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Water Bird from the Late Cretaceous

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

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

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.

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

California Adopts a State Dinosaur

Augustynolophus Makes the Grade The duck-billed dinosaur Augustynolophus morrisi has become the state dinosaur symbol for California. "Auggie" as this Late Cretaceous member of the Hadrosaurinae has been nick-named by campaigners, joins a long list of symbols for the "Golden State".  Thus, California becomes the eighth state in the Union to adopt a dinosaur as an

Tyrannosaur Inspired Diorama

Late Cretaceous Tyrannosaurs Feature in Dinosaur Diorama Our thanks to Robert Townsend who set us some more photographs of the prehistoric animal inhabitants of his large dinosaur inspired diorama.  This time, the theme is Late Cretaceous Tyrannosaurus and the enthusiastic model maker has created a number of mini scenes featuring "Tyrant Lizard Kings" and their

Beelzebufo ampinga- Consumer of Dinosaurs

Giant Prehistoric Frog Capable of Tackling Small Dinosaurs Ever since it was formally named and described back in 2008, the beach-ball-sized Late Cretaceous frog Beelzebufo (B. ampinga) has fascinated scientists.  The fossil record of frogs (Order Anura), is very poor, although these small, usually unobtrusive creatures have a long evolutionary history.  Imagine the surprise of

Deltasuchus – Dinosaur Crunching Crocodile

Deltasuchus motherali - Unlocking the Fauna of Appalachia A team of researchers based in the United States have uncovered the remains of an early Late Cretaceous crocodile that is distantly related to modern-day crocodiles.   The discovery comes from the Arlington Archosaur Site, this location is rapidly proving to be one of the best sites

Tyrannosaurs Roamed Late Cretaceous Japan

Large Theropod Tooth Indicates Tyrannosaurs Roamed Japan Researchers have identified a single, shed Theropod tooth that indicates that large Tyrannosaurs roamed the land that we now know as Japan some 80 million years ago.  The single tooth is very characteristic of a member of the Tyrannosauridae family, however, it is not possible to identify a

Rebor Carnotaurus Dinosaur Model Reviewed

Rebor "Crimson King" Carnotaurus Model Reviewed Rebor's latest addition to their 1:35 scale model range is the "Crimson King", a replica of Carnotaurus (C. sastrei), a large carnivorous dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Argentina.  The model has an articulated lower jaw and is supplied with its own base, a representation of a lava field.

Ceratopsid Tooth Paper Published (Part 2)

Owl Creek Ceratopsid Tooth and Palaeoenvironment Implications Yesterday, team members at Everything Dinosaur published an article on the discovery of a single fossil tooth from a Late Cretaceous horned dinosaur that had been found in Union County (Mississippi).  This discovery, the first evidence of a dinosaur from the Owl Creek Formation, has implications for the

Celebrated ‘Baby Louie’ Fossil Identified as New Dinosaur Species

9 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The fossilized remains of a Late Cretaceous dinosaur embryo that famously graced the cover of National Geographic in the 1990s have been identified as a new species of oversized oviraptorosaur. Weighing nearly 2,500 pounds as adults, these dinos were the largest roosting animals to ever appear on Earth—tending to… Read more...

The Last Dinosaur from Africa

Chenanisaurus barbaricus - Substantial Abelisaurid from Late Cretaceous Morocco One of the last types of dinosaur to have existed in north Africa has been described in a new scientific paper published in the journal "Cretaceous Research".  A fragment of jaw bone (dentary) and isolated teeth discovered in a phosphate mine at Sidi Chennane in the Oulad

Japan’s Most Complete Dinosaur Discovery

Late Cretaceous Hadrosaur "Japan's Greatest Dinosaur Fossil Find" Scientists for Hokkaido University and Hobetsu Museum have announced the discovery of the fossilised remains of a Late Cretaceous duck-billed dinosaur.  In truth, a number of fragmentary fossils relating to a dinosaur had been found some years earlier, most notably caudal vertebrae (tail bones), before a more

Late April at Roxborough

9 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

This morning, I joined my wife, daughter and grandson for a hike at Roxborough State Park, southwest of Metro Denver. Adorned with spectacular rock formations from the Cretaceous, Permian and Pennsylvanian Periods, it is one of the most scenic preserves in Colorado.Though rain was threatening, we completed a two mile loop through the Park. Show More Summary

Shedding light on an isolated skull: a newly described elasmosaur skeleton from the Late Cretaceous of Morocco

The bodiless plesiosaur In 2011, a plesiosaur specimen, consisting of an isolated and crushed skull, was described. The collected skull sadly lacked any postcranial remains, but was identified as an elasmosaurid plesiosaur and considered to […]

Rare Late Cretaceous dino skin found fossilized

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

Badger-sized Didelphodon Had a Bite More Powerful than a Hyena

Didelphodon Study Suggests a Powerful Bite Research published in the academic journal “Nature Communications” suggests that dinosaurs in the Late Cretaceous, did not have it all their own way when it came strong teeth and powerful jaws.  This new study, conducted by scientists from the Burke Museum and the University of Washington, indicates that the […]

Scientists redefine horned dinosaur relationships by naming 2 new ceratopsian tribes

(Cleveland Museum of Natural History) Scientists identify two new tribes of ceratopsian dinosaurs based on distinctions in frill ornamentation. These two tribes employed different strategies and lived side-by-side in the Late Cretaceous in what is now western North America.

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