Paleontology

Yawunik Kootenayi- Lobster With Two Sets Of Eyes From 500,000,000 B.C.

What do butterflies, spiders and lobsters share in common? Yawunik kootenayi, a marine creature with two pairs of eyes and prominent grasping appendages that lived 250 million years before the first dinosaur. The fossil recently identified is the first new ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 27 2015 - 2:41pm

Goodbye A. Excelsus, Hello Again Brontosaurus?

A new analysis of the long-necked dinosaur family tree says Apatosaurus excelsus is oh so wrong and Brontosaurus is oh so right. Just like a hundred plus years ago. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Apr 8 2015 - 8:00am

New Species Of Ancient Terror Bird, Llallawavis Scagliai, Discovered

A new species of bird called Llallawavis scagliai (Scaglia's Magnificent Bird) is shedding light on the diversity of the group and how these giant extinct predators interacted with their environment. The new species found in South America is the most ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 9 2015 - 4:21pm

Stegosaurus Males And Females May Have Had Different Plates

Stegosaurus, a large, herbivorous dinosaur with two staggered rows of bony plates along its back and two pairs of spikes at the end of its tail, lived roughly 150 million years ago during the Late Jurassic in the western United States. Some individuals ha ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 22 2015 - 2:20pm

Extinct Species Skull Shape Helps Predict Prehistoric Diet

Understanding extinct species diets requires greater understanding of the relationship between skull biomechanics and animals ancestry than previously thought, according to a new study.  ...

Article - News Staff - May 3 2015 - 2:16pm

Australopithecus Deyiremeda: New Human Ancestor In Ethiopia

A new fossil hominid species has been discovered in the site of Woranso-Mille in the central region of Afar, in Ethiopia. The new species is named Australopithecus deyiremeda and consists of the upper and  lower jaws and a collection of teeth in the sites ...

Article - News Staff - May 27 2015 - 3:34pm

How To Dissect A T. Rex (Bring Chainsaws, Feathers And Latex)

I dissected a Tyrannosaurus rex in front of television cameras. That may be the most surreal sentence I’ve ever written. So let me explain. I’m part of a team that built a life-sized model of Tyrannosaurus rex and then cut it up. The spectacle is a bloody ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 7 2015 - 3:00am

Jurassic World: Pre-1980s Understanding Of Dinosaurs For An Audience Of 2015

Jurassic World brings to life the fantasy of an amusement park where genetically engineered dinosaurs are the main attraction, as first imagined in the original book, then movie Jurassic Park back in 1993. This fourth movie in the franchise, in cinemas fr ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 11 2015 - 8:30am

Raptor Tracker: On The Trail Of Velociraptor Relative

In the blockbuster "Jurassic World", actor Chris Pratt joins forces with a pack of swift and lethal velociraptors. "Velociraptor belongs to a group of predatory dinosaurs called the deinonychosaurs, or simply the 'raptors'," ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 17 2015 - 11:00am

Dinosaur Eggs Ready To Hatch Secrets 200 Million Years Later

In the late winter of 1976, the world famous fossil collector James Kitching was doing a survey near South Africa’s border with Lesotho. To his surprise he found a tiny clutch of six fossilized eggs along the side of the road at a place known as Rooidraai ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 23 2015 - 5:58am