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The Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals of Germany

Thursday April 17, 2014

Thanks largely to its famous Solnhofen fossil beds, Germany is known far and wide for its Mesozoic assortment of dinosaurs and pterosaurs. Here's a list of the most famous dinosaurs and prehistoric animals ever to be discovered in this country.

Illustration of Liliensternus: Nobu Tamura

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Were Dinosaurs Warm-Blooded?

Monday April 14, 2014

Although many people think the issue has been settled once and for all, scientists still debate whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded or cold-blooded (or something in between). Here's a look at the evidence for and against warm-blooded dinosaurs.

Illustration of Giganotosaurus: Dmitry Bogdanov

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The Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals of France

Thursday April 10, 2014

Like many nations in Europe, France has yielded more than its fair share of fossils from the Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras. Here's a list of the most notable dinosaurs and prehistoric animals ever to be discovered in this country.

Illustration of Arcovenator: Nobu Tamura

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The Dinosaur ABC

Monday April 7, 2014

Are you tired of unambitious dinosaur ABC books that lazily name-drop the most obvious candidates--Archaeopteryx, Brachiosaurus, etc.? Well, our online Dinosaur ABC will dazzle you with some lesser-known beasts from the dinosaur bestiary, ranging from A (Anatotitan) to Z (Zupaysaurus). You can read all 26 entries, sequentially, starting here.

Illustration of Spinops, the "S" of the Dinosaur ABC: Dmitry Bogdanov

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The Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals of Spain

Thursday April 3, 2014

For much of the 20th and 21st centuries, Spain has been a hotbed of fossil excavation. Here's a list of the most important dinosaurs and prehistoric animals that have been discovered in this country.

Illustration of Demandasaurus: Nobu Tamura

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Can We Clone a Baby Apatosaurus?

Monday March 31, 2014

There's been a "news story" floating around the Web lately to the effect that scientists in England have managed to clone a baby Apatosaurus. (A sharp-eyed reader may note that the accompanying photograph is of a baby kangaroo, not a newborn sauropod, but let's not quibble.) Hoaxes aside, how close are we, really, to cloning a living, breathing dinosaur?

Illustration of Apatosaurus: Wikimedia Commons

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The 10 Deadliest Dinosaurs

Thursday March 27, 2014

Some dinosaurs were especially dangerous, sporting huge teeth, sharp claws, and (occasionally) even the ability to outwit their prey. Here's a definitive list of the 10 deadliest dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and marine reptiles of the Mesozoic Era.

Photograph of Utahraptor's hind foot: Wikimedia Commons

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The Top 10 Dinosaurs by Continent

Monday March 24, 2014

What were the most important dinosaurs of North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Antarctica? Here's a handy list of the top 10 dinosaurs by continent, ranging from the North American Stegosaurus to the African Spinosaurus to the Australian Muttaburrasaurus.

Photograph of Compsognathus: Wikimedia Commons

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The Great Dying

Thursday March 20, 2014

At the end of the Permian period, about 250 million years ago, the world witnessed a mass extinction that made the K/T meteorite impact look like a damp firecracker. Here's everything you need to know about the Permian/Triassic Extinction Event, also known as the "Great Dying."

Illustration of Diplocaulus: Nobu Tamura

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The Giant Mammals of the Cenozoic Era

Monday March 17, 2014

Pretty much every mammal came in double-plus economy packaging during the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs--rabbits, wombats, armadillos and kangaroos, to name just a few. Here's a look at the giant mammals of the Cenozoic Era, along with a smattering of the plus-sized birds and crocodiles that ate and were eaten by them.

Illustration of Chalicotherium: Dmitry Bogdanov

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