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  • Turtle bone found in 1800s had been missing its other half -- till now

    Turtle bone found in 1800s had been missing its other half -- till now
    Two halves of the same turtle's arm bone were discovered almost 200 years apart, according to a new study. 
  • Review: 'The Sixth Extinction' by Elizabeth Kolbert

    Review: 'The Sixth Extinction' by Elizabeth Kolbert
    Much as we like to think our legacy will be the sum of our great works of art and science, humans might go down in geologic history as the force behind a tiny, extraordinary line of dirt. Even a casual observer of the fossil record looking back 100...

    Nanuqsaurus: This pygmy tyrannosaur prowled the ancient Arctic

    Nanuqsaurus: This pygmy tyrannosaur prowled the ancient Arctic
    How's this for "death by cute?" Paleontologists have dug up a fearsome new dinosaur in a surprising place: Nanuqsaurus, a pygmy tyrannosaur that lived far away from its larger sharped-toothed cousins — in what is now Alaska. The newly named...

    'Chicken from hell': 8-foot dinosaur with beak, claws, strong tail

    'Chicken from hell': 8-foot dinosaur with beak, claws, strong tail
    A dinosaur, nicknamed the "chicken from hell," was described by a team of paleontologists in a study released Wednesday, and researchers say it is even stranger then they first imagined. The dinosaur's official name is Anzu wyliei, but it was...

    Stick insect advice: Make like a tree and leaf

    Stick insect advice: Make like a tree and leaf
    With their extraordinary ability to mimic twigs and leaves, stick insects are among nature's most renowned masters of disguise.  But it's not just predators they've managed to avoid. Sneaky phasmatodae, or "ghost" insects, have also flummoxed scientists...