Big month! Good job diggin’, studyin’ and publishin’ all these fossils, paleontologists!
In the News
- The next Jurassic Foundation grant deadline is September 15. If you’re in need of some money to fund research into non-avian dinosaurs and/or Mesozoic birds, check it out!
- It’s always important to test assumptions that have been handed down from previous generations, especially as new technology allows us to study fossils in novel ways. That’s Jordan Bestwick’s goal in new research that surveys at a massive amount of pterosaur research to find out how much quantitative evidence we have for diet across the pterosauria – and suggests paths forward for future research. Read Elsa Panciroli’s terrific article about it at the Guardian.
- Good stuff for Mesozoic arthropod fanciers! Seven new earwigs hailing from the Triassic and Jurassic have been described. Also, meet Austaulius haustrum, a new Jurassic caddisfly, and a beautifully preserved burrower bug in Burmese amber.
- From the miniscule to the (relatively more) titanic. A study of cranial material of the smallish Chinese sauropod Bellusaurus finds that despite years of doubt as to the validity of the genus, it is indeed valid, and represents one of the most completely known sauropods known. Bellusaurus was originally described from a bonebed of seventeen juvenile individuals in the early nineties. Read the open-source paper here.
- New material published on the mysterious dinosaur fauna of Appalachia is always welcome. Chase Brownsetin’s new PeerJ publication examines feeding traces on two theropod bones: an ornithomimosaur femur with shark feeding traces, and an indeterminate theropod’s tibial shaft bearing the marks of crocodyliform teeth. Both also bear traces of marine invertebrates. Read more at Sci-News.
- A new study examines the noggin of Concavenator – including the creation of a new three-dimensional model.
- And flipping things, the postcranium of the basal iguanodontian Dysaltosaurus is the subject of new research that takes a look at the taxon’s ontogeny to look at ornithopod evolutionary trends as a whole.
- A new eucynodont from Poland has been described. Meet Polonodon woznikiensis.
- A new species of Cretaceous frog found preserved in Burmese amber provides the earliest evidence for anurans living in a wet tropical habitat. The paper from Lida Xing et al describes Electrorana limoae and discusses its paleoenvironmental context. Read more at Sci-News, the Inverse, and the BBC.
- The Jurassic rhynchocephalian Eilenodon is the subject of new research, examining its mammal-like teeth. Check out Bob Nicholl’s beautiful restoration!
— Bob Nicholls (@Paleocreations) June 14, 2018
Around the Dinoblogosphere
- Brian Switek discusses the recent study examining the function of coleurosaur teeth at Laelaps.
- At EARTH Magazine, Thea Boodhoo talks to David Wilcots about his life as an environmental geologist and paleontologist, including what technology he’s especially excited to see revolutionize the study of extinct life.
- Victoria Arbour got to spend some quality time with the NHM Scolosaurus, and shares her visit at Pseudoplocephalus.
- Obscure blogger Darren Naish looks back on obscure movie Jurassic Park in a series of posts: one, two, and three.
- Dino Dad Reviews has heaps of praise and a few pointed critiques for The Ultimate Dinopedia (2nd edition.)
- Current SVP president Dr. David Polly is interviewed at How Stuff Works about how ownership of fossil remains is determined, in the wake of that recent probably-an-allosaur auction.
- The Beeb talks to Steve Brusatte and Phil Tippett about the scientific accuracy of Jurassic Park, also including Emily Willoughby paleoart to class the piece up a bit.
- A bit more from Isla Nublar: The TIFF blog features a very deep dive into the history of the Jurassic Park logo.
- The Beasts of the Mesozoic raptor figures have been shipped out and Matt Martyniuk reviews the Tsaagan figure at DinoGoss.
- Meet Amy Atwater, collections manager at the Museum of the Rockies, in an interview with Chris DiPiazza.
- Take a trip to Manchester, where Albertonykus gives the lowdown on his recent trip to the ProgPal conference.
- Meet the shuvosaurids in another fun post profiling Triassic weirdos from Zach at Waxing Paleontological.
- The Peace Region Palaeontological Research Centre is still in limbo since the March decision by the Tumbler Ridge District Council to discontinue its funding. PRPRC palaeontologist Dr. Lisa Buckley writes about the vital importance of collections and the difficulty in communicating it to the public at Strange Woman Standing in Mud, Looking at Birds.
- The Royal Tyrrell Museum blog details the story of Regaliceratops, which recently returned to permanent display.
Dispatches from Himmapaanland
Don't tell me you don't love Zucchini's (for that is their name, yes) delicate, diddy hands, now. pic.twitter.com/TLA8BX5VDj
— Natee: In pieces (@Himmapaan) June 8, 2018
Paddle bones. So many bones! pic.twitter.com/JuZnaNKDxe
— Natee: In pieces (@Himmapaan) June 5, 2018
The LITC AV Club
And yes, Brian Ford’s well-reasoned and entirely convincing half of the event is up, too.
Check out the NHM’s beautiful, Attenborough-narrated animation of Anhanguera quad-launching. You can read more at the NHM blog.
A team of educator-researchers comprised of Sara ElShafie, Gabriel Santos, and Ashley Hall are holding a workshop called “Science Through Multimedia Stories” at this year’s SVP. It sounds great: participants will gain “fundamental skills for developing engaging science stories, and for sharing those stories on social media using DIY videography.” Check out the Facebook Event here and help them raise some money to put on the workshop at GoFundMe.
One more day to pledge at my Kickstarter! If you want a flaming dinosaur skull pin before anyone else in your neighborhood, this is your last chance! We’ve unlocked the Ankylosaurus design, so now there are five designs to choose from on both vinyl decals and enamel pins.
The Utahraptor Project is still plugging along, closing in on the halfway point of its $100,000 goal. Head to GoFundMe to support the project!
The Empty Wallets Club
- Mark Witton’s Palaeoartist’s Handbook is available for preorder! It’s very affordable, especially considering that it’s a hefty volume.
- Gareth Monger’s A Disarray Of Palaeoart is now available via Lulu. Your buddies here at LITC provided the foreword, and I’ll surely post about it when I get my copy. In the mean time, hie thee to Lulu.
Your Moment of Paleoart Zen
Savage Ancient Seas! Brian Engh has been working on a massive project to create all of the artwork for a new traveling museum exhibit dedicated to the Western Interior Seaway and its inhabitants. Read Brian’s post teasing the opening, including artwork depicting a reef ecosystem with a giant Inoceramid bivalve as its core.
And here’s Brian’s video detailing the conception of his giant Tylosaurus mural, guest starring Anthony Maltese, who consulted on Brian’s reconstructions and who you’ve seen pop up in these roundups from time to time.
Savage Ancient Seas, produced by Triebold Paleontology, is currently on view at the Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park, Kansas. As ever, it would behoove you to follow Brian on Twitter, support him via Patreon, and keep up with his work at his website.