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Found 22 results

  1. Efforts are ramping up to have this region added to the Canadian geopark family. The UNESCO folks just finished their visit. Let's wish them all the success! Possible Nova Scotian United Nations geopark a hidden gem - Keenan
  2. Some very sad news today. It's with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Riccardo Levi-Setti (Physicist and Trilobite specialist) who passed away this morning at the age of 92. He will be missed. RIP Riccardo.
  3. https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/baby-diplodocus-skull-1.4855910 Paper: Woodruff, D.C. et al. (2018) "The Smallest Diplodocid Skull Reveals Cranial Ontogeny and Growth-Related Dietary Changes in the Largest Dinosaurs." Scientific Reports V. 8, Article number: 14341 [LINK]
  4. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/this-brampton-fossil-hunter-just-found-his-prime-specimen-in-a-pile-in-his-new-backyard/ar-BBMSTu5?ocid=mailsignout
  5. https://www.paleowire.com/the-moroccan-rhino-like-mammal-new-species-reported-this-week/
  6. Dodo

    “ It’s easy to think that as a result of the extinction of the dodo, we are now sadder and wiser, but there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that we are merely sadder and better informed. Douglas Adams http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43825141
  7. Land plants evolved from "pond scum" about 500 million years ago, according to new research Very interesting . http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43116836
  8. Dinosaurs too successful

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42945820
  9. Story of an intrepid fossil hunter in New Zealand who hopes he has found a dinosaur. https://i.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/100187691/game-of-bones-has-glen-dug-up-a-dinosaur-or-is-it-a-whale-of-a-tale Says the fossil will be 6 foot long when complete. Looks like Miocene siltstone concretion that is common to the area (Taranaki) so I'm betting it could be a baleen whale skull. Alas for this bloke, not a dinosaur @Boesse what do you think? I recommended he get in touch with Ewan.
  10. I found this article in the news recently: http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/shark-teeth-fossils-stolen-from-southern-md-home I know that if those were my finds I would feel absolutely miserable, and I could only imagine what losing year's worth of collecting must feel like. Anyways, I thought it would be good to put this information out there so if anyone sees this and has any information they could go a long way in helping this poor person. As a side note, perhaps we could use this incident to secure our own collections. It may seem odd why some burglar would steal rocks and teeth, but it's a crazy world and a few simple steps now might save a lot of pain later on.
  11. Fossil news on your laptop or phone

    I have just discovered that if you search for 'fossils' on flipboard under 'your passions' (it is an app you can get on your phone, also will open on laptops) it will bring up loads of news on fossils from all over the world. Once I was signed in I deleted off my phone and just used it on my laptop to save data usage. I expect I am probably the last to find out this but I thought I would mention it anyway.
  12. California now has a state dinosaur

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-me-ln-california-state-dinosaur-20170923-story.html California decided that it needed another state fossil and chose Augustynolophus morrisi to be it, mostly because it was only found in California for now. Its a pretty nice hadrosaur, but what intrigues me is that they are only found in the Moreno Formation, which is usually a Cretaceous ocean zone famous for their mosasaurs. Decided to fish this one out after one of my classmates did a current event report on it
  13. A not so lazy sloth...

    Hi all, Came across this, and thought it might interest a few of you: http://interestingengineering.com/these-impressive-tunnels-were-dug-by-ancient-giant-sloths/ Those ground sloths are really my favorite, they're gigantic but still have a cute/gentle look. And they're architectural masters too. Max
  14. Here is some news from kumamoto where a theropod tooth as been found and described recently. Picture of a replica of the tooth: Article in japanese Link to english articles: http://blog.everythingdinosaur.co.uk/blog/_archives/2017/07/06/tyrannosaurs-roamed-late-cretaceous-japan.html http://www.asahi.com/sp/ajw/articles/AJ201707060047.html
  15. Source: Find the link HERE! Anyone else notice that there is a lot coming out of Russia recently? There must be a paleontology boom up there.
  16. Teleocrater Public Unveiling

