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Rare Fossil Offers a View to a Beast’s Old Age

Picture a prehistoric animal. Don’t worry, I won’t judge you if it’s Tyrannosaurus or another super-popular species. Any creature will do. Now, what age is the animal you imagined? I’d be willing to bet that it’s an adult, representing a healthy individual in the prime of life. (If not, and you pictured a hatching or […]…

Paleo Profile: Alcide d’Orbigny’s Dawn Beast

Vertebrate paleontology has a sample size problem. Only a fraction of all the creatures that ever lived became preserved in the fossil record, and an even tinier sliver of that array has been discovered, cleaned, and studied. Even the most famous animals, like the fearsome Tyrannosaurus, are known from a (figurative) handful of individuals scattered […]…