Nov 28, 2014

Courtship 'frill' helps identify new dinosaur species

A U.S. scientist has identified fossilized bones in a Canadian museum as belonging to a new species of dinosaur, saying researchers had only “scratched the surface” in terms of dinosaur diversity. Nick Longrich, a paleontologist who teaches at the University of Bath in Britain, ...

Oct 16, 2014

Toothy tyrant from the Jurassic period was 9 meters long

A forerunner of today’s crocodiles that lurked in coastal waters and estuaries some 150 million years ago measured 9.26 meters (some 30 feet) from snout to tail. Paleontologists from half a dozen European countries took a fresh look at the classification of so-called crocodylomorphs ...

Dinosaur footprints in Bolivia threatened with extinction

Oct 3, 2014

Dinosaur footprints in Bolivia threatened with extinction

A hill in southeastern Bolivia that offers an awe-inspiring glimpse of the world as it was when dinosaurs ruled is threatened by nearby human activity, conservationists say. The near-vertical sheet of limestone is crisscrossed by more than 5,000 fossilized dinosaur footprints, some more than ...

Ancient flying 'dragon reptile' named after 'Avatar' creature

Sep 12, 2014

Ancient flying 'dragon reptile' named after 'Avatar' creature

Some of the most visually stunning sequences from director James Cameron’s blockbuster movie “Avatar” involved graceful flying creatures that were ridden by blue humanlike beings facing ecological destruction on a moon called Pandora. It turns out that an animal very similar to those “Avatar” ...

Biggest dinosaur predator also the weirdest

Sep 12, 2014

Biggest dinosaur predator also the weirdest

The biggest dinosaur predator that ever stalked the Earth was also the weirdest. Scientists announced on Thursday the discovery in Moroccan desert cliffs of new fossil remains of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, a 15-meter-long, 7-ton African monster that breaks the mold for how a dinosaur predator ...