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A science news site that explores the archaeology, anthropology and paleontology of the American West
A science news site that explores the archaeology, anthropology and paleontology of the American West

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The first-ever detailed study of Tyrannosaurus skin, found on a fossil in Montana, has found that T. rex likely didn’t have feathers, and neither did the other giant tyrannosaurs of its time. Read on to learn more about the find and the strange history of feathers among the giant carnivores of the Cretaceous.
#paleontology #fossils #science #news #montana #dinosaurs
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The fossil of an armored dinosaur discovered in Montana is the most complete ever found in North America, experts say, and it’s the first anywhere found with a complete skull and tail.
Meet Zuul, the newest known species of ankylosaur, and discover what it reveals about the ancient armored dinos of the American West.
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Bones of saber-tooth cats and extinct dire wolves, extracted from the tar pits in downtown Los Angeles, still bear the marks of injuries sustained in battle more than 11,500 years ago, researchers say. Read on to see what these remains reveal about the different hunting strategies used by these Ice Age predators.
#california #losangeles #fossils #iceage #paleontology #science #news
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A new study claims that humans were hunting in California 130,000 years ago, but skeptics abound. See the mastodon fossil in San Diego that some experts think is the earliest sign of human activity in the Americas, and hear what critics have to say about the find.
#archaeology #paleontology #fossils #california #sandiego #science #news
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Archaeologists in Montana have uncovered a unique facet of Plains bison-hunting history: a pre-contact camp used for making the dried meat-and-fat product known as pemmican. Read on to learn more about the find and what it reveals about a key commodity of Plains life.
#montana #nativeamerican #history #archaeology #science #news
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North America’s oldest bison fossil, recently discovered in the Yukon, has revealed that all of the continent’s bison descended from a single female that crossed into the Americas less than 200,000 years ago. Read on to learn more about the find, and why it’s shaking up the bison family tree.
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Archaeologists have found the remains of bed bugs dating back 11,000 years, in an Oregon cave thought to be among the earliest known sites of human habitation in the American West. Read on to learn more about the discovery of the oldest bed bugs ever found, and it what it can tell us about life for bugs and humans alike at the end of the Ice Age.
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A group of superbly preserved dinosaur fossils found in Montana are giving scientists the clearest picture yet of the giant theropods known as tyrannosaurs. Turns out they were surprisingly sensitive. Their evolution was strange. And they didn’t have lips. Read on to learn all about this newly discovered dinosaur species!
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A giant skull discovered in Alaska may belong to a subspecies of polar bear that’s new to scientists, but familiar to indigenous people in the Arctic. Learn more about the 1,300-year-old skull and how it may fit in with tales of “king bears” and “weasel bears” reported by Inuit peoples.
#alaska #archaeology #history #science #news
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