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New species of dinosaur is discovered in Queensland

New species of dinosaur is discovered in Queensland | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
Seventeen bones encased in rock, that belong to a Savannasaurus, were discovered in 2005 by David Elliot, co-founder of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum in Queensland.
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Australia to see worse drought thanks to intensifying El Niño

Australia to see worse drought thanks to intensifying El Niño | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
Compiled in collaboration with Australian Science Media Centre.New research by the Bureau of Meteorology – published shows El Niño will intensify between 2050 and 2100 thanks to climate change.El Ni… (Australia to see worse drought thanks to intensifying...
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How to become a palaeontologist for a day

How to become a palaeontologist for a day | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
Preparing fossils that are hundreds of millions of years old is a delicate process at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum.
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Have any feathered dinosaur fossils been found in Australia? › Ask an Expert (ABC Science)

Have any feathered dinosaur fossils been found in Australia? › Ask an Expert (ABC Science) | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
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Moa droppings show feeding habits (Science Alert)

Moa droppings show feeding habits (Science Alert) | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
Researchers suggest that four moa species inhabited New Zealand at the same time and all of them ate the same thing.
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What's Your Favorite Dinosaur? New Poll Yields Not-So-Surprising Result - Huffington Post

What's Your Favorite Dinosaur? New Poll Yields Not-So-Surprising Result - Huffington Post | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
What's Your Favorite Dinosaur? New Poll Yields Not-So-Surprising Result Huffington Post The scavenger Rugops, a dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous that lived in what is now Africa, driving a trio of the pterosaur Tupuxuara from the corpse of the...
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All about Dinosaurs | Visual.ly

All about Dinosaurs | Visual.ly | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
Just a simple infographic for kiddies to learn about dinosaurs.Fun, interactive learning tool about dinosaurs
A stepping stone towards interest and a

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:34 PM

Are your students interested in dinosaurs? Here is an infographic that provides information about dinosaurs including:

* A definition of dinosaur and paleontology

* When did they exist?

* Where big were they?

* What were there eating habits?

* How did they walk?
* Where did they live?
* How did they become extinct?

Although this post on Visual.ly did not show the author some searching shows that it was designed by a paleontologist for children between the ages of 7 - 11. You can find his story on this and sections of the infographic at http://ashmitav.wix.com/portfolio#!dinosaurs/cv7u

Maddison Halliday's curator insight, October 17, 2014 10:59 PM

This is a great website to learn fun facts about dinosaurs! 

Rhys Hennig's curator insight, May 4, 2015 5:36 AM

An easy to read infographic with all sorts of interesting facts.

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Dinosaurs = Birds: First Dinosaur Feathers Found in Ancient Amber

Dinosaurs = Birds: First Dinosaur Feathers Found in Ancient Amber | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
Paleontologists have figured out what ancient dino feathers and fuzz looked like, including color.

 

Instead of digging through rocks and rubble to find fossils, a group of Canadian paleontologists decided to dig through museums’ amber collections instead. Their unique approach paid off when they discovered feathers and never-before-seen structures, which they think are something called dinofuzz.

 

The researchers combed through thousands of minuscule amber nuggets from nearly 80 million years ago. Among them they found 11 M&M-sized globules with traces of ancient feathers and fuzz. A number resembled modern feathers—some fit for flying and others designed to dive. And unlike fossils, the amber preserved colors too: white, gray, red and brown.

 

But a few hollow hair-like structures stumped researchers. The unidentifiable filaments weren’t plant fibers, fungus or fur, so the researchers surmise that they are protofeathers (thought to be the evolutionary precursors to feathers). The collection is among the first to reveal all major evolutionary stages of feather development in non-avian dinosaurs and birds.

 

The unusual find suggests a wide array of plumed creatures populated the time period—sporting everything from seemingly modern feathers to their filament-like forebears—and that even by this early date, feathers had become specialized, for example, for diving underwater.


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PeerJ

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Not Down under - but nice disocvery and figures.

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Australia: Dig up a dinosaur graveyard - Travel - NZ Herald News

Australia: Dig up a dinosaur graveyard - Travel - NZ Herald News | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
The noise of a front-end loader searching for prehistoric bones rises into the air, along with red dust, in this parched paddock in western Queensland. - New Zealand Herald
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New Aussie dinosaur was a true monster

New Aussie dinosaur was a true monster | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
A massive new Australian dinosaur excavated in Queensland has wide hips and strange feet, say experts.
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Welcome to Wade - Australia's newest Sauropod

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Discovering the dinosaurs Down Under

Discovering the dinosaurs Down Under | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
From killers of the freezing Antarctic wastes to titanic herbivores, Australian dinos are being dug up in great numbers.
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Thousands of dinosaur tracks found along Alaska's Yukon River - NBCNews.com (blog)

Thousands of dinosaur tracks found along Alaska's Yukon River - NBCNews.com (blog) | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
Nature World News Thousands of dinosaur tracks found along Alaska's Yukon River NBCNews.com (blog) In July, the scientists from the University of Alaska Museum of the North embarked on a 500-mile (800 kilometers) journey down the Tanana and Yukon...
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Dinosaur Tail Fossil Found In Canada | WebProNews

Dinosaur Tail Fossil Found In Canada | WebProNews | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it

Everyone loves a good dinosaur tale but how about an actual dinosaur tail? A construction worker operating a backhoe discovered he had hit a fossil while digging. Once the fossil was inspected closely, it was revealed to be a large piece of tail.

 

If the backhoe driver had not have stopped digging he did, he could have damaged the delicate fossil. Fossils must be removed very carefully and if they are not handled with care, they can easily crumble.


Luckily, he stopped as soon as he realized what he was digging was not dirt and the crew called around to get someone experienced with fossils on the scene.

 

When dinosaur fossils are found, they are usually broken or only found one small piece at a time. The fact that this is a large piece of a tail in one place, makes this fossil truly special.

 

Click headline to read more and watch video of pix of tail--


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Pollen suggests flowers bloomed before dinosaurs walked the earth

Pollen suggests flowers bloomed before dinosaurs walked the earth | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
Newfound fossils hint that flowering plants arose 100 million years earlier than scientists previously thought, suggesting flowers may have existed when the first known dinosaurs roamed Earth, researchers say.

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Colt Alan Lee Manseth's curator insight, December 15, 2013 10:39 PM

That is really interesting.

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Jurassic Park scientist: 'never say never to dinosaurs walking the Earth again' - Telegraph

Jurassic Park scientist: 'never say never to dinosaurs walking the Earth again' - Telegraph | Dinosaurs Down Under | Scoop.it
As the world awaits Jurassic World, a new sequel to the 1993 Dinosaur action movie, Alice Vincent speaks to one scientist who studies the process of extracting prehistoric DNA from amber.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, September 12, 2013 4:11 AM

That would be weird...why would anyone want dinosaurs to walk the earth again though??