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Limusaurus
New dinosaur gives bird wing clue
(Jun 18, 2009)


A new dinosaur unearthed in western China has shed light on the evolution from dinosaur hands to the wing bones in today's birds. The fossil, from about 160 million years ago, has been named Limusaurus inextricabilis. The find contributes to a debate over how an ancestral hand with five digits evolved to one with three in birds.

Read more. Source: BBC

sauropod
Giant dinosaurs 'held heads high'
(May 27, 2009)


Diplodocus's impressive neck sweeps along the main hall of London's Natural History museum, welcoming its visitors. Now, findings suggest that 150 million years ago the giant may have held its head higher for much of the time. By studying the skeletons of living vertebrates, Mike Taylor, from the University of Portsmouth, and his team, reshaped the dinosaur's resting pose.

Read more. Source: BBC

primate ancestor fossil
Scientists hail stunning fossil
(May 20, 2009)


The beautifully preserved remains of a 47-million-year-old, lemur-like creature have been unveiled in the US. The preservation is so good, it is possible to see the outline of its fur and even traces of its last meal. The fossil, nicknamed Ida, is claimed to be a "missing link" between today's higher primates – monkeys, apes and humans – and more distant relatives.

Read more. Source: BBC

hobbit foot
Hobbits 'are a separate species'
(May 6, 2009)


Scientists have found more evidence that the Indonesian "Hobbit" skeletons belong to a new species of human – and not modern pygmies. The 3ft (one meter) tall, 30kg (65lbs) humans roamed the Indonesian island of Flores, perhaps up to 8,000 years ago. Since the discovery, researchers have argued vehemently as to the identity of these diminutive people.

Read more. Source: BBC

T. rex
Ancestor of T rex found in China
(Apr 22, 2009)


Fossils found in China may give clues to the evolution of Tyrannosaurus rex. Uncovered near the city of Jiayuguan, the fossil finds come from a novel tyrannosaur dubbed Xiongguanlong baimoensis. The fossils date from the middle of the Cretaceous period, and may be a "missing link", tying the familiar big T rex to its much smaller ancestors.

Read more. Source: BBC

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