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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. 
  • 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...

    '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...

    At a Westside subway excavation, plenty of bones (and more) to pick

    At a Westside subway excavation, plenty of bones (and more) to pick
    Seventy feet below Wilshire Boulevard, cater-corner from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's street-lamp installation, fresh air roaring from giant ventilation pipes dulled the sickly sweet smell of petroleum. Amid the clatter of jackhammers and...

    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...