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Giant footprint 'could shed light on titanosaurus behaviour' - BBC News

Giant footprint 'could shed light on titanosaurus behaviour' - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A giant dinosaur footprint found in the Gobi desert could help scientists understand walking patterns and social behaviour among the prehistoric animals, researchers say.
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Always love a good dinosaur story. 
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Here's What Really Killed the Dinosaurs

Here's What Really Killed the Dinosaurs | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It wasn't just an asteroid
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Perhaps the asteroid's impact started the volcanic process. Or perhaps both theories are wrong and it was over-hunting by humans. I do wonder how Adam and Eve survived in the garden with Tyrannosaurus Rex. Oh well, I'm sure they'll make a movie to explain it all. 

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Behemoth Argentine dinosaur Dreadnoughtus made T. rex look puny

Behemoth Argentine dinosaur Dreadnoughtus made T. rex look puny | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The word big does not do justice to a massive, long-necked dinosaur that shook the Earth in Argentina about 77 million years ago. Try colossal, enormous, gargantuan and stupendous - and you might come close to an accurate description of this behemoth, known to scientists as Dreadnoughtus schrani. Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara of Drexel University in Philadelphia, who discovered the dinosaur and led the effort for its excavation and analysis, said the scientists calculated its weight on the basis of the bones in its upper arm and thigh. Dreadnoughtus weighed more than an adult sperm whale or a herd of African elephants.
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Wow, what a colossus. Got to love paleontology; how else would we know about these "great" dinosaurs? 

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Warm blooded or cold? Dinosaurs were somewhere in between

Warm blooded or cold? Dinosaurs were somewhere in between | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The hot question of whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded like birds and mammals or cold blooded like reptiles, fish and amphibians finally has a good answer. Dinosaurs, for eons Earth's dominant land animals until being wiped out by an asteroid 65 million years ago, were in fact somewhere in between. The study, published in the journal Science, assessed 21 species of dinosaurs including super predators Tyrannosaurus and Allosaurus, long-necked Apatosaurus, duckbilled Tenontosaurus and bird-like Troodon as well as a range of mammals, birds, bony fish, sharks, lizards, snakes and crocodiles. They did not act like mammals or birds nor did they act like reptiles or fish," said University of Arizona evolutionary biologist and ecologist Brian Enquist.
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I wonder if their temperature fluctuated as food supplies changed or perhaps with the weather. Fascinating stuff this.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, June 16, 2014 2:29 PM

If you missed it on Awakenings journey across America, we have encountered that Maryland has a state dinosaur! Check out Maryland: Crossroads @ http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2014/04/428-maryland-crossroads.html History...how fascinating!

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Titanosaur unveiled in New York City

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One of the biggest dinosaurs ever discovered at 122 feet long, it doesn't even fit in the museum's gallery
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WOW! I remember being wowed when this beast was discovered. Now that the skeleton has been prepared for display, I'm in total awe. 

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The beast with the behemoth arms: A dinosaur mystery is solved

The beast with the behemoth arms: A dinosaur mystery is solved | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In July 1965, two gigantic fossilized dinosaur arms replete with menacing claws were unearthed in the remote southern Gobi desert of Mongolia. Measuring 8 feet (2.4 meters), they were the longest arms of any known bipedal creature in Earth's history. But nearly everything else was missing, leaving experts baffled about the nature of this beast with the behemoth arms. Half a century later, the mystery has been solved. ...
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Not exactly cute and cuddly, but fascinating. Got to love paleontology.

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Ancient flying reptile's head crest looked like a yacht's sail

Ancient flying reptile's head crest looked like a yacht's sail | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A flying reptile whose head was topped with a big bony crest shaped like the sail of a yacht swooped through the skies over Brazil roughly 90 million years ago. Scientists announced on Wednesday the remarkable discovery of about 50 fossilized skeletons of a creature called Caiuajara dobruskii, a type of flying reptile known as a pterosaur that lived alongside the dinosaurs, at a site in southern Brazil. These pterosaurs, whose wingspans measured up to nearly 8 feet (2.35 meters), inhabited a lakeside oasis in a large desert region during the Cretaceous Period, living in vibrant colonies with others of the same species of all ages, they said. "This helps us to have a glimpse on the anatomical variation achieved by this species from young to old," said Alexander Kellner, a paleontologist with Brazil's National Museum at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, who led the study.
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Got to love those fossils.

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