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2020

June

Jun. 2

New dinosaur, Kompsornis, may reveal more about Cretaceous bird evolution. Kompsornis had a highly developed keel, and a specialized pelvis; features that show that the animal was a strong flier.

Jun. 3

Stomach contents of the 2017 Borealopelta have been studied. Over 10,000 food fragments had been ingested before death. Over 6% of the stomach contents consisted of charcoal, meaning that the animal had been foraging near a wildfire site. Most of the stomach consisted of ferns, Borealopelta was a very picky herbivore. Borealopelta's stomach also contained several conifer fragments, as a secondary food source.

Jun. 5

Two new centrosaurs; Navajoceratops and Terminocavus show the evolution of the chasmosaur lineage. The two animals lived in New Mexico during the Late Cretaceous. At some point, the vast interior seaway flooded the lowlands. This caused Navajoceratops and Terminocavus to split, and make way for the most modern evolutionary chasmosaurian lineage. The two animals evolved in isolation. Navajoceratops and Terminocavus represent the gap between the Unnamed Chasmosaur and Anchiceratops.

Jun. 9

New dinosaur: Overoraptor lived during the Late Cretaceous of Argentina. This new dinosaur represents new transition from dromaeosaurs and proper aves.

Jun. 11

The discovery of the earliest polychaete worm has been made! Meet Dannychaeta, the earliest polychaete worm, that lived in the Early Cambrian of China!

Jun. 12

New species of basal baleen whale! Tokarahia kauaeroa uncovers unseen baleen whale evolution.

Jun. 17

New genus of Cambrian arthropod form the Yunnan Province, China. Xiaocaris had about 810 spines; 54 legs, each with 15 spines. Scientists think that the spines were to grind up small organic matter, small enough to ingest. Xiaocaris was small, and likely scavenged the Chengjiang biota seabeds for animal carcasses.

Keraphyton is a new genus of plant from Late Devonian Australia, which sheds light on plant diversity during the Devonian. Published in the Journal Nature, a new mosasaur egg has been discovered! It is soft-shelled, and may have born into the open ocean, or layed on the beach like sea turtles. The new egg has been given the name Antarcticoolithus.

Jun. 23

Tanyrhinichthys, redescribed genus of ray-finned fishes that looked strikingly similar, but not closely related. New paper sheds light on Late Carboniferous fish diversity.

Jun. 27

Studies on the saber teeth of Thylacosmilus show that the marsupial was not built for strongly biting it's prey, buut raher used its delicate fangs for opening up carcasses.

Mukupirna shows previously unsuspected diversity in vombatiformes, the group that contains koalas and wombats. Mukupirna is five times larger than a standard wombat.

July

Jul. 2

Schleitheimia is a newly described genus of sauropodomorph, which highlights sauropod diversity in Late Triassic Switzerland. The genus is known from a partial right ilium, and several scattered bones assumed to be of the same affinities; even the same individual.

New study proves Chicxuclub asteroid caused K-PG mass extinction event. They concluded that the asteroid caused the extinction; and that increased volcanic activity helped animals survive it.

Jul. 3

Protocinctus, new Cambrian cinctan shows unknown evolutionary trade-off between function and feeding.

New revision of Hauffiopteryx, Early Jurassic ichthyosaur.

Jul. 7

New sauropodomorph: Irisosaurus, from Early Jurassic China. The sauropodomorph is distinguished by few characteristics.

Jul. 6

Smallest, and last relative to dinosaurs and pterosaurs discovered! Kongonaphon stood barely 4 inches tall, and is known from a mandible, vertebrae and several limb bones. Kongonaphon had blunt, conical teeth, and ate insects. Scientific analysis on the bones proves that Kongonaphon was, indeed, fully mature.

Jul. 9

Unnamed dentary fragment of a dromaeosaur from Prince Creek Formation microsite discovered. The research conducted on the partial jaw show that dromaeosaurs were seasonal migratory animals, and stuck around through the harshest of winters.

Norisdelphis, new basalmost dolphin from Late Miocene Japan described, and Ankylorhiza, 15 foot long apex predator that evolved convergently with modern predatory whales, and Perditicetus, newly described dolphin

Jul. 10

Alvarezsaur from Hell Creek previously known to this wiki as "Hell Creek alvarezsaur" has a name! Meet Trierarchuncus, a small alvarezsaur from Hell Creek.

Collinsovermis sheds light on Middle Cambrian phylogenic relationships between lobopods.

Jul. 11

Aratasaurus, a new coelurosaur from Brazil sheds light on Early Cretaceous theropod evolution.

Lusovenator! New dinosaur from Portugal! Earliest carcharodontosaurid from Laurasia.

Jul. 19

Copedelphys is a new marsupial from the Brule Formation rocks in North Dakota dating back to the Oligocene. This new mammal helps experts pinpoint the estimated time when the diversified marsupials in the Brule Formation fused into a single species.

