When I was a child, no dinosaur had feathers. Nowadays it seems like they're putting feathers on everything. And while feathered dinosaurs can certainly be cool . . . where did this all come from? Which dinosaurs had feathers, and which ones can I still imagine as scaly reptilian monsters?
For the next month, the Journal of Zoology's special issue on paleoethology (the study of how extinct species behaved) is totally free to read (and download).
The Titanoboa was a one-ton, 48-foot-long snake who lived 58-million years ago. Scientists thought it couldn't exist. Yet, they discovered its fossil in Cerrajón, Colombia. She was a constrictor that could kill anything with a pressure of 400 pounds per square inch. That's the equivalent of being under three Eiffel…
These model dinosaurs are out for a Sunday drive, enjoying a little fresh air before they head to their next destination. Still, if I saw T-Rex staring down my windshield, I might get in the other lane. Just in case. [reddit]
Pity the poor Tyrannosaurus. With those teeny little arms and that great big body, T-Rex is incapable of doing things that come easily to you and me.