A Triassic Beast Brews Up A Surprisingly Gentle India Pale Ale

If cooking is science for hungry people, brewing is applied chemistry for thirsty people. The Gedrinken Experiment will explore the brews and spirits inspired by science. The first entry is Great Basin Brewing Company bringing a Triassic beast back from extinction as the Ichthyosaur IPA. » 9/07/14 8:30pm 9/07/14 8:30pm

This Dinosaur Babysitting Session Didn't End Well

Babysitting isn't a human invention: roughly 3% of mammal species, and 8-9% of modern bird species, involve individuals other than the parents in raising the young. And this fossil nest, found in the Cretaceous rocks of Liaoning Province, China, might be the first known example of dinosaur babysitting. » 9/05/14 1:31pm 9/05/14 1:31pm

New Evidence Suggests Tyrannosaurs Hunted In Packs

One of the most frightening creatures to ever terrorize this Earth just got scarier. The fossilized remains of tyrannosaur tracks found in British Columbia are providing the strongest evidence yet that these predators travelled and hunted in family groups — a conglomeration the researchers are calling 'a terror of… » 7/24/14 1:00pm 7/24/14 1:00pm

Mercuriceratops: flashy Cadillac of the late Cretaceous

One oddly-shaped dinosaur bone might not turn out to be a new species. It could simply be from a deformed individual of something already known, or a distortion caused by being buried under tons of shifting rock for millions of years. But two of the same oddly-shaped dinosaur bones? That's no coincidence . . . that's… » 6/19/14 2:00am 6/19/14 2:00am

The First Genital In An Animal Evolved From An Extra Pair Of Legs

A recent analysis of placoderm fossils — an early jawed vertebrate — shows that the animal kingdom's first genital organ was a "clasper" that evolved from an extra set of legs, and that the first sexual mating position was likely to have been a missionary one. » 6/10/14 9:40am 6/10/14 9:40am

From Footprints to the Feet that Made Them

Footprints, swimming scrapes, casts, eggshells, toothmarks, and even dung are the traces left by creatures going about their lives. For every fossilized bone, an ancient creature left behind uncounted traces of the life it lived. Tony Martin explores the world revealed by ichnology in his book, Dinosaurs Without Bones. » 5/27/14 1:19pm 5/27/14 1:19pm