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Big, armoured dinosaur still had camouflage to evade predators
Camouflaged skinRoyal Tyrrell Museum of PalaeontologyBy Aylin WoodwardIt’s been described as the most impressively preserved dinosaur fossil ever found – and now it’s beginning to reveal its secrets....
Despite heavy armor, new dinosaur used camouflage to hide from predators
Researchers have named a new genus and species of armored dinosaur. The 110-million-year-old Borealopelta markmitchelli discovered in Alberta, Canada belongs to the nodosaur family. Now, an analysis of...
6 ways Apple messed up its T. rex emoji
Apple's new green-and-toothy Tyrannosaurus rex emoji may be cute, but its anatomy is wildly inaccurate, a paleontologist told Live Science. For starters, its lower teeth shouldn't be visible, and its ear...
New species of dinosaur named after Canadian icon
A new species of troodontid theropod dinosaur identified, Albertavenator curriei, named after renowned Canadian palaeontologist Dr. Philip J. Currie. Palaeontologists initially thought that the bones of...
New dinosaur named after "Ghostbusters" beast
Scientists in Toronto have named a newly identified dinosaur after a monster from the original "Ghostbusters" film.The Royal Ontario Museum says it acquired the skeleton of the armored dinosaur Zuul crurivastator...
Eggs four times bigger than ostriches’ reveal a giant dinosaur
Zhao Chuang/PA WireBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationA clutch of enormous fossil eggs from China has led to the discovery of a new species of giant bird-like dinosaur. Flightless Beibeilong...
'Last African dinosaur' discovered in Moroccan mine
One of the last dinosaurs living in Africa before their extinction 66 million years ago has been discovered in a phosphate mine in northern Morocco. A study of the fossil suggests that following the breakup...
African T. rex was one of last dinosaurs alive before extinction
University of Bath/PA WireBy New Scientist staff and Press Association One of the last dinosaurs living in Africa before their extinction 66 million years ago has been discovered in a phosphate mine in...
Long-necked "viper" dinosaur is earliest on record
About 160 million years ago, a gigantic, long-necked dinosaur — the earliest known titanosaur on record — swooped its lengthy neck to and fro as it foraged for a leafy meal in Jurassic-era France, a new...
Moabosaurus discovered in Utah's 'gold mine'
Move over, honeybee and seagull: it's time to meet Moabosaurus utahensis, Utah's newly discovered dinosaur, whose past reveals even more about the state's long-term history. The bones of the 125-million-year-old...
Early dinosaur cousin had a surprising croc-like look
Teleocrater and other recently discovered dinosaur cousins show that these animals were widespread during the Triassic Period and lived in modern day Russia, India, and Brazil. Furthermore, these cousins...
Palaeontologist reconstructs feathered dinosaurs in the flesh
Until now it has been hard to get an accurate idea of the shape of a dinosaur from its fossilized remains, as only their bones are usually preserved. Using a new technique, palaeontologists have reconstructed...
Dinosaur footprint may be largest ever discovered
Researchers may have uncovered the largest dinosaur footprints ever found, measuring in at five feet, nine inches long and etched into the Earth millions of years ago by massive four-legged sauropod dinosaurs. The...
New tech helps reveal what this dinosaur looked like
Researchers say they have reached an unprecedented level of understanding regarding what one particular four-winged dinosaur actually looked like.Researchers from Linyi University in China and the University...
Good ribbance: Dinosaur rib bones reveal remnants of 195-million-year-old protein
Is fossilized rock all that remains when a dinosaur decomposes? New research provides the first evidence that proteins have been preserved within the 195-million-year-old rib of the sauropodomorph dinosaur...
Mozilla Dinosaur Now Extinct as Curl-like Logo Debuts
From the 'Goodbye Godzilla' files:Since 1998, Mozilla's brand has been associated with its godzilla-like dinosaur logo. While other company's (and browsers) have come and gone Mozilla's dinosaur has remained,...
Feathered dinosaur tail preserved in amber
About 99 million years ago, an unlucky juvenile dinosaur wandered into a sticky trap and sacrificed a chunk of its tail.That dinosaur’s loss was paleontology’s gain. Millions of years later, the truncated...
Feathered dinosaur tail found at market
Preserved feathered dinosaur tail has been discovered. Picture: Royal Saskatchewan Museum/R.C. McKellar THE feathered tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been discovered, miraculously preserved...
T. rex cousin’s 99-million-year old tail feathers found in amber
Chung-tat Cheung/PA WireBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationA piece of feathered dinosaur tail has been found trapped in amber and perfectly preserved for almost 100 million years. Despite the...
A giant predatory lizard swam in Antarctic seas near the end of the dinosaur age
Kaikaifilu is a new species of giant sea lizard (mosasaur) discovered in 66-million-year-old rocks of Antarctica. At about 10 meters long, it is the largest known top marine predator from this continent....
