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2003 News Stories:

Prehistoric Beaver Pond Unearthed
"This deposit contains direct evidence of the composition of an Early Pliocene arctic mammalian fauna during an active period of interchange between Asia and North America," they wrote in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. [more]

New Dinosaur Reported From Chile
A new species of titanosaur has been assembled from fossil bones uncovered in Chile. Titanosaurs were a group of long- necked, long- tailed plant-eating dinosaurs which lived during the Cretaceaous period. If confirmed, the new find would be the first ever unique species of dinosaur found in Chile. [more]

Impact
A just released high- resolution map from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission reveals a relatively obscure feature, all but hidden in the flat limestone plateau of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The impact crater known as Chicxulub (Chik-sah-loob) was  responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs and more than 70 percent of Earth's living species 65 million years ago. Now NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission has provided the most telling visible evidence to date of a 112 mile wide, 3,000 foot deep impact crater, the result of a collision with a giant comet or asteroid. [more]

Huge dinosaur Find in British Columbia
"Paleontologists say they've found dinosaur bones in British Columbia that date back almost 100 million years. The bones could be the oldest ever found in Western Canada, they say." [source]

Microraptor gui:
The Four-Winged Dinosaur
With every newly discovered feathered dinosaur fossil, paleontologists are revealing the apparent dearth of superlatives in the English language. So maybe it's surprising that the latest "greatest" is called Microraptor: a name befitting the size-but not the importance-of this wonderful animal. [more]

Dinosaurs in Decline
New fossil evidences suggest dinosaurs were feeling a climatological crunch in the years leading up to their demise. The research suggests dinosaurs were weakened by changes in global environments and climates making the famed asteroid impact at the end of the Cretaceous period more of a final blow than a knockout punch. [more]

Second Half of Chimera Fossil Revealed: A Fish-Eating Bird
The "Archaeoraptor" fossil, which was first hailed as a missing link in evolutionary history and then revealed as a forgery, is mostly a fish-eating bird. [more

Woolly Rhino Skeletons From England 
Gary Coates, a University of Birmingham archaeologist, said, "I've been working at Whitemoor Haye Quarry for five years and have excavated everything from prehistoric burial grounds to Roman farmsteads, but this find was totally unexpected. It's the biggest find - in all senses of the word - I've ever been involved with." [MORE]

Rare Mummified Dinosaur Skeleton Found in Montana
A young fossilized hadrosaur has been unearthed and recently studied. The duck-billed dinosaur was uniquely preserved: before the carcass could rot away, it mummified. This left skin and other tissues to be later fossilized- a very rare occurrence. [more

 

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