SCIENCE The tiny arms of a Tyrannosaurus rex may have been strong enough to slash prey at close quarters. (National Geographic) What else are we learning about T. rex anatomy? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Nat Geo article says the general consensus is that Tyrannosaurus rex’s arms were a vestigial feature. What is … Continue reading T. Rex’s Tiny Arms May Have Been Vicious Weapons
SCIENCE Seventy million years ago, they all came to drink in the rapidly drying river: long-necked sauropods, fierce theropods, crocodiles, lizards, and raven-sized birds. They never left. (Science) How are animal remains fossilized? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas An intriguing new theory suggests that a series of harmful algal blooms (HABs) may have … Continue reading Did Tiny Algae Doom Mighty Dinosaurs?
GEOGRAPHY Had the asteroid struck a different location, the outcome might have been very different. (BBC) Zoom in on the Chicxulub impact crater, ground zero for the demise of the dinosaurs. Discussion Ideas How did an asteroid, comet, or other space rock lead to the demise of the dinosaurs? The impactor didn’t directly cause any extinctions. Instead, it induced a “global winter” (sometimes called an … Continue reading Dinosaur Asteroid Hit the ‘Worst Possible Place’
SCIENCE Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best-preserved fossil of its kind ever found. (Nat Geo Magazine) Zoom in on dinosaurs and the early Cretaceous in North America. Discussion Ideas The nodosaur was not unearthed at a paleontological dig. How was this fossil discovered? Excavations at Suncor’s Millennium Mine, an oil mining operation in northern Alberta, Canada, unearthed the fossil. … Continue reading Dinosaur Mummy!
SCIENCE Scientists have described a remarkable collection of dinosaur tracks on beaches in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. (BBC) How do paleontologists drone for dinos in the Kimberley? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list at key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map of “Australia’s Jurassic Park.” Discussion Ideas New research details the rich ichnofauna of the northern Western Australian … Continue reading Largest Dinosaur Footprint Found in Australia