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Dinosaur Discoveries

Dinosaur Discoveries

A fossil uncovered on a farm in China could be the oldest known species from the bird family. This 150-million-year-old fossil was a small feathered dinosaur, a little over three feet tall, named Aurornis xui. Scientists are still in controversy over whether this specimen does qualify as a bird, but if it does than it will be the oldest of the long line of the evolution of birds and flight.

Read more about this discovery at UPI.com here or on BBC.com here.

A team of scientists have uncovered three dog-sized dinosaur specimens. The fossilized bones, around 85 million years old, were found on a farm in Alberta, Canada. The species, Acrotholus audeti, weighed 85 pounds when it lived and is the oldest known pachycephalosaur from North America and maybe even the world. The Acrotholus audeti had a skull more than two inches thick. Scientists sometimes refer to pachycephalosaurs as thick-headed lizards or bone-headed dinosaurs because of their skulls.

Learn more about this discovery at TIME NewsFeed here.


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