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  1. Mongolia seeks to crush fossil black market Ben Dooley, AFP, January 9, 2017: 2 https://www.yahoo.com/news/mongolia-seeks-crush-fossil-black-market-042416206.html http://phys.org/news/2017-01-mongolia-fossil-black.html Smugglers Ravage Gobi Desert Dinosaur Treasures Transitions Online, January 12, 2017 http://www.tol.org/client/article/26616-smugglers-ravage-gobi-desert-dinosaur-treasures.html Disappearing dinosaur fossils in the Gobi desert Matt Bracken, The Baltimore Sun http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2017/01/disappearing-dinosaur-fossils-gobi-desert/ U.S. Returns Stolen Dinosaur Eggs and Fossils to Mongolia. Newsweek, April 6, 2016. http://www.newsweek.com/dinosaur-eggs-fossils-smuggling-mongolia-444427 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35975018 Yours, Paul
  2. Hey everyone! Last August I took a trip to Chicago and, of course, went to The Field Museum. It's quite impressive and absolutely worth visiting. All exhibitions I was able to see were awesome. My favorite part was the dinosaur room, though the most famous skeleton is in the main hall. Let's start with some pictures of Sue - the most complete T-Rexskeleton ever found. The skull mounted to the bod, isn't the actual skull found with the skeleton. The original skull is exhibited on the first floor and wasn't add to the body, because it was kinda squeezed (you can read all about it at the museum). There's also another bone section of Sue displayed on first floor, right next to the fossil lab, where you see paleontologists working (it's like staring at animals at the zoo, but very interesting haha). Scientists still try to figure out, how these bones match to Sue's skeleton. Close to the displayed shown above, is the entrence to the dinosaur room. While making your way to the hall, you're passing several exhibits, arranged in a timeline. To me themost interesting exhibt was the Dimetrodon skeleton. My first ever dinosaur book, contained a picture of it, so it wasawesome to see it in person after so many years. Once you entered the room, you see impressive exhibts of several herbivores. To your left you find a Stegosaurus: In the middle of the room is a huge Apatosaurus: On the opposite you have Triceratops: Sorry, forgot the name of this boy, eating a Edmontosaurus: Next to the shown exhibit, you can see a Parasaurolophus: AND there's also a juvenile Edmontosaurus:
  3. Hey ya all! I was wondering if anyone has gone on a tour with Paleo Prospectors and is willing to share their experience? http://www.paleoprospectors.com
  4. Please help identify this possible foot/toe fossil find. Found in near Edwards Plateau in Texas.
  5. Tags say it all. Intriguing,to say the least http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/asset?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0119083.PDF
  6. Dinosaurs ruled the earth for at least 165 million years. During this period they evolved into a whole menagerie of wonderful and fantastical forms, and are survived today by the birds that flit from branch to branch in your garden. But when they first emerged from the evolutionary tree is a murkier story. It now seems that they may have evolved up to 20 million years earlier than thought. The results come from a study published in Biology Letters, in which researchers from the Natural History Museum, London, have created the most detailed dinosaur tree ever formed. Using two separate methods, they created a massive phylogenetic tree that includes close to 1,000 different species of dinosaurs, enabling them to trace the animals right back to their roots. Both methods came up with strikingly similar results, indicating the validity of the outcome. They both showed that while the oldest dinosaur fossil to have ever been dated, known as Nyasasaurus, is thought to be 240 million years old, the data from the trees suggest that dinosaurs may have evolved at least 10 million years earlier, and potentially up to 20 million years earlier. This is possibly not too surprising. The dating of such ancient fossils comes with some leeway, as well as considering just how patchy the fossil record from this long ago for dinosaurs is. For example, while Nyasasurus is the best contender for the oldest dinosaur discovered so far, there is a full 12-million-year gap before the next one pops up. What is interesting, however, is how researchers are able to use phylogenetics to help fill in these blanks, and predict where there are fossils to be found that could potentially predate the known one. It also means that if the dates are to be believed, the direct early ancestors to dinosaurs may already have been around before the dramatic Permian extinction event that occurred 252 million years ago, and so were one of the few lineages that managed to survive. Also known as the Great Dying, it is thought that up to a staggering 95 percent of all species alive at the time bit the dust, in what was the largest mass extinction event that has ever occurred. Not only that, but the data also shows that the branch that includes all known birds may have split off between 108 and 69 million years ago, meaning that they may have already been flying, or at the very least gliding, around before the asteroid that killed off all their other relatives hit. http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/dinosaurs-may-have-evolved-up-to-20-million-years-earlier-than-thought/
  7. ...well, forgot to post here that is I guess 2 years later I finally remembered haha! I guess that eliminates any chance of posting my finds to the VFOTM heh Anyways, it's great to be back in the forum I usually come here once every few months, so it's great to see all these new features on the website! Shoutout to the admins for the great work, love it! 2 years ago, I went to the Gobi Desert in northwestern China on an annual hunt for Dinosaurs in cooperation with some of the leading dinosaur paleontologists of the country, along with international paleontologists from the U.S and Canada for a few trips. This is the long overdue report for the 1 month expedition into the Mazongshan desert ranges of northwestern China, in search for the ancestral forms of many famous dinosaurs we know today (such as T.rex, Triceratops, Edmontosaurus, Parasaurolophus etc). Many flat tires met us on our journey to the Early Cretaceous time portal, and we witnessed some of the most beautiful of Earth's scenery, as well as the most terrifying of nature's storms with nothing but a tiny tent for each person's protection. Cut off from civilization as well as the ever-hated internet of our modern day, I was glad to be able to come out relatively unscathed and with the bonus of bountiful fossil finds, all the while standing side by side with pioneers of Chinese dinosaur paleontology, and with the hard working excavation team that accompanies them. Below are some basic stats of the trip Time Period: Early Cretaceous (Aptian - Albian), +-120 million years ago Dinosaur Occurrences: Neoceratopsians Tyrannosauroids Unidentified Dromaeosaurs Hadrosauroides Titanosaurs Therizinosauroides Other Vertebrates: Fish Crocodiles Turtles Birds Pictures coming soon, hang tight!
