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Latest discoveries about ancient creatures roaming our planet

Research continues to change our knowledge of which creatures have shared this planet before the arrival of humans. Most recent, exciting discoveries can be read in our hand-picked reading list.

A new furileusaurian abelisaurid from La Invernada (Upper Cretaceous, Santonian, Bajo de la Carpa Formation), northern Patagonia, Argentina
As tyrannosaurs ruled the Northern Hemisphere, this lookalike, Llukalkan aliocranianus, was flourishing in the southern continents. It could be as long as an elephant, had extremely powerful bites, very sharp teeth, and huge claws in its feet.
Peer-reviewed research published in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

A new species of crested pterosaur (Pterodactyloidea, Anhangueridae) from the Lower Cretaceous (upper Albian) of Richmond, North West Queensland, Australia
Thapunngaka shawi adds to our knowledge of new pterosaurs. It had a seven metre wingspan and one metre long skull, with a spear-like mouth and dominated Australia.
Peer-reviewed research published in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Re-appearance of hypercarnivore ichthyosaurs in the Cretaceous with differentiated dentition: revision of ‘Platypterygius’ sachicarum (Reptilia: Ichthyosauria, Ophthalmosauridae) from Colombia
Stunningly-preserved 3-foot-long skull reveals a new deadly, fast swordfish-like reptile with an arsenal of teeth.
Peer-reviewed research published in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.

A giant Oligocene fossil penguin from the North Island of New Zealand
This 5ft 9” fossilized penguin was discovered by school children in a naturalist club and 15 years later revealed as a new species.
Peer-reviewed research published in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

New earliest Paleocene (Puercan) periptychid ‘condylarths’ from the Great Divide Basin, Wyoming, USA
Three new discoveries suggest the rapid evolution of mammals after the extinction of the dinosaurs. Beornus honeyi, in particular has been named in homage to The Hobbit character Beorn, due to the appearance of the inflated molars.
Peer-reviewed research published in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.

An exceptional partial skeleton of a new basal raptor (Aves: Accipitridae) from the late Oligocene Namba formation, South Australia
This 25-million-year-old eagle fossil adds to the long evolutionary history of raptors. The 63 bone fossil finding in desert is one of the “best preserved” eagles ever and a very rare discovery.
Peer-reviewed research published in Historical Biology.

Complex neurovascular system in the dentary of Tyrannosaurus
Tyrannosaurus rex was not just a huge beast with a big bite, it had nerve sensors in the very tips of its jaw enabling it to better detect – and eat – its prey, this study shows.
Peer-reviewed research published in Historical Biology.

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