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New Research Revises Conventions for Deciphering Color in Dinosaurs While Suggesting Connection between Color and Physiology

New Research Revises Conventions for Deciphering Color in Dinosaurs While Suggesting Connection between Color and Physiology

New research that revises recently established conventions allowing scientists to decipher color in dinosaurs may also provide a tool for understanding the evolutionary emergence of flight and changes in dinosaur physiology prior to the origin of flight.

CT Scan and 3-D Print Help Scientists Reconstruct an Ancient Mollusk

CT Scan and 3-D Print Help Scientists Reconstruct an Ancient Mollusk

Using a combination of traditional and innovative model-building techniques, scientists in the U.S. and a specialist in Denmark have created a lifelike reconstruction of an ancient mollusk, offering a vivid portrait of a creature that lived about 390 million years ago, and answering questions about its place in the tree of life, as described in the Sept. 18 edition of the journal Palaeontology.

Iridescent, Feathered Dinosaur Offers Fresh Evidence That Feathers Evolved to Attract Mates

Iridescent, Feathered Dinosaur Offers Fresh Evidence That Feathers Evolved to Attract Mates

A team of American and Chinese researchers has revealed the detailed feather pattern and color of Microraptor, a pigeon-sized, four-winged dinosaur that lived about 120 million years ago. A new specimen shows the dinosaur had a glossy iridescent sheen and that its tail was narrow and adorned with a pair of streamer feathers, suggesting the…   » Continue Reading

BP Donation Will Help Save Dinosaur Tracks at The University of Texas at Austin

BP Donation Will Help Save Dinosaur Tracks at The University of Texas at Austin

Multinational energy company BP PLC has donated $40,000 to the Texas Natural Science Center at The University of Texas at Austin in support of the center’s capital campaign to save its one-of-a-kind display of fossilized dinosaur tracks from deterioration.

Mammals First Evolved Big Brains for Better Sense of Smell

Mammals First Evolved Big Brains for Better Sense of Smell

Mammals first evolved their characteristic large brains to enable a stronger sense of smell, according to a new study in the journal Science.

National Science Foundation Grant Helps Preserve and Digitize Fossil Collections

Fragile fossil collections ranging in age from 55 million years old to recent collections of specimens from the 19th and early 20th century, will soon be protected, digitized and be made accessible to researchers due to a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $350,000 awarded to three researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Paleontologist Paints Vibrant Picture of Dinosaurs

Event: "Dinosaurs in Living Color," a public outreach lecture, presented with a screening of the National Geographic film "Dinomorphosis." Both events are free and open to the public. When: Friday, March 25, 6 p.m. (film), 7 p.m. (lecture). Pre-lecture activities begin at 5:30 p.m. Where: LBJ Auditorium Background: Professor Julia Clarke, a member of the…   » Continue Reading

Providing Unique Fossil Dinosaur Tracks A New Home A Priority for University Natural Sciences Center

Providing Unique Fossil Dinosaur Tracks A New Home A Priority for University Natural Sciences Center

The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Natural Science Center aims to move a set of unique fossilized dinosaur tracks into new exhibit space in the Texas Memorial Museum, saving them from degradation.

New Fossil Suggests Dinosaurs Not So Fierce After All

New Fossil Suggests Dinosaurs Not So Fierce After All

A new species of dinosaur discovered in Arizona suggests dinosaurs did not spread throughout the world by overpowering other species, but by taking advantage of a natural catastrophe that wiped out their competitors.

Fossilized Giant Penguin Reveals Unusual Colors, Sheds Light on Bird Evolution

Fossilized Giant Penguin Reveals Unusual Colors, Sheds Light on Bird Evolution

Paleontologists have unearthed the first extinct penguin with preserved evidence of scales and feathers. The 36-million-year-old fossil from Peru shows the new giant penguin’s feathers were reddish brown and grey, distinct from the black tuxedoed look of living penguins. The fossil shows the flipper and feather shapes that make penguins such powerful swimmers evolved early, while the color patterning of living penguins is likely a much more recent innovation.