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Contrary to a snarky review, this monograph is one of the most important works ever published in the history of vertebrate paleontology
June 27, 2011 | By Brian Switek
See a gallery of images from a monument to a time when naturalists were only just beginning to understand prehistoric creatures
June 21, 2011 | By Brian Switek
The NIST Museum has placed images of several items on the website of its Digital Archives and is asking the public for help
June 15, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
After many false starts, scientists finally understood the first fossils of horned dinosaurs
June 10, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Paleontologists have recently learned how these three-horned dinosaurs fought, grew up and socialized
June 09, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Spinosaurus and Ouranosaurus were fundamentally different, and they remain among the most bizarre dinosaurs yet discovered
June 06, 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
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
I have to say, when I think about the end of the Space Shuttle program, I'm really not that sorry to see it come to a close
May 16, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
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
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
Everybody knows that Tyrannosaurus had small arms tipped in only two fingers. The relatively small arms of the Late Cretaceous predator are part of its charm. When paleontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn described Tyrannosaurus in 1905, however, the fingers and forearm of the dinosaur were missing. E...
May 03, 2011 | By Brian Switek
I spent Sunday morning among the dinosaurs of Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The skeletons of the prehistoric creatures stood nearly shoulder to shoulder—the Tyrannosaurus appeared to snarl at a nearby Triceratops, and an Allosaurus stood dangerously close to the business-end of...
April 25, 2011 | By Brian Switek
When the American Museum of Natural History's paleontologist William Diller Matthew published his book Dinosaurs in 1915, no one understood how the famous Mesozoic creatures originated or went extinct. Both the beginning and end of the "Age of Dinosaurs" were mysterious. Yet, tucked away in a foot...
April 22, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Despite decades of progress for women in science (and some arguments that no more is needed), the playing field still isn't level. But do all the advantages men get result in them thinking more highly of their expertise than female scientists do? Three researchers, including D. Carolina Useche at t...
April 13, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
1 ) Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched into space in Vostok 1 on the morning of April 12, 1961, 50 years ago today.2 ) He was a 27-year-old military pilot.3 ) He and his family were thrown out of their house by the Germans during World War II.4 ) They had to live in a dugout in the garden.5 ) Gaga...
April 12, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
In 1925, John Scopes, a high school biology teacher, was put on trial in Tennessee for having the audacity to teach evolution to his students. In the 21st century, teachers don't have to worry about being arrested for teaching this fundamental topic in science, and the Supreme Court declared teachi...
April 04, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski