Nicholas Cage’s Tarbosaurus Skull Came from Convicted Fossil Thief

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Nicholas Cage’s Tarbosaurus Skull Came from Convicted Fossil Thief

Cage outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for the 67-million-year-old T. Bataar skull at auction in 2007. But it now seems the biggest prehistoric skull ever found was provided by Eric Prokopi—a real life Time Eater.

Prokopi is currently facing 17 years in jail for stealing fossils from the rich beds of China and Mongolia, and selling them to private collectors—removing them from the light of science forever.

It doesn’t seem Cage or DiCaprio knew where the skull came from at the time—but the practice of collecting these great finds is in itself preventing paleontologists from properly examining finds and hurting our understanding of the great beasts.

More info here:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/wild_things/2013/10/29/nicolas_cage_stolen_dinosaur_skull_hollywood_stars_should_stop_collecting.html

Newly Discovered T. Rex Relative Dubbed — ‘King of Gore’

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Newly Discovered T. Rex Relative Dubbed -- ‘King of Gore’

Paleontologists in Utah have discovered a previously unknown relative of T. Rex that is 10 million years older than scientists thought possible. The 24-ft-tall predator known as Lythronax argestes—or ‘King of Gore’—was covered in scales and feathers, and had ‘banana-sized meat cleavers’ for teeth.

What’s even more important is that paleontologists figure there are 1 million acres of cretaceous rock yet to be surveyed in the area—rock that is likely to produce many more new species of dinosaur.

Check out the article here:

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/11/behold-newest-dinosaur-king-gore/71346/

Sewers, Backyards…Dinosaurs are Turning Up Everywhere

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Sewers, Backyards…Dinosaurs are Turning Up Everywhere

For the second time in two weeks construction workers in Alberta have uncovered duck-billed dinosaur fossils in their trenches. The hadrosaurs—68-million-year-old plant eaters—were found six metres down by ‘keen-eyed amateurs.’

And the great thing about the latest find is that it’s a rare, virtually complete skeleton—an 8 metre tall teenager.

Check out this article for more:

http://o.canada.com/news/its-hard-to-dig-a-hole-in-alberta-without-finding-a-dinosaur/

Mummified Dinosaur—the Best Preserved Ever

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Mummified Dinosaur—the Best Preserved Ever

A duck-billed dinosaur named Leonardo has the honor of being the best preserved dino fossil ever found. The find, currently being worked on at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis still has 90% of its soft tissue intact—including stomach and contents.

And he was found in Montana by a small band of volunteers!

Leonardo is scheduled to go on public display in March, 2014.
Check out this article for more:

http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/preserved-dinosaur-home-indianapolis-58158/

The Pliosaur in Your Backyard

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The Pliosaur in Your Backyard

Fossil hunters can be the most unlikely people and fossils can turn up in the most unlikely places. Back in 1997 a retired man building a fence in his backyard uncovered a bone from a 250-million-year-old pliosaur—a 65-foot-long predator of the ancient seas.

That’s crazy enough, but check out this article to see what he did with his incredible find…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2484575/Man-dinosaur-bone-garden-16-years-ago-finally-called-museum.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Hell Creek T. Rex Opens Door to Real Jurassic Park

Well, it’s a crazy long-shot to be honest. But viable soft tissue and cells found in a T. rex fossil could theoretically yield dino DNA! Check out what the NY Times has to say about it:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/25/science/25dino.html?_r=0