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Know What is Common between Plesiosaur and Penguins

Researchers since long were baffled by the mechanical movements of plesiosaur, but the findings of a new study have helped researchers know the missing link between this. The new study suggests that plesiosaur had same mechanical movements like that of penguins when it comes to swimming.  According to study authors, the Plesiosaurs thrived in the seas at the time when earth was still ruled by dinosaurs. These marine reptiles used to swim underwater as if they were ‘flying’, said researchers.  These marine r

Researchers since long were baffled by the mechanical movements of plesiosaur, but the findings of a new study have helped researchers know the missing link between this. The new study suggests that plesiosaur had same mechanical movements like that of penguins when it comes to swimming.

According to study authors, the Plesiosaurs thrived in the seas at the time when earth was still ruled by dinosaurs. These marine reptiles used to swim underwater as if they were ‘flying’, said researchers.

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Meet a Creature That Looks like Dinosaur but Swims Much like Penguins

Meet a Creature That Looks like Dinosaur but Swims Much like Penguins

Scientists since long have been puzzled by Meyerasaurus’ unique ability to swim in waters several hundred years ago. But according to a new study, this extinct marine reptile used its flippers to swim, very much like penguins.

The findings of new experiments reported this week in PLOS Computational Biology experiments revealed that Meyerasaurus, the extinct marine reptile, moved its flippers to fly underwater in the same manner like turtles and penguins do today.

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Scientists Discover Remains of Medium-Sized Dinosaur Named Morelladon

Scientists Discover Remains of Medium-Sized Dinosaur Named Morelladon

A team of researchers has revealed that they have discovered remains of a new medium-sized dinosaur near the town of Morella in Spain's Castellon Province. The dinosaur has an unusual sail-like structure on its back, found researchers.

According to the team, Morelladon was a four-legged herbivore that measured around six meters long i.e. almost 20 feet. The team noted that a series of boney spines were protruding out from its back. These unusual bones formed a sail-like structure, which was about two feet (60 cm) tall.

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Study suggests Dinosaurs Evolved Millions of Years Earlier than Previously Thought

Study suggests Dinosaurs Evolved Millions of Years Earlier than Previously Thought

A new study on dinosaur fossils has suggested that the creatures may have evolved earlier than thought. Paleontologists re-examined some dinosaur fossils from Chañares Formation of Argentina and found that the remains were misdated before.

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Paleontologists find what they believe is biggest dinosaur site in Scotland

Paleontologists find what they believe is biggest dinosaur site in Scotland

Paleontologists have discovered a site, which according to them is the largest dinosaur site in Scotland. The site has hundreds of big footprints from plant-eating sauropods, which date back to nearly 170 million years back.

The findings of the footprints and handprints on the Isle of Skye have helped in providing fresh look into the massive, long-necked animals, which were the largest of the dinosaurs. The discovery of a land mammal that fed on plants, has offered the strongest evidence yet that they weren’t afraid to put their toes into the water occasionally.

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PEI’s fossil mystery solves, it is a Dimetrodon

PEI’s fossil mystery solves, it is a Dimetrodon

Finally, the mystery of Canada’s earliest dinosaur identity has been solved. The puzzle solved after 170 years has unveiled that it is actually a Dimetrodon. The fossil, which was earlier named as Bathygnathus borealis, has now been renamed as Dimetrodon borealis.

The fossil was found by a French river farmer on Prince Edward Island in 1845. As per the researchers from the University of Toronto, Carleton University and the Royal Ontario Museum, the fossil is part of a family of ancient animals called Dimetrodon.

Almost-Complete Skeleton of Young Dinosaur to Fetch Up To Half A Million Pounds

Almost-Complete Skeleton of Young Dinosaur to Fetch Up To Half A Million Pounds

Fossils of an exceptionally rare dinosaur is expected to fetch up to half a million pounds during an auction. The skeleton is almost complete and belongs to a young dinosaur and is believed to be the most complete juvenile of Allosaurus discovered so far.

The fossils of the rare juvenile Allosaurus are on display at Summer Place Auctions in Billingshurst, west Sussex, which will be sold in their Evolution Auction.

Fossilized tooth unveils surprising findings about our long-lost cousins

Fossilized tooth unveils surprising findings about our long-lost cousins

A tooth was excavated from a remote Russian cave in 2010. After carrying out an extensive analysis, study researchers have come to know amazing findings about a group of long-lost human relatives called Denisovans.

DNA analysis was done of the tooth discovered from the Denisova cave in Siberia’s Altai Mountains. From the assessment, it has been found that Denisovans were present much earlier than thought before.

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Fox Squirrel no longer endangered

Fox Squirrel no longer endangered

The US Fish and Wildlife Service officials have announced on Friday that they will remove fox squirrel from the list of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act in December. The squirrels, which live in forest area, have made a great comeback.

Mass Extinction Favors Small, Not Big, Bodied Creatures, shows Study

Mass Extinction Favors Small, Not Big, Bodied Creatures, shows Study

Usually it is thought that small creatures are dominated by larger bodied creatures but according to researchers, the creatures with small bodies dominate after mass extinction.

Findings of the research conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania were published in the journal Science. Researchers studied the Hangenberg event for their study. It was a mass extinction that occurred 359 million years past and left lasting impact on earth’s vertebrates.

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