A dinosaur skeleton of a triceratops, dubbed Big John, will go on display at the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa on Memorial Day weekend. Image courtesy of the Glazer Children’s Museum

Tampa museum to receive loan of record-setting dinosaur skeleton

A dinosaur skeleton of a triceratops, dubbed Big John, will go on display at the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa on Memorial Day weekend. Image courtesy of the Glazer Children’s Museum

A dinosaur skeleton of a triceratops, dubbed Big John, will go on display at the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa on Memorial Day weekend. Image courtesy of the Glazer Children’s Museum

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa is champing at the bit to show off the real dinosaur skeleton it is getting – not one of those plaster or robotic ones. It’s nicknamed Big John after the South Dakota rancher whose land was the final resting place for the ancient bones, which set a Guinness record for the largest triceratops skeleton ever uncovered.

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Utah sues Biden over move to restore two national monuments

The Sixshooter Peaks in Bears Ears National Monument, San Juan County, Utah. U.S. Bureau of Land Management public domain image

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The state of Utah and two Republican-leaning rural counties have sued the Biden administration over the president’s decision last year to restore two sprawling national monuments on rugged lands sacred to Native Americans that former President Donald Trump had downsized.

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The world’s biggest triceratops skeleton, which earned the nickname Big John, sold in Paris on October 20 for $7.7 million. Image courtesy of Hotel Drouot

World’s biggest triceratops sells for $7.7M in Paris

The world’s biggest triceratops skeleton, which earned the nickname Big John, sold in Paris on October 20 for $7.7 million. Image courtesy of Hotel Drouot

The world’s biggest triceratops skeleton, which earned the nickname Big John, sold in Paris on October 20 for $7.7 million. Image courtesy of Hotel Drouot

PARIS (AP) – The world’s biggest triceratops skeleton, known as “Big John,” was sold for 6.6 million euros ($7.7 million) October 21 to a private collector at a Paris auction house.

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Malta seeks return of shark tooth fossil gifted to Prince George

Tooth of a Carcharocles megalodon, a close relative of the Great White shark, that lived 23 to 3.6 million years ago during the Early Miocene to the Pliocene Epoch. It measures 5.4 inches long, 4.4 inches wide and was discovered in North Carolina. Photo by Tomleetaiwan

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) – Malta says it will seek to retrieve a shark tooth that was presented to Britain’s Prince George by veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, who found the fossil during a holiday on the Mediterranean island in the 1960s.

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Sweden: Bones of dog found at Stone Age burial site

Polychrome tracing made by the archaeologist Henri Breuil from the Paleolithic cave painting of Canis c.f. familiaris, a wolf-like canid, discovered in the Font-de-Gaume cave, Dordogne, France, dated to 17,000 years ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Archaeologists on Thursday reported finding the remains of a dog from more than 8,400 years ago at a human burial site in southern Sweden.

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Rare saber-tooth cat skull fossil could make $1M at auction

Rare saber-tooth cat skull – the iconic American fossil. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – The largest example ever recorded of one of the most instantly recognizable of all fossils could bring as much as $1 million in Heritage Auctions’ Nature & Science Auction Sept. 28. The rare saber-tooth cat skull is one of fewer than 10 full skulls ever brought to auction.

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Scientists in New Zealand discover one of world’s oldest bird species

Artist’s impression of bony-tooth bird fossil found in New Zealand, Protodontopteryx ruthae. Illustration by Derek Onley. Image available through CC by NC license for news and current affairs use

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – The ancestor of some of the largest flying birds ever has been found in Waipara, New Zealand.

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Master planning begins for renovating LA’s La Brea Tar Pits

La Brea Tar Pits fauna as depicted by Charles R. Knight

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Three architect-led teams will compete for the job of leading master planning for renovation of Los Angeles’ famed La Brea Tar Pits.

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‘Mr. Key West’ quietly donated private island to wildlife refuge

Ballast Key, which locals called “David’s island,” in reference to the island’s owner, David Wolkowsky. A visionary environmentalist, Wolkowsky lived in this lighthouse-inspired home on the island. Photo by Joe Schmidt

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) – The southernmost private island in the United States, owned since the 1970s by the late Key West philanthropist and visionary David Wolkowsky, will be preserved as part of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge under an agreement struck after decades of negotiations.

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Birdlike dinosaur finally has name decades after discovery 

Convolosaurus marri skeleton photo courtesy of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science

DALLAS (AP) – About 120 million years ago, flocks of small dinosaurs bounded from plant to plant in an open floodplain southwest of what is now Fort Worth. They stood on two legs as they foraged for leaves and shoots. The smallest hatchlings were about the length of your hand, while the largest measured 9 feet from head to tail.

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