Dinosaur discovery in Central Asia solves T. rex mystery

Mar 19, 2016

Dinosaur discovery in Central Asia solves T. rex mystery

Fossils unearthed in northern Uzbekistan’s remote Kyzylkum Desert of a smaller, older cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex are showing that the modest forerunners of that famous brute had already acquired the sophisticated brain and senses that helped make it such a horrifying predator. Researchers said ...

Mar 10, 2016

Prehistoric marine reptiles killed off by global warming

One of the enduring mysteries of paleontology, the demise of a highly successful group of dolphin-like marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs that flourished in the seas for more than 150 million years, may finally have been solved. Scientists on Tuesday attributed their extinction 94 million ...

Feb 28, 2016

New Jurassic site contains exquisitely preserved fossils

Paleontologists in Argentina have announced the discovery of a major Jurassic-era fossil site four years after it was first discovered. The site, which spans 23,000 square miles (60,000 square kilometers) in Patagonia, southern Argentina, came to light this past week with the publication of ...

Mystery meat: Was woolly mammoth really on the menu?

Feb 4, 2016

Mystery meat: Was woolly mammoth really on the menu?

When members of the Explorers Club gathered for their lavish annual dinner in New York City in 1951, one account said they feasted on meat from a prehistoric woolly mammoth that had been preserved in a glacier. The banquet menu, meanwhile, said the long-extinct ...

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

Jan 31, 2016

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

The mystery behind the extinction of a huge flightless bird called Genyornis that flourished in the grasslands and woodlands of prehistoric Australia may have been solved, with burned eggshells as the clue and people as the culprits. Scientists said Friday burn patterns detected on ...

Mammoth bones found at Oregon State football field

Jan 29, 2016

Mammoth bones found at Oregon State football field

Construction workers have unearthed the bones of a mammoth and other ice age mammals on the Oregon State University football field. The Oregonian reports that crews working on an expansion around Reser Stadium in Corvallis found a femur from one of the ancient elephants ...