The closest living relatives of Tyrannosaurus rex are birds such as chickens and ostriches, according to research published today in Science (and promptly reported in the New York…

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“Chickens are dinosaurs.” Pretty much every evolutionary biologist and paleontologist worth their salt long ago came to the conclusion that birds are descended directly from dinosaurs. … Today…

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Although nowadays you see chickens are only eating seeds, their ancestor is one of the most feared predator at its time. A 68 million years old Tyrannosaurus Rex…

Archeology with a shovel

The world’s most beautiful dinosaur? Newly-found Chinese RAINBOW predator that lived 161 million years ago had stunning iridescent feathers like hummingbirds. A newly-found dinosaur may have sparkled in…

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What is the weirdest dinosaur? This is Deinocheirus mirificus, which translates to “unusual, horrible hand.” He’s a new, old creature announced by the paleontologists at the Institute of…

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The longest dinosaur name of all is “micropachycephalosaurus” which means “little thick-headed lizard.” Its a dome-headed little dinosaur. The shortest dinosaur name is Minmi an Australian armored dinosaur…

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Brontosaurus had a long, thin neck and a small head adapted for a herbivorous lifestyle, a bulky, heavy torso, and a long, whip-like tail. The various species lived…

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The hunt for the ancestors of living birds began with a specimen of Archaeopteryx, the first known bird, discovered in the early 1860s. … The birds are simply…

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Birds have scales like many dinosaurs and some dinosaurs may have had feathers. Scientists have discovered that the tissues used to produce scales in reptiles are similar to…

Archeology with a shovel