Chew on This: Powerful Jaws Fueled a Jurassic Herbivore Boom

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Remember Ducky from The Land Before Time? The adorable little dinosaur was one of the duckbills—known to paleontologists as hadrosaurs—that roamed far and wide during the Cretaceous chapter of the great dinosaur story. Duckbill bones are so numerous in some places that these herbivorous dinos are sometimes called the “cows of the Cretaceous.” But what allowed these plentiful, shovel-mouthed dinosaurs to become so successful?

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Dinosaurs Literally Reshaped The Planet

Dinos didn’t just leave behind footprints and fossil bones—they also changed the landscapes in which they lived
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Arm Day at the Gym Apparently Not a Thing for Newly Found, Tiny-Armed Dino

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In paleontology, you’re always most likely to find something on the very last day of the season. That’s what happened in 2007, when a multi-institution team of paleontologists was poking around Patagonia’s Huincul Formation looking for one last find. “It’s the last day, you’d better find something good!” Field Museum paleontologist Pete Makovicky joked to the team. Then Akiko Shinya, his lab preparator, did just that. A few moments after Makovicky’s command, Shinya found the first signs of an unusual dinosaur with an unexpected connection to the celebrated Tyrannosaurus rex.

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POTD July 12, 2016: Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Washington County, Utah

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POTD July 12, 2016: Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Washington County, Utah.

Photographer: Paul Inkenbrandt; © 2016

These Paleo Pets Made Fossil Hunting Less Lonely

In the solitary hunt for bones, furry companions provide company, act as field assistants and sometimes even make the ultimate sacrifice

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Think dinosaurs roared like in ‘Jurassic Park’? The truth, new research says, is a bit wimpier

Picture, if you will, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex.

The odds are good what you envision has been brought to you in part by “Jurassic Park,” a plastic toy or some other facet of pop culture.

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148 million years later, the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry in Utah remains a cold case (with video)

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Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry • About 148 million years have passed since dozens of corpses of meat-eating dinosaurs were deposited here, just north of the San Rafael Swell and about 30 miles southeast of Price.

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The Science Behind Yellowstone’s Rainbow Hot Spring

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It’s not hard to find natural wonders within Yellowstone National Park, but the park’s largest hot spring might be the most remarkable, and not just for its size: dubbed the Grand Prismatic Spring, the hot spring radiates extremely hot water—and stunning prismatic color—from its center.
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POTD July 5, 2016: Wilson Health Springs and the Deep Creek Range, Tooele and Juab Counties

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Wilson Health Springs and the Deep Creek Range, Tooele and Juab Counties

Photographer: Rich Emerson; © 2016

Nature’s special effects: Travel in time at the best U.S. dinosaur sites

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Fossil hunters have been racing to the American West since the 1800s, and despite important and historic results, the contest to find new dinosaurs hasn’t always been pretty.

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