99-Million-Year-Old Bird Wings Found Encased in Amber

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Finding things trapped in amber is far from a rare occurrence: lizards, bugs, flowers and more are regularly found encased in hardened lumps of the tree resin. But when a group of researchers digging through amber mined in Burma uncovered a sample with a pair of tiny bird-like wings frozen inside, they knew they had something special. At around 99 million years old, these wings are some of the most pristine fossilized feathers ever found.

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Largest landslide in the world rocked ancient Utah, researchers say

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PANGUITCH — Imagine a landslide involving a sheet of rock about 1 mile thick and larger than the entire state of Rhode Island traveling across the landscape at speeds up to 200 mph.

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Rare Dinosaur-Era Bird Wings Found Trapped in Amber

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Two tiny wings entombed in amber reveal that plumage (the layering, patterning, coloring, and arrangement of feathers) seen in birds today already existed in at least some of their predecessors nearly a hundred million years ago.

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These Are Some of the Weirdest Ways Paleontologists Find Fossils

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You can’t find a fossil without breaking a few rocks. In the case of a tiny crocodile called Hoplosuchus, that involved some dynamite.

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The Event that Wiped out Dinosaurs Also Nearly Did in the Mammals

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About 65 million years ago the Cretaceous era came to a dramatic end when a huge asteroid slammed into the Earth and likely jump started the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs. In the wake of such devastation, plucky mammals in their underground burrows survived and eventually rose to the prominence they enjoy today.

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Nature up close: Monument Valley

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Monument Valley is probably best known to many Americans from having been seen in more Western movies than any other location in the U.S. Most visitors to Monument Valley are immediately taken back to old John Ford films, including “The Searchers,” “Stagecoach,” and “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.”

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Interact with Paleontologists at Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry This Week

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The Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office is offering a special opportunity for young scientists and their families to interact with professional paleontologists at work in the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry.

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POTD June 21, 2016: Newfoundland Mountains, Box Elder County, Utah

Newfoundland Mountains, Utah

Newfoundland Mountains, Box Elder County, Utah
Photographer: Adam Hiscock

Ordovician-age Eureka Quartzite at the top of Desert Peak contrasting with dark colored shale and carbonate rocks of the southern Newfoundland Mountains.

What Killed the Dinosaurs in Utah’s Giant Jurassic Death Pit?

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Utah is dinosaur country—so much so that the state has a scenic byway system called the Dinosaur Diamond that connects ancient final resting places across the desert. But among the sites holding preserved tracks and dusty fossils, one boneyard stands out as a 148-million-year-old mystery: the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry.

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