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Surprising elephant-sized mammal cousin lived alongside dinosaurs

WASHINGTON: A stoutly built mammal cousin the size of an elephant that munched on plants with its horny beak roamed the European landscape alongside dinosaurs during the Triassic Period about 205 million to 210 million years ago, scientists said on Thursday. Scientists announced the surprising discovery in Poland of fossils of a four-legged beast called Lisowicia bojani that demonstrated that dinosaurs were not the only behemoths on Earth at that time and that the group of mammal-like reptiles to which Lisowicia belonged,…

Robotel: Japan hotel staffed by robot dinosaurs

URAYASU, Japan: The reception at the Henn na Hotel east of Tokyo is eerily quiet until customers approach the robot dinosaurs manning the front desk. Their sensors detect the motion and they bellow "Welcome." It might be about the weirdest check-in experience possible, but that's exactly the point at the Henn na (whose name means 'weird') chain, which bills itself as offering the world's first hotels staffed by robots. The front desk staff are a pair of giant dinosaurs that look like cast members of the Jurassic Park…

‘Amazing dragon’ fossils rewrite history of long-necked dinosaurs

WASHINGTON: Fossils unearthed on a hillside in northwestern China are forcing scientists to rethink the history of a dinosaur lineage that produced the largest animals ever to walk the planet. Scientists on Tuesday announced the discovery of Lingwulong shenqi, an early member of the well-known group of plant-eating dinosaurs called sauropods with long necks, long tails, small heads and pillar-like legs. Lingwulong lived 174 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. Its name means “amazing dragon from Lingwu,” the…

Roaring dinosaurs return in ‘Jurassic World’ sequel

LONDON: The dinosaurs are back. The roaring creatures return to cinema screens in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, the fifth installment in the sci-fi movie franchise which began 25 years ago. The sequel to 2015’s “Jurassic World” sees actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles as Owen and Claire and return to Isla Nublar, three years after its dinosaur theme park was devastated by the creatures escaping confinement. With a volcanic eruption threatening the surviving dinosaurs on the island,…

Scientists discover Egyptian dinosaur with ties to Europe

PARIS: A long-necked dinosaur unearthed in Egypt has yielded the first evidence of contact between African and European dinosaurs shortly before the creatures disappeared for good about 66 million years ago, scientists said Monday. Given a dearth of dinosaur skeletons from Africa, palaeontologists have battled to reconstruct a map of how the animals spread across the world after the "supercontinent" Pangaea broke up into different land masses some 200 million years ago. Many believed Africa's dinosaurs were completely…

Hundreds of pterosaur eggs help reveal the early life of flying reptiles

RIO DE JANEIRO: Scientists have peered inside the largest collection of fossilized pterosaur eggs ever found, using 3D scans to reveal new insights into these flying cousins of dinosaurs, researchers said Thursday. Pterosaurs were reptiles, and the first creatures — after insects — to evolve powered flight, meaning they flapped their wings to stay aloft instead of simply jumping and gliding. They went extinct along with the dinosaurs some 66 million years ago. Until now, scientists had found some pterosaur eggs with…

Dinosaurs found beheaded at Australian museum

SYDNEY: Three model raptors at Australia's national dinosaur museum have been beheaded by mystery vandals who scaled a fence and removed the parts using an angle grinder or hacksaw, police said Tuesday. Investigators are hunting for the attackers after the damage to the dinosaurs -- which were in an outside display area -- took place late Saturday at the museum in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory police said. "The damage sustained to the (three velociraptor) dinosaurs indicate that an angle grinder or hacksaw was…

New study reveals how frogs flourished after dinosaurs croaked

A massive asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs millions of years ago created room for frogs to colonize the Earth, said a study Monday that shows how frogs became among the most diverse vertebrates in the world. As many as 10 types of frogs are believed to have survived the mass extinction some 66 million years ago, which erased three-quarters of life on Earth, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Of these survivors, just three major kinds of frogs went on to diversify and…

VIDEO: Japan soon to have real-life Jurassic Park

Ever wanted to encounter dinosaurs in real life? Well now you may experience real-life version of the terrifying dinosaur rampages in Japan. Dino-a-Live, a visual spectacle and performance piece complete with animatronic dinosaurs, debuted at an industry expo in Tokyo earlier this week. The project was thought up by Japanese entrepreneur Kazuya Kanemaru, who has also proposed an idea for a dinosaur theme park named Dino-a-Park. Kanemaru is hoping to get funding for the park in 2017. The dinosaur robots are…