Schizophrenia May be a Consequence of Human-Brain-Evolution
 
According to a new study led by Dr. Ole Andreassen of the University of Oslo (Norway), schizophrenia emerged after Homo sapiens diverged from Homo neanderthalensis.
 
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Murusraptor: new Megaraptoran Dinosaur From Argentina
 
Paleontologists have discovered a new genus and species of megaraptoran theropod dinosaur in northwest Patagonia: Murusraptor barrosaensis.
 
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Study: Turtle Shell Initially Evolved for Burrowing
 
A new study on Eunotosaurus (the earliest-known - 260 million year old - turtle) suggests that turtle shells originally evolved for burrowing underground, and not for protection.
 
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Gualicho shinyae: New Theropod Dinosaur From Argentina
 
Paleontologists led by Sebastián Apesteguía from the Universidad Maimónides have described a remarkable new genus and species of carnosaur that lived in Argentina about 94 million years ago: Gualicho shinyae.
 
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320 Million-Year-Old Plant Root Stem Cells Discovered
 
Paleontologists led by Prof. Liam Dolan from Oxford University have discovered the oldest known population of plant root stem cells in a 320 million-years-old fossil (Carboniferous): Radix carbonica.
 
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Earliest Known Fossil of Insect Agriculture Discovered
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Eric Roberts from James Cook University, Australia, have discovered the oldest known examples of 'fungus gardens' within 25 million-year-old fossilized termite nests from southwestern Tanzania.
 
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Early Mammals Weren't Suppressed by Dinosaurs
 
According to a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, early mammals weren't suppressed by the dinosaurs during the Mesozoic.
 
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New Trap-Jaw Ant Species Found in Cretaceous Amber
 
Scientists described a new species of trap-jaw ant from beautifully preserved inclusions in cretaceous Burmese amber: Ceratomyrmex ellenbergeri.
 
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Sclerocormus parviceps: new Ichthyosauriform From China
 
Paleontologists identified a new genus and species of ichthyosauriform marine reptile that lived about 248 million years ago in Hubei Province, China: Sclerocormus parviceps.
 
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Spiclypeus shipporum: new Chasmosaurine From Montana
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Jordan Mallon (Canadian Museum of Nature) have described a new species of ceratopsid dinosaur from bones discovered about a decade ago in the Judith River formation in Montana: Spiclypeus shipporum.
 
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Atopodentatus Wasn't as Weird as Previously Thought
 
Two newly discovered skulls of Atopodentatus unicus show that the animal actually had a hammer-shaped head with shovel-like jaws.
 
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Sarmientosaurus: New Titanosaur From Argentina
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Rubén Martínez from the National University of the Patagonia San Juan Bosco have described a new titanosaurian sauropod: Sarmientosaurus musacchioi.
 
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Dinosaurs Didn't Evolve Fast Enough to Survive
 
According to new research led by University of Reading scientists Dr. Manabu Sakamoto and Dr. Chris Venditti, dinosaurs were already in an evolutionary decline tens of millions of years before the Chicxulub impact finally finished them off.
 
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Researchers Reveal Colors of a Miocene Snake
 
Researchers led by Dr. Maria McNamara from University College Cork revealed the coloration of an ancient (10 million years old) snake.
 
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Boreonykus: New Dromaeosaurid Dinosaur From Canada
 
Paleontologists Phil Bell and Philip John Currie described a new dromaeosaurid genus and species from fragmentary remains that were discovered in the 1980ies at the Pipestone Creek site in central Alberta: Boreonykus certekorum.
 
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Timurlengia: New Tyrannosauroid From Uzbekistan
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Steve Brusatte from the University of Edinburgh (UK) have described a new tyrannosauroid dinosaur from fossil material that has been discovered from 1944 onwards in northern Uzbekistan: Timurlengia euotica.
 
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The Tully Monster Actually Was a Vertebrate
 
The Tully Monster (Tullimonstrum gregarium) actually was a vertebrate with gills and a stiffened rod that supported its body, a new study finds.
 
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New Transitional Archosauromorph Discovered in Brazil
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Felipe Pinheiro from the Universidade Federal do Pampa have described a new archosauromorph reptile from São Francisco de Assis, Brazil: Teyujagua paradoxa.
 
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Eotrachodon orientalis: New Hadrosaurid Dinosaur From Alabama
 
A new species of primitive hadrosaurid dinosaur has been discovered in Alabama: Eotrachodon orientalis.
 
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Dracoraptor: New Theropod From The Jurassic of Wales
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. David Martill from the University of Portsmouth, have described a new genus and species of theropod dinosaur from the early Jurassic of Wales, UK: Dracoraptor hanigani.
 
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New Iguanodontian From The Early Cretaceous of Spain
 
Spanish paleontologists from the National Distance Education University and the Autonomous University of Madrid described a new sail-backed iguanodontian dinosaur in the early Cretaceous of Morella, Spain: Morelladon beltrani.
 
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Kunbarrasaurus: New Ankylosaur From Australia
 
Paleontologists led by Lucy Leahey from the University of Queensland have identified a new genus and species of Australian lower Cretaceous Ankylosaur from remains unearthed back in 1990: Kunbarrasaurus ieversi.
 
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Hualianceratops: New Basal Ceratopsian from China
 
Paleontologists have discovered a new species of hornless ceratopsian dinosaur in the late Jurassic of China: Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis.
 
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Argentina's Dinosauromorphs Dated Younger Than Previously Thought
 
By measuring the uranium-lead ratio in zircon, an international team of paleontologists came to the conclusion that the time elapsed between the emergence of early dinosauromorphs and the origin of the first dinosaurs is between 5 and 10 million years shorter than previously thought.
 
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Xenokeryx: New Extinct Ruminant From Spain
 
A team of German and Spanish paleontologists has described the remains of a previously unknown palaeomerycid ruminant that lived about 16 million years ago in Spain: Xenokeryx amidalae.
 
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Xiaochelys: New Jehol Turtle From China
 
Dr. Chang-Fu Zhou of the Shenyang Normal University and Dr. Márton Rabi of the University of Tübingen and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have identified a new species of Jehol turtle: Xiaochelys ningchengensis.
 
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Paleontologists Discover Mineralized Blood Vessels in Hadrosaurid Fossil
 
By demineralizing a piece of an 80-million-year-old hadrosaurid fossil (Brachylophosaurus canadensis) a team of scientists has found evidence for blood vessel-like structures in dinosaur remains.
 
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Frozen Cave Lion Cubs Found in Siberia
 
Russian paleontologists have discovered exceptionally well preserved cave lion cubs (Panthera leo spelaea) in the Ice Age permafrost of Yakutia, Siberia. The kittens have been frozen for at least 10'000 years, although the initial report notes that they could be even older.
 
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Theropods Could Open Their Jaws up to 70° - 90°
 
Dr. Stephan Lautenschlager, paleontologist at the University of Bristol, has simulated the muscle strain during jaw opening of three theropod dinosaurs in order to find out how wide they could possibly open their jaws before the muscles tear apart.
 
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Dakotaraptor: New Giant, Feathered Raptor Discovered
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Robert DePalma from the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History have described a new giant dromaeosaurid dinosaur that lived in South Dakota about 66 million years ago: Dakotaraptor steini.
 
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Pliobates: New Small-Bodied Ape From Spain
 
Paleontologists from Spain and the USA discovered a new genus and species of small-bodied ape that lived about 11.6 million years ago, before the evolutionary split of hominids and gibbons.
 
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Researchers Discover 4.1 Billion Year Old Graphite
 
According to a new study on graphite captured in very old zircon from Australia, life existed on Earth prior to the massive bombardment of the inner solar system that formed large craters on the Moon and Earth about 3.9 billion years ago. This would be about 300 million years earlier than previously thought.
 
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Dinosaur-Body-Temperatures Revealed Through Eggshells
 
Paleontologists from the USA, Argentina, France and Denmark managed to determine the body temperature of two different dinosaurs by analyzing the isotopic ordering of their eggshells.
 
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Spinolestes: New Eutriconodont Mammal From The Cretaceous of Spain
 
Paleontologists have discovered a 125 million year old mammal fossil with intriguingly well preserved mammalian hair structures and inner organs in the Las Hoyas Quarry in Spain: Spinolestes xenarthrosus.
 
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Primitive Birds Were Good Flyers, new Study Finds
 
Primitive birds from the cretaceous were capable of performing aerodynamic feats similar to their modern-day counterparts, a new study led by Dr. Luis M. Chiappe of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles finds.
 
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Chicxulub Impact Triggered Volcanism at K-T-Boundary
 
According to a new study by scientists from India and the USA, the Chicxulub asteroid impact actually triggered high volcanic activity of the Deccan Traps region in India, which then continued for at least 500'000 years after the K-T mass extinction event.
 
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Paleontologists Reveal Color of Extinct Bats
 
Paleontologists from the USA and the UK have for the first time revealed the color of long extinct mammals: according to their study, two extinct bats (Palaeochiropteryx sp. and Hassianycteris sp.) dating back about 50 million years posessed a reddish brown color.
 
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Ugrunaaluk: Paleontologists Identify New Hadrosaurid
 
Paleontologists led by Hirotsugu Mori of the University of Alaska Fairbanks have identified a new artic genus and species of hadrosaurid dinosaur: Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis. Its name is derived from Inupiat, meaning "ancient grazer".
 
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New Species of Megaraptorid Dinosaur Discovered in Australia
 
Miners and paleontologists unearthed a remarkable new species of megaraptorid dinosaur in an underground mine in New South Wales, Australia. While the species has not yet been scientifically named, it received the nickname "Lightning Claw".
 
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Homo naledi: New Hominin Species
 
An international team of scientists has discovered a new - yet not dated - species of extinct hominin in the Rising Star cave, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa: Homo naledi.
 
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Paleontologists Discover new Species of River Dolphin
 
Paleontologists discovered a fossil of a previously unknown river dolphin that lived about 6 million years ago in Panama: Isthminia panamensis.
 
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Paleontologists Describe Oldest Known Species of Sea Scorpion
 
Paleontologists from Yale University and the University of Iowa have unearthed the oldest known species of sea scorpion (Eurypterids), an extinct group of arthropods related to arachnids: Pentecopterus decorahensis.
 
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Tetrapodophis: 4-Legged Snake From The Cretaceous of Brazil
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Dave Martill from the University of Portsmouth (UK) identified a new genus and species of a unique four-legged snake from the early Cretaceous of Brazil.
 
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Zhenyuanlong: New Winged Dromaeosaurid From China
 
Paleontologists Dr. Steve Brusatte and Prof. Junchang Lü described a new feathered and winged dromaeosaurid dinosaur that lived in China about 125 million years ago: Zhenyuanlong suni.
 
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Wendiceratops: New Ceratopsian Dinosaur From Canada
 
Paleontologists Dr. David Evans and Dr. Michael Ryan described a new genus and species of centrosaurine ceratopsian dinosaur that lived in Canada about 79 million years ago: Wendiceratops pinhornensis.
 
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Huanansaurus: Oviraptorid Dinosaur from the Cretaceous of Southern China
 
An international team of paleontologists discovered an exciting new genus and species of oviraptorid dinosaur that lived in southern China during the late Cretaceous period: Huanansaurus ganzhouensis.
 
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Paleontologists Describe a New Basal Sauropodiform From South Africa
 
An international team of paleontologists described a new basal sauropodiform dinosaur from material originally unearthed in the 1930ies: Sefapanosaurus zastronensis.
 
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Paleontologists Unearth Switzerlands Largest Dinosaur-Skeleton
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Ben Pabst unearthed Switzerland's largest dinosaur skeleton: an 8 m long Plateosaurus.
 
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Dreadnoughtus Wasn't as Big and Heavy as Initially Thought
 
Dreadnoughtus schrani, a giant titanosaurian sauropod from Argentina that has been described last year, wasn't as big and heavy as initially thought.
 
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Regaliceratops: New Horned Dinosaur From Canada
 
Paleontologists from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller (Canada) have described a new genus and species of ceratopsid dinosaur that roamed Alberta about 68 million years ago: Regaliceratops peterhewsi.
 
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Australopithecus deyiremeda: New Hominin Species From Ethiopia
 
Anthropologists have described a new species of Australopithecus that lived in the Afar region of Ethiopia about 3.3 – 3.5 million years ago: Australopithecus deyiremeda.
 
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Scientists Create Chickens With Ancestral Dino-Snout
 
Scientists led by Prof. Arhat Abzhanov of Harvard University have successfully replicated the molecular processes that transformed dinosaur snouts into the first bird beaks.
 
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New Species of Saurornitholestes Described
 
Paleontologist Steven Jasinski of the University of Pennsylvania has described a new species of Saurornitholestes, a dromaeosaurid dinosaur that lived in New Mexico during the upper Cretaceous, about 75 million years ago: Saurornitholestes sullivani.
 
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Archaeornithura: Oldest Known Ornithuromorph
 
Paleontologists have described a new ornithuromorph bird that lived during the Hauterivian stage of the early Cretaceous epoch, about 131 million years ago: Archaeornithura meemannae.
 
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Paleontologists Describe a Bizarre New Bat-Like Maniraptoran Dinosaur
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Xing Xu and Dr. Xiaoting Zheng of the Linyi University’s Institute of Geology and Paleontology have described a bizarre new bat-winged theropod dinosaur that lived in China about 160 million years ago: Yi qi.
 
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Chilesaurus: new Herbivorous Tetanuran Dinosaur From Chile
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Fernando Novas of the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aires have described a new genus and species of a basal herbivorous tetanuran dinosaur that lived in Chile during the late Jurassic, 145 million years ago: Chilesaurus diegosuarezi.
 
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Stegosaurus-Plates Show Sexual Dimorphism
 
According to a new study by Evan Saitta of the University of Bristol, tall- and wide-plated stegosaurs are not distinct species, nor are they individuals of different age – but they show sexual dimorphism.
 
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Galeamopus MaX und Multimedia-Show im SMA
 
An der gestrigen Vernissage zur Spezialausstellung 2015 im Sauriermuseum Aathal fielen die Hüllen um den endlich fertig montierten Sauropoden MaX (Galeamopus sp.).
 
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Llallawavis Scagliai: New Terror Bird From The Pliocene of Argentina
 
Paleontologists have described a new genus and species of terror bird (Phorusrhacidae) that lived in Argentina during the Pliocene, about 3.5 million years ago: Llallawavis scagliai.
 
