Pterosaurs increased their flight efficiency over time – new evidence for long-term evolution

Fossils reveal that dinosaurs' flying cousins become twice as efficient at flying over 150 million years.

Michael J. Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology, University of Bristol • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  evolution  dinosaurs  fossils  palaeontology  flight  pterosaurs

Giant 'toothed' birds flew over Antarctica 40 million to 50 million years ago

Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous 'toothed' bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.

Peter A. Kloess, Doctoral Candidate, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Little bat-winged dinos could glide, but not fly

Two small dinosaurs with bat-like wings, Yi and Ambopteryx, couldn't take the air as well as birds.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution birds dinosaurs fossils science-and-technology flight

Curious Kids: How did some animals evolve wings to fly?

Today's birds evolved from feathered dinosaurs.

Matthew Wills, Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology at the Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution birds dinosaurs feathered-dinosaurs curious-kids

Boy, 12, discovers rare dinosaur skeleton

He was hiking with his father in Alberta, Canada, when he stumbled upon the Hadrosaur remains.

bbcnews
Oct. 15, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: dinosaurs canada palaeontology alberta

T. rex dinosaur 'Stan' sold for world record price

The near-complete, 67-million-year-old fossil fetches $31.8m ($24.6m) at Christie's in New York.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Oct. 7, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils

Newly discovered mass extinction event triggered the dawn of the dinosaurs

Our new research has discovered how a series of volcanic eruptions 233 million years ago fundamentally changed life on Earth.

Michael J. Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology, University of Bristol • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: geology dinosaurs paleontology tetrapods volcanoes mass-extinctions cretaceous-period

Shark researchers size up real 'Megalodon' for first time

A study reveals true scale of the prehistoric mega-shark made famous in Jason Statham's The Meg.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 3, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils sharks palaeontology swansea-university university-of-bristol swansea

Penarth 'dinosaur footprints' investigated by museum

The prospect of a "really, really exciting" find will be checked by the Natural History Museum, experts say.

By Nick Hartley • bbcnews
Aug. 26, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: dinosaurs natural-history-museum penarth lavernock porthcawl barry

Eigg beach runner stumbles on dinosaur bone

The chance find was made on the Isle of Eigg where scientists have been searching for the fossils for 200 years.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 26, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils palaeontology isle-of-skye isle-of-eigg

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