First-ever dinosaur brain tissue found
What was going on in dinosaurs’ noggins as they dwelled in Cretaceous forests, stalking fierce prey or sitting on a nest of giant eggs? Paleontologists may never know the answer to these questions, but...
Massive dinosaur discovered in outback
Scientists in Australia have made a massive discovery: A newly identified genus and species of Australian sauropod?a large, plant-eating dinosaur with a long neck and tail?are described in a paper in Scientific...
First diagnosis of dinosaur arthritis shows it lived in pain
Tough lifeAllen Creative / Steve Allen / AlamyBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationA dinosaur has been diagnosed with severe arthritis 70 million years after its death. Scientists believe the hadrosaur,...
T. rex lookalike suggests that tiny arms developed for a purpose
Who needs big arms when you have big teeth?Jorge González and Pablo LaraBy Josh GabbatissWhile Tyrannosaurus rex was stalking prey some 68 million years ago in what is now North America, down south an...
Dwarf Dinosaur Suffered from Jaw Tumor
Millions of years ago in what is now the central Romanian region of Transylvania, a dwarf dinosaur walked the earth with a non-cancerous facial tumor similar to those found today in humans, other mammals...
First fossil facial tumor discovered in a dwarf duck-billed dinosaur from Transylvania
The first-ever record of a tumourous facial swelling found in a fossil has been discovered in the jaw of the dwarf dinosaur Telmatosaurus transsylvanicus, a type of primitive duck-billed dinosaur known...
Amateur finds new dinosaur, called ‘Judith’
This artist rendering shows a new horned dinosaur Spiclypeus shipporum nicknamed Judith. Picture: Mike Skrepnick/Canadian Museum of Nature via AP A NOVICE fossil collector’s lucky find in a remote Montana...
Dinosaurs weren’t wiped out by that meteorite after all
For some reason, the scientists neglected to mention "fighting with a giant ape" as one possible cause of the dinosaur population decline.King KongIt's the most dramatic mass extinction in the history...
Want a pet Chickenosaurus?
Scientists in Chile are experimenting with turning chicken legs into dinosaur legs. IF YOU watched Stephen Spielberg’s Jurassic Park with wide-eyed awe wishing it were real, there could still be hope yet....
Forget all you know from Jurassic Park: For speed, T.rex beats velociraptors
Paleontologists unveiled in November a new dinosaur discovered four years ago in southern Utah that proves giant tyrant dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus rex were around 10 million years earlier than previously...
Hoverboards, dinosaurs and Star Wars drones help shovel snow - CNET
Let's face it. No one enjoys shoveling snow. It's thankless work that takes place in extremely cold weather, and usually the snow returns to the scene of the crime within hours of your attempts to keep...
"Welsh Dragon" may be earliest Jurassic dinosaur
Two brothers hunting for ichthyosaur fossils along the coast of the United Kingdom came across something far more astounding: The bones of what may be the earliest known dinosaur from the Jurassic period...
'Dragon Thief' Dinosaur Thrived After Primordial Calamity
In the early years of the Jurassic Period, when the world was recovering from one of the worst mass extinctions on record, a modest meat-eating dinosaur from Wales helped pave the way for some of the most...
Meet 'Dracoraptor,' a new species of dinosaur
A reconstruction of the Dracoraptor by artist Bob Nicholls.(Photo: National Museum of Wales) A new species of dinosaur thought to be the oldest Jurassic dinosaur ever found in the United Kingdom has a...
Tiny Welsh therapod is world's earliest Jurassic dinosaur
A dinosaur skeleton discovered on a beach near Penarth, South Wales, in 2014 has been formally announced as a new species: Dracoraptor hanigani. It's a rare example of an early-Jurassic dinosaur, dated...
Dragons really did roam Wales: 'Dracoraptor' dinosaur unveiled
Dr Martill, reader in palaeobiology, said: “We invited Rob and Nick to name this beautiful little dinosaur and they suggested ‘Dracoraptor’ after draco meaning dragon, the national symbol of Wales, and...
New fossil discoveries are HUGE
Geographic provenance and speculative reconstruction of the gigantic titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur Notocolossus gonzalezparejasi gen. et sp. nov. Credit: Scientific Reports (2016). DOI: 10.1038/srep19165...
Baby Chasmosaurus skeleton helps Alberta scientists understand dinosaur evolution
Baby, you're the one. The discovery of the only complete baby Chasmosaurus skeleton in Alberta has helped researchers understand how the species aged and more about the evolution of other horned dinosaurs,...
Mammoth dinosaur cast goes on display in NY
The Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur ever displayed at the American Museum of Natural History, is unveiled on January 14, 2016 in New York A cast of one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered, a mammoth...