Jul. 24

Tongoenas, massive frugivorous pigeon from the Pacific Island discovered, and went extinct when humans inhabited the island.

Eomakhaira shows sparassodont diversity during the Oligocene in Chile.

Jul. 25,2020

Samaydelphis named as a stem inoidea from the Late Miocene Pisco Formation.

August

Aug. 1

New rhynchosaur named from the Late Triassic of North America, meet Oryctorhynchus.

Aug. 4

New radiodont discovered from China. Cordaticaris is known from the signature heart-shaped carapace and its long rotund body. Cordaticaris shows previously unseen diversity in the Zhangxia Formation. Cancer diagnosed in Centrosaurus, which is the first time scientists have discovered a cancerous tumour in dinosaurs.

Aug. 5

Primoptynx is an extinct genus of owls from the Early Eocene. This new owl is very primitive, and shows adaptations for a diurnal lifestyle and large talons that gave the ability to pick up prey the size of rabbits.

Aug. 12

Vectaerovenator is a new genus of theropod dinosaur discovered in the Isle of Wight. The paper describing the dinosaur has yet to release, however, making the genus a nomen nudum.

Aug. 13

New ankylosaur from China. Sinankylosaurus shows similarity between North American and Asian ankylosaurs.

Aug. 26

New stegosaur discovered. The Unnamed stegosaur was recently discovered, yet no description has been published.

Aug. 27

New acorn worm from Burgess Shale; Gyaltsenglossus extends knowledge of vertebrate evolution in the Early/Middle Cambrian.

September

Sept. 1, 2020

New frogfish from the Early Eocene deposits of Italy; meet Neilpeartia, the newest addition to frogfish evolutionary history.

Sept. 3

Vectaerovenator paper released. The theropod is an incertae sedis, thought to have been a tetanuran. Researchers assume the body of the carnivore was washed out to sea, though it may be possible the dinosaur was semi-aquatic or foraged near shallow water.

Sept. 8

New burrowing ornithopod from the Yixian Formation, recorded as one of the most basal to date! After the discovery of two articulated fossils in lifelike positions, the name Changmiania was named. This dinosaur was recovered in a simple den, alongside common burrowing traits. It is thought the dinosaurs were startled from a resting position in their dens because of volcanic activity, which caused the space to collapse and suffocate the animals.

Sept. 10

New pterosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Morocco. Leptostomia supports a hyperelongated beak with thick walls. It is speculated the beak was used in probe-feeding like modern kiwi birds. The animal would have probed the ground and dug its beak into the soil to extract prey items.

Sept. 17

Sebecid from Late Cretaceous of Spain found in titanosaur nesting site alters the history of sebecidae. Ogresuchus was discovered in a semi-articulated pose amongst titanosaur nests, presumably picking off hatchlings while they're weak.

Sept. 23

New genus of mosasaur had 1.2 (4 foot) long jaws. Meet Gnathomortis, named after the jaws and the large muscle that causes a large bite. The name translates to "jaws of death", and was moved from a species of Prognathodon.

Sept. 28

New mosasaur from Late Cretaceous of Morocco. The genus is characterized by its elongated snout amongst other features. The mosasaur was given an informal name 'Platecarpus' ptychodon.

October

Oct. 1

Wunyelfia: new aristonectine plesiosaur found in central Chile from the Late Cretaceous. This plesiosaur is the basalmost member of aristonectinae.

Oct. 5

Platyscaphokogia, represented by two skulls, shows early lineage of scaphokogiines in the Pisco Formation of Peru. This genus heavily resembles Scaphokogia.

Oct. 7

New genus of oviraptor (Oksoko) discovered in a small group with two-digit-bearing arms.

Oct. 8,2020

Recently a new genus and species of drepanosaur from Late Triassic's Chinle Formation shows evidence of a subterranean lifestyle. Meet Skybalonyx.

Oct. 10

New genus of abelisauridae assumes basal position, and lacks more derived features. However, Spectrovenator has massive cheek bones.

Oct. 10

New pterosaur from Brazil was 7-8 meters long, and was only one year old! Meet the juvenile anhanguerid.

Oct. 14

Niebla is a new genus of abelisaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Northern Patagonia.

Oct. 16

Jucha is a new genus of elasmosaurid plesiosaur from the Lower Cretaceous, Russia. This new genus and species shows patterns of neck elongation/shortening cycles throughout plesiosauria.

Oct. 27

Punatitan and Bravasaurus described from the Upper Cretaceous of Argentina.

November

Nov. 2

New dwarf lambeosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Morocco; meet Ajnabia.

Nov. 4

A new eucynodont from the Chinle Formation: Kataigidodon.

Nov. 6

A reevaluation of a 2016 paper on basal chameleons proves that amber specimens attributed to chameleons actually belonged to amphibians. Meet Yaksha, a new amphibian with a ballistic tongue, a trait seen in chameleons.

