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Chickens are closely related to dinosaurs, and other insights from the new bird family tree

Flamingos and doves are more closely related than they look, a new genetic analysis of birds shows. That’s not all: chickens are close relations of dinosaurs, and genetic patterns in the brains of birds that learn new calls show remarkable similarities to humans.

These findings stem from a project that sequenced genes from 48 bird species and then used several months of supercomputing time to analyze relationships. This week, eight papers appear in Science from the effort, which included more than 200 people from 80 labs. More than 20 papers will also be published in separate journals.

“an impressive effort”“This is an impressive effort that provides important support for a number of previous assertions that have lacked this extensive…

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Fascinating 3D Dinosaurs by Vlad Konstantinov

3d dinosaurs2Freelance 3D artist Vlad Konstantinov has created this collection of 3D dinosaurs, he specializes in 3d-modelling, illustrations, character design and animation. He has some impressive awards under his belt; 3D Total Excellence Award, 3D Award and dope Award to name a few.  via: Vlad Konstantinov
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Stunning ‘No Man’s Sky’ trailer mixes space combat with dinosaurs

No Man’s Sky is a glorious oasis in E3’s usual desert of gruff space marines and dismembered limbs. Joe Danger studio Hello Games’ next release is impossibly ambitious and incredibly beautiful, set in an infinite universe created by procedural generation. In the gameplay trailer shown during Sony’s E3 press conference, your player explores an alien world rendered in bursts of color, discovering new species of dinosaur-like creatures along the way, before getting into a spacecraft and seamlessly taking off to engage in combat in an asteroid field.

“No Man’s Sky is a game without limits.”

“One of the things we wanted to put across is that No Man’s Sky is a game without limits,” says Hello Games founder Sean Murray. “That mountain in the…

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Masters of CG: Kevin Sherwood on dragons, dwarves and dinosaurs

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Getting Smaug to do what he needed to do while still looking realistic was a technical and creative challenge, says Weta’s Kevin Sherwood

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Meet the man who makes dinosaurs real

Julius Csotonyi spends his days imagining the past, and then turning that into reality. As a paleoartist, it’s his job to illustrate just what dinosaurs and other extinct species really looked like, using a combination of research and artistic skill to recreate creatures and scenes that no-one has ever seen before. His work has been used to depict the discovery of new dinosaurs, and to illustrate museum exhibits across North America. He even created dinosaurs featured on a series of g…

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The 10 best animated dinosaurs of all time

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For the last 100 years we’ve been fascinated by prehistoric dinosaurs – the original movie monster. Here are the best animated appearances of the ancient killers…

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You’ll love these adorable illustrated pet dinosaurs

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Thanks to various 3D movies, we’re used to seeing dinosaurs as ravenous beasts, ready to devour the nearest human in sight.

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Dinosaurs really were destroyed by an asteroid, study shows

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Scientists have long theorized that the dinosaurs met their demise at the hands of a giant asteroid, but the circumstances of such an event have thus far remained murky. Now, a team of American and European researchers have shed new light on the incident, lending extra weight to an already widely-adopted theory.

Researchers have spent years trying to find a direct connection between the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event (K-T, for short) and cosmic collision. They found a lead in the late 1970s, when geophysicist Glen Penfield discovered a giant prehistoric crater near the town of Chicxulub in Mexico. At more than 110 miles wide, the crater provided evidence of an utterly massive impact — one that would have released an explosion…

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