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

Ammonite: Who was the real Mary Anning?

In a romantic Victorian-era drama, Kate Winslet plays the role of fossilist Mary Anning. Who was she?

Oct. 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: geology women-in-science palaeontology natural-history-museum lyme-regis

Boy, 12, discovers rare dinosaur skeleton

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

Oct. 15, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: dinosaurs canada palaeontology alberta

Fossilised teeth reveal first mammals were far from warm blooded

New study used X-rays of the teeth of early mammals' to show they were more like cold blooded reptiles.

Pam Gill, Senior Research Associate in Palaeontology, University of Bristol • conversation
Oct. 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  mammals  x-ray  fossils  palaeontology

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

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

Ancient sea creatures spent years crossing the ocean on rafts – we've worked out how it was possible

New research show how crinoids could live for so long on floating wood without it breaking up.

Aaron W Hunter, Science Guide & Tutor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: fossils palaeontology

Why some species thrive after catastrophe – rules for making the most of an apocalypse

When the dinosaurs went extinct, some species took over the world. Adaptability, not survivability, explains why.

Nick Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology, University of Bath • conversation
July 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  evolution  dinosaurs  extinction  palaeontology  mass-extinction  dinosaur-extinction  bird-evolution  ancient-mammals

New dinosaur discovery in Switzerland fills a gap in evolutionary history of sauropods

How we identified a new ancestor of the likes of _Diplodocus_ from old bones.

Femke Holwerda, Postdoctoral Researcher in Palaeontology, Utrecht University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils palaeontology sauropod

Dinosaur ancestors 'may have been tiny'

Dinosaurs are thought of as giant creatures, but new work adds to evidence they started out small.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 7, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: dinosaurs palaeontology

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