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Dino Dinner, Dead or Alive

When asked to think of meat-eating dinosaurs we usually conjure images of voracious predators chasing down helpless prey. These visions are no doubt inspired by the depiction of species such as Tyrannosaurs rex and Velociraptor in the movie Jurassic Park; however, new research conducted at Trinity College Dublin suggests that many of these species might be better remembered as oversized, scaly or feathered hyenas.

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Fossils, Modelling, Megafauna, Extinction

New Models Predicting Where to Find Fossils

An international team of scientists have developed a way to help locate fossils of long-extinct animals.

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How to Survive Extinction: Live Fast, Die Young

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Field Museum examines life history of ancient mammal.

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How to Survive Extinction: Live Fast, Die Young

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A team of international paleontologists demonstrate that ancient mammal relatives known as therapsids were suited to the drastic climate change by having shorter life expectancies and would have had a better chance of success by breeding at younger ages than their predecessors.

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Land Bridges Linking Ancient India and Eurasia Were 'Freeways' for Biodiversity Exchange

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For about 60 million years during the Eocene epoch, the Indian subcontinent was a huge island. Having broken off from the ancient continent of Gondwanaland, the Indian Tectonic Plate drifted toward Eurasia.

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Fossils, plant fossils, Paleontology, Precambrian, Ediacaran Period, Geology, Seaweed, Evolution, Stephen Dornbos, UW-Milwaukee

Ancient Seaweed Fossils Some of the Oldest of Multicellular Life

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UWM paleontologist Stephen Dornbos is on an international research team that has found fossilized multicellular marine algae, or seaweed, dating back more than 555 million years, ranking among the oldest examples of multicellular life on Earth.

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Solving the Mystery of the Tully Monster

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The Tully Monster, an oddly configured sea creature with teeth at the end of a narrow, trunk-like extension of its head and eyes that perch on either side of a long, rigid bar, has finally been identified. A Yale-led team of paleontologists has determined that the 300-million-year-old animal — which grew to only a foot long — was a vertebrate, with gills and a stiffened rod (or notochord) that supported its body. It is part of the same lineage as the modern lamprey.

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Newly Found Species Reveals How T. rex Became King of Dinosaurs

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The remains of a new species of horse-sized dinosaur reveal how Tyrannosaurus rex became one of Earth's top predators, a study suggests.

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Pregnant T. rex Could Aid in Dino Sex-Typing

A pregnant Tyrannosaurus rex that roamed Montana 68 million years ago may be the key to discerning gender differences between theropod, or meat-eating dinosaur, species.

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Palaeontologists Discover 250 Million Year Old New Species of Reptile in Brazil

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The species has been identified from a mostly complete and well preserved fossil skull that the team has named Teyujagua paradoxa.







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