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The study of the fossilised remains of animals and plants, their relationships to each other and to living animals and plants.

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Was Mary Schwietzer the first person to suspect the odor of dinosaur fossils might imply that they contain organic material

Discovery magazine interviewed Mary Schwietzer, the woman who discovered soft tissue in dinosaurs. She mentions that when she was working on a T rex skeleton she smelt something like a cadaver. When ...
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Did hominids and non-avian dinosaurs ever coexist?

Although the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs is dated at ~66 million years ago there are a number of purported cave drawings that I've found online that (if verified and interpreted in a certain ...
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Is the discovery of tuff amongst dinosaur fossils in Utah incompatible with scientific consensus about dating of the fossils?

A Creation Ministries International article makes the following claim about the multiple-local-flood explanation for the deposits at the Morrison Formation: The idea of many local floods might at ...
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Have coelacanth fossils younger than 65 million years been found?

In a Creation Ministries International article, they make the following claim about coelacanths: Paleontologists believed that coelacanths went extinct about 65 million years ago. However, in 1938, ...
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Have paleontologists systematically ignored dinosaur DNA that does not match the evolutionary model?

A 2009 paper from Institute for Creation Research claims that the reason no DNA has been successfully extracted from dinosaur remains is because any results that don't fit the evolutionary model are ...
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Were Tyrannosaurus Rex herbivores?

The creationist site, Remnants of God claims that dinosaurs - and in particular Tyrannosaurus Rex - were herbivorous. Were you aware that Tyrannosaurus Rex was not a meat eater? Yes, I am fully ...
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Did paleontologist Stan Taylor discover human footprints dated from the period of dinosaurs?

From the article Everything We Have Been Taught About Our Origins Is A Lie: ... in 1968 a palaeontologist named Stan Taylor began excavations of fossilised dinosaur footprints, discovered in the ...
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Is the Earth experiencing another mass extinction event?

I have heard that Earth is experiencing another mass extinction event, with many species going extinct at a rate comparable to Earth's many other past extinction events. This has been reported in the ...
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Are there any geological periods found on top of each other that have dinosaurs of that period with in them? [closed]

In diagrams, It is common to depict geological periods to be directly on top of each other with fossils of that period within them. When looking for evidence of this, I have only found examples of ...
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Did modern birds exist during the Cretaceous period?

In this article, creationist Dr Carl Werner claims that modern animals are found fossilized in the same layers as dinosaurs, which is evidence against evolution. Contrary to popular belief, modern ...
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Are the footprints found in Great Britain 800,000 years old?

Some footprints were found in Great Britain earlier this year. They are reported to be about 800,000 years old. Here is how they were dated, according to a Yahoo! article: Scientists dated the ...
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Are there no identical human bones found in any pre human fossil records?

From 15.00 minutes onwards in this video titled 'Everything you know is wrong' Lloyd Pye claims that there are no identical (or very close) bones found in any pre human fossil records and that there ...
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Are neanderthal skull fossils just skulls of very elderly humans?

Some people claim that the fossils that have been generally classified as Neanderthal are actually human, and in particular, humans who have lived to a very old age - i.e. two or three hundred years ...
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Were giant skeletons found in 1936?

There are many examples of this claim on the web In 1936 Larson Kohl, the German paleontologist and anthropologist, found the bones of gigantic men on the shore of Lake Elyasi in Central Africa. ...
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Is the hominid skull discovered in Petralona 700,000 years old?

Aris Poulianos, a Greek anthropologist, claims that the hominid remains (a skull) discovered in the Petralona Cave are 700,000 years old and belong to a distinct species, which he named Archanthropus ...
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Did large herbivorous dinosaurs have any predators?

I went to the Natural History Museum in London today. I saw the dinosaur exhibition, and in the exhibition was this image, of an Allosaurus attacking a Diplodocus: Image by John Sibbick This ...
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Is the fossil KNM-ER 1470 evidence that other dating methods other than the fossil record are inaccurate?

The skull was originally dated to be almost 3 million years old. This led Richard Leakey, the son of famed archeologist Louis Leakey to comment, "Either We toss out this skull or we toss out our ...
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Did dinosaurs exist?

I find it hard to believe that dinosaurs ever existed. They were never mentioned and totally skipped in the holy books (Old Testament, New Testament, Qur'an) although these books do contain stories as ...
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Is it possible to hatch dinosaurs from chicken eggs?

This article is one of many articles talking about re-enabling some dinosaur features in chicken. I don't know a lot about genetics or paleontology. Most articles I've found about the subject use ...
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Did dragons exist?

Dragons have been common to many cultures and mythologies. Some famous are St. George slaying a dragon and Chinese dragons, such as the symbol used for the Emperor of China. Creationists and Bible ...
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