  8. this is pretty new,as things go http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pala.12266/epdf
  9. I'll start this trip report with a little back story. About 5 years ago, my daughter, who is 8 years old now, started watching the PBS show "Dinosaur Train". She became very interested in dinosaurs. We took a trip to the Smithsonian, and watching her look up at the dinosaur skeletons in awe was amazing. Later, my son who is 6 years old now, would follow in the love of dinosaurs as well. When I got home from Washington, I decided to see if it was possible to put together a little collection of dinosaur fossils together for her 4th birthday the following year. I looked at a a popular auction site, and saw that there were many for sale. I started with a Nanotyrannus tooth, and it slowly grew from there. I was always trying to win fossils from a seller in Powder River County, Montana. I didn't have much success, as I was always outbid at the last minute. One Saturday night when the auctions ended, I hit the jackpot! I won a Thescelosaurus metatarsal, and a beauty at that! The rancher's wife, who also does an outstanding job preparing the fossils, was very concerned, and sent me inquiring about where the fossil would land up. She said it was very rare, and that she didn't want it sold to someone who wouldn't appreciate it. I sent her an email, telling her that the fossil would be in good hands, along with photos of my kids at the Smithsonian, and we've become good friends over the years. She is like the sister that I never had. We write to each other every day, with most of our conversations not even involving fossils. Fossils brought us together as friends, but we have so much more in common. I would later learn that the reason she was so concerned about where the metatarsal was going, was because I outbid someone who was building a Thescelosaurus foot. I am happy to report that the metatarsal in question has made it to it's rightful owner 5 years later, and is now part of the foot that it was always meant to be a part of in the first place. In April, member Troodon convinced me to ask the ranchers if I would be able to come out for a dig in September. He's known them longer than I have, and has collected on their land many times. I was thrilled that the dates I had available fit into their schedule as well, and that they were happy to have me. . A few months later, Troodon decided to join in the dig as well! It would turn out to be the trip of a lifetime. Not only did I get to dig for dinosaur fossils in the Hell Creek Formation, which so few people get to do, but more importantly, I got to meet some great friends! I left from Lehigh Valley Airport in Pennsylvania on September 13. I had a 3 hour layover at O'Hare, and then continued my journey into Rapid City, South Dakota. From there, it was onto Hill City, South Dakota, where I would meet member Troodon the following morning. While in O'Hare airport, I was surprised to see a kiosk for the Field Museum, with a Brachiosaurus cast. Perhaps a sign of things to come, although not in Hell Creek I met Troodon the following morning, and we headed to Rapid City for provisions, and then started on hour 3.5 hour journey to the ranch in Powder River County, Montana. The last 45 minutes of the drive was all on dirt roads. If you ever get the opportunity to dig on private land on the Hell Creek Formation, I suggest you rent a 4x4 truck, not an all wheel drive SUV. For example, here is the road, and that dust bowl up ahead is Troodon. He had to pull over several times for me to catch up! Sorry Troodon! I might have been taking pictures with my phone. . As we got to the rancher's property, some locals came out to greet us. I arrived at the ranch about 2:00pm, finally met my friends for the first time, and headed out to the dig site. The site is a channel or microsite on the Lower Hell Creek Formation. The site had two sides, one with mostly sand matrix that is easy to dig through, and one that has a lot of sand, but heavy clay areas as well. The rancher had been finding quite a few T.rex teeth on the side with the sandy matrix, so that's where we started. Here, I was able to get my feet wet, and learn what to look and feel for while digging. If I had a dollar for every time I put glue on a concretion.....:). I learned how to start with a shelf, and dig straight down to the bottom of the fossil bed. I didn't find much the first day, just a couple of Gar scales, and bottom half of a Nanotyrannus tooth. Still had an awesome time! More to come!
  10. 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!
  11. My family and I are looking to head out west for a guided fossil trip and we are a long ways from finalizing a plan and as such are open to anything. Pretty much just want to find dinosaur fossils as opposed to our usual haunt in the Chesapeake Bay. Again we are unexperienced as far as dinosaur fossils go and would prefer a guide, and also prefer to be able to keep our finds. Please include pictures of your finds from recommended areas!
