A Comprehensive Guide to Dinosaur Feathers and Scales

When I was a child, no dinosaur had feathers. Nowadays it seems like they're putting feathers on everything. And while feathered dinosaurs can certainly be cool . . . where did this all come from? Which dinosaurs had feathers, and which ones can I still imagine as scaly reptilian monsters? » 7/11/14 2:44pm Friday 2:44pm

Ninja Turtles Serves Up The Most Accurate Dinosaurs in Comics

Paleoart blog Love in the Time of Chasmosaurus has a good review of a recent Ninja Turtles comic book: TMNT: Turtles in Time #1. While the story is plenty of fun (aliens are playing Dino-Riders in the late Cretaceous, Turtles go back in time and beat them up), what really stands out is the incredible dinosaur art… » 7/05/14 10:36am 7/05/14 10:36am

Strange 19th Century Drawings of Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Animals

Two centuries ago, naturalists began to realize that the enormous, fossilized bones they'd been finding all over the world belonged to extinct animals. A lot of extinct animals, who had once ruled the planet and were now mysteriously gone. Speculation about these creatures reached a fever pitch, resulting in drawings… » 6/20/14 4:09pm 6/20/14 4:09pm

This is Every New Paleontologist from China's Top Research School

China is home to some of the richest fossil deposits in the world, and has been the source of many of the exciting recent discoveries in paleontology. But the country is having trouble attracting new paleontology students. This "group photo of one" represents the entire paleontology graduating class at China's #1… » 6/20/14 1:02am 6/20/14 1:02am

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 . . .… » 6/19/14 2:00am 6/19/14 2:00am

What Sound Did T. rex Actually Make?

It's an iconic scene in every dinosaur movie: the huge, conquering carnivorous theropod rears back and lets out a terrifying bellow. But how close to reality are these sounds? Do we have any ways of using science to figure out what dinosaurs and other stem-birds may have sounded like? Do we have evidence that they… » 6/15/14 1:00pm 6/15/14 1:00pm

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

Massive Fossilized Pterosaur Colony 'Most Important Ever Found'

Well-preserved fossils of pterosaurs are extremely hard to come by, which makes this recent find of 40 male and female individuals all the more incredible. Along with the discovery of a spectacular new crested species, paleontologists have also found the first 3-dimensional fossilized pterosaur eggs. » 6/06/14 8:40am 6/06/14 8:40am

Want to Join a Dinosaur Dig this Summer? You Can!

Just because you're not a professional paleontologist doesn't mean you can't help professional paleontologists on a real dinosaur dig. In recent years, a number of programs have started allowing allow non-paleontologists to assist in professional fossil excavations, usually for a fee. If you hadn't come up with a… » 6/03/14 10:06am 6/03/14 10:06am