By: Sharon Agun
“Saber-toothed squirrel from age of dinosaurs discovered,” announced the headline in the Christian Science Monitor. The discovery of skull and jaw fragments has reinvigorated the debate about the origins of mammals and which of these tiny creatures represent evolutionary dead ends. It is...
Studies disagree on whether Jurassic haramiyids were true mammals
By: Michael Totten
The earliest mammals are generally believed to date back at least as far as the Cretaceous period in the Mesozoic era, which ended roughly 66 million years ago with the extinction of most of the dinosaurs. Juramaia, the earliest known placental mammal, has been reliably...
By: Malcolm Mckinsey
Talarurus plicatospineus (“wicker tail”) was one of the best-armored members of Ankylosauridae, dinosaurs noted for their wide bodies, bony plate-like armor and tail clubs. Talururus was a low browsing, plant-eating animal of the Late Cretaceous, living roughly 89 to 99 million years ago...
By: Merryl Lentz
About 150 million years ago during the Jurassic Period, the ground shuddered as though it would rip apart from an earthquake. It thundered as though pummeled by a crushing landslide. It jolted as if a volcano were blasting scorching lava skyward. Yet the culprit was...
By: Malcolm Mckinsey
Imagine being the paleontologist who finds a single fossil skull and from that one clue reconstructs an entire dinosaur. Abelisaurus comahuensis, “Abel’s lizard,” is known to science from just such a find. In 1985 José F. Bonaparte and Fernando E. Novas announced...

 

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