There’s a kind-of-weirdly-written Gizmodo article today about a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and it’s kind of. How do I say this nicely? It’s very superficial. So I’ll try to help.
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SPOILER WARNING: Jurassic World
Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom?
In December of last year, NBC asked several scientists why there’s been so many (and so many big) dinosaur discoveries lately. To a person, they all mentioned the same factor: Jurassic Park came out in theaters 20 years ago.
What do you do when you’re sued for wasting taxpayer money on a giant robot statue? Tear it down, and use more taxpayer money on a generic theropod dinosaur statue instead. Obviously.
A feathered dinosaur with bat wings. That’s pretty much all you need to know about Yi qi to know that it was one special little dinosaur, a dinosaur that wasn’t going to let a little thing like “not having feathered wings” keep it from soaring through the skies.
Great interview on Slate with Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, the minister of culture, sports and tourism who has worked to convince her fellow Mongolians to finally care about (and put an end to) the long-running poaching of Mongolia's dinosaur fossils.
Spinosaurus aegyptiacus is a dinosaur that you might have heard of because it showed up in a Jurassic Park movie to break the neck of a Tyrannosaurus rex. But in the real world, it had a slightly weirder story.
Babysitting isn't a human invention: roughly 3% of mammal species, and 8-9% of modern bird species, involve individuals other than the parents in raising the young. And this fossil nest, found in the Cretaceous rocks of Liaoning Province, China, might be the first known example of dinosaur babysitting.
Hey, you know that amazing Paleozoic Museum in Central Park? Dates right back to the 19th century, with all those life-size statues of elasmosaurs, mosasaurs, mammoths and other North American megafauna? Pretty cool, right?
The Doctor is back for the first time! But he brought a bunch of in-jokes with him. Is an overabundance of fan service a good thing for a show purportedly going in a new direction? Spoilers!
Illustration of Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus by Andrey Atuchin
When I was a child, no dinosaur had feathers. Nowadays it seems like they're putting feathers on everything. And while feathered dinosaurs can certainly be cool . . . where did this all come from? Which dinosaurs had feathers, and which ones can I still imagine as scaly reptilian monsters?
Rathergood has created a stellar and fun documentary teaching you everything you need to know about why dinosaurs are called Terrible Lizards. You get a in depth look of the triceratops, allosaurus and the apatosaurus as they do what dinosaurs always do.
Paleoart blog Love in the Time of Chasmosaurus has a good review of a recent Ninja Turtles comic book: TMNT: Turtles in Time #1. While the story is plenty of fun (aliens are playing Dino-Riders in the late Cretaceous, Turtles go back in time and beat them up), what really stands out is the incredible dinosaur…
For the next month, the Journal of Zoology's special issue on paleoethology (the study of how extinct species behaved) is totally free to read (and download).
A volunteer at a Colorado fossil dig has just found an absolutely massive Apatosaurus femur: 6' 7", which puts the 5' 10" femur of the previous record holder to shame, making this one of the two largest Apatosaurus ever discovered.
China is home to some of the richest fossil deposits in the world, and has been the source of many of the exciting recent discoveries in paleontology. But the country is having trouble attracting new paleontology students. This "group photo of one" represents the entire paleontology graduating class at China's #1…
One oddly-shaped dinosaur bone might not turn out to be a new species. It could simply be from a deformed individual of something already known, or a distortion caused by being buried under tons of shifting rock for millions of years. But two of the same oddly-shaped dinosaur bones? That's no coincidence . . .…