Extinct animals are those species which are no longer living. This group includes prehistoric animals like dinosaurs and ice-age mammals, as well as moden species like the Dodo.
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By Melanie Radzicki McManus Sep 13, 2017
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By Mark Mancini Sep 1, 2017
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By Mark Mancini Aug 30, 2017
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By Chris Opfer Jul 25, 2017
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By Christopher Hassiotis Jul 20, 2017
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By Kate Kershner Jun 21, 2017
The colossal footprints of an herbivorous dinosaur found in western Australia might belong to the biggest dinosaur ever.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 28, 2017
When we think venom, we think cobras and vipers. But Euchambersia was a reptile, a mammalian ancestor, and venomous, according to new fossil analysis.
By Patrick J. Kiger Feb 23, 2017
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By Alia Hoyt Feb 1, 2017
Based on some baby dinosaur teeth, scientists have figured out just how long dinosaur eggs incubated. (The answer? Long. Too long.)
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By Jesslyn Shields Sep 20, 2016
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By Christopher Hassiotis Aug 3, 2016
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By Christopher Hassiotis Jun 8, 2016
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By Jesslyn Shields May 5, 2016
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By Christopher Hassiotis Apr 21, 2016
The character of King Louie gets a serious primate upgrade in the new Disney live-action-meets-CGI film. Did the ape also serve as inspiration for sasquatch and yeti?
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 7, 2016
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By Christopher Hassiotis Apr 4, 2016
The mysterious aquatic creature lived 300 million years ago, and its fossils have stymied scientists for more than 50 years. New research solves some of the mystery.
By Christopher Hassiotis Mar 16, 2016
The new dino discovery of Timurlengia euotica in Uzbekistan shows that Tyrannosaurus rex ancestors evolved smarts before they got large and took charge.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 14, 2016
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By Robert Lamb Feb 26, 2016
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By Christopher Hassiotis Feb 16, 2016
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By Christopher Hassiotis Jan 27, 2016
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