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Ornithopod Dinosaur

A new genus and species of an early ornithopod dinosaur has been identified from two nearly complete skeletons found in China’s Liaoning Province. Changmiania liaoningensis, an anterior part of the holotype in caudolateral view; red arrow indicates the emplacement of the gastrolith clusters. Image credit: Yang et al, doi: 10.7717/peerj.9832. …

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Armored Dinosaur

Scelidosaurus harrisonii, an armored dinosaur that lived around 193 million years ago (Early Jurassic epoch), has been redescribed from a near-complete skeleton discovered over 160 years ago in England. Scelidosaurus harrisonii. Image credit: John Sibbick. Scelidosaurus harrisonii is an early armored ornithischian dinosaur whose remains have, to date, only been …

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Dinosaur Skeletons

A team of paleontologists and mechanical and biomedical engineers has compared CT scans of the fossilized bones of hadrosaurs and other dinosaurs with bones of extinct and living mammals and found that the dinosaur trabecular bone architecture was uniquely capable of supporting large weights (up to 47,000 kg) and different …

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New Carnivorous Dinosaur

A new genus and species of theropod dinosaur from the Cretaceous period has been identified from bones found on the Isle of Wight, the United Kingdom. An artist’s impression of Vectaerovenator inopinatus’ final moments. Image credit: Trudie Wilson. The newly-discovered dinosaur roamed the Earth approximately 115 million years ago (Cretaceous …

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New Predatory Dinosaur

Identified in Portugal A team of paleontologists from Portugal and Spain has found fossil fragments from a new genus and species of carcharodontosaurian dinosaur. An artist’s impression of Lusovenator santosi. Image credit: Carlos de Miguel Chaves. The new dinosaur, scientifically named Lusovenator santosi, lived in what is now Portugal between …

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Dinosaur Found in China

Fossils of New Herbivorous Dinosaur Found in China   Paleontologists in China have found the fossilized fragments from a new genus and species of non-sauropodan sauropodomorph dinosaur that walked our planet approximately 195 million years ago (Early Jurassic epoch). Life reconstruction of Irisosaurus yimenensis. Image credit: Ang Li. Irisosaurus yimenensis …

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Plant-Eating Dinosaur

  A new genus and species of long-necked herbivorous dinosaur that lived during the Triassic period has been identified from fossils found in northern Switzerland. Schleitheimia schutzi (left) and Plateosaurus (right). Image credit: Beat Scheffold. Schleitheimia schutzi lived approximately 210 million years ago (Triassic period) in what is now Switzerland. …

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Hook-Handed Dinosaur

A new species of alvarezsaurid dinosaur that lived approximately 66 million years ago (Cretaceous period) has been unearthed in the Hell Creek Formation of Montana, the United States. This life-size model of Trierarchuncus prairiensis was sculpted by Boban Filipovic, a paleontologist and artist from Serbia, and is on display at …

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Jurassic Park Dinosaur

Famous Jurassic Park Dinosaur Was More Powerful than Previously Thought Dilophosaurus wetherilli was the largest animal known to have lived on land in North America during the Early Jurassic. Despite its charismatic presence in pop culture, major aspects of Dilophosaurus wetherilli’s skeletal anatomy, taxonomy and evolutionary relationships were unknown until …

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Tiny Madagascar Dinosaur

Tiny Dinosaur Relative Roamed Triassic Madagascar A new genus and species of ornithodiran — an early relative of dinosaurs and pterosaurs — that lived around 237 million years ago (Triassic period) has been identified from the fossilized remains found in southwestern Madagascar. Named Kongonaphon kely, the ancient reptile was surprisingly …

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