BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (AP) — Experts say fossil remains discovered in the 1980s at the Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas have been identified as a new genus and species of...
BEND, Ore. (AP) — A fossil jaw bone misidentified for 50 years turns out to belong to a bone-crushing mammal and is the first to be found in the Northwest, scientists said.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A teen searching for arrowheads in southern Iowa found something much bigger: the prehistoric jawbone of a mastodon.
Meet the T. rex cousin who you could literally look down on
WASHINGTON (AP) — History's most frightening dinosaur, the Tyrannosaurus rex, came from a long line of pipsqueaks.
Scientists have identified a new cousin of the T. rex as a dinosaur that...
Geologist: Prehistoric reptile left tracks at Grand Canyon
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A geology professor from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said he recently identified fossilized tracks from a reptile along a popular trail in Grand Canyon National Park, a newspaper reported.
Fossil of plant-eating reptile found in southern New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The earliest known example of a plant-eating reptile has been found in the fossil record in southern New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History said.
The museum made the announcement this week , saying the unique structure of the skull, jaws and teeth of the sail-backed reptile indicate it was an herbivore, and that such specialized plant-eating wasn't previously known in reptiles older than about 200 million years.
Researchers discover Oregon’s first dinosaur fossil
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — University of Oregon scientists discovered a dinosaur bone, the first fossil from a land-dwelling prehistoric creature found in the state.
Texas doctor fights to keep dinosaur skull seized by feds
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A doctor in Texas with a passion for paleontology is challenging the federal government after authorities seized a 70 million-year-old dinosaur skull from his fossil collection.
China building boom uncovers buried dinosaurs, makes a star
YANJI, China (AP) — At the end of a street of newly built high-rises in the northern Chinese city of Yanji stands an exposed cliff face, where paleontologists scrape away 100 million-year-old rock in search of prehistoric bones.
Like many fossil excavation sites in China, this one was discovered by accident.
China’s building boom churns up dinosaur fossils
‘Jurassic Park’ dinosaur expert’s next big thing: holograms
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red fringe similar to a rooster's comb.
Paleontologist: The story of dinosaurs is evolving with each new discovery
At least 50 people attended an hourlong honors lecture Tuesday at Mount Aloysius College, which featured assistant science and mathematics professor and paleontologist John Whitlock as a speaker.
Whitlock spoke of ways information has changed people’s perception of dinosaurs, from fossil discovery in ancient times to how they are portrayed in the modern digital age.
“The story of paleontology is also a story about how we have evolved as a global society,” Whitlock said.
Dinosaur eggs found by NCSU paleontologist now at Museum of Natural Sciences
A researcher at North Carolina State University has recovered a clutch of rare dinosaur eggs from cliffs in Utah.
The football-sized oviraptorosaur eggs were in sediment estimated to be 97 million years old, said Lindsay Zanno, who also is head of paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The site also contained evidence of ancient trees that once lined a river bank.
Idaho Museum of Natural History to honor William Akersten at March 3 Masquerade Benefit
POCATELLO – The Idaho Museum of Natural History on the Idaho State University campus will honor former curator William (Bill) A. Akersten at the Museum Masquerade Benefit on March 3.
Akersten will receive the Natural History Hero Award at the third annual Museum Masquerade Benefit on March 3 that will be held at the Juniper Hills Country Club starting at 5:30 p.m.
Rare dinosaur discovery in Egypt could signal more finds
MANSOURA, Egypt (AP) — A skeleton has been unearthed in Egypt's Western Desert, where ancient sands have long helped preserve remains, but unlike most finds this one isn't a mummy — it's a dinosaur.
Researchers from Mansoura University in the country's Nile Delta discovered the new species of long-necked herbivore, which is around the size of a city bus, and it could be just the tip of the sand dune for other desert dinosaur discoveries.
Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by.
When her phone buzzes, she quickly dons a neon vest, hard hat and goggles before climbing deep down into a massive construction site beneath a boulevard east of downtown.
New dinosaur looks like odd mix of duck, croc, ostrich, swan
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a bill like a duck but teeth like a croc's, a swanlike neck and killer claws, a new dinosaur species uncovered by scientists looks like something Dr. Seuss could have dreamed up.
It also had flippers like a penguin, and while it walked like an ostrich it could also swim. That's the first time swimming ability has been shown for a two-legged, meat-eating dinosaur.
Kansas to open $6.5 million dinosaur theme park
DERBY, Kan. (AP) — A $6.5 million dinosaur theme park is expected to open next year in southern Kansas.
The 14-acre theme park is scheduled to open in the Wichita suburb of Derby with more than 30 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, The Wichita Eagle reported . Featured dinosaurs will include a Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus.
HARRISON - On Oct. 21, Agate Fossil Beds will celebrate National Fossil Day during visitor center hours, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with “Paleontology 101” programs at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At 6 p.m. join the rangers for a Night Sky photography experience.
Paleontologist Intern Jess De Smet, assisted by Rangers Anne Wilson and Tony Mincu, will be leading visitors in fossil activities such as The Excavation Sandbox, Stratigraphy in a Loaf of Bread, Make a Fossil Cast Magnet, and others.
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Triceratops unearthed in Colorado, 80 percent of skull found
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has finished excavating the Thornton triceratops.
The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2fhDKmP ) that excavation of the pre-historic creature finished on Monday, and with about 80 percent of the skull and 15 percent of the skeleton being recovered, the triceratops is the most complete Cretaceous-period fossil to be discovered in Colorado.
Mastodon bones being donated to University of Michigan
BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Prehistoric mastodon bones that were found at a western Michigan construction site are being donated to the University of Michigan.
