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Often called flying dinosaurs, pterosaurs are flying reptiles and may have coats of downy-feather fibers. With wingspans of 30 feet, they have few enemies. I use the present tense. Thunderbird? They have been sighted all over the USA and worldwide. Don’t hike alone or in the open.

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Dinosaur DNA found!

Inside the skull cartilage of a 70-million-year-old baby hadrosaur, researchers have found intact DNA. It was once thought impossible for DNA to survive that long. Jurassic Park, here we come! While at the park, please do wear a helmet and mask.

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Before, After, Next

Before: Hypacrosaurus is a North American duckbilled dinosaur that was almost as big as T-rex. After: A few years ago, intact tissue was found inside fossilized bone. Next: Finding an intact genome. Cloning, maybe 10 years.

 

 

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Loch Ness Let Down

Researchers from Pictland College, Scotland discovered that Nessie is NOT a prehistoric dinosaur. This will destroy the Scottish tourism industry. Nessie is a garden-variety of English dragon, not at all unusual. (St. George did not slay all the dragons)

[Editor’s note: It is April 1st, and Mr. Suddeth has again slipped Bourbon into his coffee]

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Cherokee Dragon

The Uktena was giant snake/dragon, Some say Cherokees recalled old days when a dinosaur remnant yet lived. Uktena dwelt in deep pools or high mountain passes. If a warrior stared at the crystal in its head, the man’s heart would stop. This drawing is by a genius Cherokee artist, Daniel Eskridge.

The main character of my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, believed in Uktena.

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Recently, scientists discovered dinosaur fossils with blood and tissue left inside them—once thought to be impossible. They are hoping to extract DNA from red blood cells. (bird and dinosaur RBCs have nuclei—our RBCs lack nuclei) Among the RBC samples is one from a T-Rex. Write about it? You better believe it.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaur-shocker-115306469/

https://www.history.com/news/scientists-find-soft-tissue-in-75-million-year-old-dinosaur-bones

https://www.earthmagazine.org/article/dinosaur-soft-tissues-preserved-polymers

 

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Avian Missing Link!

Recently, a 163-million-year-old therapod dinosaur was discovered in China: Ambopteryx longibrachium. With bat-like wings that would have allowed it to glide. It was about a foot long and weighed less than a pound. It is in a family of scansoriopterygid dinosaurs that are the ancestors of birds. (its wings were membranous rather than feathered)

Lots to write about: a present-day mama-sized Ambopteryx attacks Louisville during the Derby, but the race must go on!

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/09/world/dinosaur-discovery-china-scn-intl/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/newly-discovered-bat-dinosaur-reveals-intricacies-prehistoric-flight-180972128/

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This is a Troodon, an 11-feet tall, bird-like dinosaur who lived in Montana—yes, before it was Montana. It dined on mammals and is thought to be highly intelligent so it could catch mammals like you and I. If not for the dinosaur-extincting meteor, it would be the dominant species. We would live in cages awaiting hungry Troodons. Now you have something to be thankful for.

Or not. The second pic is what a dinosauroid might look like today. The third pic is Troodon sapiens, a species far more intelligent than mere Homo sapiens. Oh mankind, you are doomed!

Oh yes, I do smell a story.

 

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