Pterosaurs: Fur flies over feathery fossils – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46572782
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)
Archaeopteryx: The day the fossil feathers flew – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45967655
After a huge blaze engulfed the neglected, 200-year-old National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, it is feared that up to 90 per cent of its 20 million artefacts may have been destroyed. Among the priceless artifacts now lost may be Pompeii frescoes that escaped the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
On Monday, officials promised $2.4 million to shore up the building and rebuild it, but locals are raging about the avoidable loss of a huge chunk of the nation’s history.
“The building could be rebuilt, but the collection will never again be rebuilt,” said Luiz Philippe de Orleans e Braganca, an heir to Brazil’s last emperor. “Two hundred years, workers, researchers, professors that dedicated in body and soul (to the museum) … the work of their life burned due to the negligence of the Brazilian state.”
Read the National Post’s full article on this tragic loss of Latin American and World history here.
Dinosaur discovery is ‘missing link’ in 70-million-year evolutionary gap
Alexander Nazaryan as published on Yahoo News “That specimen was found in a national monument you shrunk so you could sell mining rights,” WASHINGTON — The dinosaur was a Lythronax, a fearsome predator who lived 80 million years ago. Known as the “King of Gore,” it spent its days feasting upon smaller dinosaurs on the […]
On June 4, an auction house in Paris will put a highly coveted item on the block: A nearly complete skeleton of a carnivorous dinosaur, almost 9 meters (30 feet) long, believed to have lived during the late Jurassic era 154 million years ago. The world’s paleontologists would love to get their hands on the…
The unprecedented Ichthyornis fossil from Kansas offers fresh perspective on bird evolution.
Full article here.
Modern birds are dinosaurs without toothy jaws, and with bigger brains. Newly published research fills in some of the missing links in their evolution.(Image credit: Michael Hanson and Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar/Nature Publishing Group)
If you’ve ever wished Jurassic Park was real, taking a trip to Scotland may be the next best thing. Scientists have discovered ancient dinosaur tracks on the Isle of Skye in Scotland dating back to the Middle Jurassic period. The discovery of dozens of dino footprints that are about 170 million years old holds international…