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Skeleton of Stagonolepis, the Scottish aetosaur, by Jeffrey Martz (after work by Alick Walker) and reconstructed segment of the tail armour and a single osteoderm in more detail. Image credit: Emily Keeble/University of Bristol
CT scanning an ancient armoured reptile

Today

The aetosaurs were heavily armoured reptiles that lived in many parts of the world in the Triassic period,…
Were dinosaurs warm blooded? Their eggshells say yes

Yesterday

A Yale-led study turns up the heat on a key question about dinosaurs’ body temperature: Were they warm-blooded or…
Disease Found in Fossilized Dinosaur Tail Afflicts Humans To This Day

5 days ago

The fossilized tail of a young dinosaur that lived on a prairie in southern Alberta, Canada, is home…
New Species of Allosaurus Discovered in Utah

January 27, 2020

A remarkable new species of meat-eating dinosaur has been unveiled at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Paleontologists…
It was the asteroid impact, not volcanic eruptions, that killed the dinosaurs

January 20, 2020

Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs and…
In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid — not volcanoes

January 20, 2020

Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according…
Unravelling the dinosaur diet one tooth at a time

December 30, 2019

Most of us hope that we’ll only have to lose one set of teeth during our lifetime, but…
95-million-year-old fossil reveals new group of pterosaurs

December 2, 2019

Ancient flying reptiles known as pterosaurs were much more diverse than originally thought, according to a new study…
Paleontologist Scott Persons with Hannah, the Styracosaurus skull fossil he discovered in 2015 and named after his dog. (Photo courtesy of Scott Persons)
Dinosaur skull turns paleontology assumptions on their head

November 27, 2019

A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has unearthed a well-preserved Styracosaurus skull with facial imperfections that could…
Discriminating diets of meat-eating dinosaurs

November 6, 2019

A big problem with dinosaurs is that there seem to be too many meat-eaters. From studies of modern…
Dinosaur discovery sheds new light on how raptors evolved

October 14, 2019

The discovery of a nearly complete fossil of a small, feathered dinosaur in an Alberta provincial park sheds…
The real Jurassic Park was a vast desert

October 9, 2019

An ancient desert covered in sand dunes as far as the eye could see, where dinosaurs and small…
T. rex used a stiff skull to eat its prey

September 26, 2019

A Tyrannosaurus rex could bite hard enough to shatter the bones of its prey. But how it accomplished…
New research details first days after asteroid strike that killed off dinosaurs

September 25, 2019

A giant, speeding asteroid crashed into a shallow sea 66 million years ago and plunged Earth into a…
Were pterosaurs the flamingos of the Jurassic?

September 10, 2019

Never mind bats and birds, pterosaurs were the first real evolutionary heroes who gained the ability of powered…
The type specimen of Aenigmaspina pantyfynnonensis, photograph and 3D scan model, produced by Erin Patrick as part of her Masters thesis work in Bristol. This little block, the size of the palm of your hand, shows the backbone, curved round from top right to bottom left, and in the middle the ribs and shoulder blades. Scale bar is 1 cm. Image credit: University of Bristol
A new reptile species from Wales named by Bristol student

September 2, 2019

After resting for decades in the storerooms of the Natural History Museum in London, a fragmentary fossil from…
Dinosaur brains from baby to adult

August 20, 2019

New research by a University of Bristol palaeontology post-graduate student has revealed fresh insights into how the braincase…
One-toed Brazilian dinosaur dashed across ancient deserts

July 29, 2019

A new theropod dinosaur has been discovered from the little-explored region of northern Paraná in modern Brazil. Named Vespersaurus,…
Small horned dinosaur from China, a Triceratops relative, walked on two feet

July 15, 2019

Many dinosaur species are known from scant remains, with some estimates suggesting 75% are known from five or…
Hue times two: a second look at the color of dinosaur eggs

June 25, 2019

After garnering worldwide attention last year for her research on the origins of egg color in birds, Yale…
Mammals and their relatives thrived, diversified during so-called ‘Age of Dinosaurs’

June 21, 2019

Paleontologists are trying to dispel a myth about what life was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. The…
A Yale scientist’s research 50 years ago changed our understanding of dinosaurs

June 6, 2019

Academics used to tease paleontologists, saying that while dinosaurs appeal to children, they won’t answer the important evolutionary…
Feathers came first, then birds

June 4, 2019

New research, led by the University of Bristol, suggests that feathers arose 100 million years before birds –…
Mega-raptors were top predators in Thailand 100 million years ago

May 31, 2019

If you go to an average Thai island today, you find a very different “predator” to what existed…
A high-heeled dinosaur?

