Spinosaurus and Ouranosaurus were fundamentally different, and they remain among the most bizarre dinosaurs yet discovered
June 06, 2011 | By Brian Switek
The best of what's being written about dinosaurs in the blogosphere
June 02, 2011 | By Mark Strauss
The area is piled high with sedimentary rock from the heyday of the dinosaurs. At a few spots, it's easy to see the animals' tracks
June 01, 2011 | By Brian Switek
It took a long time—and a new understanding of sauropod lifestyles—to figure out whether they laid eggs or gave birth to live young
May 31, 2011 | By Brian Switek
The giant with the "three-horned face" was originally mistaken for a very different creature
May 27, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Tyrannosaurus rex is the antithesis of everything a good pet should be. “Literally awful and almost certainly needing a special insurance policy” to keep
May 26, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Thanks to new specimens found in China, paleontologists have discovered that Shastasaurus ate very much like a beaked whale does today
May 25, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Are there too many dinosaurs? Paleontologist Jack Horner thinks so, and he explained his reasoning in a short TED talk last month
May 24, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Spinosaurus may not be as popular as Tyrannosaurus, but sculptures and models of the sail-backed predatory dinosaur are fairly common along America's roadsides
May 23, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Though not nearly as common as the bone fragments and bits of tooth found at dinosaur fossil sites, remnants and impressions of dinosaur skin are not as rare as you might think
May 20, 2011 | By Brian Switek
The proposal of pack-hunting dinosaurs is old news in paleontological circles, and the hard evidence to support the claims about Tarbosaurus has not yet been released
May 19, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Richard Polsky writes in the introduction to his travelogue memoir Boneheads, it was time "to experience life all over again," and a search for the most famous predator of all time seemed like just the thing
May 18, 2011 | By Brian Switek
When paleontologists were still just becoming acquainted with the great dinosaurs of the American West, Charles R. Knight created a curious vision of the long-necked dinosaur Diplodocus
May 17, 2011 | By Brian Switek
The new Tarbosaurus juvenile is a truly remarkable specimen
May 16, 2011 | By Brian Switek
In 1913, paleontologists at the American Museum of Natural History made plans for what would have been a spectacular reconstruction of a prehistoric battle. Too bad that their plans did not come to fruition.Tyrannosaurus rex—the most celebrated dinosaur of all time—made its debut at the AMNH. The f...
May 11, 2011 | By Brian Switek
What was Kelmayisaurus? Discovered in 1973, the lower jaw and partial upper jaw of this large, predatory dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of China have been frustratingly difficult to interpret. Maybe Kelmayisaurus belonged to some obscure lineage of archaic theropod dinosaurs, or perhaps the fos...
May 10, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Everybody knows that Stegosaurus had four tail spikes. The formidable weapons this odd dinosaur sported were some of its most prominent features. Yet, when Stegosaurus was new to science, it seemed as if this dinosaur bristled with even more spikes. In 1891, the first full skeletal drawing of Stegosaurus ungulatus was created under the direction [...]
May 09, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Dinosaurs are ambassadors of paleontology. Much to the frustration of scientists who study plants, invertebrates, and even fossil mammals, the word "paleontologist" is closely associated with the image of scruffy researchers digging around for dinosaur bones. Despite the popularity of dinosaurs, th...
May 06, 2011 | By Brian Switek
I thought that I had seen just about every major dinosaur documentary from the 1980s, but I just found out that I missed at least one: the Smithsonian Video Collection's Dinosaurs. It was one of many programs—like A&E's miniseries Dinosaur!—that were inspired by deep changes to what we thought ...
May 05, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Non-avian dinosaurs have been extinct for about 65 million years, but that has not stopped them from showing up on Twitter. Several dinosaurs have been making the most of the social media platform. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History doesn't have one yet—I would personally love to he...
May 04, 2011 | By Brian Switek