New species of dinosaur discovered in Argentina

Jul 30, 2016

New species of dinosaur discovered in Argentina

Fossils of a carnivorous dinosaur unearthed in Argentina are shedding new light on an intriguing group of predators that apparently were just as happy to slash victims to death with sickle-shaped hand claws as to chomp them into an early grave. Scientists said on ...

'One-two punch' delivered dino death blow

Jul 23, 2016

'One-two punch' delivered dino death blow

The dinosaurs’ long reign was not ended by a merciful knockout punch, but torturous millennia of climate change before and after the oft-blamed space rock slammed into Earth, scientists said last week. The impact at Chicxulub in modern-day Mexico certainly contributed to the giant ...

Jul 6, 2016

'One-two punch' delivered dino death blow: study

The dinosaurs’ long reign was not ended by a merciful knockout punch, but torturous millennia of climate change before and after the oft-blamed space rock slammed into Earth, scientists said Tuesday. The impact at Chicxulub in modern-day Mexico certainly contributed to the disappearance of ...

Mammals thrived long before the dinosaurs died: teeth study

Jun 9, 2016

Mammals thrived long before the dinosaurs died: teeth study

The prevailing theory that mammals only flourished after an asteroid strike wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is doubly wrong, according to a study published Wednesday. Our warm-blooded predecessors thrived and spread over millions of years even as Tyrannosaurus and other flesh-ripping ...

Scientists drill into crater at sea for dino clues

May 28, 2016

Scientists drill into crater at sea for dino clues

Sharks swim around a platform off Mexico’s east coast as scientists drill deep into the ocean floor, extracting the remains of the asteroid widely blamed for the demise of the dinosaurs. Some 30 meters (98 feet) above the ocean floor, the researchers pull out ...

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 ...

Seventh new dinosaur discovery confirmed in Japan

Feb 26, 2016

Seventh new dinosaur discovery confirmed in Japan

A new kind of dinosaur has been confirmed in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture, researchers said Friday, bringing the number of species discovered in Japan to seven. According to fossil analysis, the new creature was a small theropod that had both primitive and derived features, according ...