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Newswise: Paul Sereno’s Fossil Lab moves to Washington Park
Released: 2-May-2024 11:05 AM EDT
Paul Sereno’s Fossil Lab moves to Washington Park
University of Chicago Medical Center

The 6,000 square foot facility will feature fossil preparation space, multipurpose areas for community programs, and tons of specimens collected from Sereno’s worldwide expeditions.

Newswise: T. rex not as smart as previously claimed, scientists find
26-Apr-2024 7:05 AM EDT
T. rex not as smart as previously claimed, scientists find
University of Bristol

Dinosaurs were as smart as reptiles but not as intelligent as monkeys, as former research suggests.

Released: 26-Mar-2024 8:05 AM EDT
In paleontology, correct names are keys to accurate study
Ohio State University

When the skeletal remains of a giant ground sloth were first unearthed in 1796, the discovery marked one of the earliest paleontological finds in American history.

Newswise: New fossil site of worldwide importance uncovered in southern France
Released: 11-Feb-2024 8:05 PM EST
New fossil site of worldwide importance uncovered in southern France
University of Lausanne

Nearly 400 exceptionally well-preserved fossils dating back 470 million years have been discovered in the south of France by two amateur paleontologists.

Newswise: Dinosaurs’ success helped by specialized stance and gait, study finds
Released: 7-Feb-2024 4:05 AM EST
Dinosaurs’ success helped by specialized stance and gait, study finds
University of Bristol

Dinosaurs’ range of locomotion made them incredibly adaptable, University of Bristol researchers have found.

Newswise: New species of Jurassic pterosaur discovered on the Isle of Skye
2-Feb-2024 7:05 AM EST
New species of Jurassic pterosaur discovered on the Isle of Skye
University of Bristol

A new species of pterosaur from specimens found on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, has been announced by scientists from the Natural History Museum, University of Bristol, University of Leicester, and University of Liverpool.

Released: 17-Nov-2023 3:05 AM EST
Plants that survived dinosaur extinction pulled nitrogen from air
Duke University

Once a favored food of grazing dinosaurs, an ancient lineage of plants called cycads helped sustain these and other prehistoric animals during the Mesozoic Era, starting 252 million years ago, by being plentiful in the forest understory. Today, just a few species of the palm-like plants survive in tropical and subtropical habitats.

Released: 2-Nov-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Jurassic worlds might be easier to spot than modern Earth
Cornell University

A Cornell analysis finds telescopes could better detect potential chemical signatures of life in an Earth-like exoplanet that more closely resembles the age the dinosaurs inhabited than the one we know today.

Released: 22-Sep-2023 12:05 PM EDT
Dinosaur feathers contain traces of ancient proteins, study finds
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Powerful X-rays generated at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory help researchers shed new light on feather evolution.

Released: 18-Aug-2023 2:05 PM EDT
Explore the avian world. Read the latest research on Birds here.
Newswise

The discovery that birds evolved from small carnivorous dinosaurs of the Late Jurassic was made possible by recently discovered fossils of theropods such as Tyrannosaurus rex and the smaller velociraptors. In a way, you could say that dinosaurs are still with us and seen tweeting from your own backyard! Below are the latest research headlines in the Birds channel on Newswise.

Newswise: Massive pre-Jurassic reptile had weaker bite than modern crocs
Released: 17-Aug-2023 1:15 PM EDT
Massive pre-Jurassic reptile had weaker bite than modern crocs
University of Birmingham

The apex predators that roamed the earth 230 million years ago had a much weaker bite than previously thought, and likely couldn’t crunch through bone to consume the entirety of their kills.

Released: 15-Aug-2023 1:50 PM EDT
Scientists explore dinosaur ‘coliseum’ in Denali National Park
University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists have discovered and documented the largest known single dinosaur track site in Alaska. The site, located in Denali National Park and Preserve, has been dubbed “The Coliseum” by researchers.

Released: 14-Jul-2023 1:20 PM EDT
New fossil flying reptile ‘Elvis’ takes flight
Queen Mary University of London

A new 145-million-year-old pterosaur (extinct flying reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs) was named today by a team of British, American and German researchers.

