Dinosaurs

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What’s in a name? Plenty, if it is a dinosaur such as the Changyuraptor, a genus of the ‘four-winged’ predatory dinosaur. S. Abramowicz, Dinosaur Institute

Unraveling the mystery of how dinosaurs get their names

A dinosaur's name says something about the dinosaur itself. They are grouped together according to similarities they share, which also indicates their ancestral relationships to one another.
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The Monsters of Jurassic World

Philosophers and blockbusters There are at least three reasons why philosophers take an interest in hugely popular cultural products such Hollywood blockbuster action movies. First is a kind of (non-objectionable…
How we think things may have looked: In early Cretaceous China, a pair of Beipiaosaurus make way for a pack of Yutyrannus trudging over a recent snowfall. Large pterosaurs (Feilongus) and tiny birds (Eoenantiornis) take flight. Brian Choo

Jurassic art: how our vision of dinosaurs has evolved over time

The latest Jurassic World movie has been criticised for its less than accurate portrayal of some of the dinosaurs. But how we imagine they looked and behaved has changed many times over the years.
Spectacular landscape of the Nuweveld escarpment showing exposures of the Beaufort Group. SUPPLIED

Why South Africa’s Karoo is a palaeontological wonderland

The Karoo provides not only a historical record of biological change over a period of Earth’s history but also a means to test theories of evolutionary processes over long periods of time.
Hold on: before we bring dinosaurs back to life as in Jurassic World, we need to look at other extinct critters first. Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment

Before we build Jurassic World we need to study recent extinctions

Jurassic World is opening in cinemas this Thursday and again raises the idea of resurrecting extinct creatures. But there's plenty of other contenders before we even think of recreating dinosaurs.

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