  12. enjoy dinosbonebedtapho31r.pdf
  13. First dinosaur bones found in Denali National Park by Theresa Bakker, PhysOrg, October 18, 2016 http://phys.org/news/2016-10-dinosaur-bones-denali-national.html First Dinosaur Fossils Discovered in Alaska's Denali National Park, Smithsonian, October 20,2016 https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2016/10/18/first-dinosaur-bones-found-in-denali-national-park/ Denali Dinos: Ancient Bones Are First of Their Kind in National Park, Alaska Dispatch News, Oct. 18, 2016 https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2016/10/18/first-dinosaur-bones-found-in-denali-national-park/ Dinosaur Bones Discovered in Denali National Park Live Science, Laura Geggel, Oct. 19, 2016 http://www.livescience.com/56552-first-dinosaurs-bones-found-in-denali.html Photos: See the 1st Dinosaur Bones Ever Found in Alaska's Denali National Park, Live Science, Oct. 19, 2016 http://www.livescience.com/56549-photos-denali-dinosaurs.html Yours, Paul H.
  14. The weather was a pleasant 20c so great to hike hours in the badlands and perfect to meander through the hoodoos and tackle a few precarious slopes. Overhead in the clear blue skies there were thousands of birds migrating south. All fossils are catch and release. The Red Deer River. The river cuts through and exposes various Cretaceous deposits for a few hundred kilometers before joining the South Saskatchewan River. At this site it exposes the Scollard and Horseshoe Canyon formations. Further south the Red Deer exposes the Dinosaur Park and Oldman formations. Other formations are exposed by the Bow, South Saskatchewan, Milk River and Oldman Rivers..
  15. Dinosaur 'kindergarten' found washed up on banks of ancient river, scientists believe, The Siberian Times September 12, 2016 http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0730-dinosaur-kindergarten-found-washed-up-on-banks-of-ancient-river-scientists-believe/ Yours, Paul H.
  16. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/butterflies-in-the-time-of-dinosaurs-with-nary-a-flower-in-sight/# Interesting read
  17. Went to Billings Productions in McKenny Tx. They are a dinosaur animatronics company.Here are pics. #1 Sculpting.
  18. Hi I'm thinking of becoming a Paleornithologist when I'm older, I've just got a few questions for any people in this profession on here: I know the term 'paleornithologist' isn't actually a real title for a job, but something along the lines is what I mean. (Paleontologist that studies relationship between birds and dinosaurs.etc) Because I really love birds and dinosaurs and the evolutionary science behind the relationship. 1. With your work, how often do you go out an do field work/study? Eg. Capture birds and examine them? 2. How does a student studying ornithology/paleontology find themselves in a position like this? 3. How often do you get to work with theropod dinosaur fossils and paleontologists? 4. I know this is kind of a private question, and it doesn't have to be answered ; is your salary comfortable to live with? For example if you were to travel or raise a family? 5. How does an ornithologist get themselves 'higher in the ranks' when starting off? Any answers are appreciated, Thanks!
  19. Wanting to see what y'all think. The "bone" was found on the north side of San Antonio, the "footprint" was found in the Texas Hill Country near known dinosaur footprints. Are these fossils?
  20. Hey everyone, I've been meaning to post this since last August when I actually went on the trip, but I haven't had much of a chance until now. Anyways, last year I went on a dino dig in the Hell Creek formation in Glendive on the Baisch Ranch (http://dailydinosaurdigs.com/). My guide was Marge, the owner, and it ended up being a pretty great day. To start off with, the scenery was pretty great. Almost as soon as I got out of my truck, I found bone We even found a large chunk of carnivore bone, which is big enough that it could be T-Rex She even showed me an Edmontasaurus torso embedded in a concretion in a ravine that, unfortunately, has been rotting away since it would require a helicopter to retrieve and no museum wanted to : you can see the sternum and the ribs:
  21. Could all of the large meteorite impacts, especially the one(s) that drove the dinosaurs to extinction, increase the earths gravity? And if so is it likely this is a big factor in the next evolutionary step for dinosaurs, feathered flight?
  22. This dinosaur tooth from Cenomanian of Kem Kem, Morocco, was purchased as dromaeosaur tooth, but, looking through some articles I thought, that this could be also from ceratosaur - Deltadromeus (sensu lato of course, I know that its skull material wasn't found) or abelisaurid. Can anyone help me with ID, please? Labial and lingual sides; view on mesial (left) and distal serrations.
  23. Thought the trilobite-lovers on here might be interested in this new book, "Trilobites of the World", which includes 1000 color photos of beautiful trilobite fossils. It is currently on sale for 10% off, so the price including shipping to the US is only 50 pounds; about $83, but for a 416 page book full of color photos, that's not bad. http://www.siriscientificpress.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx There is also an upcoming "Dinosaurs of the British Isles" book which appears to be a very general popular science overview of UK dinosaur fossils, filled with color photographs and illustrations.