dino tracks in Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Researchers reconstruct 112-million-year-old dinosaur ‘chase’
The footprints are located in the Paluxy River Trackway, a popular site to see dino tracks in Dinosaur Valley State Park.

06

Mar

Fearsome T. Rex cousin likely ruled Jurassic-era EuropeThe size of the Torvosaurus gurneyi indicates that the notion of smaller dinosaurs on Europe may not have been correct after all.

Fearsome T. Rex cousin likely ruled Jurassic-era Europe
The size of the Torvosaurus gurneyi indicates that the notion of smaller dinosaurs on Europe may not have been correct after all.

18

Nov

Will ‘dueling dinosaurs’ be lost to science at auction?The fossilized remains represent a potential scientific boon to researchers, but if the fossils get locked away in a private collection, access will be difficult.

Will ‘dueling dinosaurs’ be lost to science at auction?
The fossilized remains represent a potential scientific boon to researchers, but if the fossils get locked away in a private collection, access will be difficult.

Fossil provides clues about what a dinosaur brain looked likeUsing bird and alligator brains, researchers inferred that dinosaurs likely sported a similar brains that included the capacity for sophisticated behavior.

Fossil provides clues about what a dinosaur brain looked like
Using bird and alligator brains, researchers inferred that dinosaurs likely sported a similar brains that included the capacity for sophisticated behavior.

07

Nov

Utah’s ‘King of Gore’ dinosaur reveals T. Rex lineage
Researchers think that the various T. Rex species evolved as sea levels rose, isolating the creatures and changing environments.