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Turkey-sized dinosaur found caught in an ancient logjam

Turkey-sized dinosaur found caught in an ancient logjam

Science
Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Paleontologists have discovered a new dinosaur species preserved in an ancient logjam in Australia. The turkey-sized dinosaur offers new insights into the diversity of ornithopods during the Cretaceous period.The newly named species, Diluvicursor pickeringi, was a bipedal herbivorous dinosaur. The small species was found among 113-million-year-old rocks in southwestern Australia."Diluvicursor shows for the first time that there were at least two distinct body-types among closely related ornithopods in this part of Australia," Matt Herne, a researcher at the University of Queensland, said in a news release. "One was lightly built with an extraordinarily long tail, while the other, Diluvicursor, was more solidly built, with a far shorter tail. Our preliminary reconstruction ...
Ancient DNA gives glimpse of ancestors of Native Americans

Ancient DNA gives glimpse of ancestors of Native Americans

Technology
DNA from an infant who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago is giving scientists the best look yet at the genetics of the ancestors of today's native peoples of the Americas. Decoding the infant's complete set of DNA let researchers estimate the timing of key events in the ancestral history of today's Native Americans and indigenous peoples of Canada and Central and South America. Expert said that while the new work doesn't radically change the outlines of what scientists have thought, it provides more detail and better evidence than what was available before. The infant girl was buried about 50 miles southeast of Fairbanks, and her remains are the earliest known in the far north of North America, said anthropologist Ben Potter of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He reports the analysi...
Ancient military network discovered in northern Syria

Ancient military network discovered in northern Syria

Science
Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Researchers have discovered a network of military structures and remains in northern Syria dating to 4,000 years ago.The ancient surveillance and communication network was discovered a team of French and Syrian researchers who meticulously examined satellite and aerial imagery of the region's rocky terrain. The team detailed their discovery in a paper published this week in the French journal Paléorient.The network extends across 2,700 square miles of a region known as "Marges arides de Syrie du Nord," which translates to "margins arid northern Syria." The region's name refers to its position between the Fertile Crescent, a region rich in human history, which lies to the west, and the steppes to the east, a less hospitable place, inhabited historically by nomads.Both aeria
Sea reptile fossil gives clues to life in ancient oceans

Sea reptile fossil gives clues to life in ancient oceans

Science
A new fossil is shedding light on the murky past of the sea reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs.With tiny heads on long necks and four pointed flippers, plesiosaurs have been likened to Scotland's mythical Loch Ness monster.The German discovery proves that these sea creatures were alive more than 200 million years ago during the Triassic.The fossilised bones give clues to how the animal survived a mass extinction that wiped out most living things.''We now have the proof that this extremely successful group of marine reptiles already existed during Triassic times,'' said paleontologist Martin Sander of the University of Bonn, who examined the fossil with colleague, Tanja Wintrich. ''This had been suspected for over 150 years, but it took a surprisingly long time for the hard evi...
German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine

German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine

World
A court in western Germany says an ancient forest near the Belgian border can be chopped down to make way for a coal strip mine. Cologne's administrative court ruled Friday against a legal complaint brought by the environmental group BUND that wanted to halt the clearance of much of the Hambach forest. The group said it would appeal the decision and seek an injunction to prevent energy company RWE from clearing the trees in the meantime. Hambach forest has become a focus of environmental protests against the expansion of a vast mine that supplies much of the coal used in nearby power plants. The coal, a light brown variety called lignite, is considered one of the most polluting forms of fossil fuel.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International