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Beautifully preserved feathers belonged to tiny flying dinosaurs

Posted on 28 Jun 2016 in Dinosaurs, Journalism, Palaeontology

Around 99 million years ago, these tiny dinosaurs had a sticky encounter. Today, their feathered wings look almost exactly as they did when they became stuck in resin. Image: Lida Xing China University of Geosciences, Beijin/ Ryan McKellar Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina, Canada

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Dinosaurs were discovered by British scientists

Posted on 15 Jun 2015 in Dinosaurs, Earth Science, Evolution, Featured, Journalism, Palaeontology

Britain was where the first fossil dinosaur fragments were studied by scientists; where the first essentially complete dinosaur skeleton was unearthed; where the very word “dinosaur” was born about 170 years ago; and where the name almost died just a few decades later. Image: I like

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Did dinosaurs exist as dwarfs?

Posted on 25 Sep 2014 in Dinosaurs, Evolution, Journalism, Palaeontology

Imagine a dinosaur; a sauropod such as a Brachiosaurus, or Diplodocus, one of the largest animals ever to roam the land. A plant-gobbling true giant of a beast, with a graceful long neck and tail. Now imagine that same dinosaur shrunk down to the size of a cow. Image: jsj1771

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Dinosaur dads may not have looked after the kids

Posted on 17 May 2013 in Animal Behaviour, Dinosaurs, Earth Science, Featured, Journalism, Palaeontology

Male dinosaurs may not have had a caring side after all. Five years ago a study of theropod dinosaur nests and fossils concluded that it was the male of the species that incubated the eggs. Now a new analysis of the same data suggests there are problems with that conclusion. Image: Georg Schwalbach (GS1311)

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Dinosaur-killing asteroid may have been a binary terror

Posted on 1 Feb 2013 in Dinosaurs, Earth Science, Featured, Journalism, Space

Asteroids 2, dinosaurs 0. The infamous space rock that slammed into the Gulf of Mexico and helped wipe it clean of large dinosaurs may have been a binary – two asteroids orbiting each other. The surprise conclusion comes from a re-evaluation of the proportion of asteroid craters on Earth that were formed from binary impacts. Image: Calsidyrose

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