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Dissolution, ocean acidification and biotic extinctions prior to the Cretaceous / Paleogene (K/PG) boundary in the tropical Pacific

The several million years preceding the Cretaceous/Paleogene (K/Pg) boundary has been the focus of many studies. Changes in ocean circulation and sea level, extinctions, and major volcanic events have all been documented for this interval. Important research questions these changes raise include the climate dynamics during the warm, but not hot, time after the decay […]

Habitat Preferences of Polar Dinosaurs in Maastrichtian Cretaceous Alaska

A Multi-disciplinary Perspective on Habitat Preferences among Dinosaurs in a Cretaceous Arctic Greenhouse World, North Slope, Alaska (Prince Creek Formation: Upper Maastrichtian)Authors:Fiorillo et alAbstract:The Prince Creek Formation...Show More Summary

The New Winged Dragon from Liaoning Province

Zhenyuanlong – A Big Bird, well, Almost This week we have seen the latest feathered and fluffy dinosaur revealed from the Lower Cretaceous deposits of Liaoning Province, north-eastern China.  Scientists from the University of Edinburgh including the very talented Dr. Steve Brusatte, in collaboration with colleagues from the Institute of Geology (Chinese Academy of Geological […]

The First Polycotylid Plesiosaur From Coniacian/Campanian Cretaceous Antarctica

First record of Polycotylidae (Sauropterygia, plesiosauria) from the Upper Cretaceous of AntarcticaAuthors:Novas et alAbstract:In the present paper we report the incomplete skeleton of an indeterminate polycotylid that includes the articulated pelvic girdle. Show More Summary

Dinosaur egg treasure trove found in Japan

Researchers have discovered fragments of fossilized dinosaur eggs in Southern Japan, according to a June 29 report in the journal Cretaceous Research. The 90 eggshell fragments once housed five different types of dinosaurs, all of them small. Show More Summary

Dinosaurs Abruptly Disappeared at/near K-Pg/KT Boundary in the Southern Pyrenees, Ecology Took Very Long Time to Recover

The upper Maastrichtian dinosaur fossil record from the southern Pyrenees and its contribution to the topic of the Cretaceous–Palaeogene mass extinction eventAuthors:Canudo et alAbstract:In the present paper, the fossil record of the...Show More Summary

Upper Maastrichtian Cretaceous Riparian Forest was Surprisingly Modern

A riparian plant community from the upper Maastrichtian of the Pyrenees (Catalonia, NE Spain)Authors:Marmi et alAbstract:Angiosperms began to colonise riparian habitats very soon in their evolutionary history, probably already in the...Show More Summary

This 105 million-year-old fly fed on nectar and pollinated gymnosperm plants during the Cretaceous p

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This 105 million-year-old fly fed on nectar and pollinated gymnosperm plants during the Cretaceous period — an era before pollinating bees and butterflies existed. By studying fly fossils trapped in amber, researchers from the University of Barcelona discovered that these ancient insects took nectar from plants by approaching them like hummingbirds. Read more...

Early Cretaceous titanosauriform cervical UMNH 21054, or, “Hello again, beautiful”

Here at SV-POW! Towers, we’re keenly aware that some of our fans are just here for the hardcore sauropod vertebra action. These folks start to shift in their seats when we put up too many posts in a row on open access or rabbits or…okay, mostly just OA and bunnies. If that’s you – or, […]

Nosing Around a Coloborhynchus Rostrum

Pterosaur Rostrum Discovered on the Isle of Wight Thanks to sharp-eyed, local fossil collector Will Thurbin, a fragment of bone from an Early Cretaceous Pterosaur has established that a another member of the Ornithocheiridae flew over the skies of what was to become the Isle of Wight.  Whilst searching for fossils along Chilton Chine beach […]

Flies that pollinized Cretaceous plants 105 million years ago

When we think about pollination, the image that comes first to our mind is a bee or a butterfly covered by pollen. However, in the Cretaceous —about 105 million years ago— bees and butterflies did not exist, and most terrestrial ecosystems were dominated by non-flowering plants (gymnosperms).

Wendiceratops pinhornensis: a new Campanian Cretaceous Centrosaurine Ceratopsian From Alberta, Canada

Cranial Anatomy of Wendiceratops pinhornensis gen. et sp. nov., a Centrosaurine Ceratopsid (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Oldman Formation (Campanian), Alberta, Canada, and the Evolution of Ceratopsid Nasal Ornamentation Authors:Evans...Show More Summary

New Oviraptorid from the Late Cretaceous of Southern China

Huanansaurus ganzhouensis – Demonstrating the Diversity of the Oviraptorids Some very peculiar things can turn up at railway stations, just ask anyone who works in a lost property office.  However, for one group of construction workers helping to build the new Ganzhou Railway Station in Jiangxi Province (southern China), they got rather a big surprise […]

'Power Rangers' Plot News: Film Opens on Cretacean-Period Earth, Meet the New Characters

The plot details for the next "Power Rangers" reboot movie has finally been revealed and according to reports, it will open up on Earth during the cretaceous period.

We're Getting A Giant Shark Movie, Get The Details

It appears that the Cretaceous killer success of Jurassic World may have provided enough momentum to get a long-idle project about a gigantic prehistoric throwback of a shark to shallow waters. It is being reported that a film basedShow More Summary

The effects of secular calcium and magnesium concentration changes on the thermodynamics of seawater acid/base chemistry: Implications for Eocene and Cretaceous ocean carbon chemistry and buffering

Reconstructed changes in seawater calcium and magnesium concentration ([Ca2+], [Mg2+]) predictably affect the ocean’s acid/base and carbon chemistry. Yet inaccurate formulations of chemical equilibrium “constants” are currently in use to account for these changes. Show More Summary

A red-blooded dinosaur tale

last monthHealth : The Checkup

They looked, as one researcher said, like “rubbish,” eight seemingly inconsequential dinosaur fossils from the Cretaceous Period that sat in a London museum’s collection for more than a century after being found in Canada’s Alberta province.Read full article >>

Fibres and Cellular Structures Observed in Dinosaur Fossils

Soft Tissue Preservation in Late Cretaceous Dinosaur Bones When Everything Dinosaur team members were first informed of a paper being published that reported on “blood cells and soft tissue” having been discovered in dinosaur fossils the day before the film “Jurassic World ” was released, there was some scepticism around the office.  Amid the inevitably […]

Gigantic Shark In Texas? Ancient Beast Was Over 20 Feet Long

The bones of a gigantic shark were found in Texas’ Duck Creek Formation. Although the remains date back to the early Cretaceous Period, scientists believe the ancient beast was more than 20 feet long. As reported by Newsweek, the unusual bones were discovered in 2009 by Janessa A. Show More Summary

Behold “Hellboy,” A Horned Dinosaur Unlike Any Other

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Paleontologists in Alberta have described a fiercely intimidating Cretaceous Period dinosaur that featured a distinct set of facial horns and spines at the back of its skull. Read more...

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