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New Release: Cretaceous Crushes Anthology

Cretaceous Crushes

The Cretaceous Crushes queer romance charity anthology is out: Romance transcends time, species, and sexuality. Embark on a prehistoric journey with stories crafted by fifteen of your favorite (or soon to be favorite) LGBTQ Romance Authors. From fierce raptors to gentle giants, our stories will satisfy both your inner paleontologist and the romantic in you. You’ll find stories from: Proceeds go to GLAAD and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF). Get It At Amazon Authors DeAnne Taylor (Writing as Annie Taylor), Debra K. Sutton (Writing as DK Sutton), JP Sayle, Katy Manz, RS McKenzie, Meredith Davidson-King, Kota Quinn, Kiernan Kelly, … Read more

PALEONTOLOGY: When Dragons Ruled the Skies

anhanguerian pterosaur - Deposit Photos

About 110 million years ago in what is now Australia, a flying “dragon” dominated the skies. With an estimated 23-foot (7 meters) wingspan, it was the continent’s biggest pterosaur, new research finds. Pterosaur fossils are rare in Australia; fewer than 20 specimens have been described since paleontologists found the continent’s first pterosaur bones about two decades ago. Scientists identified the newfound species, Thapunngaka shawi, from a fossilized piece of a lower jaw found at a site in North West Queensland dating to the Cretaceous period (about 145.5 million to 65.5 million years ago). T. shawi’s skull would have measured over … Read more

Paleontologists Find First Preserved Dinosaur… Back Door

The first dinosaur butthole ever discovered is shedding light where the sun don’t shine. The discovery reveals how dinosaurs used this multipurpose opening — scientifically known as a cloacal vent — for pooping, peeing, breeding and egg laying. The dinosaur’s derrière is so well preserved, researchers could see the remnants of two small bulges by its “back door,” which might have housed musky scent glands that the reptile possibly used during courtship — an anatomical quirk also seen in living crocodilians, said scientists who studied the specimen. Although this dinosaur’s caboose shares some characteristics with the backsides of some living … Read more

News: Dinosaur Tail Found Trapped in Amber

Dinosaur Tail

The tail of a 99-million year old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists. Xing Lida, a Chinese paleontologist found the specimen, the size of a dried apricot, at an amber market in northern Myanmar near the Chinese border. The remarkable piece was destined to end up as a curiosity or piece of jewelry, with Burmese traders believing a plant fragment was trapped inside. “I realized that the content was a vertebrate, probably theropod, rather than any plant,” Xing told CNN. By Katie Hunt – Full Story at CNN

ARTICLE: New Sesotho-named dinosaur from South Africa

Discovery is perhaps my favorite element of SciFi writing. So when we discover something NEW about our environment, a whole new realm of possible story ideas peeks out from behind the prehistoric fern fronds. I love that this article shines a light on an environment that paleo-research has not traditionally been funded to explore. New Sesotho-named dinosaur from South Africa South African and Argentinian palaeontologists have discovered a new 200-million-year-old dinosaur from South Africa, and named it Sefapanosaurus, from the Sesotho word “sefapano.” See the full article here