Description: Some new and forgotten lines in Triassic, Utah. Boulders: Coprolite Thief V5 FA Jess Johnson Coprolite Boulder, The Tongue Area Tickle Me Elmo V?/6 FA Jess Johnson The Steep Cluster Area Cretaceous V9 FA Jess Johnson The Steep Cluster Area Climbers: Cole Bradburn Collin Wogenstahl Music: In the Flood by Oliver Winters
From hopping Cretaceous desert mammals, to muddy Scottish sauropods, fossil footprints reveal more than you might expect about extinct life Trekking through damp woodlands in the Scottish Highlands, I pause and look down at my feet. On a thread-like deer trail on a steep hillside, animal footprints have been pressed into a hollow of mud. Show More Summary
Scientists in China have discovered male damselflies caught in the act of trying to court females inside a piece of 100-million-year old amber. It’s an extremely rare find, providing a glimpse of insectoid peacocking behavior during the age of dinosaurs. Read more...
While Tyrannosaurus rex was the badass of the Cretaceous Period, we get a kick out of poking fun at the dinosaur's tiny forelimbs. We wouldn't do that if it weren't long extinct. Those little "arms" weren't useful for much of anything as far as we know. Show More Summary
Changes in seawater chemistry have affected the evolution of calcifying marine organisms, including their skeletal polymorph (calcite versus aragonite), which is believed to have been strongly influenced by the Mg/Ca ratio at the time these animals first emerged. Show More Summary
(Taylor & Francis Group) Ichthyosaurs, which are similar-shaped to dolphins and sharks, but are reptiles, swam the seas for millions of years during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. They were the first, large extinct reptiles brought to the attention of the scientific world.
(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) A research team led by researchers from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS) found a new morphologically specialized beetle from the mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, shedding new light on the predator-prey associations in the late Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystem.
When a new species of insect is described as being distinct enough to represent a new order, it's kind of a big deal. So it certainly caught my attention over the past year when, not one, but two species from Cretaceous Burmese amber were considered worthy of the honour. Show More Summary
Variations in the Earth’s orbit and spin vector are a primary control on insolation and climate; their recognition in the geological record has revolutionized our understanding of palaeoclimate dynamics, and has catalysed improvements in the accuracy and precision of the geological timescale. Show More Summary
Mapping the age and trace element and Sm-Nd isotope compositions of monazite grains from a peraluminous Cretaceous granite using laser ablation–split stream analysis reveals a wide range in Nd isotope and rare earth element (REE) compositions within and between single grains. Show More Summary
Korean trackway of a hopping, mammaliform trackmaker is global first from the CretaceousAuthors:Kim et alAbstract:A trackway of a small hopping mammaliform trackmaker from the Jinju Formation (Lower Cretaceous) of the Jinju City area, Korea, is the first of this type reported from the Mesozoic of Asia, and globally. Show More Summary
About 66 million years ago, a dinosaur lay down on a muddy riverbank in what is now Spain, leaving behind the impression of its scaly skin. A team studying sandstone formations near the village of Vallcebre in the Pyrenees recently uncovered...Show More Summary
Welcome to the Cretaceous Romanian island of Ha?eg, once populated by lifeforms stranger than anything imagined by Lovecraft or Geiger What makes ancient, extinct animals so compelling is that they are often beyond anything we can imagine. Show More Summary
Critics worry it would lead schools to ditch lessons about evolution and climate change in favor of teaching ideas like creationism.
It’s been said that the pterosaur, which can only be described as a bird-reptile-dinosaur-esque-thing, was the largest flying animal. This giant beast—which roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous period roughly 66.5 million years ago—was a reptile but not actually a dinosaur. Despite being winged, it wasn’t bird,… Read more...
CRETACEOUS UPDATE: Collagen reportedly extracted from 80 million year-old dinosaur fossil. Utilizing the most rigorous testing methods to date, researchers from North Carolina State University have isolated additional collagen peptides from an 80-million-year-old Brachylophosaurus. Show More Summary
Analysis of a finely preserved fossil dinosaur from China has revealed the animal’s erstwhile camouflage. It appears that the meter-high Early Cretaceous ceratopsid Psittacosaurus was light-colored on its underside and dark on top, a pattern known as countershading that may hint that the small herbivore lived in a dense forest environment. 11 Jan 2017
Footprints show that dinosaurs may have teamed up to hunt their prey
A basal ceratopsid (Centrosaurinae: Nasutoceratopsini) from the Oldman Formation (Campanian) of Alberta, Canada Authors: Ryan et al Abstract: A partial skull (CMN 8804) of a ceratopsid from the upper unit of the Campanian Oldman Formation...Show More Summary
A Feathered Dinosaur Tail with Primitive Plumage Trapped in Mid-Cretaceous Amber Authors: Xi et al Abstract: In the two decades since the discovery of feathered dinosaurs, the range of plumage known from non-avialan theropods has expanded significantly, confirming several features predicted by developmentally informed models of feather evolution. Show More Summary