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Fossilized Sea Beast Was Pregnant When it Died

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 12, 2011, In : Paleontology 
    A fossilized 78 million year old seagoing animal was about to give birth when it died, according to paleontologists.  The animal, a species of plesiosaur called Polycotylus latippinus, was first found by Charles Bonner on his Bonner Ranch in Logan County, Kansas in 1987, but wasn't thoroughly studied until recently as the fossil was being prepped for display in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.  The sixteen foot long female was very much pregnant with a fully-formed baby i...
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The Frankenstein Insect Found In Brazil

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Thursday, July 21, 2011, In : Paleontology 
Paleontologists announced that they founs a new fossil family of animals in Brazil.  Called Coxoplepectoptera, these insects have also come to be called the Frankenstein Insect because, like the legendary literary creature created from various body parts, its body is a conglomerate of several other insects.  It had the wings and middle body of a dragonfly, the tail end of a mayfly (which has been acknowledged as its nearest living relative), and the head and front legs of a praying mantis.  T...
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Giant Prehistoric Ants Revealed

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Thursday, May 5, 2011, In : Paleontology 
Much as last week's announcement about giant fossil spiders, we have to take the word "giant" in context.  Paleontologists revealed today that the have found giant ant fossils--giant when compared to today's ants.  Modern-day giant ants are around an inch long, but this fossil was from about 50 million years ago, and was at least two inches long, making this ant, Titanomyrma lucei, about the size of a hummingbird (see photo).  Found in the Green River section of Wyoming, these ants were most ...
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New Dino Carnivore Matches T-Rex In Size

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Saturday, April 2, 2011, In : Paleontology 
It seems like Moammar Gadhafi and Japan have been in the news and nothing else is happening elsewhere, right?  Tell you what---let's talk dinosaurs, specifically a brand new one that just came out of some fossil beds.  Paleontologists in Paris have reported via Agence France Presse and the scientific journal Cretaceous Research on April 1 that researchers in China have found a new species of meat eating dino.  Named Zhuchengtyrannus Magnus, or "tyrant of Zhucheng" after the area where it was ...
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Dimetrodon Fossil Found, Most Complete Ever

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, December 13, 2010, In : Paleontology 
Paleontologists have found the most complete skeleton ever of a dimetrodon, the famous animal with a huge sail on its back, in Texas.  Dimetrodons are often mistaken for dinosaurs, but they in fact predated the dinos by a large number of years.  The fossil was unearthed in an ancient sinkhole which has been yielding dimetrodon bones for over 100 years, but never one so complete.  Scientists are still exposing more of the remains as of press time, and the creature has been nicknamed "Wet Willi...
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First Horned Dino Fossil From Korea

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, In : Paleontology 
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History announced yesterday that the first ceratopsian dinosaur fossil has been found in South Korea, a region known for dinosaur eggs and footprints, but from where actual prehistoric animals are seldom discovered.  The animal is an entirely new species of Labrador dog-sized ceratopsian and is around 103 million years old, therefore it is an ancestor of the well-known Triceratops.  Named Koreaceratops hwaseongensis in honor of Hwaseong City, where it was disco...
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Newly Found Dino Really Horny

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, In : Paleontology 
Paleontologists are putting together the remains of a newly found ceratopsian, or horned, dinosaur, and this beast took being horny to the max.  Known as Kosmoceratops richardsoni, this creature had a multitude of horns,  A short stubby horn sat on its nose, and it had one more over each eye and at each cheekbone, plus ten more at the rear edge of its frill.  It was about fifteen feet long and must have weighed around 5,500 pounds.  While it's been speculated that ceratopsians used their horn...
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New Velociraptor With Weird Feet Discovered

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, In : Paleontology 
Romania is known for its vampire and werewolf legends, and your typical velociraptor is well-known thanks to "Jurassic Park", so how do this European country and the sci-fi movie tie in together?  A paleontological expedition has unearthed a new type of velociraptor in Romania.  Known as Balaur bondoc, or "stocky dragon", this new dinosaur has a number of previously unseen features.  As opposed to other raptors, this one had short, stout, and powerful legs, showing it wasn't built for chasing...
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Two Dinosaurs May Be Same Animal

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 19, 2010, In : Paleontology 
Two paleontologists have concluded a 10-year study of two ceratopsians (horned dinosaurs) and reached a startling conclusion.  John Scannella and Jack Horner have been poring over in excess of 50 specimens of Triceratops and the lesser known Torosaurus and revealed that Torosaurus, rather than being a different dinosaur, was actually the adult stage of Triceratops.  The scientists pointed out that skull changes as ceratopsians got older is normal, and the skulls of Triceratops and Torosaurus ...
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Extinct Marsupial Fossils Found In Outback

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 16, 2010, In : Paleontology 
After thoroughly studying the site for several years, paleontologists in Australia revealed yesterday that they have found a large cave in the Outback filled with a rare find.  Fossilized remains, many of them complete skeletons of 15-million-year old marsupials known as Nimbadons, were recovered.  Nimbadons were a sheep-sized animal with many features similar to wombats, such as large claws most likely used to climb trees.  The highlight of the fossil find was that quite a few of them showed...
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New Dinosaur Named During Beer Drinking

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 9, 2010, In : Paleontology 
What do you name a new dinosaur unlike anything else ever seen before?  Usually, dinos are named after some trait of their body or their discoverer with a handle that's hard to say.  Nicholas Longrich, a paleontologist at Yale University, found a new species in Canada and wanted a unique name to match the creature's unusual feature, so he met a few fellow scientists over a few beers and they bantered possibilities.  Longrich jokingly mentioned "mojoceratops" and all conversation stopped as th...
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Chief Jack Hawk Chief Jack has hosted The Mohawk Radio Show since August 1969. He is a champion for the cause of Indie artists, and many Indies have had great success since having their music played on the station. He is a Mohawk chief who played with a Canadian band for about 10 years. He publishes articles under the name Jacques Boulerice for Yahoo! Voices and is working on a new movie script.

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