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August 1, 2023 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Smithsonian Magazine Reports on the Current State of Paleontology

Riley Black writes the following in “How Many Dinosaurs Remain Undiscovered?” for Smithsonian magazine:

Paleontologists are uncovering new dinosaurs at an astonishing rate. On average, a new species of ‘terrible lizard’ is named about every two weeks from fossil sites all over the world. And as experts announce each astonishing species, the nature of the dinosaur family tree shifts. Fossil hunters are not just uncovering new dinosaur species—they’re revealing entirely new dinosaur groups that were unknown even ten years ago. …

Future finds are likely to be of small dinosaurs. Big dinosaurs were often found first because their remains were more resilient to scavenging, weathering and destruction than those of smaller animals, and museums liked having large, impressive dinosaurs to reconstruct for patrons. Small species were harder to find and often overlooked when they were uncovered. Now that paleontologists are making a concentrated effort to fill in entire ecosystems, however, they’re discovering some of those smaller dinosaurs and filling in parts of the dinosaur story that were previously missed—even in formations that have been explored for more than a century.

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