Unveiling of largest dinosaur remains
Age hasn’t wearied David Attenborough. SIR David Attenborough will unveil remains of the largest dinosaur to ever walk the planet on a new BBC program. The famous broadcaster and naturalist will reveal...
Dinosaurs took part in building competitions to attract females
Dig this. For some dinosaurs, the way to a female’s heart may have been a soil-digging contest. Researchers working in Colorado have discovered the first physical evidence that some dinosaurs competed...
Get a scary Jurassic perk for T-Rexmas
A lifelike model of T-Rex could be yours in time for Christmas, thanks to dinosaur experts from the University of Manchester. The scary model is one of six remarkable skeletons developed by a team led...
Sail-backed Dinosaur Remains Found in Northeastern Spain
Along a lush river delta in what is now northeastern Spain, a herd of dinosaurs munched on ferns and conifers similar to modern-day cypresses 125 million years ago. These creatures stood out from the others...
Cousin of Horned Dinosaur Triceratops Discovered in China
The remains of a tiny version of the huge triceratops dinosaur – no bigger than a small dog – have been unearthed in fossil beds in China. The discovery pushes the origins of the popular frilled, horned...
Triceratops gets a cousin: Researchers identify another horned dinosaur species
The Ceratopsia family is growing again. Researchers have described a new species of plant-eating dinosaur, Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis, that stood on its hind feet and was about the size of a spaniel....
Australia's new armoured dinosaur revealed
Life reconstruction of Kunbarrasaurus ieversi. Credit: Australian Geographic It has a parrot-like beak, bones in its skin and an inner ear similar to a turtle. Meet Kunbarrasaurus, Australia's newest...
'Dinosaur disco': 100s of dinosaur tracks found in Scotland
Scientists have unearthed the largest dinosaur fossil site ever found in Scotland. The collection of hundreds of dinosaur footprints and handprints is helping scientists learn about the long-necked, massive...
Hundreds of giant dinosaur footprints found in Scottish lagoon
Nessie may be a mythical creature, but Scotland was once home to enormous dinosaurs that waded in shallow waters. Stephen Brusatte from the University of Edinburgh, UK and his colleague Tom Challands...
Six amazing dinosaur discoveries that changed the world
Recently, an auction of a dinosaur skeleton, discovered in Jurassic-aged rocks in the US, was held in West Sussex, England. The skeleton was that of a largely complete, immature, three-metre long carnivorous...
Rare fossil of a horned dinosaur found from 'lost continent'
A rare fossil from eastern North America of a dog-sized horned dinosaur has been identified by Dr Nick Longrich. The fossil provides evidence of an east-west divide in North American dinosaur evolutio...
Canuckosaur! First Canadian 'dinosaur' becomes Dimetrodon borealis
A "dinosaur" fossil originally discovered on Prince Edward Island has been shown to have steak knife-like teeth, and researchers from U of T Mississauga, Carleton University and the Royal Ontario Museum...
Crytek's 'Back to Dinosaur Island' virtual reality experience is now free
Crytek has released itsÂ virtual realityÂ tech demoÂ Back to Dinosaur IslandÂ onÂ Steam. Compatible with Oculus Rift, the experience canÂ be downloaded nowÂ for the low price of absolutely nothing.By:...
New species of duckbilled dinosaur neatly fills an evolutionary gap
A previously undiscovered dinosaur species showcases an evolutionary transition from an earlier duckbilled species to that group's descendants. The findings highlight how the new species of duckbilled...
'Superduck' Dinosaur Provides Insight Into Elaborate Head Crests
In a warm, lush environment near a meandering river 79.5 million years ago in Montana, a dinosaur nicknamed "Superduck" munched on leaves and kept a lookout for predators related to Tyrannosaurus rex that...
Watch your mouth: Allosaurus had monstrously gaping jaws
WASHINGTON: You might call the Jurassic Period meat-eating dinosaur Allosaurus the ultimate big mouth. A new study analyzing dinosaur jaw musculature found that this fearsome hunter that prowled North...
Dinosaur fossils airlifted out of New Mexico wilderness
After years of hard work and some paper pushing, a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter plucked rare dinosaur finds — encased in plaster — from the New Mexico wilderness and airlifted them to a waiting...
Hot or not: Were dinos warm-blooded?
PARIS: A new method to chemically analyse dinosaur egg shells has allowed scientists to gauge the extinct lizards' body temperature, researchers said on Tuesday. The findings support recent work by other...
Rare braincase provides insight into dinosaur brain
Experts have described one of the most complete sauropod dinosaur braincases ever found in Europe. The find could help scientists uncover some of the mysteries of how dinosaur brains operated, including...
Largest dinosaur population growth study ever shows how Maiasaura lived and died
Decades of research on Montana's state fossil—the "good mother lizard" Maiasaura peeblesorum - has resulted in the most detailed life history of any dinosaur known and created a model to which all other...
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