Dinosaur News about dinosaur fossils and findingsDinosaur news and dinosaur fossils provides a selection of recent interesting dinosaur news on the net.
Check this out! A new, but old account of an encounter with a beast in Chesapeake Bay, USA, submitted to this site by Willie R. Morton.
And Read Dr William Gibbons’ account of two recent expeditions to Cameroon, in which he cites solid eye-witness reports of Apatosaurus and Diplodocus.
Most interesting is the story below of a washed-up carcass in the tropics of Papua New Guinea in 2013.
Huge titanosaur replica goes on display in America
Source: CNN, edited for this website
February 2016—A laser-built replica of a huge, recently-discovered dinosaur is now on display at the American Museum of Natural History. It is bigger than the museum's model of a blue whale by about 30 feet..
The skeleton replica is too big for the gallery space, so part of its 39-foot-long neck will extend through the passageway to greet visitors.
The dinosaur was discovered in the Patagonian desert region of Argentina in 2014. A team from theMuseo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio in Argentina led by Josť Luis Carballido and Diego Pol spent over 18 months excavating the site, where they unearthed the remains of this big once-living creature.
Mark Norell, chairman and Macaulay Curator at the natural history museum said as yet it hadn’t been assigned a species name, but based on the dinosaur's characteristics it was placed in the titanosaur group. This group of dinosaurs is known for its giant lizard-like appearance. They have long necks and whip-like tails, small heads, and walk on four thick legs.
At the discovery site, scientist unearthed 223 fossil bones belonging to six individuals of this new type.
Scientist calculate that these giant herbivores weighed around 70 tons, which is approximately equivalent to the weight of 10 African elephants.
"Titanosaur fossils have been unearthed on every continent, and an abundance of discoveries in recent years has helped us appreciate the deep diversity of this group," said Michael Novacek, the museum's senior vice president and provost for science.
The titanosaur that is on display at the museum was cast from 84 of the unearthed remains. The creature's thigh bone measures in at 8 feet.
Based on the size of its front limb, scientists think this titanosaur would have stood 20 feet from the ground to its shoulder, according to the American Museum of Natural History.
Curators used laser technology to scan the fossils and make digital blueprints. The skeleton on display doesn't contain any of the fossils; instead the bones were 3-D printed out of fibreglass.
"This is the first time this skeleton has been mounted for public display," said Norell.
The museum will have a few fossils on display, but for a limited time.
Dinosaur fans can also see the Tyrannosaurus rex and stegosaurs when they come to visit.
Commentary: Such huge
creatures' remains, distributed over every continent, show that they died of
a common cause, which the Bible records as a massive world-reshaping
flood, sent by God to wipe out evil humanity. Only eight
people remained in a specially built barge, called the Ark, which also contained
samples of all land-going, living creatures, and would have included
a pair of breeding titanosaurs. Fossils are the remains of animals
that were not on the barge. From the people and the animals on
the barge, all of humanity and all land-going, air-breathing anumals
From the people and the animals on the barge, all of humanity and all land-going, air-breathing anumals recolonised Earth.
Putting the finishing touches to the replica skeleton. Photo
thanks to the American Museum of Natural History.
Putting the finishing touches to the replica skeleton. Photo thanks to the American Museum of Natural History.
Big dinosaur track field in western Australia being surveyed
Source: Miles Gough, BBC, shortened for this site by Sandy Fairservice
Scientists in Australia are trying to reconstruct ancient Australian landscapes once roamed by some of the biggest dinosaurs so far discovered by surveying thousands of fossilised tracks in remote Western Australia.
Along a 100km stretch (62 miles) of coast in Western Australia's Kimberley region, tens of thousands of dinosaur tracks are fossilised in sandstone.
The footprints are said to be virtually the only record of dinosaurs in the western half of the continent.
They date to a period when the continent was still connected by a land bridge to Antarctica and covered in towering conifer forests.
Dr Steve Salisbury, a palaeontologist from the University of Queensland is leading a project to digitally catalogue the fossils and reconstruct the landscapes these dinosaurs wandered through.
To date, researchers have identified about 20 different types of tracks. The footprints include three-toed tracks belonging to carnivorous therapods that walked on two legs, as well as tracks believed to have been made by armoured dinosaurs like stegosaurs.
Some of the Broome dinosaur tracks are similar to those found at Lark Quarry in central-western Queensland, which the team recently determined were probably made by a large, two-legged plant-eating dinosaur similar to Muttaburrasaurus.
There are also large cylindrical depressions stamped into the earth by at least five different types of long-necked, long-tailed sauropods. These are the only sauropod tracks in Australia and some of the depressions measure longer than 1.5m.
"They're beyond the size that you normally expect dinosaur tracks to be," says Dr Salisbury. "We're talking huge, huge tracks, probably made by some of the biggest animals to ever walk the planet."
The tracks are found along coastal rock shelves and reefs, which are subject to some of the most extreme tides in Australia, with water levels rising 10 to 11m daily, he says. The team has to work quickly.
To speed up the process of mapping and imaging the tracks, the team has is using drones and LiDAR to assist with interpreting how the dinosaurs were moving around.
Footprints require favourable circumstances to fossilise but when that happens a broad array of information is captured in the fossils, says Professor Anthony Martin, a palaeontologist from Emory University in the US specialising in animal tracks, who is not involved in the project.
"From a single, well-preserved dinosaur track way, we can determine the approximate type of dinosaur, its size, its speed, gait, and even how it was reacting to other dinosaurs or the landscape around it," says Prof Martin.
