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The Conversation: How we identified weird and wonderful 'Jurassic platypus' dinosaur

The Conversation: How we identified weird and wonderful 'Jurassic platypus' dinosaur
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When the platypus was discovered in very late 18th century, its bizarre features that appeared to be a mash-up of other animals perplexed naturalists. Now a creature from the past that would have looked like strange mix of unrelated dinosaurs has been discovered. And our research suggests that it belonged to a hitherto unknown lineage of herbivores that lived around 145m years ago, in the Jurassic period.
Date:
28/04/2015

Bizarre 'platypus' dinosaur discovered

Bizarre 'platypus' dinosaur discovered
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Although closely related to the notorious carnivore Tyrannosaurus rex, a new lineage of dinosaur discovered in Chile is proving to be an evolutionary jigsaw puzzle, as it preferred to graze upon plants. Palaeontologists are referring to Chilesaurus diegosuarezi as a 'platypus' dinosaur because of its extremely bizarre combination of characters that include a proportionally small skull and feet more akin to primitive long-neck dinosaurs.
Date:
27/04/2015

The Birmingham Brief: 'Toilet-seat head' amphibian boosts catalogue of Triassic curiosities

The Birmingham Brief: 'Toilet-seat head' amphibian boosts catalogue of Triassic curiosities
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The Triassic, which lasted from 252 to 200 million years ago, is not a geological period that looms large in the public consciousness. It lacks the Hollywood glamour of the Jurassic, and sadly none of its cast is as iconic as stars of the Cretaceous such as Tyrannosaurus rex.
Date:
02/04/2015

Uncovering the secrets of the Himalayas off the coast of Mumbai

Uncovering the secrets of the Himalayas off the coast of Mumbai
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Despite being thousands of kilometres apart, a team of international scientists are collecting samples from the bottom of the Arabian Sea to find out how the growth of the Himalayan mountain range has affected the Asian Monsoon over the last 50 million years. The drilling, taking place off the coast of Mumbai, India, will also help scientists predict monsoon intensity in the future.
Date:
31/03/2015

Prehistoric super salamander was top predator, fossils suggest

Prehistoric super salamander was top predator, fossils suggest
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A previously undiscovered species of crocodile-like amphibian that lived during the rise of dinosaurs was among Earth's top predators more than 200 million years ago, a study shows.
Date:
26/03/2015

First Venezuelan dinosaur discovered

First Venezuelan dinosaur discovered
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A new dinosaur species from South America has been identified, according to new research by an international team of scientists. The 200 million year old fossils are from the La Quinta Formation in Venezuela, making this the first dinosaur find in the north of South America. The species is named Laquintasaura venezuelae, after its location, in a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Date:
06/08/2014

Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows

Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows
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Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say.
Date:
28/07/2014

Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication

Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication
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GEES doctoral researcher Martín Ezcurra has won the University of Birmingham Graduate School's Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication.
Date:
27/06/2014

The Conversation: How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs

The Conversation: How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs
Description
Richard Butler, Birmingham Fellow & Academic Keeper, Lapworth Museum of Geology, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs'. Dinosaurs are stereotypical symbols of failure, because, apart from birds, none of their lineage have survived. A massive meteorite strike caused their mass extinction about 65 million years ago. But this event negatively skews our perception of the dinosaur story. In fact, far from failures, dinosaurs were highly successful.
Date:
03/01/2014
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