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Soft tissue preservation in dinos is fodder for Creationists

As usual, Bible literalists think a few anomalies can overturn our entire established knowledge about the earth. Ain’t gonna happen, guys. Researchers have discovered what appear to be the remnants of red blood cells and connective tissue in 75 million-year-old dinosaur fossils. Source: ‘Blood cells’ found in dino fossils – BBC News The work could shine…

Spinosaurus appears to have been toothy and semi-aquatic; but don’t call it a crocoduck

Previously-known Spinosaurus was a dinosaur that blew my mind. I couldn’t figure out the deal with the sail and the ultra-long snout. Turns out it had more surprises in store. Scientists report first semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus: Massive predator was more than 9 feet longer than largest T. rex — ScienceDaily. Scientists today unveiled what appears…

Discovered four-winged dinosaur was largest flier of its type at more than quadruple usual weight

This is rather exciting news for feathered dinosaur fans (who could probably use a win lately). A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered, and it is the largest four-winged flier yet known. Changyuraptor, Large Species of Flying Dinosaur, Is Discovered (New York Times): The new species, Changyuraptor, found in northeastern China, was four feet…

Steven Spielberg, dino hunter

Wait, WAAAAAAT? A Whole Bunch Of People On Facebook Thought Steven Spielberg Killed A Real Dinosaur. Internet humourist Jay Branscomb posted it on Facebook with the caption: “Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.” Steven Spielberg…

New Chinese dino-bird fossil evaluated cautiously – may be faked

Faked fossils are big business in China. Scientists find oldest feathered dinosaur yet: Sorry, Archaeopteryx – latimes.com. [S]cientists say they found an even older feathered dinosaur – one that reestablishes Archaeopteryx as part of the bird lineage even as it may simultaneously dethrone Archaeopteryx as the earliest known “bird.” The study, published online in the…

Media hypes Pegomastax as blood-sucking porcupine. Happy Halloween!

Pegomastax, a new dinosaur discovery was neither a blood sucker nor a porcupine. This did not prevent media outlets from using the terms “vampire” or “Dracula” and saying it was covering in quills. Scientists discover new species of dinosaur: the fanged vampire parrot – Telegraph. A peculiar-looking new species of dinosaur has been identified in…

Cryptozoology expedition to Congo is on Kickstarter (Updated: no scientists)

Kickstarter is a site designed to help people fund their projects. You can donate to things you feel are worthwhile. One young explorer is looking for $26,700 for an expedition to located undiscovered animals. Documentary Expedition to Congo- KILLER REWARDS! by Stephen McCullah — Kickstarter. Our first expedition will be dubbed The Newmac Expedition. It…

Sinking the silly idea of aquatic dinosaurs

Dinosaurs must have lived in water, scientist claims – Telegraph. Professor Brian J Ford said the prehistoric creatures “just don’t work” in the way palaeontologists have understood for decades. He believes their tails were too large and cumbersome for them to hunt or move with agility, and said they could not have consumed enough food…