Antarctica

Quote: Jane Elizabeth Francis on Antarctica and Climate Change

Antarctic Notable Quotable from the Director of the British Antarctic Survey, Dame Jane Elizabeth Francis, broadcast on BBC 29 November 2019. Interviewer Martha Kearney asked: “Now your own work on ancient climates shows such a different world in Antarctica. Well we go back 100 million years to the age of the dinosaurs as you showed […]

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Downy Feather

South Polar Dinosaur Feathers

South polar dinosaur feathers found, claim scientists, as reported by ScienceDaily 12 November 2019 and National Geographic 18 November 2019, and Gondwana Research, published online 11 November 2019; doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2019.10.004. An international group of scientists has studied 10 tiny fossil feathers found in the Koonwarra fossil formation in Victoria Australia. The specimens examined by the […]

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Dinosaur Teeth

Dinosaur Tooth Story

Dinosaur tooth story reported in The Star Calgary 11 October 2019, Science Daily 17 October 2019, and The Anatomical Record 9 September 2019 doi: 10.1002/ar.24241. Palaeontologists have found a nearly complete skeleton of a small dinosaur named Saurornitholestes langstoni in the Dinosaur Provincial Park Formation in Alberta Canada. The dinosaur is described as “feathered carnivorous […]

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‘Herd’ of Opal Dinosaurs

‘Herd’ of opal dinosaurs found, according to reports in UNE News 30 May 2019 and National Geographic 3 June 2019, and Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology published online: 3 June 2019 doi: 10.1080/02724634.2019.1564757. A team of scientists led by Phil Bell of University of New England, (UNE) Armidale, Australia, have found “remains from a herd of […]

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Volcano Sky

Fossil ‘Meteorite Impact Dino Graveyard’,

Fossil ‘meteorite impact dino graveyard’, according to reports in BBC News, National Geographic and ScienceDaily 29 March 2019, CNN and Science News 1 April 2019, and PNAS published online 1 April 2019, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1817407116. Palaeontologists in North Dakota USA have found a fossil graveyard they claim was formed as a result of the impact of […]

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T rex

Biggest T. rex

Biggest T. rex found, according to reports in ScienceDaily 22 March 2019 and National Geographic 26 March 2019 and The Anatomical Record, 21 March 2019; doi: 10.1002/ar.24118. Palaeontologists at the University of Alberta have found the largest Tyrannosaurus rex known.  The 65% complete skeleton includes the skull and hips along with some ribs, leg and […]

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Sauropod

Oldest Long-Necked Dinos

Oldest long-necked dinos found, according to Live Science 21 November 2018, and Biology Letters 21 November 2018 doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0633. Palaeontologists in southern Brazil have found three “exceptionally well preserved” specimens of a previously unknown sauropodomorph – the group of long necked dinosaurs that includes giants such as Brontosaurus. At 3.5 metres (11ft) long the new […]

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Coloured Eggs

Colourful Dinosaur Eggs

Colourful dinosaur eggs found, claim scientists in a study reported in Science (AAAS) News and ScienceDaily 31 October 2018, and Nature 31 October 2018, doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0646-5. Many birds’ eggs are coloured or have speckled patterns of pigment, while reptiles lay plain white eggs.  It has always been assumed that dinosaurs, being reptiles, would have produced […]

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Dinosaur Flowers

Did Dinosaurs Stop to Smell the Flowers?

Did dinosaurs stop to smell the flowers?  According to articles in ScienceDaily 7 August 2018 and Historical Biology, doi: 10.1080/08912963.2018.1502288 published online 25 July 2018, they could have. Many flowers attract pollinators by producing fragrances.  George Poinar, an entomologist at Oregon State University and his son Greg, a perfume collector, have examined fossil flowers found […]

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Chinese Dragon “in Wrong Place at Wrong Time”

Chinese dragon “in wrong place at wrong time” according to an article in Science Daily 1 August 2018, about a discovery also reported in National Geographic 24 July 2018, BBC News 25 July 2018 and Nature Communications, 24 July 2018 doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-05128-1. Palaeontologists have found the fossil of a sauropod dinosaur in the Ningxia Autonomous […]

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