When I was a boy my favourite dinosaur was triceratops. At six or seven years old I probably didn’t realise it was a vegetarian, which may well have put me off it; I just thought those horns and that neck shield were super awesome. I made a wooden model of one when I was about… Read More Two New Ceratopsid Dinosaurs Announced
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love a scientific controversy. A good, well reasoned, no holds barred assessment and presentation of the evidence where the ultimate goal is truth, a truth that frequently turns out to be far more nuanced then first thought. One thing I really don’t like is the… Read More An Interesting Story Badly Told
About 250 million years ago there occurred the single greatest extinction event the earth has ever witnessed. Some 96% of marine species and over two thirds of terrestrial species were wiped out. Think about what that must have been like for a moment. This extinction event delineates the boundary between the Permian and the Triassic… Read More New Date For Evolution of Dinosaurs
For many years now I have wanted to go to the Isle of Skye; the main reason being this. Now I have a new reason to go. Fossilised footprints of early sauropods have been found on the coastline there dating back some 170 million years. That puts the diplodocus-like animals slap bang in the middle… Read More Colossal Fossil
It is now generally accepted that the meteorite that caused the Chicxulub crater in Mexico 66 million years ago was responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs; indeed half of the species that were alive at the time. What is by no means clear, however, is if it was just this or if the impact… Read More Does Mass Volcanism Equal Mass Extinction?
I do love a new dinosaur fossil. The new addition to the pantheon is a type of duck-billed dinosaur that roamed the polar forests of Alaska some 69 million years ago during the late cretaceous. It was a big old thing, measuring about nine metres in length. It was a herbivore that walked on four… Read More Duck Billed Dino Discovery