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Catching Up with Dinosaur News

Haven't posted a lot about dinosaurs here on the blog since the 24th of May or thereabouts, so figured I would catch up on some of the news on dinosaurs and palaeontology.

First up, Brian Switek talks about social sauropods, and how a recently discovered bonebed may yield clues about dinosaur behaviour:

Social Sauropods?

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Next up, a classic paleo prank, featuring the enigmatic Tully Monster - In search of the Dancing Worm of Turkana. While the date of this one is April 1st, 2012, note that this is *not* an April Fool's joke!

LIVING FOSSILS: Tullimonstrum gregarium and The Dancing Worm of Turkana

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The Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS) made a statement on the Tarbosaurus auction - the group is in favour of fossil sales, but only if said fossils are collected legally.

The AAPS President's Message

I prefer the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)'s reply and counter message to this: Don't buy or sell significant fossils (unless it brings fossil into public trust).

Fossil Sale Unacceptable

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There's an interesting piece on how Sauropod dinosaurs changed the landscapes they lived on:

Impact of Sauropod Dinosaurs on Lagoonal Substrates in the Broome Sandstone (Lower Cretaceous), Western Australia

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Another interesting research paper on the attack capabilities of the terror bird Andalgalornis steulleti. Neat stuff.

Flexibility Along the Neck of the Neogene Terror Bird Andalgalornis steulleti (Aves Phorusrhacidae)

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Brian Switek came across a fantastic article from the Ogden Standard from 1920, suggesting that Stegosaurus could glide!:

The Gliding Stegosaurus

Brian also expounds a bit on his thoughts on this matter:

The Fantastic Gliding Stegosaurus

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Brian Switek takes a look at the fact that birds have juvenile dinosaur skulls in his blog entry on the Smithsonian site:

Birds Have Juvenile Dinosaur Skulls

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Terror birds just ain't what they used to be, according to Brian Switek:

Terror Birds Ain't What They Used to Be - A Titanis Takedown

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From the Farmington, New Mexico Daily Times, comes this piece on how palaeontologists are ready to excavate a juvenile Pentaceratops. The dinosaur will help answer questions about ceratopsid growth.

Pentaceratops May Make Paleontology Waves

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Cracked.com offers this wonderful set about eight prehistoric creatures that are sure to give you serious nightmares:

8 Prehistoric Creatures Ripped Directly From Your Nightmares

Lovely stuff, that. :)

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There's a new PLoSOne description of a new hadrosaur - Kundurosaurus nagornyi - from the late Cretaceous of Russia:

A New Saurolophine Dinosaur from the Latest Cretaceous of Far Eastern Russia

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In good news, re: the Tarbosaurus auction,

The Fate of Auctioned Tarbosaurus Yet to be Determined

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And finally...

Dinosaur National Monument is famous for its quarry wall, but there's more to the park than the Jurassic graveyard. Furthermore, fossil discoveries continue to be made there:

America's Monumental Dinosaur Site
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And that's as up-to-date as I can get for the moment. :)
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