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Brontosaurus is Resurrected
 
Every dinosaur fan knows: Brontosaurus was a misnomer that should be referred to as Apatosaurus. However, a new study led by Dr. Emanuel Tschopp provides evidence that Brontosaurus in fact is distinct from Apatosaurus.
 
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Paleontologists Discover New Species of Metoposaurus
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Steve Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh have discovered a new species of the early amphibian Metoposaurus in Portugal: Metoposaurus algarvensis.
 
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Carnufex: new Crocodylomorph From North Carolina
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Lindsay Zanno of North Carolina State University have discovered a new crocodylomorph reptile that lived in North Carolina about 231 million years ago: Carnufex carolinensis.
 
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Aegirocassis: new Giant Anomalocaridid From The Ordovician of Morocco
 
Paleontologists have described a new giant lobster-like animal that lived in the seas of Morocco about 480 million years ago: Aegirocassis benmoulae.
 
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Genus 'Homo' is at Least 2.75 Million Years Old
 
An international team of anthropologists describes a partial hominin jaw with teeth from Ethiopia that pushes the earliest existence of the human genus homo back at 2.8 – 2.75 million years ago.
 
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Baby of Woolly Rhinoceros Preserved in Permafrost
 
Russian hunters made a sensational discovery last year: the worlds first permafrost-preserved baby of woolly rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis).
 
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New Species of Ichthyosaurus Identified
 
Paleontologists Dean Lomax of the University of Manchester and Judy Massare of Brockport College in New York have described a new species of ichthyosaur that lived during the early Jurassic, between 189 and 182 million years ago: Ichthyosaurus anningae.
 
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Early Mammals Were More Diverse Than Previously Thought
 
A team of paleontologists from China and the United States has described two new small mammaliaforms that lived during the Jurassic period, between 165 and 160 million years ago: Agilodocodon scansorius, the earliest-known tree-dwelling mammaliaform, and Docofossor brachydactylus, the earliest-known subterranean mammaliaform.
 
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New-World-Monkeys Came From Africa, More Than 36 mya
 
New fossil teeth finds from Peru (described by Mariano Bond and colleagues) indicate that the South American monkeys arrived from Africa more than 36 million years ago.
 
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Oldest Known Evidence of Fungus-Infected Grass Found
 
An international team of paleontologists led by Dr. George Poinar of the Oregon State University has discovered the oldest known evidence of fungus-infected grass in a 100-million-year-old piece of amber from Myanmar.
 
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Qijianglong guokr: New Mamenchisaurid From The Jurassic of China
 
Paleontologists from Japan, China and Canada have described a new genus and species of mamenchisaurid that lived in the late Jurassic of China: Qijianglong guokr.
 
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Nundasuchus - New Archosaur From The Triassic of Tanzania
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Sterling Nesbitt of Virginia Tech have described a new genus and species of archosaur that lived in Tanzania about 247 million years ago: Nundasuchus songeaensis.
 
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The Oldest Record of Post-Natal Parental Care
 
Dr. Junchang Lu and colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences' Institute of Geology described a well-preserved fossil of Philydrosaurus (a choristoderan reptile from China), showing evidence of post-natal parental care from the early Cretaceous.
 
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Fossil of Acanthodes Suggests 300 Million Year Old Colour Vision
 
A newly discovered fossil of Acanthodes-fish (A. bridgei) with intact eye rods and cones suggests colour vision is as old as 300 million years.
 
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Aquilops Americanus: new Ceratopsian From Montana
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Andrew Farke have described a new genus and species of ceratopsian dinosaur that lived in southern Montana during the Early Cretaceous epoch: Aquilops americanus.
 
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Newly Discovered Amphibious Ichthyosaur Fills Evolutionary Gap
 
Paleontologists led by Prof. Ryosuke Motani of the University of California have discovered an early amphibious ichthyosaur that lived in the in China during the Lower Triassic, about 248 million years ago: Cartorhynchus lenticarpus.
 
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New Ankylosaurid From The Cretaceous of Mongolia
 
Paleontologists have described a new genus and species of ankylosaur that roamed Mongolia between 100.5 and 66 million years ago: Zaraapelta nomadis.
 
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Deinocheirus Was Weirder Than Initially Thought
 
Deinocheirus mirificus, which was once only known for its huge forelimbs, was a much weirder creature than initially thought.
 
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Köbi Siber - Abenteuer mit Dinosauriern
 
Endlich gibt es die Biografie zu einem der ganz grossen Vorbilder der Schweiz: Köbi Siber, Direktor des Sauriermuseums Aathal.
 
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Tachiraptor: New Theropod From Venezuela
 
Paleontologists have discovered a new genus and species of theropod dinosaur from the Jurassic of Venezuela that belongs to the group of Averostra: Tachiraptor admirabilis.
 
