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

How a Mass Whale Graveyard Ended Up Beneath a South American Highway

Connecting Alaska to Argentina, the Pan-American Highway runs some 30,000 miles north to south. Construction to widen the highway briefly stopped, however, to make way for dead whales back in 2010, when workers digging through a remote stretch of the Chilean desert found a huge trove of bones millions of years old.… » 2/27/14 12:40pm 2/27/14 12:40pm

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

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

Ancient Bones and Millionaires: Dinosaurs For Sale in Manhattan

The New York City branch of Bonhams auction house hosted an eye-popping and widely hyped dinosaur auction in the city yesterday afternoon. At the center were the so-called "Montana Dueling Dinosaurs," a huge, combined fossil of two nearly-complete dinosaur skeletons apparently caught fighting to the death, valued as… » 11/20/13 9:40am 11/20/13 9:40am

Inside the Bone Room: Where Dinosaurs Live at AMNH

The most interesting room in the American Museum of Natural History is one you'll never see. Its inhabitants are millions of years old, its proprietors among the brightest in their field. This is the big bone room, home to what is arguably the largest and most important collection of mammal bones in the world. And we… » 11/06/13 12:00pm 11/06/13 12:00pm

Where Monsters Come From, or Bad Paleontology

Ancient myths of dragons, titans, and giants—inhuman creatures battling it out on an alien earth before mankind—are easy enough to find. Seemingly every culture has them. What's perhaps more surprising is that many of these tales of deformed and monstrous beings, whether terrifying dragons or beneficent heroes armed… » 10/31/13 5:01pm 10/31/13 5:01pm

The La Brea Tar Pits Remind Us That Los Angeles is an Ancient City

Conventional wisdom designates Los Angeles as a young, capricious metropolis—an underage drinker in the geopolitical nightclub—but it's simply not true. L.A. is actually an ancient city, and the proof is bubbling right up to the surface at the La Brea Tar Pits, one of the richest paleontological sites in the world and… » 10/29/13 12:20pm 10/29/13 12:20pm

Dinosaurs Were Able to Grow So Huge Because of Their Squishy Joints

There's a reason that towering mammals the likes of King Kong are resigned to fiction. Our aching bones can only take so much weight before they start crumbling under the pressure. But if that's the case, then why were dinosaurs able to reach such phenomenal heights? According to a new study, the answer isn't so much… » 10/25/13 5:40pm 10/25/13 5:40pm