Volcano-induced die-off paved way for dinosaurs, study suggests

A massive volcanic event that tore apart a mega-continent more than 200 million years ago set the stage for dinosaurs to take over.

More than 200 million years ago, toothy crocodile-like creatures stalked a hot, dry mega-continent while squid-like mollusks with spiral shells drifted in the surrounding ocean. Then, in what passes for an instant in geologic time, they vanished - making way for the age of the dinosaurs.

Sunday, 24 March, 2013, 4:43am

Primitive birds used four wings for flight

The fossil of a Sapeornis bird that was not believed to have hind feathers until now. Some primitive birds used four wings. Photo: AFP

Previous research had uncovered the existence of bird-like dinosaurs with hind limb feathers, but evidence has remained slim in birds, which are widely believed to have evolved from dinosaurs.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:29am

Short Science, December 9, 2012

An artist's impression of the earliest known dinosaur. Photo: Reuters

New images of the moon's crust point to a violent past in which it was battered by comets and asteroids during its first billion years, US scientists say.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:01am


Your kids will dig this

The Dino Dig Tyrannosaurus is one in a series of four sets in which children can assemble dinosaur skeletons from 'fossilised' rock. The kit includes essential items including an excavation tool and dust brush, plus facts and stories about the dinosaur. HK$160 at Toys Club, 5/F On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, tel: 2167 8474.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

In the footsteps of giants

After 12 days of walking south through the Gobi Desert, a week ago we arrived at the ramshackle Mongolian border town of Zamyn Uud. We looked and smelled like we had just walked across a desert.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Yuck Yuck Fat Possum

In case you hadn't noticed, the 90s are back. After oldsters Blur and Suede did the reformation thing, a host of newbies - mostly based in Brooklyn - are reviving the decade's sounds with an updated sheen.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Walking with Dinosaurs - the Arena Spectacular

Walking with Dinosaurs - the Arena Spectacular Creature Production AsiaWorld-Arena Reviewed: Dec 22

28 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Pupils happy to meet moving life-size baby dinosaur

Some 300 primary students from Chinese International School and Quarry Bay School gathered at the CIS gym for some close encounters with a baby Tyrannosaurus rex on June 11. The dinosaur was from the live entertainment show Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular.

The children eagerly reached out to touch the 2.4-metre dinosaur.

21 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Nation's fossil sites must be protected

Science and business make uneasy bedfellows in Lufeng, one of the most important fossil sites not only in China, but the world.

6 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

History takes back seat in the dinosaur valley

A black coach pulls up at the entrance to the sunlit valley and a young tour guide with a weary face appears at the door, soon to be pushed from the bus by a dozen excited, elderly tourists.

A grandmother says in a dignified Shanghai accent: 'Comrades, let's loot some bones.'

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

How to build a dinosaur

How to Build a Dinosaur by Jack Horner and James Borman Dutton, HK$208

22 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Tiny T-rex fossil found

Experts have unearthed a tiny fossil which is the T-rex's oldest known relative.

The find suggests the T-rex was very small before it evolved into a giant killing machine.

The fossil has a similar skull and the same banana-shaped teeth as the modern T-rex.

The skull also has big windows for more muscles.


9 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Living fossils

Early Plants and Animals

The first plants on Earth were blue-green algae. These appeared about 3.5 billion years ago.

The first spiders appeared 400 million years ago. The first ferns grew 300 million years ago. The first dinosaurs appeared 230 million years ago.

Most species change over time.

26 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Jurassic remains unveiled

Last Thursday, the Hong Kong Science Museum unveiled the dinosaur it had been given as a gift from the mainland.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was the guest-of-honour at the opening ceremony of the Treasure from Chuxiong - Lufengosaur exhibition.

27 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

This week: habitat conservation

30 May 2008 - 12:00am