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Where did whales come from? News

by David, 25 April 2019 | 2 comments

A four legged animal with big sharp teeth is swimming after a fish.

When you think about it, whales seem a bit strange. They live in the ocean, but breathe air. That suggests that millions of years ago, their ancestors walked on land. But the change didn’t happen overnight.

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Before the Jurassic – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 20 June 2018 | 0 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

It’s time for another round of science trivia. This week, we’ve got ancient questions about what happened before the Jurassic, and a puzzler about what meteoroids are.

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New dinosaur! But how did it get here? News

by David, 12 December 2016 | 0 comments

Wwo large sauropod dinosaurs on the shore of a lake.

Scientists have discovered a new Australian dinosaur, and it’s a big one! Several giant bones, some over one metre long, were uncovered near the town of Winton in central Queensland. But what’s got scientists all worked up isn’t what it looks like: it’s where it came from.

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A cracking look at the world of fossilized dinosaur eggs News

by David, 19 April 2016 | 1 comments

A big red rock with lots of smaller gray lumps in it.

Written by Julia Cleghorn Almost two years ago, we reported on the discovery of a special fossilized dinosaur specimen – the first pterosaur egg preserved in 3D! Pretty impressive, huh? Since then, there have been some other interesting finds.

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Scientists revive Brontosaurus News

by Jasmine, 10 April 2015 | 0 comments

Written by Hugo Taylor Have you ever heard of the Brontosaurus? This giant dinosaur pops up in books, movies, television shows, in fact, almost everywhere! Even when it was thrown out by scientists, we didn’t want to let it go from our collective imagination. The good news is that this much-loved dinosaur is back.

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Flying pterosaur, fossil eggs News

by David, 6 June 2014 | 1 comments

Pterosaur picture

Written by Sarah Kellett The first pterosaur eggs that were preserved in three dimensions have been found in China, giving us a glimpse into the lives of flying reptiles.

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Megafauna Monday: Dromornis stirtoni News

by Pat, 14 October 2013 | 3 comments

Fossil cast of a Dromornis stirtoni skeleton.

Welcome to Megafauna Monday, where we help you chase away the post-weekend blues by showcasing some of the mighty beasts that once roamed the planet. Today it’s about the biggest bird of them all!

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Megafauna Monday: Nimbadon News

by Pat, 23 September 2013 | 1 comments

Artist's impression of a mother and juvenile Nimbadon in a tree.

Welcome to Megafauna Monday, where we help you chase away the post-weekend blues by showcasing some of the mighty beasts that once roamed the planet.

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Megafauna Monday: Diprotodon News

by Pat, 16 September 2013 | 1 comments

Diprotodon skeleton.

Welcome to Megafauna Monday, where we help you chase away the post-weekend blues by showcasing some of the mighty beasts that once roamed the planet. We thought we’d start with a bang by introducing you to the largest marsupial ever discovered: Diprotodon.

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Megafauna mystery News

by Pat, 12 July 2013 | 1 comments

Marsupial lion skeleton. It casts its shadow on the back wall.

Giant wombats, short-faced kangaroos and the largest land lizard to ever have lived are just some of Australia’s megafauna. These large animals have mostly gone extinct. However, the cause of their extinction is still a matter of debate.

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