New Zealand Scientists Discover Fossilized Bones of Human-Sized ‘Monster Penguin’ — TIME

(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) — Scientists in New Zealand say they’ve found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of a human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago. They say the previously undiscovered species is believed to have stood about 1.6 meters (5 feet 2 inches) tall and…

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These Fossils Preserved in Opal Are a Gorgeous, Iridescent Window Into the Past. Scientists Are Fighting to Save Them from the Black Market — TIME

Cloaked in white dust and surrounded by expansive plains, the town of Lightning Ridge produces the bulk of the world’s precious black opal. This rare gemstone, prized for its dazzling play of color, hides out of sight in the Australian outback beneath a town roughly 450 miles northwest of Sydney. And for more than 100…

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UC Merced Student Unearths 65 Million-Year-Old Triceratops Skull — KTLA

A college student made the discovery of a lifetime on a recent paleontology dig when he unearthed a partial Triceratops skull. Harrison Duran, a fifth-year biology student at the University of California, Merced, uncovered the 65 million-year-old skull in the badlands of North Dakota. Harrison Duran, a fifth-year biology student at the University of California,…

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40,000-Year-Old Severed Wolf’s Head Discovered in Siberia — KTLA

A 40,000-year-old severed wolf’s head, preserved by permafrost complete with teeth and fur, has been discovered in eastern Siberia. Locals looking for mammoth ivory found the remains on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia, before bringing it to the mammoth studies department at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha. Albert Protopopov, director of the…

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Liquid Blood, Urine Found in Prehistoric Foal That Died in Russia 42,000 Years Ago — KTLA

Russian researchers have found liquid blood and urine inside the frozen carcass of a foal that died 42,000 years ago in Siberia’s Verkhoyansk region. The animal’s body fluids were extracted during an autopsy and tested in the hope of cloning the extinct species, according to Semyon Grigoriev, director of the Mammoth Museum at Northeastern Federal…

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T-Rex on sale for $3 million on eBay sparks outrage — NBC News Top Stories

A fossil of a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex that Alan Detrich listed on eBay just under $3 million.
A fossil of a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex that Alan Detrich listed on eBay just under $3 million.  Alan Detrich

The remains were found in a marsh in Hell Creek Formation in Montana in 2013, according to its owner.

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Tusk Luck: Alaska Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Stealing Mammoth Fossil — News : NPR

An Alaska man and his co-conspirator took a fossilized tusk from a Bureau of Land Management museum. Then, they cut it up and sold off the pieces.(Image credit: Bob Wick/BLM via Flickr)

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Scientists Unveil Ancient Sea Monsters Found In Angola — News : NPR

Almost 100 million years ago, when the South Atlantic Ocean was young, giant reptiles prowled the seas. Scientists have found a trove of these ancient creatures in the African nation of Angola.(Image credit: Madeleine Cook/NPR)

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