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Ziapelta Sanjuanensis: New Ankylosaur From New Mexico
 
A team of Canadian and US paleontologists discovered and described a new ankylosaurid genus and species of from New Mexico: Ziapelta sanjuanensis.
 
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Paleontologists Describe New Hadrosaurid: Rhinorex condrupus
 
Paleontologists have described a new species of hadrosaur from a fossil skull that has been unearthed in the 90ies.
 
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Ikrandraco avatar: New Pteranodontoid Pterosaur
 
Paleontologists have described a new species of pterosaur that lived in China during the Cretaceous, about 120 millions years ago: Ikrandraco avatar. What sounds like a joke is true: the pterosaur has been named after the dragon-like creatures from James Cameron’s movie Avatar. The name means "Ikran dragon from Avatar".
 
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Spinosaurus Actually Was a Quadruped Swimmer
 
Newly discovered fossil bones of the legendary but fragmentary Spinosaurus aegyptiacus reveal that this predator - unlike any other known theropod dinosaur - actually was a quadruped animal highly adapted to a semiaquatic life.
 
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3 New Jurassic 'Squirrels' Push Mammalian Origin Back to Late Triassic
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Jin Meng of the American Museum of Natural History have discovered three new squirrel-like mammals that lived in China during the Jurassic, about 160 million years ago.
 
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Rukwatitan bisepultus: New Titanosaur From Tanzania
 
Paleontologists have discovered another new species of titanosaur that lived in Tanzania about 100 million years ago: Rukwatitan bisepultus.
 
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New Giant Titanosaur From Argentina: Dreadnoughtus schrani
 
Paleontologists have described a new genus and species of titanosaurian sauropod from Argentina - actually the most complete giant titanosaur that has yet been described: Dreadnoughtus schrani.
 
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New Pterosaur From The Cretaceous of Brazil
 
Paleontologists have described a new pterosaur from fossils which were discovered near Cruzeiro do Oeste in Brazil back in 1971: Caiuajara dobruskii.
 
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New Ornithischian Dinosaur From The Triassic of Venezuela
 
Paleontologists from the Natural History Museum of London and the University of Zürich have identified four specimen of a new late Triassic ornithischian dinosaur: Laquintasaura venezuelae.
 
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Bird-Ancestors Evolved About 4 times Faster
 
The bird's ancestors among the theropods evolved about four times faster than other dinosaurs and shrank in body size continously for 50 million years, a new study shows.
 
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A Feathered Ornithischian From the Jurassic of Russia
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Pascal Godefroit from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences have discovered and described a feathered plant-eating dinosaur that lived in the lake-dotted lowlands of Siberia between 169 and 144 million years ago: Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus.
 
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First Trackways of Tyrannosaurids Discovered
 
Newly discovered trackways of tyrannosaurids are evidence for gregariousness and pathology in tyrannosauridae, offering new insights into their lives.
 
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New Microraptorine Discovered in China
 
Paleontologists from China, the United States and South Africa have described a new species of microraptorine that lived in China about 125 million years ago: Changyuraptor yangi.
 
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Scansoriopteryx Challenges Dino-Bird-Link
 
Scansoriopteryx heilmanni, a sparrow-sized early bird pre-dating Archaeopteryx, is no theropod dinosaur, a new study finds.
 
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The Arctic Fox Has its Origin in Tibet
 
A newly discovered fossil of a 5 to 3-million-year-old fox (Vulpes qiuzhudingi) indicates that the modern day arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) has its origins in the Tibetan plateau during the ice age.
 
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Mercuriceratops: new Chasmosaurine From Montana
 
Paleontologists from Canada and the United States have discovered a new genus and species of chasmosaurine ceratopsid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of the Judith River formation, Montana: Mercuriceratops gemini.
 
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Were Dinosaurs Cold- or Warm-Blooded?
 
...maybe none of them: a new study suggests dinosaurs were in-between.
 
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The Largest Silurian Vertebrate
 
A newly discovered sarcopterygian fish - Megamastax amblyodus - is the largest vertebrate known in the Silurian fossil record.
 
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New Species of Pterosaur From China
 
Chinese paleontologists have discovered and described the remains of about 40 male and female individuals of a new pteranodontoid pterosaur species, including well preserved, three dimensional eggs: Hamipterus tianshanensis.
 
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Anthracosuchus balrogus: a New Blunt-Snouted Dyrosaurid
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Alex Hastings from the Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg have described a new species of crocodile-like reptile that lived in the rivers of what is now Colombia about 60 million years ago: Anthracosuchus balrogus.
 
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New Specimen of Pumiliornis Dates Ornithophily to 47 Million Years Ago
 
A newly discovered specimen of Pumiliornis tessellatus with stomach contents dates ornithophily (birds as pollinators of flowering plants) to at least 47 million years ago.
 
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A New Diplodocid Dinosaur From Argentina
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Pablo Gallina of CONICET in Buenos Aires have described a new genus and species of diplodocid sauropod dinosaur from Argentina: Leinkupal laticauda.
 