    Our family tries to keep abreast of events happening at our local college, Virginia Tech. We had previously helped paleontologists with a "Citizen Science" night that involved unpacking a full summer's worth of finds. This month, the paleontologists held a public unveiling of their new find, Teleocrater rhadinus. Above is a picture of my son, left, helping to hold up the drawing of the full-sized creature. I've included the public abstract, which described it as "the earliest bird-line archosaur."
  17. Fossils of TWO 180 million-year-old dinosaurs unearthed beneath road in China http://www.geologyin.com/2016/10/fossils-of-two-180-million-year-old.html I looked at the pictures included in the article and the arrangement of the bones looks fake to me. The articulation is too perfect and straight, at least for the back half. The rib area looks more authentic to me. I am likely wrong, and I have not seen many dinosaur fossils in situ, but this just looks plain weird!
  18. Hi all. Remember that I said a local TV crew came over to my place to shoot videos of my fossils? The program was just shown on news yesterday! The main speaker with the black shirt is Calvin, who heads the Singapore Fossils Collectors, majority of the segment's on his incredible collection. I'm the speaker in gray, and everyone else are members of the SFC. http://www.channel8news.sg/news8/ca/morningexpress/episodes/ca20160219-me-hobby/2529120.html It's in Chinese, so I'll give a rough transcript. 0:00 - News Anchor: Remember Jurassic World? When it was released, it spurred interested worldwide in dinosaurs. 0:25 - News Anchor: So what did they looked like? How big were they? We can only understand these from their fossils. 0:45 - News Anchor: 38-year old Calvin has a room filled with fossils; there's marine life, dinosaurs, even poops! 1:03 - Calvin: I've been into fossils since 10. My mom bought me a trilobite, and it led me to realize there's a whole new world out there. 1:22 - News Anchor: 27-year old Andy's interest in dinosaurs spurred him to collect fossils. 1:37 - News Anchor: To share this interest, he authored a book, hoping to cultivate a love of fossils in children 1:50 - Andy: Boys love dinosaurs anyway. I've never lost my interest even in my 20s. Dinos are fasinating creatures. As we uncover fossils, we increase our knowledge of the natural world. E.g. what Earth was like, how animals of the past lived and hunted. 2:13 - News Anchor: Entering Andy's room, we realize he's put in quite an effort into displaying fossils. 2:18 - Andy: I protect my fossils from direct sunlight and elements with a cabinet. My dad and I customized this cabinet by sawing away the original wooden door, fixing on an acrylic, transparent door, and got an LED light strip which we installed inside. 2:44 - News Anchor: Calvin and Andy are part of a group called the Singapore Fossils Collectors. Besides sharing this hobby in the media, their group regularly meet, going to various members' houses. 2:59 - News Anchor: Calvin has stated this group allows him to meet fellow fossil lovers. 3:08 - Calvin: When young, this was a lonely hobby. Even as I collected, there was no one for me to share it with. Now with social media and SFC, we can learn from each other, trade, and improve our collections. -Commercial Break- 3:47 - News Anchor: Whenever overseas, Calvin visits museums and fossil shops. It's estimated he has over 1000 fossils. 4:00 - Calvin: This is a plesiosaur paddle that's over 65 million years old. You can see its finger bones. This is a rare fossil I purchased from Spain. 4:20 - Calvin: Here's another special one. A segnosaur egg nest. I bought it in Hong Kong, though it's dug up from China. Chinese fossils these days can no longer be exported. 4:35 - Calvin: This is a dinosaur we see often from Hollywood. A fearsome Tyrannosaur dug up from Kazakhstan. 4:45 - Calvin: This is a sabretooth cat. It's much younger than dinosaurs. It was around when the first men were around, but we hunted them to extinction. 4:57 - News Anchor: Do you know fossils are formed, and how we know they are real? 5:10 - Calvin: Fossils are the remains of animals and plants. As they died, their remains are quickly buried, and over time and high pressure, turn into fossils. They must be buried quickly, say next to a river, or covered by volcano ash etc. 5:47 - Calvin: There are fossils sites near Singapore, such as Australia, Canada, America, China, Morocco, France, Thailand and even Malaysia, and trilobites in Vietnam. 6:18 - Calvin: Some shell fossils and teeth are common in Morocco, and thus can be cheap. Complete fossils, or famous ones you see in Hollywood movies usually cost far more. 6:45 - Calvin: For fossil authencity, we get it from reputable sellers. Next, we need to know its morphology, weight, texture. We can even tap on it to hear the sound. There are quick ways such as shining a UV light, or to poke them with a red-hot needle. 7:24 - Calvin: For maintaining fossils, they are generally rocks, so many are durable. Certain ones however, such as trilobites may get pyrite disease so I keep them in a special cabinet. -Fossil segment ends- Enjoy
  19. Here is a link to a news story on a construction site where some really cool fossils are being found! Man wish I could dig that one! All you locals in California- this will make your blood pump! Here is the link: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ice-age-fossils-found-carlsbad-homes-planned-33542368
  20. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/11032567/New-species-of-flying-dinosaur-discovered-in-Brazil.html Scientists have uncovered evidence of a colony of pterosaurs that lived around a desert lake in southern Brazil around 100 million years ago.Evidence of a colony of flying dinosaurs that lived around a desert lake in southern Brazil around 100 million years ago has been uncovered by scientists.Fossil remains of at least 47 of the previously unknown flying reptiles, with wingspans ranging from two to eight feet (0.65 - 2.35 metres), were discovered at Cruzeiro do Oeste in the southern state of Parana.Named Caiuajara dobruskii, the pterosaurs are the first to be found so far south in the country, said the study in PLOS ONE.The huge number of bones could represent hundreds of young and adult individuals, scientists believe.
  21. Bizarre Sphere Fossils...

    I came across some interesting articles in the web and just thought I'd share with you. Bizarre sphere fossils could be among world's earliest animals "A series of mysterious spherical fossils found in southern China may be remnants of some of the world's earliest animals. A new study finds that these controversial fossils are not likely to be bacteria orsingle-celled protists; their cells, preserved for more than 600 million years in rock, are too complex and differentiated. Instead, the fossils may be multicellular algae, or even the embryos of ancient animals. "The real value of these fossils is that we now have some direct evidence about how this transition from single-celled organisms to things like animals and plants occurred in the evolutionary past," said study researcher Shuhai Xiao, a geobiologist at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg." Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/09/25/bizarre-sphere-fossils-could-be-among-world-earliest-animals/ http://phys.org/science-news/archaeology-fossils/ http://www.scienceclarified.com/Ca-Ch/Carbon-Family.html
  22. Cnn Article On 8 Us Fossil Sites

    CNN posted this article ("8 places for fantastic fossil finds") that some might find interesting: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/05/travel/best-fossil-finds/index.html?hpt=hp_c3 Enjoy! Hashem
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