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How Much Force Could a T-rex Bite Deliver?

In the 1993 cult classic Jurassic Park, a T-rex manages to scare the living shit out of kid heroes Lex and Tim Murphy by casually ripping apart their Ford Explorer like it’s a scrap of meat. It’s a scene that crystallised the destructive power of this extinct apex predator in the public consciousness — and as a new study highlights, it might not have been that hyperbolic. Read More >>

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Scientists Just Named a Newly-Discovered Dinosaur After a Ghostbusters Character

Hopefully, this opens the door for a Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters crossover. Read More >>

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Celebrated ‘Baby Louie’ Fossil Identified as New Dinosaur Species

The fossilised remains of a Late Cretaceous dinosaur embryo that famously graced the cover of National Geographic in the 1990s have been identified as a new species of oversized oviraptorosaur. Weighing nearly 2,500 pounds as adults, these dinos were the largest roosting animals to ever appear on Earth—tending to nests as big as a monster truck tire. Read More >>

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Your Favourite Paperweight May Be a Plesiosaur Bone

A spacious yellow hall connecting galleries and a museum service entrance sits beneath the main rotunda of New York’s American Museum of Natural History. A bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt lounges on a bench in the middle, and Roosevelt-themed dioramas line the walls. It’s a hall passed through, a pleasant detour on the way from the life-sized blue whale model to the planetarium. Read More >>

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This New Dinosaur Looked an Awful Lot Like a Chicken

Meet Jianianhualong tengi, a distinctly chicken-like dinosaur that lived 125 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period. This newly discovered species of dinosaur now represents the earliest known common ancestor of birds and closely related bird-like dinos, with a feathering pattern associated with aerodynamics. Its discovery is offering new insights into the evolution of feathers and flight. Read More >>

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Scientist Publishes Important New Dino Relative 20 Years After His Death

Alan Charig was a dinosaur superfan long before Jurassic Park. The gregarious palaeontologist and curator at the British Museum of Natural History studied and described all sorts of new creatures, and brought them to the world through his writings and on his BBC Television show in the 70s. Read More >>

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Largest-Ever Dinosaur Footprint Found in Australia’s Jurassic Park

Nineties kids who’ve always wanted to visit Jurassic Park to meet Jeff Goldblum—and dinosaurs—are in for a treat: A team of palaeontologists from the University of Queensland in Brisbane is claiming to have found the largest-ever dinosaur footprint in a region dubbed “Australia’s Jurassic Park.” While there hasn’t been a Jeff Goldblum sighting (yet), the researchers have identified 21 different types of dinosaur tracks within a 15.5-mile region of the Dampier Peninsula coastline, including a gigantic one measuring 5-feet-9-inches (1.75 meters) in length. Read More >>

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Your Teeth Are Helping Scientists Build Better Airplanes

You might not think that the teeth in your mouth have much in common with the massive fangs you’ll find in a T-rex skull. But at the microscopic level, the core structure of tooth enamel hasn’t changed much over the ages. So, scientists are once again copying a tried-and-true Mother Nature design to potentially improve the strength and safety of airplanes. Read More >>

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This Laser Reconstruction of a Four-Winged Dinosaur Is Incredible

Using high-powered lasers, palaeontologists have detected rare traces of soft tissue in the fossilised remains of Anchiornis — a four-winged dinosaur that lived during the late Jurassic period. The findings are offering new insights into the origin of birds and the development of flight. Read More >>

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This Sea Monster News Is Really Messing Me Up

See that creepy long-necked green beast eating a little fish in the illustration above? It’s called a Dinocephalosaurus, and it will haunt you like it now haunts me. But believe it or not, that serpentine silhouette isn’t even the weirdest thing about this Triassic sea monster. That would be the ancient reptile’s reproductive strategy. Read More >>

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These Dinosaur Bones Have a Little Meat On Them

Organic matter decomposes and sediment takes its place during the fossilisation process, turning bones to rock. Soft tissue and proteins do not stick around. But in at least one 195-million-year-old dinosaur rib bone, some ancient bits of collagen protein found a way. Read More >>

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Flying Cretaceous Monster Ate Dinosaurs For Breakfast

It’s been said that the pterosaur, which can only be described as a bird-reptile-dinosaur-esque-thing, was the largest flying animal. This giant beast—which roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous period roughly 66.5 million years ago—was a reptile but not actually a dinosaur. Despite being winged, it wasn’t bird, either. The pterosaur basically looked like a platypus on bath salts. Read More >>

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Watch How Fossils Get Cleaned and Prepared

Fossils don’t exactly come clean and ready to be displayed in museums. Obviously. They’re a mess because they’ve been in the ground for millions of years. So it’s the job for fossil preparators like Nathan Ong at the Natural History Museum of Utah to clean them up and make sure they end up looking all fossil-y Read More >>

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Now’s Your Last Chance to See Dippy in Hintze Hall

Dippy the diplodocus (real name unknown) is set to be torn to bits really carefully by a team of experts tomorrow, ahead of the 292-bone, fake dead dinosaur’s 2018 UK tour. Read More >>