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Boneworms Dined on Ancient Sea Serpents
boneworms
April 14th, 2015
Bone-eating worms that can devour an entire whale carcass were also feasting on prehistoric reptiles more than 100 million years ago.
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Photos: Dinosaur's Battle Wounds Preserved in Tyrannosaur Skull
Tyrannosaur Skull
April 9th, 2015
A 75-million-year-old tyrannosaur skull shows evidence of injuries the dinosaur acquired during its lifetime and after its death, a new study finds.
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Photos: Ancient Sea Monster Was One of Largest Arthropods
anomalocaridid fossil showing feeding net
March 11th, 2015
A remarkably well-preserved fossil of 480-million-year-old sea monster is helping researchers understand the evolution of arthropods.
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Towering 'Terror Bird' Stalked Prey by Listening for Footsteps
Terror bird fossil
April 9th, 2015
Researchers have found a nearly complete skeleton of a new species of terror bird, prehistoric carnivorous birds with hooked beaks standing 10 feet (3 meters) tall, and are learning surprising details about the animal's hearing and anatomy.
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Prehistoric 'Sea Monster' Had More Legs Than Thought
anomalocaridid illustration
March 11th, 2015
A 480-million-year-old fossil is giving paleontologists new insights into a sea monsterlike creature called an anomalocaridid, which is an ancestor of modern-day arthropods such as lobsters and scorpions, a new study finds.
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Photos: Ancient Crocodile Relatives Roamed the Amazon
Crocodile illustration
February 24th, 2015
The fossilized remains of seven species of crocodile relatives were found along the banks of the Amazon River in Peru.
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Tyrannosaur Skull Bears Scars of Fierce Dino Battle
Tyrannosaur cannibalism
April 9th, 2015
Some 75 million years ago, a towering tyrannosaur may have lit into one of its own species, ripping into its skull and leaving behind jagged scars and deep punctures that have only recently seen the light of day.
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9-Foot 'Butcher Crocodile' Likely Ruled Before Dinosaurs
A life reconstruction of the giant crocodile ancestor (<em>Carnufex carolinensis</em>) that lived some 231 million years ago in what is now North Carolina.
March 19th, 2015
A giant crocodile ancestor with bladelike teeth once stalked the warm and wet environs of what is now North Carolina some 230 million years ago, before dinosaurs came onto the scene there, scientists have found.
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Earth's Worst Mass Extinction Preserved Ancient Footprints
February 25th, 2015
Giant reptiles wading into Triassic ocean waves left their tracks on the muddy floor. Scientists have now found a spike in these swim track fossils in the early Triassic — a surprising result they attribute to the previous mass extinction.
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