Tag Archive for paleontology

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

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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…

What’s kraken at the GSA meeting? (UPDATE: Creationist!)

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Originally published Nov 1, 2013, see important update below. We’re seeing a revival of a story we first noted in October 2011 from the GSA (Geological Society of America) conference. The same researchers have returned to try to further convince us that a giant unknown cephalopod existed AND that it was so intelligent that it…

Who orchestrated the Piltdown man hoax?

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A new look at an old mystery – the unsolved question of who hoaxed the Piltdown man fossils. Solving a 100-year-old scientific hoax –  NBC News It’s a detective story with a century-old crime: The forgery of a supposed “missing link” in human evolution that went undetected for decades. Now, researchers are set on identifying…

Faked fossils are a real problem for researchers

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The Archaeology News Network: Counterfeit fossils undermine research projects. Fake fossils are duping scientists and museums, a senior paleontologist has warned, after a scholar was forced to retract a controversial essay that stated the cheetah originated in China. According to Li Chun, associate researcher at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology under the Chinese…

Plant, animal or something in between? Amateur fossil finder consults experts with discovery.

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Mysterious ‘Monster’ Discovered by Amateur Paleontologist For 70 years, academic paleontologists have been assisted by a dedicated corps of amateurs known as the Dry Dredgers. Recently, one amateur found a very large and very mysterious fossil that has the professionals puzzled. Around 450 million years ago, shallow seas covered the Cincinnati region and harbored one…

Sinking the silly idea of aquatic dinosaurs

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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…