Workers found the bones Aug. 31 while excavating a road at a housing development near Byron Center, which is about 13 miles (21 kilometers) south of Grand Rapids. A University of Michigan researcher says the bones were the remains of a mastodon skeleton estimated to be around 10,000 years old.
Big Bone Lick visitor center updates completed
UNION, Ky. (AP) — A four-year project to update the visitor center at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site has been completed.
Neutron beams, x-rays reveal more about T. rex relative
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Researchers at a top U.S. laboratory announced Tuesday that they have produced the highest resolution scan ever done of the inner workings of a fossilized tyrannosaur skull using neutron beams and high-energy X-rays, resulting in new clues that could help paleontologists piece together the evolutionary puzzle of the monstrous T. rex.
Meet the new heavyweight champion of dinosaurs: Patagotitan
WASHINGTON (AP) — A study proclaims a newly named species the heavyweight champion of all dinosaurs, making the scary Tyrannosaurus rex look like a munchkin.
At 76 tons (69 metric tons), the plant-eating behemoth was as heavy as a space shuttle.
The dinosaur's fossils were found in southern Argentina in 2012. Researchers who examined and dated them said the long-necked creature was the biggest of a group of large dinosaurs called titanosaurs.
ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A fossil found in northeastern Nevada shows a newly discovered fish species that scientists believe looked, and ate, like a shark.
The fossil is what remains of a bony, sharp-toothed fish that would have been about six-feet-long (1.83 meters) with long jaws and layers of sharp teeth.
Once, major funding to expand the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' popular dinosaur exhibit roamed the pages of North Carolina's newest state budget.
Now, that money is nearly extinct. The cause? The General Assembly's annual technical corrections bill, which made dozens of changes to the two-year budget less than two weeks after the full budget emerged from House and Senate negotiations.
HARRISON — On July 9 at 2 p.m., Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Park Ranger Trevor Williams will present “Paleontology 101” starting in the theater and continuing on the Daemonelix Trail.
Agate Fossil Beds presenting paleontology event Sunday
HARRISON — On June 18 at 2 p.m., Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Park Ranger Trevor Williams will present Paleontology 101 in the theater and on the Daemonelix Trail.
June 18 is also International Picnic Day and Father’s Day. Games will be provided for kids of all ages.
Ancient clam species named for Alabama professor
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Two European researchers have named an ancient clam species after a longtime professor at the University of Alabama.
The recently discovered fossil clam is called "Archivesica aharoni" after Paul Aharon. He is a professor emeritus of geological sciences at the campus in Tuscaloosa.
High school for Skyview student meant delving into dinos, dealing with depression
Bryan Paulson likes to dig in to a topic.
He’s maxed out his French classes at Skyview High. He learned an extra half-year’s worth of content in an accounting class. In paleontology, the field he actually plans to make a career of, he’s sought out real-world field work.
“He said, ‘You know, I might get my CPA someday just for fun,’” said Skyview business teacher Molly Barta. “I go, ‘Well, I’ve never heard somebody say that.’”
Correction: Dino Discovery story
MOAB, Utah (AP) — In a story April 14 about a newly named dinosaur, The Associated Press erroneously attached photos from a different fossil dig in Utah. The photos have been removed.
The story is below:
Professors name dinosaur after digging up thousands of bones
Hunter’s find leads to discovery of prehistoric sea creature
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A fossil found by an elk hunter in Montana nearly seven years ago has led to the discovery of a new species of prehistoric sea creature that lived about 70 million years ago in the inland sea that flowed east of the Rocky Mountains.
From Jurassic Park to Bruce Park: Greenwich’s history in fossils
GREENWICH — As part of the Bruce Museum’s ongoing “Last Days of Pangaea: In the Footsteps of Dinosaurs” exhibit, the museum is dedicating a night to fossils.
The gallery will be open for the event and light refreshments will be served. Both members and non-members of the museum can bring fossils to be identified by a paleontologist.
U of Michigan paleontologist to study IPFW mastodon skeleton
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Researchers from the University of Michigan plan to study the bones from a mastodon skeleton from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
WANE-TV in Fort Wayne reports (http://bit.ly/2jM7wQa ) that University of Michigan paleontology professor Daniel Fisher came to Fort Wayne on Monday to pick up the bones of a young adult female mastodon from IPFW's archaeology lab.
Montana fossil helps scientists establish early mammal’s lethal bite
Fossils from a dinosaur-era mammal unearthed in Montana and North Dakota have helped scientists establish that the animal had, pound-for-pound, the strongest bite force of any mammal ever recorded.
Those tiny T. rex arms appear little used, researchers say
CHICAGO (AP) — It turns out The Field Museum's T. rex Sue didn't use those tiny arms very much.
At least that's the initial conclusion from a detailed look at the fossil's right forelimb at the Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago. Researchers there used a scan to generate a 3-D image of the arm bones down to the cellular level.
Arm bones of Chicago museum’s famous dinosaur to be studied
CHICAGO (AP) — Scientists at Chicago's Field Museum have removed the right forelimb of the institution's famous T. rex fossil named Sue.
Sue's bones are headed to the suburban Argonne National Laboratory to be part of research into the long-debated question of why T. rex had a forelimb, the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2dA2fav ) reported.
"It's been one of the enduring mysteries in dinosaur paleontology," museum collections manager Bill Simpson said.
Did you know there’s a warehouse full of fossils in Orange County?
In an industrial district of Santa Ana, in a climate-controlled storage room behind a paleontology lab, a cupboard and its many drawers hold the bones of Waldo, an ancient walrus.
Waldo died about 8 million years ago. Underwater currents covered his body in pure white sand, which preserved and eventually fossilized his bones. Over the eons, the ocean bottom that held Waldo's bones lifted. And the white sand where construction crews found Waldo in 1993 now brightens Orange...