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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.  …

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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, …

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This ancient ‘terror crocodile’ had teeth the size of bananas

August 11th, 2020

Researchers have confirmed the identity of three species of massive ancient crocodiles with fossils from across North America. The creatures could grow to be as long as a bus, and had teeth so large they looked like bananas. These three species of so-called “terror crocodiles” were the largest predators of their day. Modern crocodiles are …

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A ‘Jurassic Park’ icon was so much different in real life

July 8th, 2020

Scientists have drawn a much more accurate picture of what the Dilophosaurus was like, and it’s a far cry from its depiction in Jurassic Park. The creatures had crests on their heads, but they weren’t nearly as small as shown in the movies — the real ones stood up to 20 feet in length. The …

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An ancient species of crocodile walked on two feet

June 12th, 2020

Researchers have discovered footprints of an ancient species from the crocodile family that walked upright on two legs. These creatures may have looked a bit like dinosaurs, but they weren’t. The tracks date back 110 million years, and since we don’t see these animals around today we can only guess when and why they were …

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Raptors didn’t hunt in packs, despite what ‘Jurassic Park’ tells us

May 7th, 2020

Raptors were likely not pack hunters as depicted in movies like Jurassic Park, a new study suggests. Evidence to support the notion that raptors hunted in groups is thin, and modern dinosaur relatives aren’t known for hunting in packs. It’s likely, the researchers argue, that raptors fended for themselves. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. …

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The smallest dinosaur ever was found encased in amber

March 15th, 2020

Scientists say they’ve found the tiniest dinosaur ever, and it was encased in amber.  The fossil, found in Myanmar, is so small that it’s comparable to the smallest bird species alive today.  The researchers believe that despite its size, it was a carnivore that feasted primarily on bugs.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. A …

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Dinosaur print mystery finally solved after half century

February 18th, 2020

Finding dinosaur footprints can be exciting for any scientist. Finding them in a unique place just adds to the fun, but when a set of fossilized footprints was spotted on the ceiling of a cave in Australia, it sparked a decades-long mystery that was only just recently solved. As HeritageDaily reports, the fossilized footprints were …