This Mesozoic Month: September 2018

This Mesozoic Month

Not the best month. The world watched as the National Museum of Brazil burned to the ground, destroying an incalculably valuable collection of historical, archaeological, palaeontological, and biological artifacts. Our hearts go out to all of the dedicated museum workers who scrambled to save what they could. It’s a tragedy to the global community.

In the News

  • Fitting to start with new research out of Brazil, then. A new species of the sphagesaurid genus Caipirasuchus has been described from the Late Cretaceous Adamantina Formation in southern Brazil.
  • The world of the Late Cretaceous Winton Formation of Australia comes into clearer view with a new paper in PeerJ. Warm and rainy, with meandering rivers and seasonal floods.
  • We’ve got a new ichthyosaur from Russia, the ophthalmosaurid Sveltonectes insolitus. Check out the paper here. OOPSIE! Paleoarxiv confused me with its submission date. This one was actually published seven whole years ago (as pointed out by Darren in the comments) and it is to my eternal shame that I had never heard of it.
  • Into weirdo early birds? Well, here’s Jinguofortis perplexus for you. Read more from John Pickrell at NatGeo.
  • Anchiornis. Gastric. Pellets. Anchiornis gastric pellets!
  • A big ol’ bundle of juvenile spinosaurs was discovered in the Kem Kem beds. Paper here.

Around the Dinoblogosphere

Dispatches from Himmapaanland

In addition to the saurian fare we thirst for so, our Natee delighted us by taking part in a 1″ x 1″ illustration challenge this month – a challenge suited for them if ever there was one.

The LITC AV Club

Head over to the CBC website for a video of our beloved Zuul‘s rocky sarcophagus being flipped over.

Palaeocast takes us to the Bay of Fundy to visit the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a Carboniferous site.

Benjamin Burger talks about the Ornithoscelida hypothesis.

Crowdfunding Spotlight

Sketches for Beth Windle's plastic pollution themed cake

Help Beth Windle safely transport her amazing plastic pollution cake to TetZooCon! She needs to raise a bit of money for first class train tickets, and you can pitch in at GoFundMe.

Dr. Jacquelyn Gill had a health crisis while in Siberia working on a documentary. Pitch in to her GoFundMe here!

The Empty Wallets Club

  • Embroidered Triceratops brooches by Tash HatcherIf you’re into dinosaurs of a more abstract nature, check out the cool low-poly artwork of Tash Hatcher. She’s got a variety of sweet products available at her Hatchling Makes website.
  • Christopher DiPiazza's Deadly Herbivore tee featuring StegosaurusDon’t eat meat? Still a badass? Chris DiPiazza’s “Deadly Herbivore” tee may be just the shirt for you. Buy it at his shop!

Your Moment of Paleoart Zen

The dynamic pose of this Bambiraptor as it leaps for an airborne snack grabbed my attention immediately when Stephanie Dziezyk shared it in the FB Paleoartists group recently.

Stephanie Dziezyk's Bambiraptor illustration. Shared here with the artist's permission.

Stephanie Dziezyk’s Bambiraptor illustration. Shared here with the artist’s permission.

Awesome work, Stephanie. And it’s available as a print in her shop! Follow her on Twitter and DeviantArt, check out her portfolio site, and pledge to support her work at Patreon.

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  • Reply
    Zachary Miller
    September 28, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Nobody talks about Bambiraptor anymore–is it still considered valid?

  • Reply
    Darren Naish
    September 30, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Sveltonectes isn’t new…

    • Reply
      David Orr
      September 30, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Ah. Now I see. Paleoarxiv is not intuitive.

  • Reply
    October 2, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Hm, I thought Ben’s Extinct Monsters article on Walters was posted back in July.

    • Reply
      David Orr
      October 2, 2018 at 7:41 am

      Shhhh… Sometimes if I miss a post I link to it in a later month

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