Dinosaur and bird feathers preserved in amber from a Late Cretaceous site in Canada reveal new insights into the structure, function, and color of animals that date back to about 78 million years ago.
This amazing Slate piece takes to task America’s choices for official state birds as “a big joke.” Apparently, governmental ornithologists (or whoever makes the bird decisions around here) demonstrated “a general lack of thought” and didn’t even “research the bill color” of their selections.
It's a fun read, even though the author failed to recognize that at least one state should have a dinosaur for a state bird, because same diff. Maybe Utah—they find a lot of fossils there. Extinction doesn't matter. Grizzly bears are extinct in California, and they still have one on the flag.
You do not need children to make this happen. But blue food coloring is mandatory.
First there was this, in which the legendary nature narrator David Attenborough presided over the unveiling of the "largest and most intact" pliosaur skull known to man. The video is neither long enough nor satisfying enough, so if you want more, come down here. If there are any dinosaur nerds in the crowd, yes, some of them are plesiosaurs.
As a way of offering their condolences for the cancellation of Enlightened, American moviegoers offered Laura Dern $18.2m over the weekend by seeing the 20th anniversary 3D re-release of Jurassic Park. Though Ms. Dern probably won't receive much of the gross, I assume she appreciates the effort because she seems super nice and cool and stuff, right?
On Erin Pearce's Etsy store, she's selling Beetles Dressed as Jurassic Park Characters. At $100, they're a little pricey, but "Each piece of clothing was hand crafted and each pattern painted with the utmost attention to detail." You can't quite see it in this picture, but that bug is wearing a wig.