Discovered a new exoplanet? You might have been seeing spots.

Two of those promising new nearby exoplanets—Gilese-581g and 581d—may have never existed. Instead of being the second- and third-closest potentially-habitable planets, these former candidates for extraterrestrial life were likely nothing more than tricky sunspots. » 7/12/14 8:24pm 7/12/14 8:24pm

Ninja Turtles Serves Up The Most Accurate Dinosaurs in Comics

Paleoart blog Love in the Time of Chasmosaurus has a good review of a recent Ninja Turtles comic book: TMNT: Turtles in Time #1. While the story is plenty of fun (aliens are playing Dino-Riders in the late Cretaceous, Turtles go back in time and beat them up), what really stands out is the incredible dinosaur art… » 7/04/14 5:41pm 7/04/14 5:41pm

This is Every New Paleontologist from China's Top Research School

China is home to some of the richest fossil deposits in the world, and has been the source of many of the exciting recent discoveries in paleontology. But the country is having trouble attracting new paleontology students. This "group photo of one" represents the entire paleontology graduating class at China's #1… » 6/19/14 7:33pm 6/19/14 7:33pm

Mercuriceratops: flashy Cadillac of the late Cretaceous

One oddly-shaped dinosaur bone might not turn out to be a new species. It could simply be from a deformed individual of something already known, or a distortion caused by being buried under tons of shifting rock for millions of years. But two of the same oddly-shaped dinosaur bones? That's no coincidence . . .… » 6/18/14 2:14pm 6/18/14 2:14pm

Want to Join a Dinosaur Dig this Summer? You Can!

Just because you're not a professional paleontologist doesn't mean you can't help professional paleontologists on a real dinosaur dig. In recent years, a number of programs have started allowing allow non-paleontologists to assist in professional fossil excavations, usually for a fee. If you hadn't come up with a… » 6/02/14 8:07am 6/02/14 8:07am

Whales Have Lost the Ability to Taste Anything but Salt

Sweet, savory (umami), sour, bitter, and salty . . . the ability to detect these five primary tastes is shared by nearly all living animals, passed down to us from some ancestral gustatory prodigy over 900 million years ago. Fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, mammals, and even insects share this tightly-conserved… » 5/30/14 1:30am 5/30/14 1:30am