Tyrannosaur

T rex Speed Limit

T. rex speed limit calculated by scientists, according to BBC News 18 July 2017, ABC News 19 July 2017 and PeerJ doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3420 published online 18 July 2017. A group of scientists in the UK has used a computer modelling technique to estimate how fast T-rex could have moved. Their method takes into account the strength […]

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T rex Lived Fast, Died Young

T. rex “lived fast, died young” according to reports in news@nature 11 August 2004 and Nature, vol. 430, p772, 12 August 2004. As animals grow their bones become thicker by adding extra layers of bone mineral. In present day reptiles such as alligators and lizards it is possible to count growth rings in the bones […]

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Stegosaur Plates for Mates

Stegosaur plates for mates, according to an article in ScienceNOW 19 May 2005. The distinctive plates and spikes that projected from the back and tail of stegosaurs have intrigued scientists ever since they were first discovered. They were first thought to be for defence, but when hollow channels were found in them, some scientists suggested […]

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Snakes Ate Dinosaurs

Snakes ate dinosaurs, according to articles in ScienceDaily, BBC News and PLoS Biology, 2 March 2010. An international team of scientists has found a fossil snake buried with several dinosaur eggs and a newly hatched baby dinosaur. The snake was about 3.5m (11 ft) and had a mouth large enough to swallow whole the half […]

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Short Dinosaur Story

Short dinosaur story reported by news@nature 1 June 2005, Nature vol. 435, p670, 2 June 2005 and Science News 18 June 2005. One of the most distinctive features of sauropod dinosaurs (e.g. “Brontosaurus”) is a long neck that enabled them to reach into tall trees for food. Therefore, Oliver Rauhut of the Bavarian State Collection […]

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Real Dinosaur Feather Photos

Real dinosaur feather photos, claims palaeontologist Mark Norell of the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in a report to Nature Vol 416, p.36, 7 March 2002. Norell and a team of Chinese colleagues describe a dromeosaur fossil collected in the Liaoning Province, China. The report includes two photos, one of which does show […]

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Rabbit Toothed Dinosaur Ate Plants

Rabbit toothed dinosaur ate plants, according to a report in Nature Science Update and Nature, vol 419, p291, 19 September 2002. Chinese palaeontologists have found a small theropod dinosaur so strange the palaeontology editor of Nature suggests it should be called Looneytoonesaurus because it must have looked like a cross between Bugs Bunny and the […]

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Putting Feet in Mud

Putting feet in mud shows “dinosaurs and birds are different.” A study reported in Nature vol. 399, pp103-104, 141-144 comparing fossil dinosaur footprints with those produced by present day birds running through mud, showed that birds run by moving their knees, with little movement of the hip and ankle and keep their ankles off the […]

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Pterosaurs had Smart Wings and Big Brains

Pterosaurs had “smart wings” and big brains, according to reports in Nature vol 425, p950, 30 October 2003 and ScienceNOW 29 October 2003. Lawrence Witmar of Ohio University, and colleagues have studied computerised x-rays of pterosaur skulls and found they had large semi-circular canals and an enormous flocculus area in their brain. The semi-circular canals […]

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Pterosaur Wings Are Unique

Pterosaur wings are unique, according to articles in National Geographic News and Discovery News 4 Aug 2009, and ABC News in Science 5 Aug 2009. Fossil experts have conducted a detailed study of a fossil pterosaur named Jeholopterus ningchengensis, found in Inner Mongolia in 2000. The creature was approximately 30 cm long with a 35 […]

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