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'Mud Dragon' fossil shows dinosaurs thrived on eve of destruction


In a humid, tropical jungle in southern China eons ago, a remarkably bird-like dinosaur with wing-like arms, a toothless beak and a dome-shaped crest atop its head became trapped in mud, struggled in vain to escape and died.

Workmen blasting bedrock while building a school near the city of Ganzhou unearthed a beautifully preserved fossil of the roughly 2-m-long dinosaur, nicknamed the "Mud Dragon," still in that contorted position, scientists said on Thursday.





The Cretaceous Period creature, called Tongtianlong limosus, lived 66 to 72 million years ago, at the twilight of the dinosaurs' more than 160-million-year reign on Earth. It was a member of a group called oviraptorosaurs, one of the closest relatives to birds, which evolved earlier from small, feathered dinosaurs.
 
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An extraordinarily well-preserved dinosaur tail, with a fluffy covering of feathers, lies trapped within a piece of amber. The animal it belonged to would have lived about 99 million years ago. Researchers from China and Canada identify it as a juvenile of some type of coelurosaur, a group that includes birdlike dinosaur species that walked on two legs. But because the bones of the tail are flexible and not fused as in a bird's tail, the specimen must be a terrestrial dinosaur rather than an actual bird.

 
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Latest dino news:


Wait for it ... "Scientists have proposed a radical reorganisation of the theory of evolution"
 
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is it just me, or does it seem like the common idea of a dinosaurs appearance has changed in the last decade or two? When i was in school, they were always illustrated with scaly, or snake like skin, but many now seem to be illustrated with feathers, im assuming due to a genetic association to avian species' made in the recent past?

if a disastrous worldwide event were to happen now, what do You think might flourish(what do You think animal/plant life might look like), taking into account how wildly different We are from what life was present before the last "cleansing" i.e. humans compared to Dinosaurs for instance?
 
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is it just me, or does it seem like the common idea of a dinosaurs appearance has changed in the last decade or two? When i was in school, they were always illustrated with scaly, or snake like skin, but many now seem to be illustrated with feathers, im assuming due to a genetic association to avian species' made in the recent past?

if a disastrous worldwide event were to happen now, what do You think might flourish(what do You think animal/plant life might look like), taking into account how wildly different We are from what life was present before the last "cleansing" i.e. humans compared to Dinosaurs for instance?
Over the last "50 Years " common preconceptions re Dinosaurs were based on Fossil Records.
last 20 or so years many fossils have been found that have contained unprecedent information
This is what has had the Scientific community to reassess the known and assumed "Facts"
 
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if a disastrous worldwide event were to happen now, what do You think might flourish(what do You think animal/plant life might look like), taking into account how wildly different We are from what life was present before the last "cleansing" i.e. humans compared to Dinosaurs for instance?
That would be some crazy surprise disasters considering we have many monitoring sensors to counter disasters like that. About animals and plants that could survive I believe the simpler it is the higher the chance it will survive e.g. extremophile
 

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That would be some crazy surprise disasters considering we have many monitoring sensors to counter disasters like that. About animals and plants that could survive I believe the simpler it is the higher the chance it will survive e.g. extremophile
Tardigrades and cockroaches would survive. Not sure about anything else.
 
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Slightly off topic, but I hear ducks are a close relative of dinosaurs. Is dat true?
 
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Slightly off topic, but I hear ducks are a close relative of dinosaurs. Is dat true?
Chickens and turkeys are 'closer to dinosaurs' than other birds.

chromosomes of the chicken and turkey lineage have undergone the fewest number of changes compared to their ancient avian ancestor, thought to be a feathered dinosaur.
Check these links

https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/science/3384/chickens-closer-to-dinosaurs-than-other-birds
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/3340709/Chicken-is-T-rexs-closes-living-relative.html
 

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Understood because of its Size and Genome the Ostrich was a better example and its big eggs potential host for recovered DNA invetro fertilization potential ( if they can ever scrape a long enough DNA sequence )
 
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I like when dinosaurs are battered and fried.
 
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You know, since they are born from eggs, it makes me wonder whether they, the real dinosaurs, can be implanted to the first thing they see....

I mean it would be awesome to have a raptor following around you like a duckling.
 
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Understood because of its Size and Genome the Ostrich was a better example and its big eggs potential host for recovered DNA invetro fertilization potential ( if they can ever scrape a long enough DNA sequence )
Yeah ostriches too. Scientists almost completed Avian tree of life, I hope that really soon we will find out more about birds and dinosaurs.

You know, since they are born from eggs, it makes me wonder whether they, the real dinosaurs, can be implanted to the first thing they see....

I mean it would be awesome to have a raptor following around you like a duckling.
They don't have any complete DNA sequence for dinosaurs so it's impossible to "revive" dinosaurs through stem cells and cloning.
 
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I Do Remember Scientific Research on the Bird genome and the manipulation of that DNA( Triggering some of the Redundant DNA ) has produced Chicks with Toothed Beaks and mutated wings resembling proto Dino claws instead of chick wings
The Egg tooth is a typical Direct link to the Ancent Dinosaur family tree
 
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Yeah ostriches too. Scientists almost completed Avian tree of life, I hope that really soon we will find out more about birds and dinosaurs.



They don't have any complete DNA sequence for dinosaurs so it's impossible to "revive" dinosaurs through stem cells and cloning.
Yes they do, didnt you watch Jurassic Park? :rolleyes::laugh::eek::laugh:
 
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Nodosaur found (accidentally) by miners in Canada. 110-million-year-old fossil so well-preserved it looks like a statue.

Beast used scaly armor to fight enemies and seduce mates.








More news:

43 fossilized dinosaur eggs were found in China during road repair work in Heyuan city in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

 
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I hope I'm still alive and well when Jurassic Park is finally a reality, 50 years from now maybe?
 
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