Paleontology

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beetle preserved in amber

TINY FLIER Feathery wings extending from the posterior of this tiny ancient beetle (in amber), the first of its kind to be discovered, may have helped it drift on the wind millions of years ago.

baby titanosaur

GROW UP  A species of titanosaur, Rapetosaurus krausei, was about the size of a dog just weeks after its birth (left). The baby dino had similar proportions to an adult titanosaur (right), suggesting that youngsters didn’t require much parental care. 

illustration of maniraptorans

SURVIVAL SECRET  Some birdlike dinosaurs seemed to thrive until their big extinction 66 million years ago. Toothed maniraptorans (one in flight) died out suddenly. But their beaked relatives (one in log), the ancestors of modern birds, may have survived by eating seeds.

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