• Posts Tagged ‘Paleontology’

    Strange Science: Feathered Dinosaurs

    by  • December 29, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Artist's rendering of a velociraptor

    Paleontologists have learned a considerable amount about dinosaurs in recent years, allowing them to rename or reclassify some dinosaurs. They’ve also learned a lot about what dinosaurs really looked like, based on fossil evidence. The latest discovery is a feathered dinosaur tail trapped in amber. The dinosaur itself was only about the size of...

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    Strange Science: Prehistoric Crocodile Named after Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead

    by  • August 18, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    A Steneisaurus, similar to the giant prehistoric crocodile recently renamed for Lemmy Kilmister

    Just when you thought science couldn’t get any cooler, paleontologists recently reexamined fossil evidence of a prehistoric giant crocodile and determined that an additional species had been identified in the fossil record. They also decided to give this crocodile an awesome name: Lemmysuchus obtusidens. The Lemmysuchus portion of the name means “Lemmy’s crocodile,” and the Lemmy...

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    Strange Science: Unidentified Bones

    by  • July 28, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Mammoth bones

    When pre-industrial peoples across Europe and other parts of the world saw oversized bones eroding out of landforms, they often believed that they could have been the bones of creatures from myths and legends. Elephant skulls seemed as though they could have belonged to cyclops, and a variety of large bones were believed to...

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    Strange Science: Luskhan itilensis

    by  • July 7, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Pliosaurus rossicus skull

    Russian scientists working in the Volga River in 2002 unearthed an enormous fossilized marine creature, which has now been identified as a new species. Luskhan itilensis, which means “Master Spirit of the Volga,” had a skull approximately 5-7 feet long, and lived roughly 130 million years ago. The fossil is that of a type of plesiosaur,...

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