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Meg with tooth injury

May 12, 2022

What Caused This Megatooth Shark’s Massive Toothache?

Paleontologist Lindsay Zanno and two students studied a deformed tooth from an Otodus megalodon shark to determine the root cause. 

Toy dinos

Apr 25, 2022

Exploring the Origins of Molecular Paleontology

Postdoctoral research scholar Elizabeth Jones' new book traces the history, people and projects involved in exploring the ancient world. 

Lindsay Zanno prospecting

Mar 10, 2022

The Deep Past and the Deep Future: Q&A With Paleontologist Zanno

Paleontologist Lindsay Zanno discusses what Earth's past can tell us about its future. 

BIO 325 students carry fossils from the Crystal Geyser Quarry Utah 2021

Sep 8, 2021

Expedition Extreme: A Summer in the Field With the Zanno Lab

Paleontologist Lindsay Zanno recounts her research team's summer in the field. 

Parasaurolophus skull

Feb 2, 2021

Parasaurolophus Skull Solves Mysteries of Colorful Crest, Family Tree

A well-preserved skull answers questions about the Parasaurolophus family tree. 

Dueling Dinosaurs fossil

Dec 1, 2020

Dueling Dinosaurs: A Q&A With Lindsay Zanno

Paleontologist Lindsay Zanno talks about her acquisition of the Dueling Dinosaurs fossil and what it could reveal. 

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. 

Illustration of Anchiornis huxleyi

Jan 28, 2019

Molecular Analysis of Anchiornis Feather Gives Clues to Origin of Flight

Molecular analysis of a fossil feather could help scientists understand when dinosaur feathers developed capacity for flight. 

Illustration of a Galagadon shark swimming in ocean water

Jan 22, 2019

Ancient Carpet Shark Discovered With ‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Teeth

A newly discovered small, prehistoric shark with spaceship-shaped teeth takes its name from the video game Galaga. 

Illustration of a Stenopterygius ichthyosaur

Dec 5, 2018

Soft Tissue Shows Jurassic Ichthyosaur Was Warm-Blooded, Had Blubber and Camouflage

Research published in Nature describes what soft-tissue analysis reveals about an ancient, dolphin-like marine reptile.