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Jun 17, 2022

NC State Paleontologist Studying Ancient Relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex

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Paleontologist Lindsay Zanno, associate research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at NC State, is studying the fossil. 

duck-billed dinosaur in prehistoric woodland

Mar 2, 2020

Original Cartilage and Evidence of DNA Preserved in 75 Million-Year-Old Baby Dinosaur

Researchers have found evidence of preserved protein fragments and apparent chromosomes in cartilage from a baby dinosaur. 

Moros intrepidus. Credit: Jorge Gonzalez

Feb 21, 2019

New Species of Tiny Tyrannosaur Foreshadows Rise of T. Rex

A team led by an NC State paleontologist discovered a new tiny tyrannosaur that paved the way for T. rex to rule. 

Jan 17, 2018

Why Don’t Turtles Still Have Tail Spikes? Researchers Explain Why Tail Weaponry Is Rare

A new study explains how the evolution of tail weaponry in dinosaurs required a perfect storm of traits not seen in living animals today. 

Oct 10, 2017

Mass Extinctions Led to Low Species Diversity, Dinosaur Rule

An NC State biology researcher found patterns after two of the Earth's mass extinction events. 

Mary Schweitzer and research team in her molecular paleontology lab

Sep 13, 2017

Dino Pioneer

Mary Schweitzer, a pioneer in the field of molecular paleontology, learns about dinosaurs by studying original molecules preserved inside fossils for millions of years. 

Sep 13, 2017

Quiz: Do You Know Your Dinos?

Is your dinosaur IQ extinct or dino-mite? Test yourself with our NC State-themed quiz. 

Jan 25, 2017

80-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Collagen Confirmed

Researchers have isolated additional collagen peptides from an 80-million-year-old Brachylophosaurus. 

Nov 21, 2016

Keratin and Melanosomes Preserved in 130-Million-Year-Old Bird Fossil

Researchers have found evidence of original keratin and melanosome preservation in a 130-million-year-old Eoconfuciusornis specimen. 

Nov 9, 2016

Original Dinosaur Claw Sheath Proteins Preserved for 75 Million Years

Researchers have found original proteins in a 75 million-year-old dinosaur's claw sheath.