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Japanese scientists find new dinosaur species

Japanese scientists find new dinosaur speciesJapanese scientists have identified a new species of dinosaur from a nearly complete skeleton that was the largest ever discovered in the country, measuring eight metres (26 feet) long. After analysing hundreds of bones dating back 72 million years, the team led by Hokkaido University concluded the skeleton once belonged to a new species of hadrosaurid dinosaur, a herbivorous beast that roamed the Earth in the late Cretaceous period. A partial tail was first found in northern Japan in 2013 and later excavations revealed the entire skeleton.



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Giant dinosaur bone found in southwestern France

Giant dinosaur bone found in southwestern FranceThe thigh bone of a giant dinosaur was found this week by French paleontologists at an excavation site in southwestern France where remains of some of the largest animals that ever lived on land have been dug up since 2010. The two-meter long femur at the Angeac-Charente site is thought to have belonged to a sauropod, herbivorous dinosaurs with long necks and tails which were widespread in the late Jurassic era, over 140 million years ago. “This is a major discovery,” Ronan Allain, a paleontologist at the National History Museum of Paris told Reuters.



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Best Bites: Weeknight meals minestrone with dinosaur noodles

Best Bites: Weeknight meals minestrone with dinosaur noodlesWelcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your



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Military Officers Punished After One Appears To Re-Enlist Using Dinosaur Puppet

Military Officers Punished After One Appears To Re-Enlist Using Dinosaur PuppetAn officer in the Tennessee National Guard has been removed from her position



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Military Officers Punished After One Appears To Re-Enlist Using Dinosaur Puppet

Military Officers Punished After One Appears To Re-Enlist Using Dinosaur PuppetAn officer in the Tennessee National Guard has been removed from her position



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Remarkable Dinosaur Finds Threatened By Trump Plan To Shrink Utah Monument

Remarkable Dinosaur Finds Threatened By Trump Plan To Shrink Utah MonumentEnvironmentalists and scientists were rattled this week following a report that President Donald Trump plans to scale back two of southern Utah’s national monuments.



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Scientists solve mystery of ‘Frankenstein dinosaur’

Scientists solve mystery of ‘Frankenstein dinosaur’

A dinosaur that puzzled researchers thanks to the incredibly puzzling design of its body finally has its place in history thanks to a team of scientists from Cambridge and the Natural History Museum in London. The Chilesaurus, which has been nicknamed the "Frankenstein dinosaur" due to it appearing as though it were patched together from other, unrelated dinosaur species, has now been labeled a transitional species that helps to bridge the gap between herbivorous dinosaurs and the more iconic meat-eaters like the Tyrannosaurus rex. 

After its fossils were initially discovered, Chilesaurus was thought to be a part of the Theropod group of dinos — which includes the T. rex— due to its advanced digestive system. Those creatures, which are considered "lizard-hipped," were carnivores, but the Chilesaurus didn't appear to be particularly well-suited for consuming meat.

After extensive examination of the fossils, the researchers are now declaring that Chilesaurus was in fact a plant eater. As it turns out, the puzzling creature is actually a member of the group called Ornithischia — meaning "bird-hipped" — dinosaurs that also includes recognizable herbivores like the Stegosaurus and Triceratops. The team believes Chilesaurus was a essentially a stepping stone between the two groups, acting as a branching-off point.

"Before this, there were no transitional specimens — we didn't know what order these characteristics evolved in," Matthew Baron, Cambridge Ph.D. student and contributing author of the study, said of the research. "This shows that in bird-hipped dinosaurs, the gut evolved first, and the jaws evolved later — it fills the gap quite nicely."



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Prehistoric Prints: 'Unprecedented' Dinosaur Discovery in Australia

Prehistoric Prints: 'Unprecedented' Dinosaur Discovery in AustraliaA team of researchers in Australia just made an incredible discovery – and it involves some seriously massive dinosaur footprints.



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'Unparalleled' number of dinosaur tracks found in Australia

'Unparalleled' number of dinosaur tracks found in AustraliaAn “unprecedented” 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been found on a stretch of Australia’s remote coastline, scientists said Monday, dubbing it the nation’s Jurassic Park. Palaeontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University said it was the most diverse such discovery in the world, unearthed in rocks up to 140 millions years old in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Steve Salisbury, lead author of a paper on the findings published in the Memoir of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, said the tracks were “globally unparalleled”.



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