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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. 

Lindsay Zanno shows off a rare dinosaur egg find at a recent event

Mar 29, 2018

Paleontologists Make an Egg-cellent Discovery

High on a rocky cliff in central Utah, paleontologists Lindsay Zanno and Bucky Gates found something rare — a large clutch of fossilized dinosaur eggs. 

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 17, 2017

Keratin, Pigment, Proteins From 54 Million-Year-Old Sea Turtle Show Survival Trait Evolution

Fossil tissues show that a pigment-based survival trait common to modern sea turtles evolved at least 54 million years ago.