Curiosities

Fri, 2021-05-07

Two detailed evaluations of the anatomy of inner ears and for some, scleral eye rings, from 124 extinct and 91 living species reveal new insights into the evolution of dinosaur sensory biology and behavior, including their ability to fly, hunt at night, and hear...

Thu, 2021-05-06

A study published in Cretaceous Research expands the paleontological richness of continental fossils of the Lower Cretaceous with the discovery of a new water plant (charophytes), the species Mesochara dobrogeica. The study also...

Fri, 2021-05-07

Paleontologists working in museum collections in Italy, Switzerland, and Germany have identified five additional specimens of a 240-million-year-old ichthyosaur, named Besanosaurus leptorhynchus, which was previously known from a single fossil...

Thu, 2021-05-06

Sahonachelys mailakavava, a newly-identified species of pelomedusoid turtle from the Late...

Wed, 2021-05-05

Paleontologists from the Ohio State University at Marion and Gonzaga University have identified a new species of large machairodontine saber-toothed cat from the fossilized remains found in North America.

Mon, 2021-05-24

There is something really primordial about the way wild turkeys run.  Each spring, a lot of turkeys seem to be running away from me as I move through the woods in search of a gobbler.  It’s almost worth it to watch them run away, though, because it looks...

Wed, 2021-04-28

An international team of scientists has recovered and analyzed partial mitochondrial genomes from 1,300-1,400-year-old specimens of Voay robustus, a recently extinct species of ‘horned’ crocodile that...

Tue, 2021-04-27

Powered flight in animals—that uses flapping wings to generate thrus—is a very energetically demanding mode of locomotion that requires many anatomical and physiological adaptations. In fact, the capability to develop it has only appeared four times in the...

Tue, 2021-04-27

New research addresses longstanding mystery on the anatomy of the Tyrannosaurus rex jaw.

Tue, 2021-04-27

Sunny forests morphed into the dark, dense ones that are typical today.

 

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