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Pentaceratops skulls helicoptered from wilderness + cannibal tyrannosaurs + more
Some recent news and blog items:
National Guard airlifts Pentaceratops fossils out of New Mexico wilderness
More from SVP 2015 meeting:
Michael Balter (2015)
How some of the world's biggest dinosaurs got that way.
Science 350(6260): 492-493
Paleontologists and the public alike have long been fascinated by the
great titanosaurs, long necked sauropods which include the largest
creatures ever to walk the earth. For example, Argentinosaurus, a
South American species, stretched nearly 40 meters long from head to
tail, and weighed more than 70 tons—as much as 15 adult elephants and
more than twice as much as the classic sauropod, Apatosaurus. Yet the
titanosaur fossil record has been pretty scrappy—just three complete
skulls have been found—leaving major mysteries about these behemoths.
In particular, researchers still need to learn more about how and why
they grew so big, and how they managed to move their massive bodies.
The picture is beginning to fill in, however. At a special session at
the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in
Dallas, Texas, researchers presented new fossils that chart titanosaur
growth and development from embryo to adult, including a spectacular
egg, a rare juvenile, and a modeling study of how titanosaur adults
moved their massive necks.
Earliest bird from after K-PG mass extinction
Cooling dinosaur brains
Dinosaur palaeontologist Susannah Maidment as grant rejected for "wrong" font
Feathered Ornithomimus (in Italian)
Look back at Dinosaur Renaissance (in Czech)