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Sometimes, a new species of dinosaur is discovered by a reduced set of bones. These bones can be enough to create a general image of the animal, or on the contrary it can only serve to stop opening infinite questions. The story of the Deinocheirus "terrible hands" was one of those cases surrounded by questions.   Hand of Deinocheirus   In 1965 the sands of the Gobi desert gave scientists a mystery, the fossil bones of a huge dinosaur: A few vertebrae and what appeared to be two almost complete arms. The authors pointed out that a load of the...

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Ilustration of Hamipterus offspring   100 million years ago a great storm buried a large set of nests with eggs of pterosaurs, flying reptiles that lived next to the dinosaurs. Some adults also perished with the eggs, perhaps in a last effort to save their offspring about to be born. Their parents did not achieve their mission and their fossils have been discovered in China, in a site that sheds light on the reproduction of these animals. We already knew that the pterosaurs laid eggs, because their fossils, although scarce, proved it. Some fossilised embryos had even been discovered in...

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Header Picture: Carcharodontosaurus saharicus tooth - © Jurassic-Dreams.com We get used to the wonderful colors of some fossils, as if they were magic, featuring a range of bright and beautiful tonalities. But it is not magic... And science has the answer. What Geological Phenomenon Creates Those Enamel Hues? There are a series of processes that occur since the animal dies until its remains come to our hands. And this is relatively easy to explain putting as example the dinosaur teeth. Biological remains may undergo alterations of their original chemical and mineralogical composition when incorporated into the fossil record. These processes continue after...

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Diplodocus Illustration, by Chris Tomlin Hoots, booms and coos were more likely than Jurassic Park’s roars. As incredible as it sounds, paleontologists have made in recent years an educated guess about the sounds that dinosaurs emitted. We have collected all the references we found, in this single post. As you can see, their assumptions are mainly based on the 8 following facts: 1. Dinosaurs and Birds Shared Vocalization Fundamentals The most important assumption is that dinosaurs were the ancestors of birds. The transition lasted more than 150 million years. This is a proven fact and gives scientists a good base to...

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Being able to tell if a fossil is a fake specimen or not is a daunting task, especially for novice collectors. Given the high number of questions with regards to this topic, not only here but also in other forums, I've decided to create a guide to help other collectors. And I've made it available for free obviously. There I have put pictures from specimens I've found during the years, and an extensive reference of dishonest practices that forgers use. The Most Useful Guide For Spotting Fossil Forgeries Professional Paleontology Tricks Explained in an Understandable Way Get your Free Copy:...

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