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July 3, 1993
As an amateur dinosaur paleontologist, I was enthralled by Steven Spielberg's uncanny adaptation of Michael Crichton's "Jurassic Park." The movie faithfully followed Crichton's ominous tale of mankind tampering with nature, while bringing incredibly realistic dinosaurs to the screen. While The Times' coverage debates the intensity of the film and its effect on children, the public reaction to this summer's blockbuster is indisputable. Within two weeks, "Jurassic Park" has garnered over $120 million.
March 19, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
A dinosaur nicknamed the "chicken from hell" was described by a team of paleontologists in a study released Wednesday, and researchers say it is even weirder then they first imagined. The dinosaur's official name is Anzu wyliei,  but it was nicknamed the chicken from hell because it reminded researchers of a giant clawed chicken with a neck like an ostrich. (See the images above.) "It definitely looks more like a bird than a dinosaur," said Matthew Lamanna of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh and the lead author of the paper.
December 6, 2009
The new four-part special "Clash of the Dinosaurs" uses computer imaging to examine the physiology of such long-extinct "thunder lizards" as the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex . Concludes next Sunday. (Discovery, 8 and 9 p.m. Sun.)
February 7, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
It was after a late screening and the group of several hundred was aggrieved, its moral hackles raised. "How could they treat him so badly?" one audience member asked. "An injustice," said another. "What can people do with their frustrations?" asked a third. The setting was neither a courtroom nor an activist meeting. It was at the Sundance Film Festival, and the assembled had just watched "The Internet's Own Boy," Brian Knappenberger's quietly evocative look at wunderkind hacker Aaron Swartz, whom the film suggests was driven to suicide in 2013 by a zealous federal prosecutor in Massachusetts.
May 29, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Modern day birds may simply be dinosaurs that never grew up, researchers say. A comparison of fossilized skulls of juvenile dinosaurs with those of birds shows remarkable similarities, adding further evidence to the growing consensus that birds are evolutionary descendants of dinosaurs. A team from Harvard University reported online in the journal Nature that for some as-yet-unknown reason, some dinosaur infants began to mature much more rapidly than normal. That rapid maturation altered the expression of genes, changing the physical characteristics of the animals and keeping them much smaller in size.
December 20, 1992
As an old wife, I take offense at the misuse of the phrase "old wives' tale" in the TV Times article "Deep Into Dinosaurs" (Nov. 22). The story states that "One old wives' tale about dinosaurs that has been put to rest was that dinosaurs were stupid." That was an old scientist's tale. Miriam Mayer, Topanga
October 3, 2013 | By Monte Morin
It's been a point of heated debate among scientists for years: Just when in Earth's history did flowering plants first appear? In a paper published recently in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science , researchers say they have discovered fossilized pollen grains that date back 243 million years -- more than 100 million years earlier than previously thought. If true, that would suggest that flowering plants, or angiosperms, appeared at roughly the same time as dinosaurs, in the Middle Triassic period.
January 1, 2010 | By Marcus Brogden
Tracy Chevalier sits in the Victorian grandeur of London's Museum of Natural History next to the skeletal remains of a giant eye, the shape and size of a pineapple ring. "It's so big it's kind of funny. . . . It's like a cartoon. But that's often the quality of dinosaurs. Everything about them seems to be exaggerated, their teeth, their size, their claws . . . ," says the author of "Girl With a Pearl Earring." The eye belongs to a plesiosaur and was found in the English seaside town of Lyme Regis in the early 1800s by amateur fossil hunter and seller Mary Anning -- the subject of Chevalier's new novel, "Remarkable Creatures."
July 3, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
A 135-million-year-old fossil of a juvenile dinosaur found in Bavaria suggests that most carnivorous dinosaurs may have been covered in feathers. Paleontologists had already known that many dinosaurs closely related to birds were covered in feathers, but the newly discovered one is from a different family and occurs much earlier in the dinosaur evolutionary tree. Because of the early appearance of feathers, the find indicates "that all predatory dinosaurs had feathers," said paleontologist Oliver Rauhut of the Bayerische Staatssammlung fur Palaontologie und Geologie in Munich, who led the team.
October 25, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The first feathers that appeared on dinosaurs were most likely for the purpose of attracting mates, not for flying, researchers said Thursday. The new conclusion was provided by the first discovery of feathered dinosaurs in the Western Hemisphere, a feat reported in the journal Science. The discovery also demonstrated that feathered dinosaur fossils can be found in unexpected types of rocks, suggesting that there might be many more such fossils waiting to be discovered than had previously been expected.