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New Tyrannosaurid Discovered in China
 
Paleontologists from China and the United Kingdom have described a new genus and species of long snouted tyrannosaurid: Qianzhousaurus sinensis.
 
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Kryptodrakon: Earliest Known Pterodactyloid Discovered in China
 
US and Chinese paleontologists have unearthed the fossils of what is the most primitive pterodactyloid pterosaur known: Kryptodrakon progenitor.
 
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Caseid Herbivory Originates From Small Carnivore
 
Paleontologists have discovered the oldest known ancestor of caseid terrestrial herbivores that lived about 300 million years ago in Kansas: Eocasea martini.
 
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Earliest Known Stick Insect Fossils Discovered
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Maomin Wang from Capital Normal University in China have discovered a stick insect (Cretophasmomima melanogramma) that may have mimicked plant leaves for defense at least 126 million years ago. It's the earliest evidence for leaf mimickry in insects.
 
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New Oviraptorosaurian: Anzu wyliei
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Matthew Lamanna from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh have described a new genus and species of a 66-million-years-old oviraptorosaurian dinosaur: Anzu wyliei.
 
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Small Tyrannosaurid Discovered in Alaska
 
US paleontologists have discovered the fossils of a new pygmy tyrannosaurid that lived about 70 million years ago during the late cretaceous period: Nanuqsaurus hoglundi.
 
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Torvosaurus gurneyi: The European Torvosaurus
 
Paleontologists Dr. Christophe Hendrickx and Dr. Octávio Mateus have described a new species of Torvosaurus: Torvosaurus gurneyi.
 
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Bizarre New Sauropterygian Discovered in China
 
Paleontologists have discovered a new genus and species of marine reptile that lived in China between 247 and 242 million years ago: Atopodentatus unicus.
 
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Terrestrial Origin of Viviparity in Ichthyosaurs
 
A 248-million-year-old fossil of Chaohusaurus - an early ichthyosaur - reveals a baby inside its mother, another stuck in her pelvis and a third embryo nearby (suggesting it was stillborn).
 
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New Extinct Species of Furrow Whale Discovered
 
A student from the University of Otago has discovered an extinct species of furrow whale that lived between 3.35 and 2.5 million years ago: Balaenoptera bertae.
 
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800'000 Year Old Human Footprints
 
Archaeologists in the UK made the discovery of a series of footprints left by a group of adults and children about 800'000 years ago. It's the oldest footprints ever found in Europe.
 
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New Titanosaurian Sauropod Discovered in China
 
Paleontologists from the USA and China have described a new titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur that lived in what is now northwestern China during the early Cretaceous: Yongjinglong datangi.
 
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New Species of Protorosaur
 
An international team of paleontologists from Scotland, Chicago and Beijing has described a new genus and species of protorosaur that lived about 240 million years ago in the eastern Tethys ocean: Fuyuansaurus acutirostris.
 
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Mosasaurs & Ichthyosaurs Were Dark Pigmented
 
By studying the chemical content of fossilized soft tissues in Ichthyosaurs, Mosasaurs and prehistoric leatherback turtles, a team of researchers from Europe and the USA was able to show that these animals had a dark colored skin.
 
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Oldest Fossil of Reproduction in Flowering Plants Found
 
Scientists from the USA and Germany have discovered a new species of cretaceous flowering plant, holding the oldest evidence for sexual reproduction among these plants: Micropetasos burmensis.
 
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Kiwi's Ancestor Probably Migrated From Australia
 
A new kiwi-fossil-find and a genetic analysis of the Australian emu suggest that the ancestor of todays flightless kiwi-birds in New Zealand have migrated from Australia to New Zealand, most likely by flight.
 
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New Raptor From Montana
 
Canadian paleontologists have described a new genus and species of raptor (dromaeosaurid) that lived in North America about 66 million years ago: Acheroraptor temertyorum.
 
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Edmontosaurus Actually Had a Soft-Tissue Comb
 
A new fossil of Edmontosaurus regalis - a duck-billed dinosaur - shows for the first time that the heads of these animals were adorned with a fleshy comb, similar to that of a rooster.
 
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A New Species of Macrocnemus
 
A new species of the Protorosaur Macrocnemus has been described on the basis of two incomplete specimens from southeastern Switzerland: Macrocnemus obristi.
 
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New Giant Allosauroid Ruled over Tyrannosauroids
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Lindsay Zanno from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Field Museum of Natural History have discovered a new allosauroid dinosaur from Utah: Siats meekerorum.
 
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Oldest Big Cat Fossil Discovered
 
A team of scientists led by Dr. Jack Tseng from the American Museum of Natural History in New York has discovered an extinct new Panthera species that is much older than has previously been suggested for this genus of big cats: Panthera blytheae. The fossil skull - discovered in Tibet - is between 4.1 and 5.95 million years old.
 