Released: 27-Jun-2023 6:50 PM EDT
Newly discovered Jurassic fossils are a Texas first
University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

A team led by scientists at The University of Texas at Austin has filled a major gap in the state’s fossil record – describing the first known Jurassic vertebrate fossils in Texas.

26-Jun-2023 8:05 AM EDT
Humans' ancestors survived the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs
University of Bristol

A Cretaceous origin for placental mammals, the group that includes humans, dogs and bats, has been revealed by in-depth analysis of the fossil record, showing they co-existed with dinosaurs for a short time before the dinosaurs went extinct.

Released: 26-Jun-2023 4:00 PM EDT
Headlines involving the fascinating (and perilous) world of oceanography and marine biology can be viewed on the Marine Science channel
Newswise

The recent tragic loss of the Titan submersible in the depths of the North Atlantic has brought the fascinating (and very dangerous) world of Oceanography and Marine Science to the forefront. Below are some recent stories that have been added to the Marine Science channel on Newswise, including expert commentary on the Titan submersible.

       
Newswise: Ancient herbivore’s diet weakened teeth leading to eventual starvation, study suggests
7-Jun-2023 8:05 AM EDT
Ancient herbivore’s diet weakened teeth leading to eventual starvation, study suggests
University of Bristol

A team of researchers from the University of Bristol have shed light on the life of the ancient reptile Rhynchosaur, which walked the earth between 250-225 million years ago, before being replaced by the dinosaurs.

Newswise: New Dino, ‘Iani,’ Was Face of a Changing Planet
Released: 7-Jun-2023 2:35 PM EDT
New Dino, ‘Iani,’ Was Face of a Changing Planet
North Carolina State University

A newly discovered plant-eating dinosaur may have been a species’ “last gasp” during a period when Earth’s warming climate forced massive changes to global dinosaur populations.

Newswise: Spinosaur Britain: Multiple different species likely roamed Cretaceous Britain
Released: 31-May-2023 11:15 AM EDT
Spinosaur Britain: Multiple different species likely roamed Cretaceous Britain
PeerJ

Analysis of a British spinosaur tooth by palaeontologists at the EvoPalaeoLab of the University of Southampton shows that several distinct spinosaur groups inhabited Cretaceous Britain.

Newswise: Did dome-headed dinosaurs sport bristly headgear?
Released: 23-May-2023 5:05 PM EDT
Did dome-headed dinosaurs sport bristly headgear?
University of California, Berkeley

If you look at enough dinosaur fossils, you'll see that their skulls sport an amazing variety of bony ornaments, ranging from the horns of Triceratops and the mohawk-like crests of hadrosaurs to the bumps and knobs covering the head of Tyrannosaurus rex.

Released: 22-May-2023 1:05 PM EDT
Dinosaurs were the first to take the perspectives of others
Lund University

When someone near you turns their head towards something in the environment, you likely can’t help to follow their gaze direction. This reaction is observed in mammals, birds and even reptiles alike.

Newswise: Fossil of mosasaur with bizarre “screwdriver teeth” found in Morocco
Released: 17-May-2023 7:25 PM EDT
Fossil of mosasaur with bizarre “screwdriver teeth” found in Morocco
University of Bath

Scientists have discovered a new species of mosasaur, a sea-dwelling lizard from the age of the dinosaurs, with strange, ridged teeth unlike those of any known reptile.

Newswise: Culprit behind destruction of New York’s first dinosaur museum revealed
Released: 11-May-2023 4:05 AM EDT
Culprit behind destruction of New York’s first dinosaur museum revealed
University of Bristol

A new paper from the University of Bristol rewrites the history of the darkest, most bizarre event in the history of palaeontology.

Newswise: Giants of the Jurassic seas were twice the size of a killer whale
Released: 10-May-2023 7:05 AM EDT
Giants of the Jurassic seas were twice the size of a killer whale
University of Portsmouth

Over 20 years ago, the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs TV documentary series showed a 25-metre long Liopleurodon. This sparked heated debates over the size of this pliosaur as it was thought to have been wildly overestimated and more likely to have only reached an adult size of just over six metres long.

