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paleontology

giant sloth hunting

Fossilized footprints tell a story of how our ancestors hunted giant sloths

April 26th, 2018

There’s plenty that archaeologists and paleontologists can learn from the bones and other artifacts left behind by ancient creatures and mankind’s own ancestors. Researchers can figure out what they looked like, where they lived, and who ate who, but painting a detailed picture of more advanced behavior is much more challenging. How ancient humans hunted, …

mammals shrinking

Researchers say humans are responsible for mammals being so small today

April 20th, 2018

Have you ever wondered why land animals are so small today? Fossils have shown us that many dinosaurs were absolutely massive beasts, evolving over millions and millions of years to become huge, intimidating creature that could crush small animals under their mighty feet, and modern day mammals, by contrast, are tiny. Sure, elephants are big, …

dinosaur mating

Dinosaur horns were for horny dinosaurs

March 23rd, 2018

Science fiction and documentaries have painted a rather consistent picture of the mighty Triceratops over the years. With its massive, shielded head and long, imposing horns, it was a defensive plant-eater that could gut a predator with a swift head butt if needed. Indeed, with such natural weaponry, the creature would likely have been incredibly …