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 ...

Site of dinosaur tracks to be unveiled

Aug 30, 2014

Site of dinosaur tracks to be unveiled

by Brady Mccombs

A dry wash full of 112-million-year-old dinosaur tracks that include an ankylosaurus, dromaeosaurus and a menacing ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus rex, is set to open to the public this fall in Utah. There are more than 200 tracks near the city of Moab from ...

Intact pterosaur eggs found in China

Jun 9, 2014

Intact pterosaur eggs found in China

A spectacular find of fossil eggs from 120 million years ago is providing unique insight into the lifestyle and sex differences of pterosaurs, the flying reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs. Until now, only four pterosaur eggs had ever been found, and all were ...

Pygmy tyrannosaur prowled the ancient Arctic

Mar 22, 2014

Pygmy tyrannosaur prowled the ancient Arctic

by Kerry Sheridan

A pint-sized tyrannosaur braved the frigid Arctic and feasted on fellow dinosaurs 70 million years ago, according to a recent report on a new species identified from fossilized skull bones in Alaska. Scientists have crowned the fierce creature the “polar bear lizard,” or Nanuqsaurus ...

CGI, scientific studies bring dinosaurs closer

Jan 14, 2014

CGI, scientific studies bring dinosaurs closer

by Akira Kato

Advances in computer graphics and scientific studies have made dinosaurs attractive not just to small boys but also women and girls. “It seems nowadays that one of every five children interested in dinosaurs is a girl,” said a representative for the National Museum of ...

Flying reptiles that weren't so scary after all

Aug 16, 2013

Flying reptiles that weren't so scary after all

by Mark P. Witton

For most of us, “pterodactyls” are large, vicious and ugly gargoyles with leathery wings and jaws lined with savage teeth, the sort of disreputable brutes we find in Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World,” the “Jurassic Park” franchise — even a recent episode of ...