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

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Prehistoric climate change damaged the ozone layer and led to a mass extinction

New research on the Late Devonian extinction suggests the ozone layer could be naturally depleted as the temperature rises.

John Marshall, Professor of Earth Science, University of Southampton • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~7 min

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Megaraptor: Fossils of 10m-long dinosaur found in Argentina

Palaeontologists say the remains date back 70 million years, close to the end of the dinosaurs.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
May 19, 2020 ~2 min

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How did insects get their colours? Crystal-covered beetle discovery sheds light

Researchers realised a dull-looking 13,000-year-old weevil was actually covered in brilliant green, blue and yellow nanoscopic crystals.

Luke McDonald, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Monkey teeth fossils hint several extinct species crossed the Atlantic

New research suggests African monkeys crossed the ocean to South America earlier than previously thought.

Isabelle Catherine Winder, Lecturer in Zoology, Bangor University • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~7 min

 evolution  primates  palaeontology  monkeys  non-human-primates  palaeobiology

Three human-like species lived side-by-side in ancient Africa

Two million years ago, Africa was home to three human-like species, new discoveries reveal.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
April 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Smallest ever dinosaur skull found in 3cm piece of amber

The fossil includes the tiny flying creature's original bone and flesh.

David Martill, Professor of ​Palaeobiology, University of Portsmouth • conversation
March 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Smallest dinosaur found 'trapped in amber'

Scientists say a fossil from Myanmar represents the tiniest dinosaur ever found.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
March 11, 2020 ~4 min

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Has dinosaur DNA been found? An expert explains what we really know

Scientists claim to have found DNA in fossilised dinosaur cartilage.

Michael J. Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology, University of Bristol • conversation
March 5, 2020 ~6 min

 dna  dinosaurs  fossils  palaeontology  jurassic-park

Tyrannosaurus species named 'Reaper of Death' found in Canada

The fossils of the predator, which stood around 8ft (2.4m) tall, were found by a farmer in Alberta.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Feb. 11, 2020 ~3 min

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