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 ...

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 ...