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If you’ve looked at the articulated 150-million-year-old Archaeopteryx fossils, you probably have noticed that they all have a weirdly similar pose: their heads are thrown over their backs, mouths open and tail curved upwards. Scientists have been puzzled for years by what caused this distinctive pose, but now two paleontologists propose an explanation: this characteristic posture was the result of agonized death throes triggered by brain damage and suffocation.

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We’ve already mentioned that an important Dinosaur Value is putting pen to paper.

Putting a (fountain) pen (with blue-black ink) to a piece of fine stationery, often in the form of a thank-you note, is nearing extinction as much as what happened to we dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

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It’s up to fossils like us to support the mission of scientists who continue to learn more about dinosaurs, but broaden our understanding of this incredible world. 

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