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Oldest Known Fossil of Mating Insects Discovered
 
It's another wonderful piece of fossilized behavior scientists have discovered at the Daohugou village in northeastern China: a pair of copulating froghoppers (Anthoscytina perpetua), 165 million years old.
 
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New Tyrannosaurid From Utah
 
Paleontologists have discovered a new tyrannosaurid in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, southern Utah: Lythronax argestes.
 
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Locomotion of Argentinosaurus Reconstructed
 
Researchers from the United Kingdom and Argentina recreated and tested the locomotion of Argentinosaurus huinculensis, a 30 meter long sauropod that lived in South America about 95 million years ago and weighed between 70 and 80 tonnes.
 
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Mass Extinction of Bees 65 Million Years Ago
 
Researchers from Australia and the USA found evidence for a mass extinction among bee populations, concurrent with the event that wiped out dinosaurs and many flowering plants 65 million years ago.
 
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Rare Fossil of Young Parasaurolophus Discovered
 
Paleontologists have discovered the youngest, smallest and most complete skeleton yet known for Parasaurolophus.
 
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New T-Rex Could Challenge 'Sue'
 
A newly discovered Tyrannosaurus-rex-fossil from the Hell Creek Formation north of Faith has the potential to be one of the greatest T-Rex finds of all time.
 
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Rewriting Human History
 
An analysis of a 1.8 million year old complete hominid skull along with 4 other crania from the archaeological site of Dmanisi in Georgia suggests that the earliest Homo species actually all belonged to the same species.
 
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Saurichthys Reveals Unknown Mode of Body Elongation
 
A newly described fossil of Saurichthys reveals a previously unknown mode of axial skeleton elongation.
 
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Flowering Plants Originated in Early Triassic
 
Well-preserved fossilized pollen grains found in northern Switzerland provide evidence that flowering plants may have originated in the early Triassic between 252 and 247 million years ago.
 
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Oldest 'Face' Discovered
 
A team of paleontologists from China, the USA and Sweden has found a well preserved fossil of armor-plated, jawed fish that lived in China about 419 million years ago.
 
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Leedsichthys Could Grow Bigger Than 16.5 m
 
Paleontologists from United Kingdom and Canada determine the true size of Leedsichthys problematicus.
 
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Oldest Known Multituberculate Mammal Found
 
The Multituberculata were a group of rodent-like mammals that existed for 130 million years - probably the longest and therefore most successfull mammal lineage - but were eventually outcompeted by rodents, becoming extinct during the early Oligocene. Paleontologists led by Prof. Zhe-Xi Luo have now found and described the oldest fossil known of this lineage: Rugosodon eurasiaticus.
 
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Hair And Fur Originated Well Before The First True Mammals
 
Paleontologists led by Prof. Zhe-Xi Luo from the University of Chicago have discovered a fossil of a proto-mammal that lived in Mongolia about 165 million years ago. The fossil provides evidence that hair and fur originated well before the rise of the first true mammals.
 
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Non-Avian Dinosaurs Had Flight-Ready Brains
 
A new study led by Dr. Amy Balanoff from the American Museum of Natural History reveals that many non-avian dinosaurs had bigger brains than Archaeopteryx and therefore were equally well - if not better - equipped for flight.
 
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Pachycephalosaurids Used Their Domes For Fighting
 
Pachycephalosaurids must have used their bony head domes for fighting, a new study by scientists from University of Wisconsin and Yale University shows.
 
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Ocepechelon: a New Giant Sea Turtle
 
Paleontologists led by Nathalie Bardet from the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle of Paris have described a new extinct genus and species of giant sea turtle that lived about 67 million years ago: Ocepechelon bouyai.
 
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Nasutoceratops
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Scott Sampson have identified a new genus and species of ceratopsian dinosaur that lived in North America about 76 million years ago: Nasutoceratops titusi.
 
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Thylacosmilus' Weak Bite
 
Thylacosmilus atrox had a bite weaker than that of a domestic cat, a new study shows.
 
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Davide Bonadonna wins 2013 Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize
 
Davide Bonadonna, who created the amazing Kaatedocus 'in Howe Quarry' scene, wins 2013 Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize in two categories - with Kaatedocus siberi.
 
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Aurornis is The Oldest Bird Known
 
An international team of paleontologists led by Dr. Pascal Godefroit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences has described the oldest "bird" known to science: Aurornis xui.
 
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Oldest-Known Primate Fossil Found
 
An international team of paleontologists lead by Dr. Xijun Ni from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing has discovered a well preserved skeleton of a new tiny, tree dwelling primate that lived in China about 55 million years ago: Archicebus achilles.
 
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Eunotosaurus Fills Gap in Turtle Fossil Record, Finally
 
According to a new study in Current Biology, Eunotosaurus fills a 30- to 55-million-year gap in the turtle fossil record.
 
