Oldest known dinosaur herds found in Patagonia

Fossils from a 190-million-year-old nesting ground have revealed that its dinosaurs likely lived in herds. The species – Mussaurus patagonicus – are now the oldest known herding dinosaurs, according to a paper in Scientific Reports. “We’ve now observed and documented this earliest social behaviour in dinosaurs,” says Jahandar Ramezani, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute … Continue reading Oldest known dinosaur herds found in Patagonia

The dinosaur in the coal mine

Fossil dinosaur footprints found 50 years ago in a Queensland coal mine – and long thought to belong to a massive Triassic carnivore – have been reanalysed, and found to belong to a large, docile herbivore, according to a new study out today in Historical Biology. The researchers, from the University of Queensland (UQ), were … Continue reading The dinosaur in the coal mine

Meet the new dinosaur: Horned, crocodile-faced hell heron

British palaeontologists have unearthed two new species of dinosaur on the unassuming, 380 square kilometre Isle of Wight, off England’s south coast, according to a new study out today in the journal Scientific Reports. The two new creatures appear to be types of spinosaurids, predatory theropod dinosaurs related to the giant Spinosaurus. The haul of … Continue reading Meet the new dinosaur: Horned, crocodile-faced hell heron

How a baby T-Rex bites

The fearsome jaws of Tyrannosaurus rex have long captured the popular imagination. Now, a new study from the University of Bristol, UK, has revealed a more nuanced picture of that famous bite, showing that juvenile T-Rexes lacked the powerful bite force of their adult counterparts, and probably hunted different kinds of prey. The study has … Continue reading How a baby T-Rex bites

Flamboyance in the age of dinosaurs

Scientists suggest this is the most elaborately dressed-to-impress dinosaur ever described. Ubirajara jubatus was small, about the size of a chicken, but had a prominent mane of long fur down its back and stiff ribbons projecting from its shoulders – features never been seen in the fossil record. Its flamboyance was likely used to dazzle … Continue reading Flamboyance in the age of dinosaurs