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The Mystery of the Mini Mammoths

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Fossils are the gifts that keep on giving! They hold mysteries that challenge our notions about what is possible, then leave us with new questions. So when the fossils of a tiny mammoth were found on islands off the coast of California, scientists had a multitude of questions. The biggest, of course, being: How did evolution shrink the mammoth?

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How Fossilized Poo Changed Our View on Dinosaurs

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Fossilized dinosaur dung is one really precious gem! From these wonders (really, they are quite beautiful) we can understand the lives of animals that died millions of years ago and the details of their ecosystems. Not to mention, these fossils played a role in the life of one of the most notable women in paleontology!

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Your World: Made Possible By Giant Fungi

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What does a 420 million-year-old giant fungus have to do with life on Earth as we know it today? Much more than you might think! (You might have to thank its early cousins for making our lives possible!)

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The Fossil Lake that Froze Time

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In Messel, Germany there is a place where time was frozen. Preserved in magnificent fossils, the animals of land, water, and air tell a remarkable story.

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This Beautiful Image Comes from a Dinosaur Bone!

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Have you heard about the scientific field called Paleohistology? Scientists are creating stunning images that are not only breath-taking but revealing new insights into the lives of dinosaurs!

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A Story Told in Millions of Fossils

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The La Brea Tar Pits are home to some of the world’s richest fossil deposits. So, what unique insights can we glean those millions of specimens? Why is having one more dire wolf skull in a collection of thousands so important?

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The Fossil Record of Mythical Beasts?

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In a time before we understood extinction, how did people interpret the fossils they found? From Griffins to snakes turned to stone through prayer, here are just some of the explanations we’ve used through time!

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A Closer Look at the Dinosaurs with Us Now!

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Are dinosaurs still around today? You probably know that birds and dinosaurs are evolutionary cousins, but do you know how we know that? Here’s a deeper look at a piece of knowledge we might normally take for granted!

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The Amazing Woman Who Discovered Dinosaurs: Mary Anning

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The most important scientific discoveries almost always contain the key elements of a great story: drama, serendipity, hardship and perseverance. Here’s a fabulous tale of the WOMAN who discovered dinosaurs!

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Exploring Fossil Lake

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go on a paleontological dig? On this Saturdays Around the World feature, we take you to Wyoming’s Fossil Lake in search of prehistoric life!

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So, You Found A New Dinosaur?

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Let’s say you have discovered the skeleton of a dinosaur, how do know if your discovery is a new species? When Elmer Riggs discovered the first brachiosaurs in 1900 this was the question he had to answer. So, how did he do it?

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Do You Dance Like A Dinosaur?

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While you may have your own unique moves on the dance floor, it turns out dinosaurs may have also used dance to woo their mates! Here are how the incredible mating displays of birds are helping us to unlock secrets of dinosaur behavior!

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Decoding Dino Feathers

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Can we ever really know what dinosaurs looked like? Well-preserved fossils of feathered dinosaurs are allowing us to reveal what colors dinosaurs really were! The science behind it might not be as complicated as you think!

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Rewilding: What if We Had the Giants Back?

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Have you heard much about “megafauna,” the other giants that roamed the earth after the dinosaurs. It turns out they can teach us a lot about rewilding, a process to recover balance in the natural world.

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