Archaeologists have identified a remarkable piece of Neanderthal jewelry comprised of eight white-tailed eagle talons. Worn 130,000 years ago, the discovery shows that Neanderthals were capable of making sophisticated ornaments long before modern humans appeared on the scene.
A non-avian dinosaur with exceptionally long feathers has been discovered in China. Called Changyuraptor yangi, the 125 million-year-old flying raptor measured nearly four feet long, making it the largest theropod that ever took to the air.
Raptors get more fearsome all the time. Jurassic Park painted velociraptors as clever, fleet-footed predators, and they may have hunted from trees. Now researchers suspect their turkey-sized relative had a venomous bite — and other raptors might have it, too.
If you still have nightmares about the fleet-footed Velociraptors from Jurassic Park, here is yet another reason to fear them. Paleontologists now believe that the predatory dinosaurs climbed trees, where they would wait to pounce on their prey.