PalaeoFail
Good luck with that.

Good luck with that.

Sorry if you get asked this question allot, but it's been on my mind for a while. I studied dinosaurs all the time as a kid, but as an adult I've lost track of resources talking about recent finds/studies. Do you know any good websites or open resources for news on Paleonotological discoveries? Anything you can find is MORE than welcome! Thanks :).

No need to be sorry!

The Hell Creek Forums have a sub-forum completely dedicated to palaeontological news, which is updated daily by Albertonykus. I also recommend checking out the Dinosaur Mailing List, which often includes commentary by top palaeontologists

"Carbon is a living organism"

"Carbon is a living organism"

Birds are pterosaurs guy rises again.
I was under the impression that this was an april fools’ joke, but apparently it’s serious.

I was under the impression that this was an april fools’ joke, but apparently it’s serious.

Have we actually confirmed that the quills on psittacosaurus are part of the animal?
Anonymous

Short answer: It’s very unlikely that they aren’t.

Long answer: To start off, we can’t really be 100% certain of anything in science: We can never completely discount other possibilities. However, I’d say that the quills/bristles on this Psittacosaurus fossil are most likely a real anatomical feature. First of all, the specimen also preserves skin and scales throughout the body, which increases the likelihood of feathers (or feather-like integument) being preserved. Second of all, all of the quills are found in a row above the tail; they all connect to the tissue above the tail; and none are found elsewhere in the surrounding rock, as we would expect them to if they were, say, plant matter or random quills that settled near the body.

GENERALLY, THE MORE SOMEONE HITS CAPS LOCK THE MORE RELIABLE THEY ARE AS A SOURCE.

GENERALLY, THE MORE SOMEONE HITS CAPS LOCK THE MORE RELIABLE THEY ARE AS A SOURCE.