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New paper supports novel relationships within Dinosauria New paper supports novel relationships within Dinosauria

A paper published online today for Nature suggests that the 1888 hypothesis for the primary division within Dinosauria should be overturned.

In re: Roosevelt the Tyrannosaurus rex In re: Roosevelt the Tyrannosaurus rex

There’s a kind-of-weirdly-written Gizmodo article today about a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and it’s kind of. How do I say this nicely? It’s very superficial. So I’ll try to help.

Yi qi May Be The Most Bizarre Dinosaur You'll Ever See Yi qi May Be The Most Bizarre Dinosaur You'll Ever See

A feathered dinosaur with bat wings. That’s pretty much all you need to know about Yi qi to know that it was one special little dinosaur, a dinosaur that wasn’t going to let a little thing like “not having feathered wings” keep it from soaring through the skies.

Dinosaur 13 tells
part of the story of Sue Dinosaur 13 tells part of the story of Sue

Dinosaur 13 is a fairly well-made, though sometimes rambling, documentary. But like some documentaries, it avoids the opportunity to tell a complex story fairly in order to tell a simpler story more easily.

ThinkGeek puts hadrosaur chunks back on sale UPDATE: Sold Out ThinkGeek puts hadrosaur chunks back on sale UPDATE: Sold Out

Update: Apparently the items are all gone as the sales website no longer exists.

No news is good news about ThinkGeek fossil sales? No news is good news about ThinkGeek fossil sales?

So since 2 November I've been waiting to see if ThinkGeek will say anything new about the (currently discontinued) hadrosaur chunks they have for sale. At the product's page, the last update from them was on the 3rd. On their facebook, no comment. On their blog, no comment. So nothing has changed. The hadrosaur chunks…

ThinkGeek selling fossils illustrates the problems of selling fossils ThinkGeek selling fossils illustrates the problems of selling fossils

Update Note: no longer an active sale, apparently because ThinkGeek has sold all the items they purchased.

The Woman Who Saved Mongolia's Dinosaurs

Great interview on Slate with Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, the minister of culture, sports and tourism who has worked to convince her fellow Mongolians to finally care about (and put an end to) the long-running poaching of Mongolia's dinosaur fossils.

Why you should fund a paleontology project Why you should fund a paleontology project

One of my colleagues is trying to crowdfund (through scientific crowdfunding site Experiment.com) part of her extinct whale research. Please take a chair while I interview her about her proposed research, and she should be in the comments if you have any questions for her.

A dinosaur blown up in WW2 might have been semi-aquatic A dinosaur blown up in WW2 might have been semi-aquatic

Spinosaurus aegyptiacus is a dinosaur that you might have heard of because it showed up in a Jurassic Park movie to break the neck of a Tyrannosaurus rex. But in the real world, it had a slightly weirder story.

This Dinosaur Babysitting Session Didn't End Well This Dinosaur Babysitting Session Didn't End Well

Babysitting isn't a human invention: roughly 3% of mammal species, and 8-9% of modern bird species, involve individuals other than the parents in raising the young. And this fossil nest, found in the Cretaceous rocks of Liaoning Province, China, might be the first known example of dinosaur babysitting.

This is some Indiana Jones level paleontology right here.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has opened Wyoming's Natural Trap Cave to scientists for the first time in three decades for the purposes of excavation. The cave is filled with the bones of thousands of Ice Age animals who plunged to their deaths through the 15 foot wide opening some 25,000 years ago. The only way…

Dinosaur discovery suggests feathers widespread amongst dinosaurs Dinosaur discovery suggests feathers widespread amongst dinosaurs

A team of researchers representing institutions in Belgium, Russia, France, Ireland, and the UK published in tomorrow's Science about a dinosaur with preserved impressions of both feathers and scales.

A Comprehensive Guide to Dinosaur Feathers and Scales A Comprehensive Guide to Dinosaur Feathers and Scales

When I was a child, no dinosaur had feathers. Nowadays it seems like they're putting feathers on everything. And while feathered dinosaurs can certainly be cool . . . where did this all come from? Which dinosaurs had feathers, and which ones can I still imagine as scaly reptilian monsters?

Ninja Turtles Serves Up The Most Accurate Dinosaurs in Comics Ninja Turtles Serves Up The Most Accurate Dinosaurs in Comics

Paleoart blog Love in the Time of Chasmosaurus has a good review of a recent Ninja Turtles comic book: TMNT: Turtles in Time #1. While the story is plenty of fun (aliens are playing Dino-Riders in the late Cretaceous, Turtles go back in time and beat them up), what really stands out is the incredible dinosaur art by…

Dinosaur Dig Volunteer Makes a Big Find Dinosaur Dig Volunteer Makes a Big Find

A volunteer at a Colorado fossil dig has just found an absolutely massive Apatosaurus femur: 6' 7", which puts the 5' 10" femur of the previous record holder to shame, making this one of the two largest Apatosaurus ever discovered.

This is Every New Paleontologist from China's Top Research School This is Every New Paleontologist from China's Top Research School

China is home to some of the richest fossil deposits in the world, and has been the source of many of the exciting recent discoveries in paleontology. But the country is having trouble attracting new paleontology students. This "group photo of one" represents the entire paleontology graduating class at China's #1…

Mercuriceratops: flashy Cadillac of the late Cretaceous Mercuriceratops: flashy Cadillac of the late Cretaceous

One oddly-shaped dinosaur bone might not turn out to be a new species. It could simply be from a deformed individual of something already known, or a distortion caused by being buried under tons of shifting rock for millions of years. But two of the same oddly-shaped dinosaur bones? That's no coincidence . . .…

Want to Join a Dinosaur Dig this Summer? You Can! Want to Join a Dinosaur Dig this Summer? You Can!

Just because you're not a professional paleontologist doesn't mean you can't help professional paleontologists on a real dinosaur dig. In recent years, a number of programs have started allowing allow non-paleontologists to assist in professional fossil excavations, usually for a fee. If you hadn't come up with a…

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