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Gigantic T. Rex Skeleton Found in Canada Is Officially World's Biggest

Updated measurements of a large fossil found in Saskatchewan nearly 30 years ago confirm it as the world’s largest known Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Remarkably, the new work suggests T. rex and other dinosaurs grew to a greater size than is typically appreciated.Read more...
Tags: Science, Canada, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Tyrannosaurus rex, Saskatchewan, Paleontology, T Rex, Tyrannosaurs

Scientists Find Huge Trove of Marine Fossils from the 'Cambrian Explosion' in China

Scientists have uncovered a wealth of well-preserved fossils in China from the early Cambrian Period, representing 101 species so far, over half of which have never been described before.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Fossils, Paleontology, Cambrian Period, Cambrian Explosion

Ancient Bird Fossil Includes Evidence of an Unlaid Egg

Paleontologists in China have detected traces of an unlaid egg in a 110-million-year-old bird fossil from the Cretaceous period, in what’s considered the first discovery of its kind. And in an ironic twist, it appears the egg is what killed the mother bird.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Birds, Fossils, Paleontology, Ancient Birds, Birdmodo

We Can Thank Agriculture and Soft Food for the 'F' Word, Claims Provocative New Study

Humans couldn’t always easily produce “f” and “v” sounds, according to a surprising new study. The reason we can now enjoy words like “flavor” and “effervescent,” say the researchers, has to do with changes to the ancestral human diet and the introduction of soft foods—a development that altered the way we bite, and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Human Speech, Paleontology, Human Evolution, Ancient Humans, Human Diet

Ancient Britons Traveled Hundreds of Miles to Attend Pork Fests at Stonehenge

Prehistoric Britons traveled impressive distances to attend celebrations at monumental sites like Stonehenge, according to new research. Incredibly, many of them brought their pigs along with them for the journey—an impressive feat, considering some participants came from hundreds of miles away. Read more...
Tags: Science, Stonehenge, Paleontology, Human Migration, Isotopes, Paleoarchaeology, Party Like Its 1999 Bc, Neolithic Britain, Neolithic Period

New theories reveal the ferocious T-Rex as… adorable?

Hatchling, four-year-old, and adult models show us new sides of the famous predator. They're part of the T. rex: The Ultimate Predator exhibit running from March 2019 to August 2020. Attention time travelers: You may want to pet the feathered hatchling. Don't. None There's no doubt that the adult Tyrannosaurus Rex was a fearsome predator, with a powerful bite that could cause the head of a victim to explode from sheer force. Of course, much of what we've longed "known" about T. rex is informed...
Tags: New York, Science, History, Museums, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Rex, Visualization, Paleontology, T. Rex, Amnh, Museum of Natural History, American Museum of Natural History AMNH, Mark Norell, Tyrannosaurus, Tyrannosauroidea

Building a Blockbuster: Behind the Scenes With T. Rex

Fiberglass, resin, glue, feathers and new technology bring the dinosaur to life at the Museum of Natural History.
Tags: Art, News, Museums, Dinosaurs, American Museum of Natural History, Paleontology

What Did T. Rex Look Like? A New Exhibit Has the 'Ultimate Predator' in Feathers

The latest fossil discoveries and paleontological research continue to revise our view of the world’s most famous dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus rex. An updated depiction of the extinct giant is now on display in a New York City exhibit that’s bound to ruffle some feathers.Read more...
Tags: Science, New York City, Museums, Dinosaurs, American Museum of Natural History, Tyrannosaurus rex, Paleontology

Exhibition Review: T. Rex Like You Haven’t Seen Him: With Feathers

Make way for Tyrannosaurus rex, everyone’s favorite killer. A new show at the American Museum of Natural History places T. rex amid a global family of prehistoric predators.
Tags: News, Museums, Dinosaurs, American Museum of Natural History, Paleontology, Skeletons, Norell, Mark A, T. rex: The Ultimate Predator (Exhibit

Ritual Sacrifice of 137 Children Found at 15th-Century Archaeological Site in Peru

