Natural history

Recent survival of dinosaurs?

Given the discovery of soft tissue in dinosaur bones, and a very well-preserved fossilised dinosaur, one question being asked is: could dinosaurs have survived into much more recent times? The longstanding consensus is that (non-avian) […]

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  • Battle of Waterloo Field Hospital Excavated 17 July 2019
    MONT-ST-JEAN, BELGIUM—The Guardian reports that the group Waterloo Uncovered, led by Tony Pollard of the University of Glasgow, has uncovered three human leg bones, one of which bears the marks of a surgeon’s saw, at the site of a farmhouse used as a field hospital on June 18, 1815, during the Battle of Waterloo. The […]
  • Restoration of King Tut’s Large Golden Coffin Begins 17 July 2019
    CAIRO, EGYPT—Ahram Online reports that the largest of King Tutankhuman’s three coffins has been removed from his tomb and transported to the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), where it will be restored for the first time. This wooden coffin is the only one to have been stored in Tutankhamun’s tomb since its discovery in 1922. […]
  • Roman Dwelling and Burial Found in Bulgaria 17 July 2019
    PLOVDIV, BULGARIA—Archaeology in Bulgaria reports that a grave dated to the third or fourth century A.D. and an early Roman dwelling were found by utility workers in the city of Plovdiv. The city was occupied by the Thracians and known as Philipopolis, after King Philip II of Macedon, until the first century A.D., when the […]

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  • ‘Shovel-Billed’ Dinosaur Roamed Texas 80 Million Years Ago 16 July 2019
    A new genus and species of primitive hadrosaurid dinosaur — named Aquilarhinus palimentus — has been identified from fossils found in Big Bend National Park, Texas, the United States. Aquilarhinus palimentus belongs to the Hadrosauridae (duck-billed dinosaurs), a group of plant-eating ornithopod dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period. The fossilized remains of the dinosaur were collected […]
  • Foot of Cretaceous Enantiornithine Bird Found Encased in Burmese Amber 16 July 2019
    The ancient bird, named Elektorornis chenguangi, lived 99 million years ago (Cretaceous period) and had a hyper-elongated third toe. Elektorornis chenguangi belongs to a group of extinct birds called Enantiornithes, the most abundant type of bird known from the Mesozoic era. The bird was smaller than a sparrow, and it was arboreal, meaning it spent […]
  • Microraptors Ate Lizards for Lunch 12 July 2019
    Paleontologists in China have uncovered a nearly complete, fully articulated skeleton of Microraptor zhaoianus, a pigeon-sized, four-winged dinosaur that lived about 120 million years ago, and found an additional surprise preserved in its stomach: a previously unknown species of prehistoric lizard. The unique Microraptor specimen was collected in deposits of the Jiufotang Formation near Jianchang […]