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paleontology

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, …

woolly rhino

Good news: Humans aren’t responsible for woolly rhino extinction

August 13th, 2020

Scientists studying the remains of ancient woolly rhinos have discovered that climate change, not human hunting, led to their demise. The timeline that suggested humans were responsible for the extinction no longer appears valid. Woolly rhinos were wiped out when temperatures spiked over a period of just a few decades. Humans get blamed for a …

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This massive ancient lizard had a neck that defies explanation

August 7th, 2020

Researchers have pieced together the bones and the life of an ancient species of lizard that had an incredibly long neck. Tanystropheus hydroides had a neck that took up almost half its body length, and it may have given the animal many advantages. The lizard likely lived in the water and hunted animals along the …

dinosaur cancer

This dinosaur lived with cancer, then died in a flood

August 4th, 2020

Researchers have discovered a dinosaur bone that shows evidence of an aggressive bone tumor. The disease would have made the dinosaur’s life hard, but it didn’t kill the animal. The creature is believed to have died in a flood. Dinosaurs lived in a time where dangers lurked around every corner. The food chain dictated who …

ancient crocodile

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 …

iterative evolution

This bird went completely extinct, and then it came back

May 18th, 2020

A species of flightless bird went extinct over 130,000 years ago but then appeared again after evolution gave it a second chance. The birds evolved independently, thousands of years apart, but did so on the exact same island.  When species evolve twice it’s known as “iterative evolution.” Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. When an …

wonderchicken

Ancient ‘Wonderchicken’ fossil is oldest of modern birds

March 20th, 2020

Oldest-ever modern bird fossil found in Europe has been nicknamed the “Wonderchicken” due to its similarities between present-day chickens and ducks.  It’s believed that the species roamed the region as far back as one million years before the asteroid strike that triggered the death of most dinosaur species.  The fossil is helping scientists paint a …