Archaeologists working at a 15th-century site in Peru have unearthed the remains of 137 children and 200 llamas in what’s now considered the largest mass child sacrifice known from the New World—and possibly of all time.Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Peru, Paleontology, Sacrifice, Ancient Peru, Ancient South America

Fake FCC Comments, Shark DNA, and the Edge of Everything: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Hopefully your week has been better than leading New York politicians, like NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew “Amazon” Cuomo—both of whom are still dealing with the disastrous fallout from the failed deal to subsidize a new Amazon facility in Queens’s Long Island City neighborhood. (Adding insult to injury:…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Gaming, Science Fiction, Politics, New York, Science, Technology, Fcc, Microsoft, Climate Change, Dna, Samsung, Genetics, Physics

New Studies of Ancient Lava Add Mystery to the Dinosaur Extinction Story

Solidified lava from ancient volcanoes, over a mile thick, covers a portion of west-central India nearly the size of Texas. Contained in the dramatic and craggy striped rock are secrets scientists are only beginning to uncover—secrets that could partially rewrite the story of the dinosaur mass extinction 66 million…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, India, Geology, Dinosaurs, Paleontology, Mass Extinction, Volcanism, Geochronology, Deccan Traps, Texas Contained

Trilobites: Tiny Tyrannosaur Hints at How T. Rex Became King

The deer-sized dinosaur preceded one of Earth’s most fearsome predators.
Tags: Utah, News, Earth, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Paleontology, Aaron, Lindsay, Aurore, Zanno, Your-feed-science, Communications Biology (Journal, Canoville, Giterman

Rare Spider Fossil Preserves 100-Million-Year-Old Glowing Eyes

A new spider fossil discovery included a surprising find: remnants of reflective eye tissue. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Fossils, Paleontology, Spiders, Look Into My Eyes

Newly Discovered African Titanosaur Had a Distinctly Heart-Shaped Tailbone

Titanosaurs were the giants of the giants—four-legged behemoths that stomped around Cretaceous South America and Africa 100 million years ago. The discovery of a previously unknown titanosaur in Tanzania with a unique heart-shaped tailbone is adding to our knowledge of these enigmatic beasts, and how they lived and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Africa, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Tanzania, Paleontology, Titanosaurs, Sauropods, African Dinosaurs, Cretaceous South America

2-Billion-Year-Old Squiggles Could Be the Earliest Evidence of a Mobile Life Form

The reported discovery of 2.1-billion-year-old fossilized track marks etched in sedimentary rock is pushing back the earliest evidence of self-propelled movement by an organism on Earth by a whopping 1.5 billion years.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Evolution, Paleontology, Ancient Life

Trilobites: Birds of a Feather May Stick Together, but This Bird’s Foot Got Stuck in Amber

Known as “Ugly Foot” or “Hobbit Foot,” researchers say the feathered specimen offers long-sought clues to the evolutionary path of birds.
Tags: News, Birds, Dinosaurs, Myanmar, Amber, Paleontology, Ryan, Lida, McKellar, Xing, Scientific Reports (Journal, Endangered and Extinct Species, Your-feed-science

Newly Discovered Spiked Dinosaurs From South America Look Like Creatures From 'No Man's Sky'

Paleontologists in Argentina have uncovered a dinosaur unlike anything ever seen before. Alive some 140 million years ago, these majestic herbivores featured long, forward-pointing spikes running along their necks and backs. These spikes may have served a defensive role, but their exact purpose now presents a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Argentina, Dinosaurs, Evolution, South America, Paleontology, Sauropods, Animal Defenses, Dinosaur Defenses

First Dinosaur Feather Ever Discovered Isn't What Scientists Thought

Using advanced imaging technology, scientists have shown that a fossilized feather uncovered in the 19th century likely didn’t belong to the bird-like Archaeopteryx as conventionally believed.Read more...
Tags: Science, Feathers, Paleontology, Archaeopteryx, Dinosaurs Feathers

Rare Fossil of Triassic Reptile Discovered in Antarctica

The fossilized remains of an early reptile dating back some 250 million years have been uncovered in the unlikeliest of places: Antarctica. The discovery shows how wildlife recovered after the worst mass extinction in our planet’s history, and how Antarctica once hosted an ecosystem unlike any other. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Antarctica, Evolution, Paleontology, Ancient Reptiles, Ancient Antarctica

