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This ‘crazy beast’ lived among the dinosaurs

New study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology describes a bizarre 66 million-year-old mammal that provides profound new insights into the evolutionary history...

Scientists find most elaborately dressed dinosaur

Scientists have found the most elaborately dressed-to-impress dinosaur ever described and say it sheds new light on how birds such as peacocks inherited their...

Mass extinctions happen every 27 million years, says study

Timing of mass extinctions lines up with asteroid impacts and massive volcanic eruptions. The cycle of mass extinctions of land-dwellers—including amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds—coincide...

Scientists discover first dinosaur remains from Ireland

The only dinosaur bones ever found on the island of Ireland have been formally confirmed for the first time. The only dinosaur bones ever found...

New study reveals how dinosaurs once crossed oceans

The first fossils of a duckbilled dinosaur have been discovered in Africa, suggesting dinosaurs crossed hundreds of kilometers of open water to get there. The...

These giant lizards learnt to fly over millions of years

Pterodactyls and other related winged reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs steadily improved their ability to fly to become the deadly masters of the...

Scientists crack the secrets of dinosaur eggshells

Since the famous discovery of dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert in the early 1920s, the fossilized remains have captured the imaginations of paleontologists...

Scientists discover the oldest fossils of giant birds in Antarctica

Fossils recovered from Antarctica in the 1980s represent the oldest giant members of an extinct group of birds that patrolled the southern oceans with...

Scientists find two bird-sized dinosaurs that struggled to fly

Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they lived,...

World’s greatest mass extinction triggered switch to warm-bloodedness, shows study

Mammals and birds today are warm-blooded, and this is often taken as the reason for their great success. University of Bristol palaeontologist Professor Mike Benton,...