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  1. New Study Closes the Evolutionary Gap Between Dinosaurs and Birds

    Hold onto your butts.

    Science has known for a while that birds and dinosaurs are evolutionarily linked, but it's been difficult to establish a direct connection between today's birds and their giant, people-hungry ancestors. Now, a new study uses the existing fossil record and several recent finds of feathered dinosaurs to draw a direct connection, so now we know how they flocked this way.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Hogwarts House Skater Dresses

    5 points to everyone! EVERYONE!

    The perfect attire for your next weekend in Hogsmeade.

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  3. The Amazing Scientific Achievements of the Woman Who Kickstarted Paleontology

    "Thanks, Mary Anning." -Steven Spielberg [citation needed]

    Before Mary Anning and her contemporaries, it was still widely assumed that fossils were just remains from existing animals and not generally useful for science (nor put in the ground by Satan). Thought most of her work wound up being published by men because life in the early 19th century was awful, Anning made a ton of important discoveries—including what bezoar stones actually were, because she needed to see the dinosaurs' droppings.

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  4. Newly Discovered Pterosaur Named For Flying Avatar Creature

    Life finds a way.

    Movie Avatar, not cartoon Avatar. Ran and Shaw would've been too cool.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Cornetto Trilogy Figurines Have Got Some Red On ‘Em

    Let's just go to the Winchester and wait for all this to blow over.

    A Large Evil Corporation (excellent name is excellent) has produced three sets of highly-detailed vinyl figurines to honor Nick Frost and Simon Pegg's characters in each installment of the beloved Cornetto Trilogy.

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  6. New Dinosaur Is the Largest Land Animal Ever Found, Naturally Its Name Starts With “Dreadnought”

    Veggiesaurus, Lex!

    "Hey, we discovered a giant new dinosaur that weighed 130,000 pounds! What should we call it?" "I don't know. How about we name it after a battleship that weighed 40,000,000 pounds?" *High five.* Thus, Dreadnoughtus schrani got its name.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: History’s Sassiest Raptors

    We do move in herds!

    Spare no expense!

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  8. True Life: I Was A Babysitting Dinosaur

    Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues.

    As a young, money-grubbing middle schooler, I experienced a lot of babysitting-related anxiety. What if I dropped the kid on his head? What if it choked on some yoplait? What if an unnamed global catastrophe rendered its entire species extinct? For one babysitting dinosaur, the nightmare was real.

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  9. Become a Paleontologist Online With the University of Alberta

    I hope it's as easy as becoming a minister online.

    If you hate back to school time, we've got a bit of good news: This year brings with it the opportunity to study dinosaurs online for free. University of Alberta has an online course in paleobiology that anyone can join as long as their relationship with computers is better than Dr. Grant's.

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  10. Things We Saw Today: Who Needs Hogsmeade, Oreo May Have A Butterbeer Flavor

    If these taste remotely like rootbeer I'm calling shenanigans.

    Someone alerted us to these cookies via e-mail, but there's no confirmation yet from Nabisco if this package is real or just photoshopped by someone with a Mirror of Erised.

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