Color of 'cute' bristly dinosaur deciphered

Sep 16, 2016

Color of 'cute' bristly dinosaur deciphered

Scientists guided by small structures preserved in fossilized skin have deciphered the color and camouflage pattern of a little dinosaur with a parrot-like beak and bristles on its tail that roamed thick forests in China about 120 million years ago. Psittacosaurus was mainly brown ...

Lucky bug eluded eternal entombment in 50-million-year-old amber

Jul 15, 2016

Lucky bug eluded eternal entombment in 50-million-year-old amber

A chunk of amber found along the Baltic Sea in Russia provides evidence roughly 50 million years old of an extremely fortunate bug. An Oregon State University scientist on Thursday described a remarkable piece of amber — fossilized tree sap — containing a mushroom, ...

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 ...

May 19, 2016

Fossil bird had record wingspan

Scientists on Wednesday said they have found the remains of a giant prehistoric bird that lived 50 million years ago in Antarctica and had the largest wingspan ever recorded. Paleontologists at a natural history museum in Argentina said they had identified the pelagornithid, or ...

Weird ancient hammerhead creature ate algae

May 7, 2016

Weird ancient hammerhead creature ate algae

It was a creature so outlandish that scientists say it reminds them of the fanciful beasts conjured up by Dr. Seuss. But would the famous children’s book author have thought up a marine reptile with a hammerhead snout it used to snack on algae? ...