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Turns out blood-sucking ticks really did plague the dinosaurs

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

First the dinobird, now its ticks found in amber

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 […]

The Remarkable and Diverse Maniraptora (Halszkaraptor)

Raptor That Took to Water (Halszkaraptor escuilliei) A fossil that had been removed illegally from Mongolia has revealed a remarkable twist in the evolution of Theropod dinosaurs.  It seems that during the Late Cretaceous, one little meat-eating Maniraptoran evolved a long, swan-like neck and flippers for forelimbs and took to the water.  It may have

Synchrotron scanning reveals amphibious ecomorphology in a new clade of bird-like dinosaurs

Maniraptora includes birds and their closest relatives among theropod dinosaurs. During the Cretaceous period, several maniraptoran lineages diverged from the ancestral coelurosaurian bauplan and evolved novel ecomorphologies, including active flight, gigantism, cursoriality and herbivory. Show More Summary

Incredibly preserved dinosaur egg clutch gives scientists a rare opportunity

If you were a small-to-medium-sized creature during the ancient Jurassic or Cretaceous periods, you definitely wouldn't have wanted the shadow of a pterosaur to appear on the ground beneath you. With wingspans reaching as large as 36 feet, the high-flying dinosaurs ruled the skies, and could make short work of ground-dwelling prey. Show More Summary

Hundreds Of Eggs From Ancient Flying Reptile Are Found In China

2 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

The fossilized pterosaur eggs and embryos shed light on the Lower Cretaceous creature's development and nesting habits. The cache was found where the reptile was once abundant, dubbed Pterosaur Eden.

Two lovely sparkling wines from Langham, Dorset

Very impressed with these English sparkling wines, from chalky soils in Dorset. Langham Rosé 2014 Dorset, England 12% alcohol. From Cretaceous chalk soils in Dorset, this is a blend of the classic Champagne varieties. It’s an attractive light pink colour, and shows taut, compact cherry and citrus fruit with a hint of red apple and just a [...]

Evidence of Placental Mammals – Early Cretaceous Purbeck

Durlstotherium newmani and Durlstodon ensomi Finally got round to reading the paper on the discovery of evidence of Eutherian (placental) mammals in Early Cretaceous deposits on, ironically, "the Jurassic Coast".  The two teeth found during sieving of material collected on the Dorset coast by University of Portsmouth undergraduate student Grant Smith, has led to the erection

This ancient shark with a snake head and 300 teeth is why we should just say nope to the ocean

last monthHealth : The Checkup

The shark has been around for 80 million years, outliving Cretaceous contemporaries such as the T. rex and triceratops.

Ratlike Mammal Earliest Fossil of Human Ancestor

Palaeontologists from the University of Portsmouth have discovered two new fossil teeth from the Cretaceous rocks of Dorset. They are from the branch of the mammal tree that led to modern mammals -- including humans. Their findings suggest...Show More Summary

The Cretaceous Live! --"Scientists Net a Shark from the "Age of the Dinosaurs" (VIDEO)

Scientists from the Portegese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere caught captured the rare frilled shark aboard a trawler, where they were working on a European Union project to "minimise unwanted catches in commercial fishing", Sic Noticias TV reports. The...        

Placental mammal ancestor in Europe found in Britain | Elsa Panciroli

Two fossil teeth found in Cretaceous rocks could belong to the oldest placental mammal ancestor in Europe Palaeontologists from the University of Portsmouth have discovered two new fossil teeth from the Cretaceous rocks of Dorset. They are from the branch of the mammal tree that led to modern mammals – including humans. Show More Summary

Tiny T. Rex Arms We Laugh At May Have Been 'Vicious'

It's a physical mismatch that's long puzzled paleontologists: Tyrannosaurus rex, terror of the Cretaceous Period, empowered with a giant head and ferocious jaws, yet also stuck with tiny, seemingly useless arms. Per National Geographic, scientists' speculation on the arms has included using them to hang onto prey, as leverage when...

Alvarezsaurid dinosaur from the late Cretaceous found in Uzbekistan

Bones from an Alvarezsaurid dinosaur were discovered in Uzbekistan and could shed light on the evolution and origin of the species, according to a study published October 25, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Alexander Averianov of Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia and Hans-Dieter Sues of the Smithsonian Institution, USA.

Tuesday Trifecta: 1) AWRA Final Program; 2) Tuesday Night Food Hall Feast; 3) SYP Gala

2 months agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Have not had a 'Tuesday Trifecta' since the Cretaceous! Just around the corner..... 1) The Final Program for the AWRA annual Conferences in Portland is now available online and as a PDF: Download AWRA_Final_2017 2) Here is the food feast ($32) on Tuesday evening (7 November): Download AWRA_Poster_11.7.17 Do you...

"A Journey Into the Chicxulub Impact Crater" --Death of an Epoch 66 Million Years Ago (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)

When the Chicxulub asteroid slammed into Earth about 66 million years ago, it obliterated 80 percent of Earth's species, blasted out a crater 200 kilometers across, and signaled an abrupt end to the Cretaceous Period. The impact, its catastrophic effects,...        

Geese-like birds seem to have survived the dinosaur extinction

A bird group named the Vegaviidae, which resembled modern loons and geese, is the first identified with members that lived before and after the Cretaceous extinction

Cretaceous collagen: Can molecular paleontology glean soft tissue from dinosaurs?

In 2005, a team of molecular paleontologists reported the discovery of soft tissue from a 68-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex femur. In the decade since that controversial find, evidence has mounted that dinosaur soft tissue — which could help paleontologists answer long-standing questions about dinosaur physiology — can be recovered.

Ankylosaurus Not Your Typical Ankylosaur

Ankylosaurus magniventris - Not Your Archetypal Ankylosaur A newly-published study has provided fresh insights on Ankylosaurus.  This Ornithischian dinosaur, a contemporary of Tyrannosaurus rex in the Late Cretaceous of North America, is perhaps, one of the best-known of all the armoured dinosaurs in the minds of the public, however, this dinosaur star of stage and screen with

Pterosaur Study Sheds New Light on Jidapterus

Jidapterus edentus Gets Grounded A team of researchers, writing in the on-line, academic, open access journal PLOS One, have published a reassessment of the Early Cretaceous Pterosaur Jidapterus (J. edentus).  This flying reptile, with a wingspan estimated to be between 1.6 and 1.7 metres, is one of a number of flying reptiles known from the

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