Fossils

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One Tough Bite: T. Rex's Teeth Had Secret Weapon
illustration showing Gorgosaurus eats Corythosaurus dinosaur
July 28th, 2015
Secret structures hidden within the serrated teeth of Tyrannosaurus rex and other theropods helped the fearsome dinosaurs tear apart their prey without chipping their pearly whites, a new study finds.
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An Asteroid Didn't Wipe Out Ichthyosaurs — So What Did?
Ichthyosaur fossils
July 23rd, 2015
During the dinosaur age, ichthyosaurs — large marine reptiles that look like dolphins — flourished in prehistoric oceans. But as competition in these areas grew, ichthyosaurs lost both territory and species before gradually going extinct, a study finds.
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Oldest Animal Sperm Lasted 50 Million Years in Antarctica
Leech sperm
July 14th, 2015
It's time to call Guinness World Records: Researchers on an Antarctic expedition have uncovered sperm cells dating to a whopping 50 million years ago, making these the oldest known animal sperm cells, a new study finds.
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Unexpected Step: Snake Ancestor Had Four Feet
entire skeleton of Tetrapodophis
July 23rd, 2015
The oldest snake fossil on record looks almost like a modern snake, except for one glaring difference: It has four feet, each with five digits, a new study finds.
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Velociraptor's Cousin Flaunted Fabulous Feathers, Tiny Arms
Feathered dino
July 16th, 2015
A flamboyant cousin of the fearsome Velociraptor, covered in layers of showy feathers from head to tail, once stalked meaty prey in the forests of what is now northeastern China.
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Photos: Trove of Marine Fossils Discovered in Morocco
Marrellomorph arthropod
July 8th, 2015
Hundreds of millions of years ago, marine animals swam in a vast ocean near the supercontinent of Gondwana. Now, these creatures' fossils litter the rocky desert of southeastern Morocco.
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Photos: Weird 4-Legged Snake Was Transitional Creature
four legged snakes, Tetrapodophis
July 23rd, 2015
Snakes used to have four legs, according to a roughly 120-million-year-old fossil from northeastern Brazil.
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Photos: Velociraptor Cousin Had Short Arms and Feathery Plumage
feathered dinosaur, Exquisite fossil
July 16th, 2015
One of Velociraptor's cousins had an armful of feathers, even if its arms were short, a new study finds.
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Photos: New Triceratops Cousin Unearthed
Artist's conception of Wendiceratops pinhornensis
July 8th, 2015
A renowned fossil hunter in Alberta discovered the new species Wendiceratops pinhornensis, a dinosaur that lived about 13 million years before its famous relative, Triceratops, during the Late Cretaceous period.
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