Fossils of unknown dinosaur found in Thailand

Jan 15, 2016

Fossils of unknown dinosaur found in Thailand

Fossils of a dinosaur discovered in Thailand from layers of earth dating back some 120 million years have been found to be those of an unknown species of iguanodon, a Japanese university said Friday. The new dinosaur, believed to be 6 meters tall, has ...

Ancient 'Loch Ness monster' reptiles swam like penguins

Dec 18, 2015

Ancient 'Loch Ness monster' reptiles swam like penguins

Plesiosaurs, marine reptiles that thrived in the world’s seas when dinosaurs ruled the land, swam much like penguins by using their flippers to “fly” underwater, scientists said on Thursday, resolving a debate that began nearly two centuries ago. Plesiosaurs had four large flippers, and ...

Oct 24, 2015

Were dinosaurs warm-blooded or cold-blooded?

A new method to chemically analyze dinosaur egg shells has allowed scientists to gauge the extinct lizards’ body temperature, researchers said on Oct. 13. The findings support recent work by other teams that dinosaurs were neither warm- nor cold-blooded, but somewhere in between, researchers ...

Odd ancient lizard-like reptile called earliest known turtle

Sep 6, 2015

Odd ancient lizard-like reptile called earliest known turtle

It was a creature that one scientist said resembled “a strange, gluttonous lizard that swallowed a small Frisbee.” But a sophisticated skull analysis showed that this reptile called Eunotosaurus africanus that lived in southern Africa 260 million years ago is actually the earliest-known turtle, ...

Aug 23, 2015

German scientists find rare dinosaur tracks

German scientists have found an unusually long trail of footprints from a 30-ton dinosaur in an abandoned quarry in Lower Saxony, and think they could be around 145 million years old. “It’s very unusual how long the trail is and what great condition it’s ...

During mass extinction, no species safe

Aug 22, 2015

During mass extinction, no species safe

Dominant species spread across the globe are just as vulnerable during a mass extinction event as more fragile ones confined to a single locale, according to a recent study. As Earth enters the sixth such concentrated annihilation of life over the past half-billion years, ...

Jun 18, 2015

Dinosaurs avoided tropics due to hot, dry climate: study

An unpredictable, yet scorching and dry climate kept large, grass-eating dinosaurs out of the tropics for some 30 million years after they first appeared on Earth, a study out Monday found. It has been a long-standing mystery: Why did long-necked dinosaurs seem to avoid ...