Newswise:Video Embedded live-event-for-april-21-sleeping-pill-reduces-levels-of-alzheimer-s-proteins
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Released: 21-Apr-2023 3:10 PM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE Live Event for April 21: Sleeping pill reduces levels of Alzheimer’s proteins
Newswise

Researcher will discuss the study which involved a sleeping aid known as suvorexant that is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for insomnia, hints at the potential of sleep medications to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

       
Newswise: Fossils reveal the long-term relationship between feathered dinosaurs and feather-feeding beetles
Released: 17-Apr-2023 7:40 PM EDT
Fossils reveal the long-term relationship between feathered dinosaurs and feather-feeding beetles
University of Oxford

New fossils in amber have revealed that beetles fed on the feathers of dinosaurs about 105 million years ago, showing a symbiotic relationship of one-sided or mutual benefit.

Newswise: New details of Tully monster revealed
Released: 17-Apr-2023 12:40 PM EDT
New details of Tully monster revealed
University of Tokyo

For more than half a century, the Tully monster (Tullimonstrum gregarium), an enigmatic animal that lived about 300 million years ago, has confounded paleontologists, with its strange anatomy making it difficult to classify.

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Newswise: New Fossil Analysis Reveals Dinosaur with Record-Holding 15-Meter-Long Neck
13-Mar-2023 9:00 AM EDT
New Fossil Analysis Reveals Dinosaur with Record-Holding 15-Meter-Long Neck
Stony Brook University

An international scientific team led by Stony Brook University paleontologist Andrew J. Moore, PhD, has revealed that a Late Jurassic Chinese sauropod known as Mamenchisaurus sinocanadorum sported a 15-meter-long neck. The details will be published in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology and provide fresh insights on the evolution of the iconic sauropod body.

Newswise: Dinosaur claws used for digging and display
Released: 27-Feb-2023 5:05 AM EST
Dinosaur claws used for digging and display
University of Bristol

Dinosaur claws had many functions, but now a team from the University of Bristol and the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) in Beijing has shown some predatory dinosaurs used their claws for digging or even for display.

Newswise: How birds got their wings
Released: 24-Feb-2023 11:35 AM EST
How birds got their wings
University of Tokyo

Modern birds capable of flight all have a specialized wing structure called the propatagium without which they could not fly.

Newswise:Video Embedded new-pterosaur-species-with-hundreds-of-tiny-hooked-teeth-discovered
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Released: 23-Jan-2023 6:05 AM EST
New pterosaur species with hundreds of tiny hooked teeth discovered
University of Portsmouth

An unusual new species of pterosaur has been identified, which had over 400 teeth that looked like the prongs of a nit comb.

Newswise: Rare fossilized feathers reveal secrets of paleontology hotspot during Cretaceous period
Released: 17-Jan-2023 1:20 PM EST
Rare fossilized feathers reveal secrets of paleontology hotspot during Cretaceous period
Frontiers

The site of Jehol Biota in China is famous for stunning fossils which preserve soft tissue – skin, organs, feathers, and fur.

Newswise: Surf, Sand and Seaweed: The latest breakthroughs in Marine Science
Released: 4-Jan-2023 1:40 PM EST
Surf, Sand and Seaweed: The latest breakthroughs in Marine Science
Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Marine Science channel on Newswise, a free source for media.

Newswise: Bizarre cretaceous bird from China shows evolutionarily decoupled skull and body
Released: 3-Jan-2023 1:15 PM EST
Bizarre cretaceous bird from China shows evolutionarily decoupled skull and body
Chinese Academy of Sciences

It is now widely accepted that birds are descended from dinosaurs.

Released: 21-Dec-2022 11:30 AM EST
Fossil offers first known evidence of a dinosaur eating a mammal
University of Alberta

Preserved gut contents of Microraptor show the species had a more diverse diet than previously thought.

Newswise: What the inner ear of Europasaurus reveals about its life
Released: 20-Dec-2022 10:05 AM EST
What the inner ear of Europasaurus reveals about its life
University of Vienna

Europasaurus is a long-necked, herbivorous dinosaur that lived in the Late Jurassic, about 154 million years ago, on a small island in modern-day Germany. Recently, scientists from the universities of Vienna and Greifswald examined fossil braincase material of Europasaurus with the aid of micro-computed tomography (micro-CT). The digital reconstruction of the inner ear of Europasaurus gave the researchers new insights not only into its hearing ability, but also into its reproductive and social behaviour. The study was recently published in eLife.

