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Dull teeth, long skulls, specialized bites evolved in unrelated plant-eating dinosaurs

Herbivorous dinosaurs evolved many times during the 180 million-year Mesozoic era, and while they didn’t all evolve to chew, swallow, and digest their food in the same way, a few specific strategies appeared time and time again. An investigation of … Continue reading

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First evidence of feathered polar dinosaurs found in Australia

A cache of 118 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur and bird feathers has been recovered from an ancient lake deposit that once lay beyond the southern polar circle. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Discriminating diets of meat-eating dinosaurs

A big problem with dinosaurs is that there seem to be too many meat-eaters. From studies of modern animals, there is a feeding pyramid, with plants at the bottom, then plant-eaters, and then meat-eaters at the top. Paleontology News — … Continue reading

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New study underpins the idea of a sudden impact killing off dinosaurs and much of the other life

Fossil remains of tiny calcareous algae not only provide information about the end of the dinosaurs, but also show how the oceans recovered after the fatal asteroid impact. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Huge dinosaurs evolved different cooling systems to combat heat stroke

Different dinosaur groups independently evolved gigantic body sizes, but they all faced the same problems of overheating and damaging their brains. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Croc-like carnivores terrorized Triassic dinosaurs in southern Africa 210 million years ago

Giant, predatory croc-like animals that lived during the Triassic period in southern Africa preyed on early dinosaurs and mammal relatives 210 million years ago. These predators, known as ‘rauisuchians’ preyed on early herbivore dinosaurs and their mammal relatives living at … Continue reading

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In the shadow of the dinosaurs

Researchers describe Clevosaurus hadroprodon, a new reptile species from Rio Grande do Sul state in southern Brazil. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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When the dinosaurs died, lichens thrived

When the asteroid hit, dinosaurs weren’t the only ones that suffered. Clouds of ash blocked the sun and cooled the planet’s temperature, devastating plant life. But fungi, which decompose dead stuff, did well. So what happened to the lichens, which … Continue reading

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Antarctic marine life recovery following the dinosaurs’ extinction

A new study shows how marine life around Antarctica returned after the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs. A team studied just under 3000 marine fossils collected from Antarctica to understand how life on the sea floor recovered after … Continue reading

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In hot pursuit of dinosaurs: Tracking extinct species on ancient Earth via biogeography

Identifying the movements of extinct species from millions of years ago can provide insights into ancient migration routes, interaction between species, and the movement of continents. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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