Prepare to take a journey of discovery into the exciting world of modern paleontology. New dinosaur fossils are being discovered faster than ever before. Advanced technology allows scientists to look at these fossils in fresh ways. And researchers are gaining surprising insights into these amazing animals. New discoveries, new technology, and new ideas are helping today's scientists piece together what these living, breathing dinosaurs were really like.
Discovery of new dinosaurs can happen almost anywhere and any time. A 14-year-old boy found dinosaur bones buried on his family's ranch in Montana. Although no one realized it at the time, the fossil was unlike any other dinosaur and proved to be a new species.
The idea that birds are living dinosaurs has been accepted by most paleontologists for some time. But the discovery of Bambiraptor has led to some intriguing new ideas about the strong links between birds and dinosaurs. Bambiraptor was probably covered in feathers and its skeleton was almost identical to that of a modern bird.
How do scientists study the latest dinosaur discoveries like this new species, named Bambiraptor? To understand creatures that lived millions of years ago, paleontologists rely on technologies only a few decades old.