Topic: Paleontology

Oldest Known Squawk Box Reveals Dinosaurs Likely Didn’t Sing

Oct. 12, 2016

The oldest known vocal organ of a bird has been found in an Antarctic fossil of a relative of ducks and geese that lived during the age of dinosaurs. The find advances research on sounds dinosaur may, and may not, have made.

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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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