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Oldest pterodactyl fossil discovered in Utah desert

About 210 million years ago, a strange "bird" with a pelican-like pouch, big fangs and a large, five-foot wingspan circled above the Utah desert, searching for its next meal.<p>Now, after discovering the pterodactyl's fossilized remains in northeastern Utah, scientists suggest the creature was the …

Dinosaurs

AMC is developing a sci-fi show based on Ken Liu’s short stories

The network has opened up a writer’s room for the animated show<p>Ken Liu is one of science fiction’s most celebrated writers working today. In addition to translating Cixin Liu’s acclaimed <i>Three Body Problem</i> and <i>Death’s End</i>, he’s also earned numerous awards, most significantly for his short story, “The …

Science Fiction

Scientists Unearth Remains of 76 Million-Years-Old Spiky Tank-Like Dinosaur In US

It was a member of a dinosaur group called Ankylosaurs, among the most heavily armoured animals on Earth. And for good reason, considering the …

The Covers of Jack Kerouac's Classic Titles Are Getting a Makeover

Readers have been enjoying classic Jack Kerouac books like <i>The Dharma Bums</i> and <i>On the Road</i> for decades, but starting this August the novels will have a …

The graceful restoration of a 200-year-old serif typeface shows the problem with digital fonts

In the early 1800s, a talented German punchcutter by the name of Justus Enrich Walbaum created a typeface that signaled modernity. A departure from the Blackletter fonts that were common in German books at that time, Walbaum designed a “warm and stylish” Roman typeface that would become a favorite …

Typography

New ‘Giant’ Dinosaur Species Discovered in Argentina

Archaeologists in Argentina have reportedly discovered a new species of dinosaur about three times the size of other dinosaurs from the Triassic era. …

The Most Massive of Dinos Evolved Earlier Than Previously Thought

Dinosaurs include some of the largest, mightiest animals ever to walk the Earth. Every couple of years, it seems, we’re introduced to a new fossil …

The End. Vermont typewriter shop’s closing marks the unrelenting scroll of time

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — The quiet man with dark, soulful eyes would creep unassumingly into the simple shop on South Main Street here, carrying a …

Dinosaurs of the Lost Coast

A fossil of <i>Parasaurolophus walkeri</i> at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Photo by Stephen Morrison/epa/Corbis<p>The dinosaur’s scientific story starts …

Harlan Ellison wrote Star Trek’s greatest episode. He hated it.

The famously cantankerous science-fiction legend died this week. The story of “City on the Edge of Forever” represents his career in miniature.<p>Harlan Ellison, the legendary, legendarily irascible speculative fiction writer who died this week at age 84, wrote the greatest episode of <i>Star Trek</i> ever …

The most basal ankylosaurine dinosaur from the Albian–Cenomanian of China, with implications for the evolution of the tail club

<b>Systematic palaeontology</b><p>Dinosauria Owen 1842<p>Ornithischia Seeley, 1888<p>Thyreophora Nopcsa, 1915<p>Eurypoda Sereno, 1986<p>Ankylosauria Osborn, …

Archaeology

A new species of armored dinosaur has been found in Mexico

Here’s how to get the stunning Bauhaus fonts that Adobe is reviving

After nearly a century, these long-lost typefaces are being reborn through clever design sleuthing.<p>Even if you’re not a designer, you’ve probably heard the phrase “form follows function.” That’s how influential the school that espoused it, the Bauhaus, has become since its heyday in 1920s and ’30s …

20 Free Photoshop Layer Styles for Creating Beautiful Text Effects

Photoshop Layer Styles are a set of pre-configured commands that will take basic text and will quickly create typographical works of art for you. …

The oldest dinosaur has been discovered in Mexico

A new species of dinosaur has been discovered in Mexico by palaeontologists at the acclaimed Desert Museum.<p>The creature lived 85 million years ago, making it the oldest dinosaur to have inhabited the region.<p>The Acantholipan gonzalezi was found in the Ocampo region of Coahuila and is native to the …

The Surprising Practice of Binding Old Books With Scraps of Even Older Books

For centuries, bookbinders commonly used whatever materials they could get—including entire manuscript pages.<p>Last year, Megan Heffernan, an English …

Trix, real-life 67-million year-old T.rex, goes on show in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - You've seen computer-generated versions in the "Jurassic Park" films, you may have seen models in museums or theme parks, but an exhibit that opened in Paris on Wednesday lets visitors come face-to-face with the real thing: a genuine Tyrannosaurus rex.<p>With her enormous teeth …

Michael Pollan Drops Acid — and Comes Back From His Trip Convinced

<b>HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND</b> <b><br>What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence</b><br>By Michael Pollan<br>465 pp. Penguin Press. $28.<p>Michael Pollan has long been concerned with the moral dilemmas of everyday life. “Second Nature,” his first book, …

Why Today is the Golden Age for Dinosaur Discoveries

As more countries open their borders to paleontology, a new generation of dino hunters is uncovering almost one new species a week.<p>Illinois-born Stephen Brusatte is one of the stars of modern paleontology. A former National Geographic grantee, he has discovered 10 new dinosaur species. He has also …

Hunter S. Thompson had some choice words for Tom Wolfe

It’s hardly the man in full, but the New York Public Library’s new Tom Wolfe exhibit has plenty of the right stuff.<p>On the heels of that literary …

Scientists Discover a Dinosaur Tail Preserved in Amber

The amber sample showcased the delicate feathers of a tiny dinosaur.<p>Scientists discovered a fragment of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur tail (bones, tissue, feathers and all) preserved in amber. The amber sample had already been polished for jewelry when scientists discovered that it held a bigger …

Oldest known case of dandruff found in 125m-year-old dinosaur

The oldest known case of dandruff has been identified in a small feathered dinosaur that roamed the Earth about 125m years ago.<p>Paleontologists found tiny flakes of fossilised skin on a crow-sized microraptor, a meat-eating dinosaur that had wings on all four of its limbs.<p>Tests on two other …

Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did

The popular conception of pterodactyl flight shows them in a pose with wings and legs spread far apart similar to the way bats do it. But as new …

How Smart Was T. Rex? And Other Dino Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask

At the age of 34, American paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Steve Brusatte has already accomplished more in his field than some scientists …

Michael Pollan: Can Psychedelics Save the World?

Most people know Michael Pollan as a food writer. His 2006 book, <i>The Omnivore’s Dilemma</i>, is widely credited with helping spark the modern food …

Dinosaur parenting: How the 'chickens from hell' nested

<b>How do you sit on your nest of eggs when you weigh over 1,500kg?</b><p>Carefully - according to a new study from an international team of researchers in Asia and North America.<p>Dinosaur parenting has been difficult to study, due to the relatively small number of fossils, but the incubating behaviour of …

Eggs

Extremely Rare Dinosaur Skeleton Unveiled Tomorrow At Rhinegeist Brewery In Cincinnati

In a unique event dubbed Jurassic Geist, the Cincinnati Museum Center is teaming up with the brewery to display a very precious Galeamopus …

Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton

Compiled using bones from three T-rex skeletons found in Montana and Wyoming, this Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton is a museum-quality piece of history. …

Scientists Identify the Bird That Bridges the Gap Between Bird and Dinosaur

This bird had teeth!<p>Let’s get one thing straight: Birds are basically dinosaurs. When most of the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, some …

10 things you’ll be surprised to learn about dinosaurs

<i>Steve Brusatte is a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh and a specialist on the evolution of dinosaurs. He has a new book out called The</i> …