Welcome to my personal palaeontology blog Jurassic Finds. The place to be to read my views about the latest palaeontological fossil discoveries. I hope you will all enjoy reading this blog and what it has to offer! I started this blog to share the latest scientific dinosaur discoveries to inspire others to discover more about the Mesozoic era. Alongside covering the latest dinosaur discoveries the blog will also cover my palaeontological research, museum and field visits as well as anything else dinosaur related that I think may be beneficial to share.
My name is James, and I am a 27-year-old student palaeontologist who is currently studying a MSc in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol. I have always been interested in dinosaurs ever since I was a child, following dinosaurs through film, media and of course palaeontology.
Working in vertebrate palaeontology has always been my dream career ever since I was a child and I am thrilled to say that I am on the research steps to making this career dream become a reality. I have a fully published Geological journal article to my name in the Proceedings of the Geologist Association, on the Beginning of Mesozoic marine overstep of the Mendips: The Rhaetian and its fauna at Hapsford Bridge, Vallis Vale, Somerset, UK. A project I worked on with Professor Mike Benton and co-authors.
As well as running this blog I am also a writer/contributor for The Jurassic Park Podcast, and take part in online engagement with the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World fandom. A lot of my work has involved taking part in podcast episodes as well as YouTube videos. You can check out all my podcast contributions at my Linktree here.
As a fan community member, I have been fortunate to have interactions with the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World cast Sam Neill (who I have also met in person!), Colby Boothman (Leon in Jurassic World) and crew JA Bayona, Colin Trevorrow, Emily Carmichael and Jack Horner on Twitter. This has created some interesting discussions and teases for the fandom online. In 2020 I collaborated with Jurassic fandom Youtuber Klayton Fioriti (279,000 subscribers, over 107 million video views) on palaeontology in the upcoming 2022 film Jurassic World: Dominion. This collab has had over 60,000 views and over 1,900 likes. You can watch the video below!
I have extensive volunteer Museum outreach experience. This has included engaging the public with palaeontology at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for their 2017 Pliosaurus! Exhibition. I have also volunteered with Dinosaur Isle Museum on the Isle of Wight in 2019 and done outreach with The Bristol Dinosaur Project at Bristol Museum (Bristol Rocks! and Dinosaur Takeover!). This outreach experience has also included helping The Bristol Dinosaur Project with running workshops with children in schools. Since I started Jurassic Finds back in January 2018 the blog has been very well received. The blog has seen over 20,000 readers as of May 2021 from across the globe, with many positive reactions being received from those who have read my posts so ‘Thank You’ all!