Paleontology

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. ancient marine reptile
    Paleontology

    Tiny eyes make a bizarre, ancient platypus-like reptile even weirder

    An ancient oddball marine reptile had teeny-tiny eyes, suggesting it probably used senses other than sight to catch food.

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  8. drilling into Lake Mercer
    Animals

    Cryptic remains of tiny animals have turned up in an Antarctic lake

    Researchers were surprised to find vestiges of what appear to be tiny animals in mud from Antarctica’s ice-covered Lake Mercer.

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  9. tetrapod robot
    Paleontology

    A four-legged robot hints at how ancient tetrapods walked

    Using fossils, computer simulations and a life-size walking robot, researchers re-created how an early tetrapod may have made tracks.

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  10. ANITA experiment in Antarctica
    Astronomy

    These 2018 findings could be big news — if they turn out to be true

    Discoveries about fossils, the Big Bang and more could shake up the scientific world – if they turn out to be true.

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  11. pterosaur illustration
    Paleontology

    Pterosaurs may have been covered in fur and primitive feathers

    A new study provides evidence of plumelike structures in ancient flying reptiles.

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  12. conifer fossil
    Paleontology

    More plants survived the world’s greatest mass extinction than thought

    Fossil plants from Jordan reveal more plant lineages that made it through the Great Dying roughly 252 million years ago.

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