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New 26,000-pound dinosaur discovery was Earth's largest land animal

Over the past decade or so, several more sauropodomorph dinosaurs have been discovered, that have helped shed light onto how the transition from basal to more derived forms occurred. A good example of such an intermediate dinosaur is the South African dinosaur, Antetonitrus which was described in Alejandro Otero sizing himself up next to a femur of a large titanosaur discovered 2 years ago. Thus, this study has shown that the long held view that the basal and derived Sauropodomorpha had different growth patterns is no longer valid.

An artist's illustration of what the small tyrannosaur Moros intrepidus would have looked like 96 million years ago. These small predators would eventually become Tyrannosaurus rex. Examples of tools manufactured from monkey bones and teeth recovered from the Late Pleistocene layers of Fa-Hien Lena Cave in Sri Lanka show that early humans used sophisticated techniques to hunt monkeys and squirrels.

Two of the fossil specimens discovered in Korea had reflective eyes, a feature still apparent under light. An artist's illustration of Mnyamawamtuka moyowamkia, a long-necked titanosaur from the middle Cretaceous period recently found in Tanzania. Its tail vertebra has a unique heart shape, which contributed to its name. In Swahili, the name translates to "animal of the Mtuka with a heart-shaped tail. The oldest evidence of mobility is 2. The tubes, discovered in black shale, are filled with pyrite crystals generated by the transformation of biological tissue by bacteria, found in layers of clay minerals.

Researchers recently studied climate change in Greenland as it happened during the time of the Vikings. By using lake sediment cores, they discovered it was actually warmer than previously believed. This is an artist's illustration of Antarctica, million years ago.

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The newly discovered fossil of a dinosaur relative, Antarctanax shackletoni, revealed that reptiles lived among the diverse wildlife in Antarctica after the mass extinction. Bone points and pierced teeth found in Denisova Cave were dated to the early Upper Paleolithic. A new study establishes the timeline of the cave, and it sheltered the first known humans as early as , years ago.

This artist's illustration shows a marine reptile similar to a platypus hunting at dusk. This duckbilled animal was the first reptile to have unusually small eyes that most likely required it to use other senses, such as the tactile sense of its duckbill, to hunt for prey. Although it's hard to spot, researchers found flecks of lapis lazuli pigment, called ultramarine, in the dental plaque on the lower jaw of a medieval woman. A Neanderthal fossil, left, and a modern human skeleton.

Neanderthals have commonly be considered to show high incidences of trauma compared with modern humans, but a new study reveals that head trauma was consistent for both. The world's oldest figurative artwork from Borneo has been dated to 40, years ago, when humans were living on what's now known as Earth's third-largest island. A ,year-old Neanderthal child's tooth contains an unprecedented record of the seasons of birth, nursing, illness and lead exposures over the first three years of its life.

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An artist's illustration shows giant nocturnal elephant birds foraging in the ancient forests of Madagascar at night. A new study suggests that the now-extinct birds were nocturnal and blind. Kebara 2 is the most complete Neanderthal fossil recovered to date. It was uncovered in Israel's Kebara Cave, where other Neanderthal remains have been found. The world's oldest intact shipwreck was found by a research team in the Black Sea.

It's a Greek trading vessel that was dated to BC. The ship was surveyed and digitally mapped by two remote underwater vehicles. This fossil represents a new piranha-like fish from the Jurassic period with sharp, pointed teeth. It probably fed on the fins of other fishes. Two small bones from the Ciemna Cave in Poland are the oldest human remains found in the country. The condition of the bones also suggests that the child was eaten by a large bird. This artist's illustration shows the newly discovered dinosaur species Ledumahadi mafube foraging in the Early Jurassic of South Africa.

Heterodontosaurus,another South African dinosaur, can also be seen in the foreground. A 73,year-old red cross-hatch pattern was drawn on a flake of silicrete, which forms when sand and gravel cement together, and found in a cave in South Africa.

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A suite of Middle Neolithic pottery including typical Danilo ware, figulina and rhyta that was used to hold meat, milk, cheese and yogurt. These four dinosaurs showcase the evolution of alvarezsaurs. From left, Haplocheirus, Xiyunykus, Bannykus and Shuvuuia reveal the lengthening of the jaws, reduction of teeth and changes in the hand and arm. Eorhynchochelys sinensis is an early turtle that lived million years ago. It had a toothless beak, but no shell.

The leg bones of a 7-year-old, recovered from an ancient Roman cemetery, show bending and deformities associated with rickets. The famed Easter Island statues, called moai, were originally full-body figures that have been partially covered over the passage of time. They represent important Rapa Nui ancestors and were carved after a population was established on the island years ago.

Researchers stand at the excavation site of Aubrey Hole 7, where cremated human remains were recovered at Stonehenge to be studied. The fossil of the newly discovered armored dinosaur Akainacephalus johnsoni was found in southern Utah.

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The foot is one part of a partial skeleton of a 3. The asteroid impact that caused dinosaurs to go extinct also destroyed global forests, according to a new study. This illustration shows one of the few ground-dwelling birds that survived the toxic environment and mass extinction. The remains of a butchered rhinoceros are helping researchers to date when early humans reached the Philippines. This adolescent was found lying on his side, which suggests a slower death.

Other skeletons found in the homes and streets of the ringfort at Sandby borg show signs of sudden death by blows to the head. The skeleton of a young woman and her fetus were found in a brick coffin dated to medieval Italy. Her skull shows an example of neurosurgery, and her child was extruded after death in a rare "coffin birth. This portion of a whale skull was found at the Calaveras Dam construction site in California, along with at least 19 others.

Some of the pieces measure 3 feet long. A Stone Age cow skull shows trepanation, a hole in the cranium that was created by humans as as surgical intervention or experiment. The digital Plateosaurus II: an assessment of the range of motion of the limbs and vertebral column and of previous reconstructions using a digital skeletal mount. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 55 3 : ; doi Swiss Journal of Geosciences ; doi Sander, M.

Biology Letters Advance Online; doi: The real lectotype of Kentrosaurus aethiopicus Hennig Defense capabilities of Kentrosaurus aethiopicus Hennig, Pereda-Suberbiola, X. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology 37 1 ; doi: Osteoderm distribution has low impact on the centre of mass of stegosaurs. Fossil Record ; doi Reiss, S.

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