Newswise: Fossil CSI: Analysis of giant extinct marine reptile graveyard suggests mysterious site was ancient birthing grounds
12-Dec-2022 2:10 PM EST
Fossil CSI: Analysis of giant extinct marine reptile graveyard suggests mysterious site was ancient birthing grounds
University of Utah

Marine giants make migrations across the ocean to give birth where predators are scarce, congregating annually along the same stretches of coastline. A study suggests that 200 million years before whales evolved, school bus-sized marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs may have made similar migrations.

Newswise: Climate change played key role in dinosaur success story
Released: 16-Dec-2022 6:20 PM EST
Climate change played key role in dinosaur success story
University of Birmingham

Climate change, rather than competition, played a key role in the ascendancy of dinosaurs through the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic periods.

Newswise: Scientists discover what was on the menu of the first dinosaurs
14-Dec-2022 4:05 AM EST
Scientists discover what was on the menu of the first dinosaurs
University of Bristol

The earliest dinosaurs included carnivorous, omnivorous and herbivorous species, according to a team of University of Bristol palaeobiologists.

Released: 8-Dec-2022 7:35 PM EST
Palaeontology: No supersonic boom for dinosaur tails
Scientific Reports

Diplodocids – large herbivorous dinosaurs with long necks and tails – may have been able to move their tails like bullwhips at speeds of up to 33 metres per second (more than 100 kilometres per hour), according to a modelling study published in Scientific Reports.

Released: 28-Nov-2022 1:35 PM EST
What Ancient Underwater Food Webs Can Tell Us About the Future of Climate Change
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

UNLV analysis challenges the idea that ocean ecosystems have barely changed over millions of years, pointing scientists down a new path on conservation efforts and policy.

Newswise: Earth might be experiencing 7th mass extinction, not 6th
Released: 22-Nov-2022 12:20 PM EST
Earth might be experiencing 7th mass extinction, not 6th
University of California, Riverside

Earth is currently in the midst of a mass extinction, losing thousands of species each year. New research suggests environmental changes caused the first such event in history, which occurred millions of years earlier than scientists previously realized.

Newswise: Prehistoric predator? Artificial intelligence says no
Released: 15-Nov-2022 3:00 PM EST
Prehistoric predator? Artificial intelligence says no
University of Queensland

Artificial intelligence has revealed that prehistoric footprints thought to be made by a vicious dinosaur predator were in fact from a timid herbivore.

Newswise: New pterosaur species found in sub-Saharan Africa
Released: 11-Nov-2022 10:05 AM EST
New pterosaur species found in sub-Saharan Africa
Southern Methodist University

With wings spanning nearly 16 feet, a new species of pterosaurs has been identified from the Atlantic coast of Angola.

Newswise: New Scottish Fossil Sheds Light on the Origins of Lizards
Released: 26-Oct-2022 7:15 PM EDT
New Scottish Fossil Sheds Light on the Origins of Lizards
University of Oxford

A fossil discovery from Scotland has provided new information on the early evolution of lizards, during the time of the dinosaurs.

Newswise: Ostrich-like dinosaurs from Mississippi are among the world’s largest at over 800kg
12-Oct-2022 11:25 AM EDT
Ostrich-like dinosaurs from Mississippi are among the world’s largest at over 800kg
PLOS

Ostrich-like dinosaurs called ornithomimosaurs grew to enormous sizes in ancient eastern North America, according to a study published October 19, 2022 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Chinzorig Tsogtbaatar of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and colleagues.

Newswise: Dinosaur “mummies” might not be as unusual as we think
10-Oct-2022 12:25 PM EDT
Dinosaur “mummies” might not be as unusual as we think
PLOS

Data from fossils and modern carcasses indicates simple path to preserving dinosaur skin.

Newswise: Impact that killed the dinosaurs triggered “mega-earthquake” that lasted weeks to months
Released: 6-Oct-2022 3:50 PM EDT
Impact that killed the dinosaurs triggered “mega-earthquake” that lasted weeks to months
Geological Society of America (GSA)

66 million years ago, a 10-kilometer asteroid hit Earth, triggering the extinction of the dinosaurs. New evidence suggests that the Chicxulub impact also triggered an earthquake so massive that it shook the planet for weeks to months after the collision.



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