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Now displaying: October, 2019
Oct 31, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Kritosaurus, a hadrosaur that was found over 100 years ago in New Mexico.

Interview with Scott Hartman, a paleo artist and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for the Department of Integrative Biology. He’s done hundreds of skeletal drawings and his work has been featured in books, museums, and academic publications. Follow him on facebook or twitter @skeletaldrawing or skeletaldrawing.com

In dinosaur news this week:

  • News from poster sessions and 2nd day of talks at the 2019 meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
    • Early Mesozoic herbivores filled in ecological niches that were left because of extinctions
    • Regurgitalites (fossilized vomit) are out there, and they can give just as much information as coprolites (fossilized poop)
    • Chemical testing of bones is looking to be a promising method of finding lost fossil localities
    • Scott Hocknull described three successful case studies of getting the public involved with dinosaur discoveries during construction projects and mining operations
    • Stuart Sumida showed an animation of evolution, using a Dimetrodon and other relatives
    • Ariel Marcy has a new collaborative game about the scientific method, similar to the game Pandemic
    • Taissa Rodrigues taught high schoolers in Brazil about evolution through paleo art
    • Emanuel Tschopp found that sauropods from the Morrison Formation did not overlap as much as previously thought
  • Kayleigh Wiersma showed that some sauropods may have had beaks in addition to their teeth
  • Les Hearn and Amanda Williams published a paper about pain in dinosaurs, and found a lot of dinosaurs survived injuries that would have hurt their mobility and ability to hunt or run away from predators
  • The Field Museum in Chicago has new sensory stations, including one where you can smell Sue the T. rex’s breath
  • There’s a grassroots effort in Westchester New York to protect land with dinosaur tracks and fossils
  • Austin, Texas, as a weird neon green dinosaur, known as Mangiasaurus rex
  • Special Spaces Cleveland and the Jurassic World Live tour worked together to design a dinosaur bedroom for Ezra Boggs, a 6-year-old with cancer
  • Lego has a new 910 piece Dinosaur Fossils set

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For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Kritosaurus, links from Scott Hartman, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Kritosaurus-Episode-257/

Oct 23, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Coloradisaurus, a Triassic sauropodomorph known from a nearly complete skull that was found in Argentina.

Interview with Taissa Rodrigues, from the Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo in Brazil. She presented a poster at SVP about teaching evolution using paleoart. She also led a session on women in paleontology and had a student present a poster on a pterosaur. Follow her on twitter @paleotaissa

Presentations from the first day of SVP:

  • New dating shows Lythronax argestes is older than previously thought, no longer coinciding with a global sea-level drop
  • There are tons of new sauropod fossil fields in southwest Queensland, Australia, near Eromanga
  • Probable ornithopod, ceratopsid, deinonychosaur, and tyrannosaur tracks were found on a 200ft cliff in Alaska
  • In Alberta, Tyrants Aisle has over 120 tracks likely belonging to Edmontosaurus, a troodontid, Tyrannosaurus, and another theropod
  • CT scans of track slabs shows how dinosaur feet moved through soft sediments
  • Laser-stimulated fluorescence (LSF) is being used to gather evidence of the first aerodynamically significant wings
  • A new track site shows a couple sauropods walking together when a larger sauropod skids to avoid squashing a smaller individual.
  • New sauropod finds in Hateg island Transylvania, Romania may be a fourth genus, but isn’t complete enough to get a new name
  • Dinosaurs and crocodiles have hard eggshells that evolved independently
  • A new titanosaur was found in NW Kenya
  • Low melanosome (color pigment producer) diversity may be linked to low metabolism
  • Compacted coarse cancellous bone (CCCB) that is common in burrowing animals was found in the hind limbs of a new Oryctodromeus relative
  • Exceptional fossils don’t necessarily translate to good cellular and molecular preservation
  • New opalized femur fragments from an ornithopod in lightening ridge show that young were born in the area
  • Melanosomes are not enough to determine color. Structure, chemistry, and diet also have a big impact
  • Calcium isotopes from Morocco and Niger support Spinosaurus as a fish-eater
  • More neornithischian finds from south of Melbourne may end with one or two synonymized taxa in the near future
  • New research shows ovarian follicles in an enantiornithine
  • A sauropod footprint was found in a new sauropod bone, adding to the idea of trampling sauropods
  • A dinosaur stampede like trackway was found near Quilpie, QLD, Australia
  • Coprolites can preserve some soft tissue features and other information about temperatures and habitats
  • The name Kamuysaurus is meant to mean that it is the god of Japanese dinosaurs based on its incredibly complete skeleton
  • Deep learning can process CT scans and save time on analyzing images
  • Equisetum, or horse tails, were probably the most nutritious food for young and adult sauropods
  • Birds use their necks in a variety of ways, but they tend to have a lot of traits in common

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Oct 16, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Nyasasaurus, a 240 million year old dinosauriform that may be the earliest known dinosaur.

Interview with Christopher DiPiazza, a science teacher, paleo artist, and creator of the popular site, Prehistoric Beast of the Week. He covers a different prehistoric animal (nearly) every week, with an original painting he creates, a photograph of the fossil, and whenever possible, input from a paleontologist who worked on that animal. Follow him on twitter or @ChrisDPiazza or Instagram.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new early cretaceous carcharodontosaurian, Siamraptor, was discovered in Thailand
  • Rebecca Jensen shared her database and map of Dinosaur National Monument with us
  • In St. George, Utah, carnivorous dinosaur footprints have been found from roughly 200 million years ago
  • The Las Vegas Natural History Museum announced their paleontology team found 240 million year old vertebrate tracks
  • The Dickinson’s Badlands Dinosaur Museum has a new find, a 77 million year old tyrannosaur
  • New fossils on display, including a juvenile Triceratops, adult Triceratops, and a hadrosaur
  • Maximus, a 70 million year old 3m long dinosaur recently sold for for about $227,000
  • Smithsonian Mag published a list of spots to dig for dinosaur bones
  • In Sacramento, California, a man in a Allosaurus costume stopped by a Sacramento City Hall
  • Supergirl star, Melissa Benoit, shared a photo of herself riding a dinosaur and hugging a T. rex

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For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Nyasasaurus, links from Christopher DiPiazza, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Nyasasaurus-Episode-255/

 

Oct 9, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Alioramus, a tyrannosaurid from Asia with nearly 80 teeth and 8 small horns on its snout.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • New alvarezsauroid, Shishugounykus inexpectus, was described from China
  • New Saurornitholestes specimens expand what we know about the genus and synonymize
  • Saturnalia skull and jaw bones were CT scanned and help show why its skull was small
  • Darwin and Dinosaurs exhibition opened in Idaho Falls
  • A giant chicken skeleton was installed at the Denver Central Library

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Oct 2, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Skorpiovenator, a slightly smaller hornless relative of Carnotaurus. It's one of the most complete abelisaurids found to date.

Interview with Dave Hone, lecturer in Zoology at Queen Mary University of London. He is an expert in both dinosaurs and pterosaurs. He wrote the Tyrannosaur Chronicles and just described the pterosaur Cryodrakon. Find him online @Dave_Hone, on facebook, or on his blog Archosaur Musings.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new study shows the first day of the Cenozoic had huge Sulphur emissions and widespread fires
  • The second most complete T. rex, Victoria, is going on a world tour for the next five years
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has a new Jurassic Paleo Prep Lab
  • New children’s show called Super Dinosaur will be on Amazon on Oct 6
  • The game Jurassic World Evolution has a new herbivore dinosaur pack
  • The new short Jurassic World Battle at Big Rock was released on YouTube

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