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US claims largest dinosaur foot ever discovered

About 150 million years ago, a giant, long-necked dinosaur stomped on the ground in the midwestern US state of Wyoming and left behind what researchers said Tuesday is the largest dinosaur foot ever discovered. The foot bones, found beneath a series of tail bones, extend about three feet (one meter) wide and are believed to belong to a brachiosaur, from a group of extinct herbivores known as sauropods, said the findings in the journal PeerJ. This is an "exceptionally large foot, bigger than the elements of all other…

Rare Dinosaur Skeleton Sold Off At Paris Auction For More Than $2 Million

PARIS: Initially believed to belong to an allosaurus species, the extremely rare dinosaur skeleton is actually the first of its kind ever discovered and is 'probably a new species.' A mysterious dinosaur skeleton fetched more than $2 million at a Paris auction organized by Auctioneers Aguttes on June 4. Originally estimated to be worth up to €1.8 million, the specimen was sold off to an unnamed private collector for the U.S. equivalent of $2,360,389.  Displayed on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, the extremely…

Dinosaur tail to be auctioned for Mexico quake reconstruction

MEXICO CITY: A fossilized dinosaur tail discovered in Morocco will be auctioned on Tuesday night in Mexico to raise funds for the reconstruction of thousands of schools damaged by two earthquakes that struck the Latin American nation in September. The 4-metre-(13-foot)-long, 180-kg (396-pound) tail will be offered at a reserve price of 1.8 million Mexican pesos ($95,805), according to organizer Morton’s Auction House. Anything raised above the reserve price will be donated to the BBVA Bancomer Foundation to help finance…

Mysterious dinosaur-like creature discovered with flesh still on its bones

A mysterious creature resembling a dinosaur with flesh still on its bones has been discovered in Jaspur, a small city in Uttarakhand, India. SCROLL DOWN FOR PICTURES The partially-preserved corpse was uncovered by an electrician cleaning out a sub-station left untouched for 35 years. It has been sent for carbon dating and other analysis to reveal its age. Experts say that it looks like a small dinosaur, although that could be near impossible as flightless dinosaurs have been extinct for 65 million years. Dr Parag…

Weinstein scandal signals end for ‘dinosaur’ men, says Zeta-Jones

CANNES: Harvey Weinstein's fall should be the end of "dinosaur" men preying on women, Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones said Tuesday as she premiered a film about a woman who had a brutally efficient way of dealing with chauvinism. The Oscar-winning actress said she hoped Weinstein's disgrace would be the "tipping point, or at last a turning point" in the treatment of women not just in Hollywood but in "any industry, corporation, school or college." "Let's hope that big old dinosaur of men thinking they can get away…

Vegetarian dinosaur: ‘Missing link’ bolsters bold theory on dino evolution

SANTIAGO: An oddball, vegetarian dinosaur with the silhouette of a flesh-ripping velociraptor, whose fossilised remains were unearthed in southern Chile 13 years ago, is a missing link in dino evolution, researchers said on Wednesday. A revised assessment of the kangaroo-sized Chilesaurus, reported in the journal Biology Letters, bolsters a theory unveiled earlier this year that threatens to upend a long-standing classification of all dinosaurs. Dinosaurs were the monarchs of Earth for 160 million years until a space…

Patagotitan mayorum: Colossal new dinosaur species gets scientific name

NEW YORK: A new species of titanosaur, discovered in Patagonia three years ago and perhaps the largest known dinosaur to have existed, was formally bestowed a new name on Wednesday: Patagotitan mayorum. The name translates as giant from Patagonia, paleontologist Diego Pol told an unveiling ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where a cast of the colossal creature has been on display since 2016 -- so huge that its head and neck extend into a lobby. Mayorum was selected after the name of the…

Well-preserved dinosaur unearthed in Canada gets name, backstory

CANADA: An extraordinarily well-preserved 110-million-year-old dinosaur found in a mine pit in Canada now has a name and evidence of a troubled past, researchers said. With fossilized skin and scales, the dragon-like creature is actually a new kind of nodosaur, coined Borealopelta markmitchelli, after the museum technician Mark Mitchell who spent more than 7,000 hours painstakingly removing rock from around the specimen. The report in the journal Current Biology described it as "the best-preserved armored dinosaur…

Giant bird-like dinosaur species found in China

BEIJING: Researchers have discovered a new species of giant, bird-like dinosaur that made nests larger than monster truck tires in what is now central China, a study said. Measuring about eight metres (26 feet) long and weighing up to 3,000 kilograms (6,600 pounds), the Beibeilong sinensis -- "baby dragon from China" -- lived about 90 million years ago and is only the second known species of the giant oviraptorosaur in the world. Darla Zelenitsky, a Canadian paleontologist who co-authored the study, told AFP that the…

‘Unparalleled’ number of dinosaur tracks found in Australia

SYDNEY: An "unprecedented" 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been found on a stretch of Australia's remote coastline, scientists said Monday, dubbing it the nation's Jurassic Park.  Palaeontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University said it was the most diverse such discovery in the world, unearthed in rocks up to 140 millions years old in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Steve Salisbury, lead author of a paper on the findings published in the Memoir of the Society of…