Paleontology

  1. Suskityrannus hazelae
    Paleontology

    A tiny mystery dinosaur from New Mexico is officially T. rex’s cousin

    A newly identified dinosaur species called Suskityrannus hazelae fills a gap in tyrannosaur lineage.

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    Paleontology

    A dinosaur’s running gait may reveal insights into the history of bird flight

    In what may have been a precursor to avian flight, a flightless winged dinosaur may have flapped its wings as it jogged.

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  3. Peregocetus pacificus
    Paleontology

    Peruvian fossils yield a four-legged otterlike whale with hooves

    A newly discovered species of ancient whale unearthed in Peru split time between land and sea.

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  4. fish fossil at Tanis site
    Paleontology

    New fossils may capture the minutes after the dinosaur-killing asteroid impact

    North Dakota fossils may depict the aftermath of the dinosaur-killing asteroid, but controversial claims about the breadth of the find are unproven.

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  5. Smilodon hunting
    Paleontology

    Saber-toothed cats were fierce and family-oriented

    New details shift the debate on whether Smilodon lived and hunted in packs, and answer questions about other behaviors and abilities.

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  6. jelly fossils
    Paleontology

    Newfound fossils in China highlight a dizzying diversity of Cambrian life

    A new treasure trove of Cambrian fossils in China dating to 518 million years ago could rival Canada’s Burgess Shale.

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  7. fossil egg
    Paleontology

    In a first, a fossilized egg is found preserved inside an ancient bird

    Scientists have found the first known fossil of a bird that died with an unlaid egg inside its body. The egg has been crushed by pressure over time.

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  8. Tyrannosaurus rex
    Paleontology

    A new T. rex exhibit takes a deep dive into the iconic dinosaur

    “T. rex: The Ultimate Predator,” a new exhibit in New York City, draws on the latest science to provide a fresh look at Tyrannosaurus rex and its relatives.

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  9. India’s Western Ghats mountain range
    Climate

    Dueling dates for a huge eruption reignite the debate over dinosaurs’ death

    New dating techniques for the Deccan Traps volcanic eruptions disagree on whether they were the main culprit in the dinosaurs’ demise.

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  10. Moros intrepidus
    Paleontology

    A deer-sized T. rex ancestor shows how fast tyrannosaurs became giants

    A newly found dinosaur called Moros intrepidus fills a hole in the evolutionary history of tyrannosaurs, helping narrow when the group sized up.

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  11. Pappochelys rosinae
    Animals

    A rare, ancient case of bone cancer has been found in a turtle ancestor

    A 240-million-year-old fossil reveals the oldest known case of bone cancer in an amniote, a group that includes mammals, birds and reptiles.

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  12. panda bear
    Animals

    Giant pandas may have only recently switched to eating mostly bamboo

    Giant pandas may have switched to an exclusive bamboo diet some 5,000 years ago, not 2 million years ago as previously thought.

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