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fossil discovery

This massive dinosaur footprint was found completely by accident

April 18th, 2021

Finding fossils that have remained hidden for 165 million years takes a lot of time, research, and usually plenty of digging. These ancient artifacts are usually buried deep within the earth, sometimes hidden within layers of rock and hardened sediment. So, if you were walking along the beach and stumbled across a dinosaur footprint, you …

t rex population

New study estimates shocking number of T. rexes in Earth’s history

April 17th, 2021

If you hear the word “dinosaur,” there’s a good chance that an image of a Tyrannosaurus rex flashes in your mind. That’s a credit to the incredible intimidation factor that the animals possessed, but it’s especially impressive when you consider that only around 50 T. rex skeletons have ever been found. Dinosaur fossils are obviously …

dinosaur extinction

Did volcanoes make the dinosaur extinction even worse?

March 30th, 2021

It’s widely accepted that the primary reason dinosaurs were wiped off the face of the planet was a devastating impact from an asteroid. The Chixulub crater is our best evidence that this theory holds water, and it’s supported by the findings of scientists who study rock and sediment layers deep beneath our feet. But it’s …

science news

Researchers find ultimate smoking gun in dinosaur extinction

February 25th, 2021

The debate over what killed the dinosaurs has remained unsettled for, well, forever. The leading theory is that a massive asteroid impact in the Gulf of Mexico set off a chain of events that dramatically changed the climate, snuffing most large species out. Now, new discoveries made at the site of that impact have been …

tyrannosaur baby

Baby tyrannosaurs were absolutely adorable, study finds

January 25th, 2021

Tyrannosaurs are the most iconic of all dinosaurs, but what they were like as babies has been the subject of debate and mystery.  New research of rare tyrannosaur embryos offers researchers the first good look at what the massive meat-eaters looked like fresh out of their eggs.  When the dinosaurs hatched, they were roughly as …

dinosaur mating

We might finally know how dinosaurs had sex

January 20th, 2021

Dinosaur bones have told scientists a lot about how the ancient animals lived, hunted, and died, but reproduction has remained largely a mystery. A new fossil from China provides such an incredibly well-preserved look at the dinosaur’s hindquarters that it shows the orifice that was likely used for expelling waste as well as for mating.  …

dinosaur news

Ancient sea monster choked on his own dinner, and both of them died

August 21st, 2020

Scientists have discovered evidence of two ancient aquatic reptiles locked in a death struggle as one tried to eat the other. The larger of the two, an ichthyosaur, apparently choked on its prey, leading both animals to die, sink, and become fossilized. The researchers say while such behavior is rarely found in the fossil record, …