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Half mammal, half reptile discovery huge for Utah

ksl.com

SALT LAKE CITY — It may have weighed only 2 1/2 pounds and stood about 6 inches tall, but the discovery of a half mammal, half reptile’s skull in eastern Utah has huge implications for geologic timelines.

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‘Primitive and weird’ fossil looks like a tulip

futurity.org

A new study details the only fossilized specimen of a species previously unknown to science—an “obscure” stalked filter feeder.

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Man excavating Utahraptor herd turns to public for donations

ksl.com

LEHI — Scott Madsen has been working on one particular job for more than 15 years.

He’s had a long career as an expert in preparing fossils. His work is exceptionally delicate and he often spends hours at a time peering through a microscope, peeling back layers of rock one layer at a time.

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The Mammoth Pirates

rferl.org

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

sltrib.com

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

smithsonianmag.com

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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VIDEO: Why You Should Know This Prolific Princess of Paleontology

smithsonianmag.com

Mary Anning was a 19th-century working-class woman from Dorset with no formal education. She became one of the most celebrated fossil collectors in history. (3:48)

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New Droopy Dinosaur Hung Its Head Like an Enormous Eeyore

Heading in the right direction—scientists unearth a titanosaur skull that’s lending a lot of insight on these large dinosaurs.

news.nationalgeographic.com

The largest dinosaurs of all time had a bad habit of losing their heads. When a titanosaur died, its small skull often wound up far from its massive body, making it hard for paleontologists to track down an animal’s noggin millions of years later.

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Can you dig it? Trilobite fossils wait to be uncovered at Utah quarry

dispatch.com

Looking out over the landscape today, a visitor might be hard-pressed to conjure up images of the vast ocean that once spread across the region

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