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John Ostrom

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John Ostrom's Biography

John H. Ostrom (February 18, 1928 – July 16, 2005) was an American paleontologist who revolutionized modern understanding of dinosaurs in the 1960s, when he demonstrated that dinosaurs are more like big non-flying birds than they are like lizards (or "saurians"), an idea first proposed by Thomas Henry Huxley in the 1860s, but which had garnered few supporters. The first of Ostrom's broad-based reviews of the osteology and phylogeny of the primitive bird Archaeopteryx appeared in 1976. His reaction to the eventual discovery of feathered dinosaurs in China, after years of acrimonious debate, was bittersweet (Gentile, 2000).

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  • Leaping lizards [video] | @GrrlScientist

      News Source: The Guardian | over 2 years ago
    Leaping lizards Theropod dinosaurs used their long tails as rudders to stabilise rapid or irregular movements There was a time, not so very long ago, when dinosaurs were portrayed as slow-moving behemoths, shuffling about with their tails dragging on
  • Live chat: Ask the dinosaur experts

      News Source: The Guardian | 3 years ago
    Ray Tang/Rex Features The tyrannosaur family that preyed together, stayed together. That is the conclusion of University of Alberta paleontologist Philip Currie after examining the remains of numerous tyrant dinosaurs in Alberta and Mongolia over the
  • Were raptors pack hunters?

      News Source: The Guardian | over 3 years ago
    Reconstructing dinosaur behaviour such as the hunting strategy of raptors is fraught with difficulty, writes Brian Switek When I first saw Jurassic Park in the summer of 1993, I was stunned. The visions of sluggish, stupid reptiles in my elementary

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