On the 9th December 2017 I started volunteering at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery at their Pliosaurus! exhibition which ran from June 2017 until the 18th of February 2018. This interactive museum exhibition focused on the 8 metre long fossil of marine reptile Pliosaurus carpenteri (known as Deadly Doris the Pliosaurus! at Bristol Museum). The only known specimen of its species and a rare example of a relatively complete Pliosaur. In this article I explain more about the fossil, my volunteer role, what I enjoyed about the exhibition and what I think the impact of it has been.
On the 8th of February research was published in the Journal of Science Advances about the K-T event (Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction event which killed the Dinosaurs). The research presented evidence for the global magmatism (activation of Magma around the world) as a result of the Chicxulub Meteorite impact. This article will examine this study and what it means for Paleontology.
On the 29th of January a new species of sauropod Mansourasaurus shahinae was announced to have been discovered by palaeontologists in the Egyptian Desert. A surprising fossil find as North Africa is not well known for major dinosaur discoveries, this article will examine this fascinating dinosaur discovery and what the implications of this fossil find are for palaeontologists in the North of Africa.
On the 15th of January Palaeontologists in China published an article in the Journal of Nature Communications about the discovery of a new Jurassic Dinosaur called Caihong juji. This new 161 million year old Theropod was covered in iridescent feathers and plumage on its head, wings and tail similar to that of today’s hummingbirds. This article will look at this new fossil discovery, examining why its feathers are special and why Caihong is such an unusual Dinosaur.
Scientists in Victoria, Australia have identified a new ornithischian (bird-hipped) Dinosaur called Diluvicursor pickeringi. First discovered in 2005 and from the Early Cretaceous it has recently been identified as a new Dinosaur. This article will explore more about this new find and what could be expected of future discoveries in the region. Continue reading “New Ornithischian Dinosaur Diluvicursor pickeringi identified in Victoria, Australia”
In November 2017 Palaeontologists in north-western China unveiled a remarkable Pterosaur discovery of hundreds of perfectly preserved eggs from the early Cretaceous. This article will look at this fossil find and explore three reasons why it should be considered one of the most important prehistoric discoveries of recent times.
Continue reading “The Importance of the Hampiterus Tianshanesis Egg Clutch Discovery”