Getting to Grips with Six New Species of Pterosaurs The Pterosauria, that Order of winged reptiles that thrived alongside the dinosaurs were thought to have had their heyday in the Early Cretaceous. Only a single family, the Azhdarchidae (several of whom were giants), was known from the very end of the Cretaceous (Maastrichtian faunal stage).
Early Cretaceous Enantiornithine Shines Light on Early Bird Evolution A tiny, beautifully preserved fossil of a baby bird is helping scientists to shine a light on the early evolution of some of the first birds. The fossil represents...Show More Summary
Fossilized footprints provide new insight on ancient lizard behavior Fossilized lizard footprints dating back to the Cretaceous indicate the little scaly beasts could get up and run on two legs. Illustration by Chuang Zhao 110 million years ago, in the late Cretaceous, lizards schlepped through...
Lizards Sprinted to Safety to Avoid Predation A team of international scientists writing in the journal "Scientific Reports", have described the oldest lizard trackways known to science that record bipedal behaviour. The little lizards lived around 110 million years ago, in what is now South Korea, it has been speculated that just like extant lizards,
Diverse Footprint Assemblage Reveals Early Cretaceous Biota Back in 2012, Everything Dinosaur reported upon the discovery of a partial nodosaurid footprint found at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland (USA). Subsequent...Show More Summary
At the end of the Cretaceous era, a large meteorite ploughed into what is now Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The collision set off a chain reaction of environmental calamities that likely contributed to the demise of the dinosaurs. NewShow More Summary
The discovery of a dinosaur footprint at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2012 led to the discovery of one of the richest sets of prehistoric tracks from the Cretaceous Period ever seen. Among the footprints is "the mother lode of...Show More Summary
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) A slab of sandstone found on the campus of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland may help scientists rewrite the history of mammal and dinosaur co-existence during the Cretaceous era.
Fossils in Africa from the Late Cretaceous time period - around 100 to 66 million years ago - are rare. Scientists have been largely kept in the dark about the course of dinosaur evolution on the continent, but a new dinosaur species, Mansourasaurus shahinae, recently unearthed in the Sahara Desert in Egypt, now offers some clues. Show More Summary
(Ohio University) When it comes to the final days of the dinosaurs, Africa is something of a blank page. Fossils found in Africa from the Late Cretaceous, the time period from 100 to 66 million years ago, are few and far between. That means that the course of dinosaur evolution in Africa has largely remained a mystery. Show More Summary
Paleontologists have long hypothesized that a land bridge between present-day Siberia and Alaska served as a gateway for fauna to migrate between Asia and North America during the Cretaceous, but they have unearthed little evidence that directly supports this idea. Show More Summary
Diluvicursor pickeringi - Turkey to Rhea-sized Herbivore from the Early Cretaceous Analysis of the fossilised remains of a little Ornithopod have led to the establishment of a new species of dinosaur, one that roamed the Australian-Antarctic rift valley approximately 113 million years ago. Described from an almost complete tail and a partial right hind limb
Consider the anglerfish. It's a type of bony fish that has been around since the early Cretaceous. It is best known for the fleshy protrusion on its head, which it uses to entice prey, and which sometimes is inhabited by glowing bacteria, for extra luring power. Show More Summary
The Ankylosaurus magniventris, which stomped along at the sunset of the Cretaceous period, was christened for its heft—the name translates, roughly, to “great belly”—but it’s perhaps especially notable for its no-nonsense tail. The dinosaur...Show More Summary
We're all familiar with those awesome armored giants of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods - Stegosaurus and Ankylosaurus - and their amazing, weaponized tails. But why aren't similar weaponized tails found in animals living today?Show More Summary
My daughter’s super happy fun end to her cretaceous period assignment. via Shoe game on point. via Works almost every time. via Had to get my blood drawn today. This was on the wall at the lab. via Always up for a challenge. via That’s what I’m tolkien about. via Saw this on my morning […]
Highlights • The biostratigraphic record of the basal Danian at Zumaia is incomplete. • Hiatus and turbidites question the calibration of the Zumaia geological timescale. • Akaganéite occurrence suggests widespread stratospheric transport of Deccan aerosols. Show More Summary
Maaqwi cascadensis - Diving Bird from the Late Cretaceous A team of scientists writing in the on-line academic journal PLOS One have named a new species of Late Cretaceous marine bird, based on a single coracoid bone and some fragments representing bones from the wing. The animal has been named Maaqwi cascadensis and at an estimated 1.5
Scientists have found the first solid evidence that prehistoric ticks consumed dinosaur blood. The discovery of a 99-million year old piece of amber in Myanmar offers a rare glimpse into the lives of Cretaceous animals, large and small. Show More Summary
The rich deposits of amber mined in Myanmar (formerly Burma) have produced another stellar example of Cretaceous creatures frozen in a dramatic and scientifically significant posture. Earlier this year researchers found the remains of a baby avian dinosaur of the enantiornithes species which was uniquely well-preserved having spent 99 million years encased in amber. The […]