Topic: Paleontology

Ancient Texas Reptile Offers Clues to Evolution of Dinosaur

Sept. 22, 2016
Dome head

A newly described extinct reptile that roamed Texas more than 200 million years ago had a strikingly dome-shaped head with a very thick skull and a natural pit on top that lends the appearance of an extra eye.

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Dinosaurs may have cooed like doves

July 11, 2016

Dinosaurs often roar ferociously in movies, but new research suggests they may have actually cooed or mumbled with closed mouths. 

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Fossil Shows Ostrich Relatives in N. America 50 M Years Ago

July 5, 2016

Fossils dating back 50 million years represent a species of a previously unknown relative of the modern-day ostrich, and could be key for understanding birds that once lived in North America.


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Ancient Lone Star Lizard Lounged in Lush, Tropical Texas

Feb. 22, 2016
Solastella cookei skull over West Texas background

Researchers have discovered a new species of extinct worm lizard in Texas and dubbed it the “Lone Star” lizard. The species offers evidence that Texas acted as a subtropical refuge during a past cooling period.

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Expedition to Antarctica Will Search for Dinosaurs and More

Feb. 1, 2016

An international team of researchers is traveling to Antarctica to search for fossils that will reveal how life developed on the now-frozen continent after nonavian dinosaurs were wiped out. 

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