Sauropod Vegetation

Dinosaur Food Experiment

Dinosaur food experiment described in ScienceDaily and Palaeontology, doi: 10.1111/pala.12385. Dinosaur experts have long been intrigued by how giant sauropods were able to get enough food to provide energy and maintain their large bodies. One theory is that the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air were higher in Mesozoic eras and plants therefore […]

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Ankylosaur

Upside Down Dinosaurs

Upside down dinosaurs explained by scientists in Science (AAAS) News 21 February 2018, and Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.02.010, published online 9 February 2018. Ankylosaurs were squat, short-legged dinosaurs with thick tails and armour-plated backs.  Scientists who study them have noted that most have been preserved lying on their backs – i.e. upside down, and […]

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Volcanic Eruption

Worldwide Undersea Volcanos Killed Dinosaurs

Worldwide undersea volcanos killed dinosaurs, according to articles in ScienceDaily and Telegraph 7 February 2018, and Science Advances doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aao2994, 7 February 2018. The demise of dinosaurs is currently blamed on Chicxulub meteorite impact and massive volcanic activity in a region of central India known as the Deccan Traps. Joseph Byrnes and Leif Karlstrom, geologists […]

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Feathered Dinos Had Ticks

Feathered dinos had ticks, claim scientists in articles in, National Geographic 12 December 2017, BBC News and ScienceDaily 13 December 2017, and Nature Communications doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01550-z published online 12 December 2017. An international team of researchers from Spain, USA and UK have found three species of ticks preserved in amber from Burma. The amber is dated […]

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Birds Roosting

Dinosaurs Roost Like Birds

Dinosaurs roost like birds, according articles in ScienceDaily 24 August 2017 and Nature news 25 August 2017. Greg Funston, a palaeontologist at the University of Alberta, Canada, and colleagues have studied three dinosaurs embedded together in one block of rock from Mongolia, dated as 70 million years old. The dinosaurs have been identified as a […]

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Ankylosaurs

Best Ever Ankylosaur

Best Ever Ankylosaur found, according to reports in BBC News, Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 3 August 2017 and Current Biology doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.06.071 published online 3 August 2017. Scientists at the Royal Tyrell Museum in Canada have studied the fossil of an exquisitely preserved Ankylosaur, a squat short legged vegetarian dinosaur covered with thick scales […]

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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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