Dinosaurs: News & Pictures of Dinosaur Types

Dinosaurs types are many and varied, from small bird-like creatures to the largest animals ever to walk on Earth. The subject of blockbuster films, history museum exhibits and much more, dinosaurs continue to interest people today after first appearing approximately 230 million years ago. These vertebrate animals dominated the land for more than 160 million years before experiencing a catastrophic extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago. The first dinosaur was recognized in the 19th century and ever since, dinosaurs have been the source of many questions. What contributed to the rapid extinction of the dinosaur? What do the latest fossil findings reveal about the dinosaur and its way of life? How is the modern bird connected to these prehistoric creatures? Could dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brontosaurus really be brought back to life with mosquito DNA? Inside you'll find dinosaur news & features, along with plenty of pictures.
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Giant Armored Dinosaur Unearthed in China
Local farmers unearthed the skeleton of an ankylosaur, now called <em>Chuanqilong chaoyangensis</em>, in Liaoning province in northeastern China.
August 13th, 2014
Farmers in China have unearthed the nearly complete skeleton of a juvenile armored dinosaur that may be one of the largest ankylosaurs, suggesting this group of beasts grew big early in their evolutionary history.
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Shrinking Dinosaurs Evolved into Flying Birds
During the Cretaceous Period, around 120 million years ago, the feathered dinosaur Microraptor pounces on a nest of primitive birds (Sinornis) in what is now northern China, in this artist's conception.
July 31st, 2014
Miniaturization over 50 million years may have allowed birds to survive and evolve from their dinosaur relatives. In essence, bird ancestors out-shrank and out-evolved their dinosaur relatives to survive where these giant, less evolvable beasts couldn't.
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Did All Dinosaurs Sport Feathers? Downy Beast Suggests Yes
New Feathered Dinosaur Species
July 24th, 2014
Steven Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park' might need a little more revising — a newly discovered dinosaur species offers hints that feathers were much more common among the ancient beasts than once thought.
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Stolen 'Nest of Dinosaurs' Returned to Mongolia
A photo showing a sample of the dinosaur bones being returned to Mongolia.
July 14th, 2014
More than 18 dinosaur skeletons illegally taken from Mongolia were formally returned to their homeland during a ceremony in New York last week, U.S. authorities announced.
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Fox-Sized Relative of Triceratops Discovered in Venezuela
An artist's impression of the dinosaur <em>Laquintasaura venezuelae</em>, which lived some 200 million years ago in what is now Venezuela.
August 5th, 2014
The new two-legged dinosaur, which lived about 200 million years ago, suggests dinosaurs lived in herds and that the beasts advanced quickly across the globe after a mass extinction claimed at least half of all species on Earth, researchers say.
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Earth May Be in Early Days of 6th Mass Extinction
Mass Extinction Elephants
July 28th, 2014
The previous mass extinction, which wiped out the dinosaurs, happened about 65 million years ago, likely from a catastrophic asteroid that collided with Earth. In contrast, the looming sixth mass extinction is linked to human activity.
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Tyrannosaur 'Gangs' Terrorized Ancient Landscape
tyrannosaur track mark
July 23rd, 2014
Parallel Tyrannosaur footprints unearthed in Canada suggest the fearsome predators were pack animals that may have hunted in groups to increase their odds of survival.
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