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May 21, 1997 | JOHN SCHWARTZ, THE WASHINGTON POST
Fossil remains discovered in Argentina appear to support the theory that birds descended from dinosaurs, scientists announced Tuesday. More than 20 bone fragments extracted from a green sandstone hill in the Patagonia region come from a previously unknown ancient critter whose pelvis resembles both dinosaurs and birds and whose shoulder is uncannily bird-like. The flightless creature stood nearly 4 feet tall, was about 7 1/2 feet long and ran on two legs. Paleontologist Fernando E.
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September 16, 2000 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the darkness beneath a Palos Verdes Estates house, workers expected to find pipes in need of repair. Instead, they found a room and old bones in need of a final resting place. The room reminded Tom Montague of something from another time--a bomb shelter, maybe, from the 1950s. It held a supply of bottled water, cots that folded down from the wall, a fan and a radio. Then the workers saw the bones: two jawbones, a leg bone and vertebrae, scattered beneath the cot.
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October 23, 1987 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
For children and grown-ups who love dinosaurs and delight in learning their tongue-twisting names, a challenge has emerged from the western reaches of the Gobi Desert. It is the jiangjunmiaosaurus, a ferocious, meat-eating creature nearly 20 feet in length. Discovery of its bones was announced Thursday in Beijing by a Sino-Canadian team of paleontologists.
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July 22, 1992 | BRIAN ALEXANDER
If their early predictions and hopes prove correct, paleontologists from the San Diego Natural History Museum may have found the fossil remains of a 5-million-year-old whale at a local construction site. According to museum spokesman Tom Demere, early indications are that the whale remains--now largely encased in a matrix of hard mudstone--are those of a beaked whale. The species is a variety of toothed whale distinguished by beak-like snouts.
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July 30, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scientists say they have made some spectacular discoveries among at least 3,000 fossils dug up in northeastern Mission Viejo, including previously unidentified species of whales, crabs and fish. The fossils, experts say, are 10 million to 15 million years old and confirm theories that the shoreline once extended from inland Camp Pendleton northeast to Chino and that Southern California was once a region of tropical temperatures.
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July 2, 1990 | LEE DYE, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Few creatures that roamed what is now Southern California thousands of years ago were a match for the fierce saber-toothed tiger, a predator that dined regularly on animals many times its size. With long, saber-shaped teeth protruding from its upper jaw, the magnificent beast carved its living out of what was then a pine-covered rain forest, long before the Los Angeles Basin became the arid land that it is today.
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May 2, 1988 | TAMARA JONES, Times Denver Bureau Chief
R obert T. Bakker, a University of Colorado paleontologist, recently discovered that an unusual looking dinosaur skull unearthed in Montana in 1942 had been misidentified as a Gorgosaurus. In fact, Bakker's research showed, the skull was from a previously unknown genus--a Pygmy relative of Tyrannosaurus rex. His discovery also suggests that the skull, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, may be a link between the gigantic T. rex and modern birds.
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April 2, 1994 | LYNN FRANEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They came by the thousands to see him, many just to get his autograph. No, he's not a blockbuster film director or a baseball superstar. Robert Bakker is a paleontologist. He's gained national recognition among dinosaur fanatics by just doing what he's loved since he was 9--learning about those huge creatures who haven't been around for a few million years but who still kindle the human imagination.
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April 12, 1990 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
UC Riverside researchers have decoded a gene from a 20-million-year-old magnolia tree, obtaining the first direct evidence about the nature of life in that ancient era, a finding that may shed new light on evolution on Earth, they report today in the journal Nature. The oldest material decoded previously was only 7,000 years old. The new data provides the first precise measurement of the rate at which changes in DNA occur during evolution.
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March 13, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A scientifically significant collection of 10,000 prehistoric animal bones uncovered during construction of an Orange County toll road is about to find a home. Under a plan the Transportation Corridor Agencies unveiled Thursday, 40 of the bones will be exhibited at the Old Courthouse Museum in Santa Ana for the first time next month, and the rest will be turned over to the county for storage and study.
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