Nov. 18

New eusauropod, Bagualia, explores Early Jurassic sauropod size and neck evolution.

Nov. 25

Falcatakely, a newly-described enantiornithe, bears a deep rostrum that bears a strong resemblance to the modern toucans.

Nov. 27

A new basal theropod from the Canderlária Formation, Norian has been named: Erythrovenator.

December

Dec. 13

A new compsognathid from the Crato Formation of Brazil: Ubirajara. This dinosaur is known from a single specimen, which preserves a shaggy mane and impressive filamentous display structures.

Dec. 16

New basal python from Europe, Messelopython, discovered.

Dec. 22

Garrigatitan, new titanosaur shows diversity of Late Cretaceous France.

2021

January

Jan. 11

Evidence revealed supports megalodon was born very large, and could live between 88 and 100 years old.

Jan. 12

The Messel Pit, Germany reveals Parapsittacopes, well-preserved basal psittaciforme.

Jan. 13

Aenocyon made valid in major classification update, and new velociraptorine described, Shri, from "Ichabodcraniosaurus" remains.

Jan. 15

New caiman Chinatichampsus reveals caiman dispersal.

Jan. 16

Mosasaur from Late Cretaceous has extremely packed teeth that form a cutting edge. Meet Xenodens.

February

Feb. 11

New elasmosauridae, Fluvionectes, from Dinosaur Park, Alberta becomes among the first non-marine elasmosaurids documented. It was 5 meters long and is the most complete of the Dinosaur Park Formation plesiosaurs.

Feb. 17

DNA extracted from fossil Columbian mammoth tooth reveals the species was a hybrid and sheds light on cold adaptations.

Feb. 24

First rebbachisauridae from Asia named: Dzharatitanis.

Feb. 28

Oldest known titanosaur to date from the Bajada Colorada Formation or Argentina, named Ninjatitan based on nickname given.

March

Mar. 1

New small troodontid Tamarro from Spain grew rapidly, new study states.

Mar. 19

A new possible lamniforme from Mexico: Aquilolamna, a new planktivorous shark of shady origins with fins wider than it's entire body length.

Mar. 31

New abelisaurid Llukalkan named; "the one who causes fear".

April

Apr. 21

Rubilar-Rogers et al. present new titanosaur Arackar.

Apr. 30

Aeolosaurus maximus assigned a new genus; Arrudatitan.

May

May 10

New genus of basal centrosaurine may point towards the group's origin. Meet the Menefee Formation-horned face.

May 11

New parasaurolophinin discovered from Lower Cretaceous Mexico.

May 29

Anomalocaris saron has been reassigned to Houcaris gen. nov. and moved to tamisiocarididae.

June

Jun. 7

"Bananabendersaurus" named formally: new titnosaur Australotitan cooperensis.

Jun. 14

Oculudentavis specimen GRS-Ref-286278 has been split into a new species, Oculudentavis naga.

Jun. 15

YLSNHM01001, fossil bird from amber, named Fortipesavis.

Jun. 25

Two new species of Homo: H. longi and the Nesher Ramla Man.

Jun. 26

A new velociraptorin from Central Asia was named.

Jun. 30

A new species of myxophagan beetle found in a Silesaurus coprolite, which may reveal a new method to retrieving exceptionally-preserved insects aside from amber.

July

Jul. 24

New species of mesoeucrocodylian named.

LH PV39 has been published, and unnamed small-bodied Mongolian troodontid.

August

Aug. 1

Javelinadactylus, a thalassodromine(?) pterosaur from Maastrichtian North America is named. This shows tapejarids had been diversifying during the Maastrichtian.

Aug. 5

A new unenlagiine named from lost material and opthalmosaurid from reclassified remains.

Aug. 6

New genera formally named by M. S. Malkani: Gspsaurus, Saraikisaurus‎‎, Vitakridrinda‎‎, Vitakrisaurus‎‎, Wasaibpanchi‎‎, Wadanaang‎‎, Induszalim‎‎, Pakisaurus‎‎, Khetranisaurus‎, Pabwehshi‎‎, Saraikimasoom‎‎, Sulaimanisuchus and Mithasaraikistan‎‎.

MCT 2670-LE, a new carcharodontosaurian, was published.

Aug. 9

Thapunngaka, known by the nickname "Fearless Dragon", was named.

Aug. 12

Two new large titanosaurs, Silutitan and Hamititan, named.

Aug. 25

Three new genera named: Taytalura, Etjosuchus and Phiomicetus.

September

Sept. 4

New abelisaurid Kurupi named after love hotel.

Sept. 8

Ulughbegsaurus named.

Sept. 14

A new taxon of pterosaur from the Romualdo Formation of Brazil.

Sept. 16

A new iguanodont, Napaisaurus.

Sept. 23

A new ankylosaur, Spicomellus, has osteoderms that fuse into the ribs.

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