Venomous Dinosaurs?

Anyone who has ever watched Jurassic Park will remember the iconic scenes with the venom-spitting Dilophosaurus. Its vibrant frill and the foul, sticky poison it spits to blind its prey made for dramatic imagery, but is any of grounded in reality? Were there any venomous dinosaurs? As most dinosaur fans probably already know the film-makers of... Continue Reading →

Nesting Times – Dinosaur Brood Parasites?

In the great evolutionary arms race to survive, thrive and reproduce many animals cheat. Consider the cuckoo for example. They are famous for laying their eggs in the nests of other birds and in fact this strategy, called brood parasitism, is found in many animal groups from beetles to fish. Its a clever behavior, foistering... Continue Reading →

Eggs, Fungi and the Death of the Dinosaurs?

Few events in prehistory have attracted as much popular interest as the extinction of the dinosaurs. The disappearance of these iconic beasts has been debated and speculated over pretty much since the first discovery and identification of their bones. Today most researchers agree that the extinction was the result of some global ecological catastrophe, be... Continue Reading →

Dinosaurs and LSD?

Keeping with our theme of ancient drugs, earlier this year researchers from Oregon State University and USDA Agricultural Research Service discovered a remarkable fossil from the amber mines of Myanmar.  The amber was around 100 million years old, from the mid-Cretaceous and it contained the oldest known piece of grass. This alone makes it an... Continue Reading →

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