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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...
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.
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...
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.
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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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