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Allosaurus Fed Like a Falcon
 
Allosaurus fed on its prey like a modern day falcon, a new study led by Ohio University paleontologist Eric Snively shows.
 
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Bernstein: Das Gold des Meeres
 
Der Bernstein-Sammler Willy Kohler hat dem Sauriermuseum Aathal seine einzigartige Sammlung vermacht, und gestern feierten wir die Vernissage der diesjährigen Spezialaustellung: Bernstein - das Gold des Meeres.
 
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Dysalotosaurus Reveals its Brain Development
 
Paleontologists Dr. Stephan Lautenschlager and Dr. Tom Hübner reconstructed Dysalotosaurus-brains in different development stages, by using high-resolution CT scanning and 3D computer imaging.
 
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Ichthyosaurs That Survived Jurassic Extinction
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. Pascal Godefroit from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences have identified a new species of ichthyosaur from a well-preserved fossil found in the Kurdistan region of Iraq back in the 1950s: Malawania anachronus.
 
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Microraptor Was a Partial Piscivore
 
A new study on Microraptor shows that this 'flying dinosaur' was well adapted to hunting fish.
 
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New Carnivorous Dinosaur from China
 
A skull, mandible and partial skeleton of the new theropod, named Aorun zhaoi, were unearthed in Xinjiang (China) in 2006 and have now been described.
 
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New Pachycephalosaurid From Canada
 
Paleontologists led by Dr. David Evans have identified a new species of pachycephalosaurid dinosaur that lived about 85 million years ago in Alberta, Canada: Acrotholus audeti.
 
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Why Birds Have Crouching Legs
 
A new study of virtually reconstructed bodies by Vivian Allen from the Royal Veterinary College of London reveals why theropods and birds evolved crouching leg-bone positions.
 
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Troodon Behaved Like Brooding Birds
 
A new Troodon egg study reveals that these dinosaurs incubated their eggs in a very similar way to brooding birds.
 
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New Abelisauroid Theropod From Madagascar
 
Paleontologists have identified a new species of dinosaur from the island of Madagascar: Dahalokely tokana.
 
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190 Million Year Old Dinosaur Embryos Found
 
The 190 million year old embryos - found in Lufeng, China - belong to the long necked Lufengosaurus. The age of these embryos is extraordinary because almost all known dinosaur embryos are from the Cretaceous period.
 
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Modern Tadpole Shrimps Are no 'Living Fossils'
 
Modern day tadpole shrimps are - unlike what the similarity between the triassic fossils and modern species suggests - no 'living fossils', a new genetic study led by Dr Africa Gómez from the University of Hull shows.
 
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Placodonts Originate From Europe
 
Dr. Torsten Scheyer and his team examined a new 246 million year old placodont specimen from Winterswijk (the Netherlands) that sheds light on the origin of these animals.
 
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A Gigantic New Sarcopterygian
 
Australian paleontologists from the National University have described a new species of lobe-finned fish of the devonian period: Edenopteron keithcrooki.
 
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Camels Once Roamed Canada's High Arctic
 
Paleontologists lead by Natalia Rybczynski from the Canadian Museum of Nature have discovered 3.5 million year old fossilized remains of an extinct giant camel that lived in Canada's High Arctic.
 
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Helicoprion Buzzsaw Mystery Solved
 
Fossils of 270-million years old Helicoprion have long been a mystery, because the only remains of the fish known were its teeth. Now, new CT scans of an unique specimen from Idaho reveal the position of these spiral-teeth within the jaws, giving new information on what the animal looked like.
 
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New Macropredatory Ichthyosaur Found in Nevada
 
A new triassic, macropredatory ichthyosaur - named Thalattoarchon saurophagis - has been discovered in Nevada.
 
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Eosinopteryx Described
 
This week, the description of Eosinopteryx brevipenna - another early 'dino-bird' from late jurassic - has been released in Nature Communications.
 
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Der 11. Archaeopteryx weilt in Aathal
 
Vom 21. November 2012 bis zum 21. April 2013 wird das 11. Exemplar des 'Urvogels' im Sauriermuseum Aathal zu bewundern sein.
 
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New Fossil Suggests Different Link for Great Whites
 
The taxonomic assignment of Megalodon has long been debated by scientists. It's been disputed whether the Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) was descendant from megatooth sharks like C. megalodon. Now, a new find might put an end to these disputes.
 
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New Ceratopsian on The Block
 
Paleontologists have identified remains of a new neck-frill-horned dinosaur (originally dug up by Wann Langston over 50 years ago) as a new genus of ceratopsian: Xenoceratops.
 
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Dinosaurs weren't as Heavy as Previously Thought
 
Estimating the weight of prehistoric animals is extremely difficult. Scientists headed by the biologist William I. Sellers of the University of Manchester have developed a new way to estimate weight.
 
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Ornithomimus Had Feathers!
 
What most would have predicted is now confirmed: Ornithomimus had feathers.
 
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