Oct 16, 2014

Toothy tyrant from the Jurassic period was 9 meters long

A forerunner of today’s crocodiles that lurked in coastal waters and estuaries some 150 million years ago measured 9.26 meters (some 30 feet) from snout to tail. Paleontologists from half a dozen European countries took a fresh look at the classification of so-called crocodylomorphs ...

Dinosaur footprints in Bolivia threatened with extinction

Oct 3, 2014

Dinosaur footprints in Bolivia threatened with extinction

A hill in southeastern Bolivia that offers an awe-inspiring glimpse of the world as it was when dinosaurs ruled is threatened by nearby human activity, conservationists say. The near-vertical sheet of limestone is crisscrossed by more than 5,000 fossilized dinosaur footprints, some more than ...

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 ...

Forebears of mammals were nocturnal party animals

Sep 4, 2014

Forebears of mammals were nocturnal party animals

A nocturnal existence is a way of life for numerous mammals, from bats that swoop through dark skies to skunks that emit their noxious spray under moonlight and majestic lions, tigers and leopards that prowl the night. But this love of nightlife appears to ...

Fossil found of 'four-winged' feathered dinosaur

Jul 16, 2014

Fossil found of 'four-winged' feathered dinosaur

A newly discovered dinosaur was built sort of like a biplane, but probably did not fly as well — if at all. Scientists on Tuesday described a fossil of the strange dinosaur, which lived in China 125 million years ago. The creature was covered ...

Jul 11, 2014

Utah man admits stealing rare dinosaur footprint fossil

A Utah man has admitted to stealing, and then throwing away, a very rare fossilized dinosaur footprint, but will not spend any time in prison, according to court documents. Jared Ehlers, a 35-year-old construction worker, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in ...

Scientists aim to unearth skull of largest dinosaur

Jul 8, 2014

Scientists aim to unearth skull of largest dinosaur

A few months ago, Argentine scientists found the remains of a giant dinosaur. Now they look forward to digging up hundreds more fossils, but what they really want is the big one’s head. In recent years, the discovery of fossils of such sauropods — ...