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22,000-year-old panda found in cave in Southern China

22,000-year-old panda found in cave in Southern China

Researchers who've analyzed ancient mitochondrial (mt)DNA isolated from a 22,000-year-old panda found in Cizhutuo Cave in the Guangxi Province of China--a place where no...
‘Jurassic Park’ made a dinosaur-sized leap forward in computer-generated animation on screen, 25 years ago

‘Jurassic Park’ made a dinosaur-sized leap forward in computer-generated animation on screen, 25 years...

With 25 years of hindsight, “Jurassic Park” marks a pivotal point in the history of visual effects in film. It came 11 years after 1982’s...
Jurassic diet puzzle

Jurassic diet puzzle

Why our knowledge of what ancient pterosaurs ate might be wrong Whenever we think about extinct animals we often imagine them eating their favorite meals,...
Pterosaurs didn’t actually fly splay-legged like bats

Pterosaurs probably didn’t fly in a “bat-like” fashions

Their hip joints wouldn't have allowed it Scientists have thought that pterodactyls and other extinct flying reptiles flew like bats, with their hind limbs splayed...
All modern birds evolved from the same ancestor that survived dinosaur killing asteroid

All modern birds evolved from the same ancestor that survived dinosaur killing asteroid

A new study says all modern birds evolved from the same ground-dwelling, common ancestor, after an asteroid slammed into Earth millions of years ago...
Earth's first giant predators produced killer babies

Earth’s first giant predators produced killer babies

Some of the earliest predators that patrolled the oceans over 500 million years ago are also some of the largest animals to have lived...
The smallest biggest Spinosaurus

The smallest biggest Spinosaurus

Spinosaurus is the longest, and among the largest predatory dinosaurs, and possesses many adaptations for a semiaquatic lifestyle. A tiny claw phalanx of the foot,...
Life recovered rapidly at impact site of dinosaur-killing asteroid

Life recovered rapidly at impact site of dinosaur-killing asteroid

About 66 million years ago, an asteroid smashed into Earth, triggering a mass extinction that ended the reign of the dinosaurs and snuffed out...
When the dinosaurs died, so did forests and tree-dwelling birds

When the dinosaurs died, so did forests and tree-dwelling birds

Sixty-six million years ago, the world burned. An asteroid crashed to Earth with a force one million times larger than the largest atomic bomb,...

Little ‘Rainbow’ dinosaur had iridescent feathers like a hummingbird

Birds are the last remaining dinosaurs. They’re also some of the most vibrantly colored animals on Earth. A new study in Nature Communications reveals that iridescent...