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Paleontology

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  • Bizarre rib bones show woolly mammoths were vulnerable to extinction

    Bizarre rib bones show woolly mammoths were vulnerable to extinction
    Unusual rib bones that grow out of the neck are giving scientists new clues about what caused the woolly mammoth to become extinct roughly 10,000 years ago. The so-called cervical ribs – extra rib bones that protrude from the vertebrae at the base...
  • 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...
  • 'X-Men's' Omar Sy Joins 'Jurassic World'

    Omar Sy ("The Intouchables," "X-Men: Days of Future Past") is joining Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson in "Jurassic World." Sy disclosed his casting in a Twitter post. Fan of this saga from the beginning, I'm very proud to...
  • '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...
  • Look: Extinct porpoise had biggest underbite -- ever -- on a mammal

    Look: Extinct porpoise had biggest underbite -- ever -- on a mammal
    Scientists have discovered the biggest underbite ever found in a mammal. It belongs to an extinct porpoise that lived on the California coast 5 million years ago. That crazy long underbite you see in the images above was not an anomaly. Scientists...
  • 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...
  • Carnegie Museum unveils dinosaur nicknamed 'chicken from hell'

    PITTSBURGH In prehistoric North Dakota, a warm, wet land roamed by turtles and crocodiles, there lived a dinosaur that experts believe looked sort of like a giant chicken. When the species' bones arrived at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History a decade...
  • Largest predatory dinosaur in Europe named for 'Dinotopia' author

    Largest predatory dinosaur in Europe named for 'Dinotopia' author
    James Gurney, the author and illustrator of the "Dinotopia" book series, has had a dinosaur named after him.  And it happens to be a particularly cool dinosaur, too. Torvosaurus gurneyi is the largest predatory land dinosaur ever discovered in Europe,...
  • 'Walking With Dinosaurs'

    'Walking With Dinosaurs'
    Though the title is a brand name thanks to the long-popular BBC-made documentary series, this family-friendly film goes its own way, putting a story to its visuals of computer-generated creatures set against real backdrops. Justin Long voices a young...
  • Never mind science: America's fossil record is up for sale

    Never mind science: America's fossil record is up for sale
    An astonishing article in the latest issue of Science (purchase required) documents how America's scientific patrimony--specifically, its fossil record--has come under the control of commercial interests. They're now marketing what are often...