Before There Were Dinosaurs, There Was This Weird Crocodile-Looking Thing

smithsonianmag.com

Everybody knows about dinosaurs. How could we not? They’re everywhere, from museum halls and Hollywood blockbusters to city sidewalks where their modern, feathery representatives pick up crumbs with their beaks. But even while we adore the terrifying Tyrannosaurus and breathtaking Brachiosaurus, we still know next to nothing about the earliest dinosaurs that arose over 235 million years ago—and who exactly they evolved from.

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Dinosaurs of Copper Ridge – Part 1/2

dontmesswithdinosaurs.com

This video is part 1 in a 2 part series about reconstructing the dinosaurs that left their tracks at Copper Ridge, near Moab Utah.

 

Dinosaur day; unearthing ancient Lake Dixie, swimming dinosaurs

stgeorgeutah.com

FEATURE — Representing a recent discovery of a remarkable past, the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm offers visitors a glimpse at an early Jurassic lakeside habitat via a site uniquely preserved from volcanic destruction. Displayed at this site are not only rare trackways of carnivorous dinosaurs but swim tracks and the fossil fish that dinosaurs consumed. Also displayed are plant fossils which rimmed the shoreline approximately 200 million years ago.

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Life Bounced Back After the Dinosaurs Perished

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When a six mile-wide asteroid struck the Earth 66 million years ago, it was one of the worst days in the history of the planet. About 75 percent of the known species were rapidly driven to extinction, including the non-avian dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus, the flying pterosaurs, the coil-shelled squid cousins called ammonites, and many more.

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The Mammoth Pirates

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With the sale of elephant tusks under close scrutiny, “ethical ivory” from the extinct woolly mammoth is now feeding an insatiable market in China.

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Dinosaur National Monument photo gallery

deseretnews.com

Dinosaur National Monument is nearing the end of its 100th year. As a tribute to a monument that was millions of years in the making, we’ve compiled a list of some favorite photos from old Deseret News newspapers.

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What Happened in the Seconds, Hours, Weeks After the Dino-Killing Asteroid Hit Earth?

smithsonianmag.com

No one could have seen the catastrophe coming. Dinosaurs stalked each other and munched on lush greens as they had for over 170 million years.

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This Duck-Billed Dinosaur Had a Rare Case of Arthritis

smithsonianmag.com

may sometimes seem like monolithic, almost mythical beasts, but the statuesque skeletons that populate museums around the world once belonged to living, breathing animals.

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Rare mammoth tusk unearthed in Cub River area

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The fossilized tusk of a Columbian mammoth was unearthed in a private gravel pit in the Cub River area on July 19.

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New Lenox paleontologist creating 3-D maps of historic Jurassic site

theherald-news.com

A historic dinosaur site is getting a second look – and possibly a second hypothesis of how the bones got there.

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