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Velociraptor's Feathered Cousin Is the Stuff of Drug-Infused Nightmares

Indominus might’ve grabbed our eyeballs and our cash this summer, but genetically modified raptor-rexes with an insatiable lust for human blood aren’t the only badass new dinos on the block. In fact, Zhenyuanlong suni, a Velociraptor cousin that looks like a tortured peacock on steroids, is arguably even cooler,… » 7/17/15 12:20pm 7/17/15 12:20pm

Yes, Jurassic Park's Bad Dinosaur Science Still Matters

I was ten when Jurassic Park roared across the screen in the summer of 1993. I couldn’t wait for it. Both National Geographic and TIME ran dinosaur cover-stories leading up to the release, celebrating the new image of “hot-blooded” saurians set to make box-office records. In the week leading up to the movie, I finally… » 6/11/15 2:21pm 6/11/15 2:21pm

The Plan to Drill into the Crater from the Dinosaur-Killing Meteorite 

Sixty-five million years ago, a meteorite careened into Earth, leaving a huge crater on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The impact is likely responsible for killing off the most of the dinosaurs—along with 75 percent of all species on Earth. Scientists are now planning an expedition to drill into the… » 4/14/15 6:40pm 4/14/15 6:40pm

Brontosaurus Should Be Reinstated As A Distinct Dinosaur, Say Scientists

It's the most famous dinosaur that never was — or at least that's what paleontologists have believed for 112 years. After an exhaustive comparative analysis of over 500 physical characteristics, researchers have concluded that Brontosaurus is sufficiently distinct from Apatosaurus to warrant its own genus. Bronto, it… » 4/07/15 12:26pm 4/07/15 12:26pm

A Chat With the Paleontologist Who Unearthed The World's Biggest T-Rex

The most exciting, confounding movie of this year chronicles a niche news story from two decades ago. Dinosaur 13 is a documentary that delves into the legal, scientific, cultural, and personal dramas that developed when a fossilized, almost fully intact, 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton was found by a… » 8/13/14 1:28pm 8/13/14 1:28pm

5 Important Artifacts That Were Lost—And Found—In Museum Storage

"It belongs in a museum!" It's a common refrain among archaeologists who are passionate about preserving artifacts for future generations. But anyone who's seen the end of the 1981 documentary Raiders of the Lost Ark knows that precious relics can be easily forgotten once they make it into storage. » 8/13/14 9:00am 8/13/14 9:00am

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

You Can Boil Water in Paper Cups, Just Like the Neanderthals May Have

Boiling water is as easy as they say—even without pots and pans. Thanks to the laws of physics, you can put a flame up to a paper cup or plastic bag, and water will boil without scorching the container. A paleontologist is speculating that Neanderthals cooked their meat in birch bark trays or skin bags using the same… » 5/01/14 3:00pm 5/01/14 3:00pm

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

This Paleo Beer Is Made With Yeast From a 35 Million-Year-Old Fossil

As microbrewers continue their quest to brew beer with ever stranger ingredients, here is one possible winner: Yeast living on the 35 million year-old fossil of an extinct whale. Bone Dusters Paleo Brew is the alcoholic brainchild of a paleontology lover and a brew brewer, and it may soon be coming to a tap near you. » 4/01/14 2:40pm 4/01/14 2:40pm