Posts tagged with ‘paleontology

Newly discovered predatory dinosaur would have made T. rex its bitch
Siats meekerorum was a seriously badass predator. Its name comes from Ute Indian legend of a man-eating monster, and this dinosaur would have eaten a hell of a lot more than tiny little men. The specimen discovered is just a juvenile, yet is 30 feet long and weighed 9000 pounds. Once the figures for a full-grown adult are in, it could make Siats way bigger and way nastier than T. rex. 
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Newly discovered predatory dinosaur would have made T. rex its bitch

Siats meekerorum was a seriously badass predator. Its name comes from Ute Indian legend of a man-eating monster, and this dinosaur would have eaten a hell of a lot more than tiny little men. The specimen discovered is just a juvenile, yet is 30 feet long and weighed 9000 pounds. Once the figures for a full-grown adult are in, it could make Siats way bigger and way nastier than T. rex. 

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Incredibly well preserved dinosaur tail unearthed in Mexico

Most of the time when dinosaur skeletons are found, scientists are lucky to find the bones in any sort of arrangement even remotely resembling a skeleton. Time and geology and whatever else usually rearranges bones, heaps one dino’s bones on another… it’s a big mess. So it was astounding when a dig in Mexico revealed the skeletal remains of a tail that are nearly as perfectly placed as when the dinosaur was alive.

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Some tyrannosaurs may have been swimmers. We’re gonna need a much bigger boat

Everyone knows that if you’re being chased by a dinosaur, the best thing you can do is get in a boat and row away, because obviously, dinosaurs can’t swim. Except some of them could, specifically, a kind of tyrannosaur that was apparently fond of swimming across rivers. Where’s your dino god now?

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Did dinosaurs give milk to their young?

First it was dinosaurs with wings, now some paleontologists think that some dinosaurs might have fed their offspring with milk, or at least a milk-like substance rich in antibodies and growth hormones. Some birds like flamingos and penguins do it, so it’s actually not that much of a stretch to think that some dinos may have as well.

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Smiling dinosaur looks like it came out of that damn Disney ‘Dinosaurs’ movie

Disney’s ‘Dinosaurs’ was a low point in Disney’s history, even though it was one of their first non-Pixar computer animated films. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t get over dinosaurs with human-like teeth. That just bugged the shit out of me. But now it looks like I was wrong— there apparently was at least one dinosaur that had creepy human teeth.

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Kids in Michigan go fishing, pull up a 13,000 year old mastodon bone instead

When 11 year old cousins Eric Stamatin and Andrew Gainariu went fishing, it was supposed to be like any kid’s fishing trips, but instead of bringing home a big fish, the two boys ended up discovering a 13,000 year old mastodon bone. And mastodons are definitely cooler than pond fish.

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Need a Hanukkah menorah? How about one in the shape of a trilobite?
You know, in case you want to count the days in geological epochs.
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Need a Hanukkah menorah? How about one in the shape of a trilobite?

You know, in case you want to count the days in geological epochs.

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Earliest known dinosaur discovered in museum storage

When things like dinosaur bones come out of the ground, after they’re neatly packed and labeled, they often go into storage either at a museum or university to await study. And sometimes, they sit there in storage for a really long time before anyone knows exactly what was found. Case in point is a dinosaur skeleton 10-15 million years older than anything on record that had been chilling in London’s Natural History museum since the 1930s.

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Complete mammoth skeleton found near Paris

Paris has a lot of things to see and do, and you can now add one more rarity to the list— an almost complete mammoth skeleton. Perhaps it might now be le cloning time?

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Sauropods may or may not have had elephant-like trunks

It’s one thing to look at fossils to determine the size and general shape of a dinosaur, but trying to figure out external features that would have been shaped by soft tissue is another. Some scientists think sauropod may have had a trunk like an elephant, but because that would have been constructed from muscle and tendons, no one really knows.

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Xenocerotops, the alien horned face dinosaur, discovered in Canada

Triceratops was a cool dinosaur, but the recently discovered xenocerotops is even cooler. Xenocerotops was so named upon its discovery because of its badass arrangement of facial horns that makes it look like something out of sci-fi.

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Newly discovered dinosaur named “Sauron” after the character in Lord of the Rings

Earlier this years, paleontologists came upon a 95 year old skull fragment that they later concluded didn’t belong to any known dinosaur species. This new species, a relative of Allosaurus, was named “Sauron” after the evil demonic character from Lord of the Rings.

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Who would win in a fistfight between a modern human and a Neanderthal?

Without a big advance in genetics technology, it’s not a fight that’s going to ever happen, but if it could— and it probably once did— who would win in a one-on-one weapons-free brawl between a Neanderthal and a Homo sapien? The Neanderthal has the definite weight and strength advantage, but humans have more endurance, are quicker and are smarter. It’s like a classic brains vs brawn comic book brawl…

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Dinos developed feathers to look sexy, not to fly

After being fed a lifetime of pictures of featherless dinos, it still may be hard to wrap one’s head around some dinosaurs being feathered. At least it is for me. But for those beasts of death that did have feathers, apparently they did so because it was sexy, not because they were flying or anything.

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