News about dinosaurs and other extinct creatures

From the discovery of new dinosaurs and fresh insights into what they looked like, to new evidence about the evolution and extinction of other prehistoric creatures, keep up to date with recent research findings.

Laquintasaura First Venezuelan dinosaur was a social animal - 06/08/2014

One of the earliest examples of dinosaurs living in herds has been found in a remote region of Venezuela.

Asteroid impact killed the dinosaurs Dinosaurs doing well before asteroid impact - 28/07/2014

Contrary to previous suggestions, most dinosaurs were likely not declining before the impact wiped them out entirely.

velvet worm King of Cambrian predators had brain of a worm - 16/07/2014

Spectacular fossil brain discovery leads to rethink of the evolution of arthropods.

Crocodile tooth Museum opens wide for giant crocodile tooth - 30/05/2014

Tooth of ferocious marine reptile is largest of its kind found in the UK.

Fuxianhuia protensa Earliest heart and blood discovered - 07/04/2014

Exceptional preservation reveals a 520-million-year-old cardiovascular system.

Marble Canyon fossils Spectacular fossil site discovery intrigues scientists - 20/02/2014

Unknown animal species from half a billion years ago have been uncovered in the Canadian Rockies.

Fossil arthropod. Complete 520-million-year-old nervous system discovered - 18/10/2013

Discovery of the oldest intact nervous system in the world provides evidence for the evolution of spiders and scorpions.

blue-peter-filming-Museum-conservation-unit BBC TV crew join palaeontologists unveiling 160-million-year-old dinosaur find - 20/09/2013

BBC's Blue Peter film unveiling of giant dinosaur skeleton.

Sauropod dinosaur skeleton Research reveals Walking with Dinosaurs may have it wrong - 15/08/2013

New dinosaur research suggests that sauropods' necks were less flexible than previously thought.

Illustration of the ancient primate from 55 million years ago. It was a relative of today's tarsiers Clearest picture yet of oldest primate - 05/06/2013

A remarkable 55-million-year-old fossil is revealed. Museum fossil mammal expert Jerry Hooker comments on the finding.

CT scan of a 100-million-year-old pterosaur, species Anhanguera Seeing inside a pterosaur skull - 21/03/2013

Computed tomography (CT) scans revealed details of the ancient flying reptile's braincase that will help scientists discover more about its behaviour.

Could Nyasasaurus parringtoni be the oldest dinosaur? Fossils could be first dinosaur to roam planet - 05/12/2012

245-million-year-old fossils at the Museum belong to Nyasasaurus, possibly the earliest dinosaur.

Model of Dunkleosteus, a member of the extinct fish group Placodermi. Ancient fish holds key to teeth origin - 17/10/2012

The oldest teeth have been identified in an ancient fish, revealing clues to the origin of our own.

Illustration of the head of 520-million-year-old Fuxuianhuia on the left and a hermit crab on the ri Oldest fossil of complex brain identified - 10/10/2012

The ancient animal Fuxianhuia protensa had a brain just as complex as today's lobsters and crabs.

Fossil skulls of crocodylians Dakosaurus maximus (A) and Plesiosuchus manselii (B). Ancient crocodiles ate like killer whales - 18/09/2012

Crocodiles are often thought of as living fossils, unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs. But 150 million years ago the feeding habits of some crocodylians were more similar to today's killer whales.

CT scan images of a Diplodocus skull showing 3 feeding scenarios Diplodocus stripped branches at feeding time - 16/07/2012

Techniques used for designing F1 cars have helped Museum scientists uncover dinosaur feeding habits.

Illustration of Centrosaurus that lived in the late Cretaceous. Muscle reconstruction reveals how dinosaurs stood - 20/06/2012

Museum scientists reveal for the first time how 4-legged dinosaurs like Triceratops and Stegosaurus stood.

The world's smallest mammoth may have looked like a dwarf version of this mammoth. World's smallest mini mammoth is identified - 09/05/2012

Museum scientists have identified a dwarf mammoth in the Mediterranean. It is the smallest known to have ever lived.

The giant feathered dinosaur Yutyrannus huali Could giant feathered dinosaur hint at feathers for T.rex? - 11/04/2012

Following the discovery of Yutyrannus huali, dinosaur expert Paul Barrett gives his view on whether other large dinosaurs may also have had feathers.

Close up of the 515-million-year-old fossilised eye of Anomalocaris Oldest predator Anomalocaris had super sight - 08/12/2011

Scientists at the Museum find the first direct evidence that the prehistoric sea creature Anomalocaris had compound eyes with 16,000 lenses.

Illustration of new horned dinosaur Spinops identified from skull bone fossils overlooked in the NHM New horned dinosaur hidden for 90 years in Museum - 06/12/2011

A new dinosaur, Spinops, has been identified from skull bone fossils overlooked in the Museum collections for nearly a century.

Drawing of Camarasaurus, the huge sauropod dinosaur. New research suggests it migrated seasonally ac Dinosaur teeth show Camarasaurus had seasonal migration - 26/10/2011

New research suggests giant sauropod dinosaurs migrated seasonally across the vast plains of western North America. It is the first evidence of dinosaur migration.

Painting of how Archaeopteryx may have looked Archaeopteryx and the dinosaur-bird family tree - 14/09/2011

How does Archaeopteryx fit in with bird origins? The Museum's Paul Barrett and Angela Milner give their views.

Could the first Australian spinosaur dinosaur be a Baryonyx? First Australian spinosaur dinosaur had global distribution - 15/06/2011

The first spinosaur dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Australia is uncovered by Museum scientists.

44-million-year-old fossil louse species, Megamenopon rasnitsyni, from Germany on left Lice thrived before dinosaur extinction - 06/04/2011

The ancestors of today’s lice, and their bird and mammal hosts, were diversifying before dinosaurs went extinct.

Woolly mammoths died out because climate change caused a massive decline in their grassland habitat, Woolly mammoth extinction due to climate change - 23/08/2010

Woolly mammoths died out because climate change caused a massive decline in their grassland habitat, scientists report.

The first relative of Tyrannosaurus rex from the southern continents has been discovered in Dinosaur First southern tyrannosaur uncovered - 26/03/2010

Evidence for the first ever tyrannosaur dinosaur in the southern continents has been uncovered.

Dinosaur Sinosauropteryx may have had an orange coloured crest Dinosaur colour revealed for the first time - 27/01/2010

Scientists reveal the first evidence of colour-causing structures in dinosaurs and ancient birds.

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