Plankton Makes This Dinosaur Toy Glow, Batteries Not Required

As the story goes, the folks at BioPop were trying to make a sustainable light that relied on something other than man-made batteries. They tried using a bioluminescent plankton called dinoflagellates, but the tiny creatures required too much intervention to be a practical light source. They would, however, make for a… » 9/11/14 5:00pm Thursday 5:00pm

Dismantling A 150-Million-Year-Old Dino Is Just As Tough As You'd Think

The Fossil Hall at the National Museum of Natural History is closing down for a five-year renovation. During that time, its dino inhabitants will be totally dismantled, outfitted for new mounts, then put back together again in brand new poses (haaay gurl). How the heck do you take apart a Jurassic-era relic? » 8/01/14 1:45pm 8/01/14 1:45pm

Dinosaurs Fell Victim to “Perfect Storm” of Events, Study Posits

Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in time, according to new research conducted in part by the American Museum of Natural History. The study, published today in Biological Reviews, builds a new narrative of the prehistoric creatures'… » 8/01/14 2:14am 8/01/14 2:14am

These Bones Might Be the Biggest Creature That Ever Walked the Earth

Paleontologists have just unearthed the fossilized bones of a gigantic dinosaur that's never been seen before. They believe it's an entirely new species—and based on the size of its bones, it's way bigger than what we thought was the biggest dinosaur ever. Meet the new number one among earthly creatures. » 5/17/14 10:00am 5/17/14 10:00am

Start Your Own Private Museum With a 3D Printer and This T-Rex Model

Does waiting in line at a museum just to check out some old dinosaur bones that may or may not be real sound like a terrible way to spend a weekend? If you've got a 3D printer at home, MakerBot's Digital Store is now selling this anatomically correct T-Rex skeleton model that you can print at home as a start to your… » 5/16/14 5:40pm 5/16/14 5:40pm

Jurassic Park Lied to You: T-Rex Had Great Eyesight Really

In the immensely popular (despite the sins) movie Jurassic Park, there's the famous scene where the giant T-Rex is attacking a jeep during a thunder storm. As it attacks, Dr. Alan Grant, a self-respecting paleontologist, yells, "Don't move! He can't see you, if you don't move." Here's the thing – that's wrong. (If… » 5/16/14 8:35am 5/16/14 8:35am

Get Your Artifacts Identified Today at the Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of Gizmodo's favorite places in NYC, and today's an especially cool day to visit: it's Identification Day, when you can bring in your fossils, unidentified plants, unknown family heirlooms, or just about anything else old or unusual, and have it identified by museum… » 5/10/14 2:50pm 5/10/14 2:50pm

Chat With a Paleontologist About Pterosaurs and the AMNH's New Exhibit

The American Museum of Natural History here in New York just kicked off an exhibit about those ancient flying reptiles called pterosaurs. These rulers of the sky happen to be the least understood of prehistoric creatures, so we've got Mark Norell, the curator in charge of the paleontology department at the AMNH and … » 5/02/14 10:40am 5/02/14 10:40am

How To Transport a T-Rex Skeleton Across the Country

The Wankel Tyrannosaurus Rex has lived the past 26 years of its 65-million-year existence at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. This week the colossal creature's carcass is moving to the National Museum of Natural History in D.C., where it will eventually live in a new $35 million dinosaur hall. But how… » 4/17/14 5:40pm 4/17/14 5:40pm

Terrify Your Dinner Party Guests With These Thudding T-Rex Ice Cubes

The number one rule for hosting a successful dinner party? Make sure your guests fear gruesome death by dinosaur at least once during the evening. The best way to achieve the effect? These ice ripples that mimic that scene—you know the one—from the original Jurassic Park. No T-Rex needed! » 3/08/14 9:00am 3/08/14 9:00am

Resurrecting Dinosaur-Age Proteins To Cure Human Disease

While dinosaurs have not yet been resurrected Jurassic Park-style, scientists fiddling with ancient DNA sequences have made a discovery that may turn out to be a tad more useful: a treatment for gout. That a 90 million-year-old protein could treat a modern disease is a fascinating window into evolutionary history. » 2/20/14 5:20pm 2/20/14 5:20pm

This image showing every second of Jurassic Park looks like dino skin

To be fair, if you put together every second of any movie in one image, that image would almost always look like the skin and scales of dinosaurs but I swear my mind is making me believe it even more for Jurassic Park. It also kind of looks like a Magic Eye picture and I half expect T-Rex to pop out and chase after me. » 2/08/14 2:32am 2/08/14 2:32am

Nathan Myhrvold: Patent Troll, Molecular Gastronomist... Dino Expert?

Nathan Myhrvold, the former Microsoft exec who has since become (in)famous in patent litigation and a bit more positively regarded in the field of molecular gastronomy, is now flexing his muscles over dinosaur research. Studies on dinosaur growth by top paleontologists contain "serious errors," he contends in a new… » 12/17/13 11:34am 12/17/13 11:34am

Real life Jurassic Park exists in Australia and everyone needs to go

We're going to Australia, everybody. You, me, your mother, my neighbor, your dog, the guy on the subway, the girl in the book store, everybody. Why? Because they've built the closest thing to a real life Jurassic Park there. Called Palmersaurus Dinosaur Park, it's home to 160 animatronic dinosaurs that move, blink,… » 12/16/13 7:21pm 12/16/13 7:21pm