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Dinosaur National Monument photo gallery

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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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