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The dinosaur menu, as revealed by calcium

By studying calcium in fossil remains in deposits in Morocco and Niger, researchers have been able to reconstruct the food chains of the past, thus explaining how so many predators could coexist in the dinosaurs’ time. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Rare Scottish dinosaur prints give key insight into era lost in time

A series of rare dinosaur footprints discovered on the Isle of Skye in Scotland is helping experts establish details of an important period in dinosaur evolution. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Dinosaur frills and horns did not evolve for species recognition

The elaborate frills and horns of a group of dinosaurs including Triceratops and Styracosaurus did not evolve to help species recognise each other, according to researchers. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Flipside of a dinosaur mystery: ‘Bloat-and-float’ explains belly-up ankylosaur fossils

Why are fossil remains of ankylosaurs — armored ‘tanks of the Cretaceaous’ — usually found belly-up? A paleontologist proposes the explanation is ‘bloat-and-float’, where the dead dinos would float downstream, bloat, flip upside down, and be fossilized that way. Paleontology … Continue reading

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Dinosaur age meets the space age

A slab of sandstone found on the campus of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland may help scientists rewrite the history of mammal and dinosaur co-existence during the Cretaceous era. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New Egyptian dinosaur reveals ancient link between Africa and Europe

When it comes to the final days of the dinosaurs, Africa is something of a blank page. Fossils found in Africa from the Late Cretaceous, the time period from 100 to 66 million years ago, are few and far between. … Continue reading

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‘Rainbow’ dinosaur had iridescent feathers like a hummingbird

Scientists discovered a dinosaur fossil with feathers so well-preserved that they were able to see the feathers’ microscopic color-bearing structures. By comparing the shapes of those feather structures with the structures in modern bird feathers, they’re able to infer that … Continue reading

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Digitally preserving important Arkansas dinosaur tracks

Researchers used LiDAR imaging to digitally preserve and study important dinosaur tracks. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Print a 200-million-year-old dinosaur ‘fossil’ in your own home

The digital reconstruction of the skull of a 200-million-year-old South African dinosaur, Massospondylus, has made it possible for researchers to make 3-D prints and in this way facilitate research on other dinosaurs all over the world. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Turkey-sized dinosaur from Australia preserved in an ancient log-jam

The partial skeleton of a new species of turkey-sized herbivorous dinosaur has been discovered in 113-million-year-old rocks in southeastern Australia. The fossilized tail and foot bones give new insight into the diversity of small, bipedal herbivorous dinosaurs called ornithopods that … Continue reading

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