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Huge Archaic Whale Was Top Predator in Eocene Oceans

The stomach contents preserved in an adult specimen of the archaic whale Basilosaurus isis from the site of the Wadi Al Hitan in Egypt suggest it was an apex (top) predator that fed on smaller whales (juvenile Dorudon atrox) and large fishes (Pycnodus mokattamensis), according to new research, published in …

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New Jurassic-Era Pterosaur Discovered in England

Paleontologists from the University of Portsmouth have discovered the fossilized remains of a new species of ancient flying reptile. Klobiodon rochei. Image credit: Mark Witton. The newfound species, named Klobiodon rochei, belongs to an ancient order of flying creatures known as pterosaurs. The winged reptile lived approximately 167 million years …

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Plant Fossil from Early Jurassic Pushes Back Origin of Flowers

An international team of paleontologists has identified and described a new genus and species of extinct flowering plant (angiosperm), based on over 200 specimens from the South Xiangshan Formation, China. Named Nanjinganthus dendrostyla, the newly-identified plant species dates back to more than 174 million years ago (Early Jurassic epoch), making …

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Saltriovenator zanellai: New Carnivorous Dinosaur Unveiled

A partial skeleton of a ceratosaurian theropod dinosaur unearthed over two decades ago in Italy has been recognized as belonging to a new genus and species. Life reconstruction of Saltriovenator zanellai. Image credit: Davide Bonadonna. The newly-identified dinosaur belongs to Ceratosauria (ceratosaurs), a group of large-bodied theropod dinosaurs. Named Saltriovenator …

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Early Cretaceous Dinosaur Footprints Discovered in Southern England

Paleontologists in southern England have uncovered a set of well-preserved footprints made by at least seven different dinosaur species about 140 million years ago (Early Cretaceous epoch). Two large iguanodontian footprints with skin and claw impressions from the Lee Ness Sandstone of the Ashdown Formation. Image credit: Neil Davies. University …

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Pterosaurs Had Four Types of Feathers, New Study Shows

Pterosaurs lived side by side with dinosaurs, some 230 to 66 million years ago. They were the first vertebrates to achieve true flapping flight, but in the absence of living species, many questions concerning their biology and lifestyle remain unresolved. It has long been known that they had some sort …

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New Horned Dinosaur Discovered in Arizona

A new genus and species of herbivorous ceratopsid (horned) dinosaur being named Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii has been discovered by paleontologists from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Science (NMMNHS). Life reconstruction of Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii. Image credit: Sergey Krasovskiy. Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii roamed what is now Arizona about 73 million years ago …

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