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.
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.
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, a pioneer in the field of molecular paleontology, learns about dinosaurs by studying original molecules preserved inside fossils for millions of years.
Quiz: Do You Know Your Dinos?
Is your dinosaur IQ extinct or dino-mite? Test yourself with our NC State-themed quiz.
Science in the Movies: Dinosaurs and Paleontologists
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Hollywood’s take on dinosaurs from a panel including paleontologists and a film scholar.
Schroeter Wins Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship
Elena Schroeter, a postdoctoral researcher in paleontology, was recently awarded a prestigious Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship.
80-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Collagen Confirmed
Researchers have isolated additional collagen peptides from an 80-million-year-old Brachylophosaurus.
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.
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.