'Chicken from hell' dinosaur gets a real name

Mar 20, 2014

'Chicken from hell' dinosaur gets a real name

It is called the chicken from hell: a birdlike dinosaur some 7 feet (2.1 meters) tall that weighed around 500 pounds (225 kilograms) when it roamed western North America on its long, slender hind legs. The beast got its nickname long ago at the ...

Mar 16, 2014

LA subway dig finds prehistoric trove

An exploratory subway shaft dug just down the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has uncovered a treasure trove of other prehistoric artifacts in the land where saber-toothed cats and other early animals once roamed. They include mollusks, asphalt-saturated sand dollars ...

Mar 7, 2014

Dazzling Chinese fossils offer portal into Jurassic

A spectacular array of beautifully preserved fossils unearthed in northeastern China over the past two decades provides a unique portal on life 160 million years ago in the Jurassic Period, an international team of scientists said this week. Among them are outlandish feathered dinosaurs, ...

Dinosaur that terrorized Jurassic Europe discovered

Mar 6, 2014

Dinosaur that terrorized Jurassic Europe discovered

In Europe 150 million years ago, this dude was the biggest, baddest bully in town. Two scientists in Portugal announced Wednesday that they have identified the largest carnivorous dinosaur ever found in Europe, a 33-foot-long (10-meter-long) brute called Torvosaurus gurneyi that was the scourge ...

Feb 6, 2014

Dinosaur fossil bonanza created by Pompeii-style eruption in China: study

A treasure trove of fossilized dinosaurs and other long-extinct species in northeastern China was created, Pompeii-style, by an erupting volcano, a study recently published in the journal Nature Communications says. A seam of rock known as the Yixian and Jiufotang formations, in western Liaoning ...

White skin arose later than thought

Jan 27, 2014

White skin arose later than thought

The DNA of a hunter-gatherer who lived in Spain some 7,000 years ago suggests that Europeans were dark-skinned until much more recently than previously thought, researchers said Sunday. Genetic material recovered from a tooth of La Brana 1, an ancient man whose skeleton was ...

U.S. man guilty of smuggling fossils

Jan 3, 2014

U.S. man guilty of smuggling fossils

A man pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of conspiring to smuggle fossils from China into the United States. He also agreed to forfeit any claim to a Tyrannosaurus skull that likely will be heading back home to Mongolia. Federal officials and a ...