February 4, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
In the northeast of China, at the Yixian and Jiufotang formations, scientists have discovered thousands of exquisitely preserved fossils of plants and birds, dinosaurs and mammals. Together they make up the Jehol Biota -- an ecosystem, preserved in ash, that dates back nearly 130 million years. Some of these fossils are so complete that researchers can determine what a dinosaur had for breakfast on the day it died. Others include impressions of an animal's muscles and skin, as well as hair, feathers and scales.  The fossils tell us that back in the lower Cretaceous period this land was humid, and dotted with conifer forests and lakes.
January 18, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
PARK CITY, Utah -- What happens when a ragtag group of paleontologists takes on the federal government? How does a paleontologist digging for bones in South Dakota wind up serving 18 months in prison? And how did the "Dinosaur 13" filmmakers get access to decades-old footage to tell the story of the discovery of the  Tyrannosaurus rex  skeleton named Sue? PHOTOS: Sundance Film Festival 2014 | The Scene Todd Miller, the director of the Sundance Film Festival documentary, dropped by the Los Angeles Times Studio in Park City to discuss how these issues touch on his movie, which opened the festival Thursday night.
January 17, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
PARK CITY, Utah -- "Dinosaur 13," a documentary about the discovery of the  Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton named Sue and the ensuing legal fight over control of the bones, has been acquired by Lionsgate and CNN Films. The deal, completed Friday morning, is the first documentary sale made since the Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday afternoon. According to sources with knowledge of the matter, "Dinosaur 13" sold for about $1 million, a robust price for a festival documentary.
January 16, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The Sundance Film Festival, which opens Thursday, does not have an annual motto, but if it did the one this year might be "We Hear You. " Understanding that its frigid Park City, Utah, location makes standing in the festival's endless lines something only Sgt. Preston of the Yukon might enjoy, Sundance has come up with an electronic system this year that, at least in theory, "allows you to sign up for a wait list number from virtually anywhere....
December 19, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The new 3-D nature tale "Walking With Dinosaurs" is nothing like its predecessors. I don't mean the creatures of the Jurassic Period, which came before the Cretaceous Period that is the movie's staging ground. Not the "Jurassic Park" period either, when that great paleontologist Steven Spielberg introduced rampaging dinosaurs to a new generation. No, I'm referring to the late 20th century when "Walking With Dinosaurs" roamed the BBC's airwaves as an excellent TV natural history series narrated by Kenneth Branagh.
December 11, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Little-known fact: When it comes to extracting oxygen from the air we breathe, we humans are just OK. Birds are more efficient breathers than us. So are alligators and, according to a new study, monitor lizards, and probably most dinosaurs were as well. Humans are what are called tidal breathers. When we breathe in, fresh air moves into our lungs along progressively smaller airways, eventually ending in little sacs called alveoli, where our bloodstream picks up oxygen and deposits carbon dioxide.
October 30, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Scientists have used computer simulations to re-create the thunderous steps of one of the world's largest dinosaurs and have concluded that the beast walked at about 5 miles per hour. In research published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists laser-scanned the skeleton of a 120-foot-long Argentinosaurus and used computer modeling techniques to study how the 80-ton behemoth propelled itself across the landscape. Named after the South American country it was discovered in, Argentinosaurus is believed to be one of the largest animals -- perhaps the largest -- to walk the Earth, according to scientists.
April 10, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
The lowly louse may have a more impressive pedigree than once thought: Dinosaurs may have hosted the parasitic bugs, a study says. The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Biology Letters, also show — through comparison of lice — that mammals and birds may have begun to flourish before the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. That's counter to a long-held idea that they only ascended and diversified once the dinosaurs were gone....
November 22, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Pixar Animation Studios has laid off an undisclosed number of people at its Emeryville, Calif., headquarters due to the delay of its forthcoming film "The Good Dinosaur. " The layoffs affect less than 5% of the company's 1,200-person workforce, according to a source close to the studio. In September, "The Good Dinosaur" was pushed back from its original release date of May 30, 2014, to Nov. 25, 2015. About a month before the project was delayed, the studio, a unit of Walt Disney Studios, removed  director Bob Peterson from the project.
November 22, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Meet the rex wrecker, a 3-ton competitor to tyrannosaurs who stoked a family rivalry over millions of years in western North America. The fossil find in central Utah, dubbed Siats meekerorum, was from the Allosauroid family, weighed around 3 tons, was as long as a boxcar and roamed what now is the intermountain West of the United States around 98 million years ago, according to a study of the find published online Friday in the journal Nature...
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