Neanderthals and Denisovans Shared a Siberian Cave for Thousands of Years, New Research Suggests

Denisova cave in southern Siberia was home to Neanderthals and Denisovans for thousands of years, but questions remain about the timing of their stay. A pair of new studies traces the history of archaic human occupation at the site, showing who lived there and when—including a possible era during which the two…
Tags: Science, Siberia, Neanderthals, Paleontology, Denisova Cave, Denisova, Denisovans, Human Evolution, Ancient Humans

Oldest animal ever discovered by scientists

Researchers in China find fossils of a creature that lived 600 million years ago.This creature resembles a modern-day comb jelly.If confirmed, these would be the oldest animal fossils discovered. None When we think of prehistoric animals, giant creatures like dinosaurs tend to come to mind. But what was the oldest animal that ever existed? Chinese scientists say it was a lowly blob that lived about 600 million years ago. In fact, as reported by Graham Lawton in New Scientist, the creature that w...
Tags: London, Biology, China, Animals, Nature, Oceans, Geology, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Paleontology, Geological Society of London, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Graham Lawton, China University of Geosciences Wuhan He, Maoyan Zhu

Gemologist Finds Insect Trapped in Opal Instead of Amber

On a trip to Indonesia, gemologist Brian Berger purchased an opal that appeared to have an insect entombed inside. Insects trapped in amber are a common-enough sight, but in a slow-forming gemstone like opal?Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Indonesia, Amber, Paleontology, Entomology, Opal, Gems, Brian Berger

Ancient Shark With Spaceship-Shaped Teeth Named After Vintage Video Game

A newly described freshwater shark from the Cretaceous Period had teeth that resembled the iconic Galaga video game spacefighter. Remarkably, the remains of this shark were found in the same pile of debris that contained Sue the T. rex—the largest and most complete fossil of the species ever found.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Evolution, Sharks, Paleontology, Ancient Sharks

Fascinating Experiment Uses a Robot to Recreate the Walking Style of an Early Land Dweller

Using computer simulations and a robot, researchers have recreated the likely gait of a 300-million-year-old animal considered to be among the planet’s earliest terrestrial walkers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Evolution, Robotics, Simulations, Paleontology, Evolution Of Locomotion, Amniotes

New Evidence Suggests Dogs Reached North America 10,000 Years Ago

The skeletal remains of three ancient dogs found buried in Illinois now represent the earliest evidence for the presence of domesticated dogs in the Americas. It’s also the oldest known intentional burial of individual canines in the global archaeological record.Read more...
Tags: Science, Dogs, North America, Illinois, Paleontology, Peopling Of Americas, Ancient Dogs, Early Archaic Dogs

Trilobites: An Elephant-Size Relative of Mammals That Grazed Alongside Dinosaurs

Paleontologists believed dicynodonts died out as dinosaurs conquered the world, but fossils found in Poland suggest they survived millions of years more.
Tags: News, Poland, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Mammals, Paleontology, Grzegorz, Endangered and Extinct Species, Science (Journal, Dicynodonts, Niedzwiedzki

Demand for Ivory Has Spawned a Woolly Mammoth 'Rush’ in Siberia

With the ban on the international trade of ivory, dealers are increasingly turning to a surprisingly abundant alternative: the tusks of woolly mammoths preserved in Siberian permafrost. But at what cost?Read more...
Tags: Science, Siberia, Poaching, Ivory trade, Paleontology, Woolly Mammoths, Mammoth Ivory

Dinosaurs are alive! Here’s how we know, and why it matters

For most of the 20th century, figuring out the origin of birds was a great challenge of evolutionary biology — they didn't seem to fit anywhere. Then, in the late 20th century, a group of scientists discovered that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs, which were large, bipedal meat-eaters like the Velociraptor or the T-Rex. The bird-from-dinosaur theory was considered to be a crackpot idea but after three decades of research, the evidence became irrefutable. Finally, the discovery of feather...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Nature, Birds, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Darwin, Paleontology, Richard Prum