May 22, 2019

A 24-tonne dinosaur may have walked in a ‘high-heeled’ fashion, according to University of Queensland research. UQ PhD candidate…
Scientists found a cousin of the scary Tyrannosaurus rex

May 11, 2019

Dinosaurs went extinct around 60-65 millions of years ago and scientists are still discovering new species. This is…
Virginia Tech paleontologist finds, names new 3-foot-tall relative of Tyrannosaurus rex

May 10, 2019

A new relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex – much smaller than the huge, ferocious dinosaur made famous in countless books…
Chewing versus sex in the duck-billed dinosaurs

May 7, 2019

The duck-billed hadrosaurs walked the Earth over 90-million years ago and were one of the most successful groups…
66 million-year-old deathbed linked to dinosaur-killing meteor

April 2, 2019

The beginning of the end started with violent shaking that raised giant waves in the waters of an…
Paleontologists identify biggest Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered

March 27, 2019

Nicknamed Scotty, the record-breaking rex is also the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Canada. The world’s biggest…
New Species of Tiny Tyrannosaur Foreshadows Rise of T. Rex

February 27, 2019

A newly discovered, diminutive – by T. rex standards – relative of the tyrant king of dinosaurs reveals crucial new…
Asteroid or volcanos? Apportioning blame for the dinosaur extinction

February 22, 2019

Based on new data published today in the journal Science, it seems increasingly likely that an asteroid or comet…
Death of the dinosaurs: Extreme volcanism played pivotal role in extinction, research shows

February 22, 2019

Not by meteorite alone did the dinosaurs die off. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) research scientist Kyle Samperton…
Mongolian proto-thief dinosaur had egg-crushing jaws

February 21, 2019

Our understanding of dinosaurs is constantly changing. From centuries old views of slow, lumbering, lizards to a modern…
New diet, new teeth

February 19, 2019

Dinosaurs like T. rex likely grew new teeth in different ways to best suit their changing diet as they developed…
New dinosaur with heart-shaped tail offers clues to evolution of Africa’s ecosystems

February 18, 2019

A dinosaur that wore its “heart” on its tail is providing new clues to how ecosystems evolved on…
Iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovered in Antarctica, shows how life at the South Pole bounced back after mass extinction

February 11, 2019

Antarctica wasn’t always a frozen wasteland. About 250 million years ago, it was covered in forests and rivers,…
Armoured dinosaurs had an efficient internal cooling system

December 27, 2018

Ankylosaurs are the group of herbivorous ornithischians that looked like armoured-rhinos. Renowned for being covered in thick bony…
New discovery pushes origin of feathers back by 70 million years

December 19, 2018

An international team of palaeontologists, which includes the University of Bristol, has discovered that the flying reptiles, pterosaurs,…
A colourful bird. Image credit: Pixnio, CC0 Public Domain
Scientists discover how birds and dinosaurs evolved to dazzle with colourful displays

December 13, 2018

Iridescence is responsible for some of the most striking visual displays in the animal kingdom. Now, thanks to…
Tiny raptor tracks lead to big discovery

November 16, 2018

Tracks made by dinosaurs the size of sparrows have been discovered in South Korea by an international team…
A toast to the proteins in dinosaur bones

November 14, 2018

Burnt toast and dinosaur bones have a common trait, according to a new, Yale-led study. They both contain…
Dinosaurs put all colored birds’ eggs in one basket, evolutionarily speaking

November 5, 2018

A new study says the colors found in modern birds’ eggs did not evolve independently, as previously thought,…
Russian connections of reptile from the Jurassic Coast

September 4, 2018

The reptile, called Kapes, is a small lizard-like creature with a spiny skull. However, the fossil is delicate, and…
Those fragrances you enjoy? Dinosaurs liked them first

August 16, 2018

The compounds behind the perfumes and colognes you enjoy have been eliciting olfactory excitement since dinosaurs walked the…
A new species of dinosaur found in China ‘in the wrong place, at the wrong time’

July 25, 2018

Millions of years have passed since last dinosaurs disappeared from our planet. And we are still discovering new…
Newly discovered armored dinosaur from Utah reveals intriguing family history

July 23, 2018

Fossils of a new genus and species of an ankylosaurid dinosaur—Akainacephalus johnsoni—have been unearthed in the Kaiparowits Formation…
Scientists discovered a new way to find mass extinctions

June 15, 2018

A new mass extinction has been identified during the Triassic period, some 232 million years ago – called…
Red tide fossils point to jurassic sea flood

June 12, 2018

Dinosaur-age fossilised remains of tiny organisms normally found in the sea have been discovered in inland, arid Australia…
Life recovered rapidly at impact site of dino-killing asteroid

May 31, 2018

About 66 million years ago, an asteroid smashed into the Earth triggering a mass extinction that ended the…
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