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A toe bone from a Cretaceous ornithischian dinosaur, just laying on the ground. Photographed at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.

Eureka!

My contribution to the Sb-wide Zombie Day will soon be posted, but if you need something to sink your teeth into before then, check out today’s new issue of the Times of London science magazine Eureka (included inside the Times, for UK readers). Inside you will find two stories by me – one on paleobiology…

A few weeks ago I started prep work on a Tyrannosaurus rex toe bone recovered from Montana’s Hell Creek Formation and kept at the New Jersey State Museum. This is how the gypsum-encrusted bone looked when I started… … and this is how it looked at the end of last week. There’s still a lot…

Walking With Dinosaurs, LIVE!

A mother Tyrannosaurus rex and her offspring at the end of the WWD live show. Robotic dinosaurs have long been a thorn in the side of students of paleontology; the rigid, roaring robots of the “DinoMotion” craze of the 1990’s did little more than get more people into museums without providing them with any actual…

At long last, Dromeosaur tracks!

The sculpted skull of the AMNH Deinonychus mount. For nearly as long as I can remember, artistic depictions of Deinonychus and related dromeosaurs have featured the dinosaur as a pack hunter, often pouncing on a hapless ornithischian like Tenontosaurus (see here, here, here, and here for examples). After being confronted with such imagery time and…

Dino ghosts?

Matt has put up the latest and greatest edition of The Boneyard, guiding visitors along a haunted fossil-picking tour of the best paleo-blogging from the past two weeks. Trust me, this one is not to be missed. I’m still looking for a host for the week after next (and into the foreseeable future), so if…

I have to admit that I’ve been somewhat lazy when it has come to sharing my thoughts on my current reading material since I moved to ScienceBlogs. On Laelaps Mk. 1 I would usually update every few days on what I was reading and what I thought about it, but since I’ve started writing here…

Regardless of whether it was gradual or happened in a geologic instant, non-avian dinosaurs went extinct by approximately 65 million years ago, but the question of what they might be like today had they survived makes for some entertaining fiction. Most of such imaginary works are set on isolated islands or plateaus, “Lost Worlds” that…

Self-Assembling Dinosaur

This past week I managed to read Peter Dodson’s very helpful book The Horned Dinosaurs from cover-to-cover (in addition to finishing some books on Megalania, dinosaur reproduction, philosophy, etc. A massive book review is forthcoming), one of my most favorite sections being where Dodson walks the reader through reconstructing a Chasmosaurus skeleton bone-by-bone. Oddly enough,…

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to attend to the annual SVP Meeting in Austin, TX this year, and I can hardly wait to hear about all the interesting talks and papers from those who attended. My curiosity as to the proceedings has been mildly sated, however, by a news report about one of the interesting discoveries…