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Mary Anning: Influential Paleontologist Honored with Google Doodle

When it comes to paleontology, Mary Anning’s findings provide a bedrock. The British fossil collector and dealer, born in 1799, is said to have helped spark fundamental shifts in scientific thinking when it comes to prehistoric life. And today, Google is honoring her with a Doodle on their homepage. Today is the 215th anniversary of Anning’s birth in Lyme Regis, …

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New Dinosaur Discovery: They Lived Longer And Larger

Time to update the history book’s Jurassic Chapter! On the heels of hell-chicken, come two dinosaur updates – this time from Argentina. New evidence is showing that the largest known pre-Cretaceous creature may have some competition – and that some dinosaurs actually lived into the Cretaceous period. When remains of a long-necked, whip-tailed diplodocid were encountered recently in Patagonia, the …

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Global Warming Causes Shrinking Mammals, Enlarged Reptiles

Phys.org noted a study published earlier this week by a University of Michigan paleontologist and his research team. They claim to have discovered a process of mammalian “dwarfing” that occurred during multiple climate warming events between 50 and 53 million years ago, and they say that it will probably happen again. Paleontologists were relatively aware of the 55-million-year-old Paleocene-Eocene Thermal …

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La Brea Tar Pits Celebrates 100 Years of Discovery

The animals paid with their lives, but visitors to the La Brea Tar Pits got in free today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of excavations on the site. The unassuming museum complex on Wilshire Boulevard is considered the only urban-located, Ice Age site that is being actively excavated. Since 1913, scientists have discovered more than five million fossils covering over …

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Fossilized Mosquito Found; Sadly Lacks Dino Blood

Smithsonian Magazine just put out a blog that chronicles the strange journey of a fossilized mosquito with ancient blood still contained in its stomach, reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jurassic Park. The ancient mosquito was unearthed in Montana’s Glacier National Park by a geology graduate student named Kurt Constenius, who picked it up during a fossil-hunting trip with his parents …

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Dinosaur Tail Fossil Found In Alberta

The fossil of a dinosaur tail was recently unearthed in Alberta, Canada. This news should excite paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts everywhere, since news like this has not been made aware to the public for quite some time. It is always exciting when humans are able to find things that they did not know existed before and whether it is a …

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Dinosaur Prints at NASA From a “Large, Armored Dinosaur”

NASA this week revealed that a dinosaur footprint has been found at the Goddard Space Flight Center campus in Maryland. Ray Stanford, a well-known amateur dinosaur footprint-hunter in the Maryland area found the footprint and reported it to Goddard’s facility managment last week. “This was a large, armored dinosaur,” Stanford said. “Think of it as a four-footed tank. It was …

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