"Once these tracks are properly surveyed, I would not be surprised if this area turns out to be one of the best dinosaur track sites in the world," he says.
Dinosaur soft tissue discovery leads to dismissal
Story by Jonathan Benson, staff writer, Natural News. Lighty edited for this site by Sandy Fairservice
August 2014—A recent archaeological discovery that throws a spanner into the conventional theory of evolution has reportedly cost a California professor his job. Mark Armitage, a former scientist at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), was reportedly fired after claiming to have unearthed a dinosaur fossil that still contains soft, flexible tissue, suggesting that it can't be millions of years old.
A 30-year veteran in his field, Armitage has published many studies over the years in peer-reviewed journals. One of his most recent was published last July, pertaining to a discovery he made at the Hell Creek Formation excavation site in Montana. According to The Christian Post, Armitage was evaluating a triceratops horn fossil when he came across preserved soft tissue.
A lawsuit recently filed in Armitage's defence describes his reaction to the discovery as "fascinated," since flexible matter has never before been discovered on a dinosaur fossil. Naturally, Armitage published his findings -- in this case, he published them in the Elsevier journal Acta Histochemica -- and proceeded to share his findings with his students.
Not long after, Armitage was approached by a CSUN faculty head who reportedly shouted at him, "We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department!" Armitage's finding contradicts the evolutionary theory that CSUN has embraced for decades, and there doesn't appear to be any room for discussion on the matter, since he was also let go from his position.
"Terminating an employee because of [his] religious views is completely inappropriate and illegal," said Armitage's lawyer, Brad Dacus, in a public statement. "But doing so in an attempt to silence scientific speech at a public university is even more alarming. This should be a wakeup call and warning to the entire world of academia."
Concerning Armitage's discovery, molecular paleontologist Mary Schweitzer from North Carolina State University (NCSU) claims to have come up with a valid explanation that, though unprovable, has existed since 2005. Schweitzer and her colleagues had discovered soft tissue in the fossilized leg of a Tyrannosaurus rex, which she says was unusually soft and still transparent for being supposedly 68 million years old. But because its free radical oxidation potential can have an effect similar to formaldehyde, the chemical used in embalming, iron in the creature's blood may have preserved the soft tissue in ways previously undiscovered.
"The problem is, for 300 years, we thought, 'Well, the organics are all gone, so why should we look for something that's not going to be there?' and nobody looks," was Schweitzer's explanation as to why soft tissue hasn't been observed in other fossil excavations.
At the same time, Schweitzer's explanation for the preservation of soft tissue on dinosaur bones is still just a theory, and one that supporters of Armitage say ignores the presence of radioactive carbon-14 in dinosaur fossils. Carbon-14 (C-14) dating of dinosaur bones collected from many different sites across the U.S. have revealed that, at most, these bones are only 39,000 years old.
"Dinosaur bones with Carbon-14 dates in the range of 22,000 to 39,000 years before present, combined with the discovery of soft tissue in dinosaur bones, indicate that something is wrong with the conventional wisdom about dinosaurs," says New Geology.
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A well-preserved elasmosaur has been found in a gemstone quarry
Canada. The elasmosaur is a type of plesiosaur, an acquatic reptile
with stiff, paddle-like limbs. Palaeontologist Don Henderson of the
Roy Tyrrell Museum said the fossil was found in the Bearpaw Shale, a
formation that stretches from Canada to Monanta, USA. It was
estimated to have been 12 metres long, seven metres of which would
have been the neck. It took three weeks for the company operating
the quarry to take out three slabs of rock weighing over 9,000 tons
that could contain the whole skeleton. It could be two years before
the fossil is exposed from its rock casing. In June, 2007 the
well-known palaeontolgist Phil Currie said a bone bed had been found
in Edmonton that is one of the richest dinosaur bone beds he had
A well-preserved elasmosaur has been found in a gemstone quarry in Alberta, Canada. The elasmosaur is a type of plesiosaur, an acquatic reptile with stiff, paddle-like limbs. Palaeontologist Don Henderson of the Roy Tyrrell Museum said the fossil was found in the Bearpaw Shale, a formation that stretches from Canada to Monanta, USA. It was estimated to have been 12 metres long, seven metres of which would have been the neck. It took three weeks for the company operating the quarry to take out three slabs of rock weighing over 9,000 tons that could contain the whole skeleton. It could be two years before the fossil is exposed from its rock casing. In June, 2007 the well-known palaeontolgist Phil Currie said a bone bed had been found in Edmonton that is one of the richest dinosaur bone beds he had ever seen.
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Loch Ness team focuses on Norwegian lake (July 2002)
A scientific team which had looked unsuccessfully for the Loch Ness monster turned its attention to Lake Roemsjoen in south-western Norway. The most recent sighting was in 2001, when a witness threw a stone from the shore at a large black animal, which slipped away into the water. Earlier reports go back to the 18the century, with claims of sudden waves and turbulence spooking the locals and inspiring myths. A bus driver who saw the creature in 1976 described the Norwegian Nessie as ‘10m long, with humps, making 50cm waves.’ Others have described the creature as having the same patterned scales like a crocodile.
Jan Sundberg, head of the science team, spent last (northern) spring (2001) in Scotland scouring Loch Ness with high-tech radar and sonar equipment. The cryptozoologist told the Sunday Herald that although his time in Scotland did not produce the much-hoped-for Nessie, he was confident that the Roemsjoen would offer a better catch. However, no great success has been reported.
Norway has more than its fair share of unexplained sightings of flapping underwater beasts . Altogether, there have been recorded sightings in 50 lakes across the country .
Sundberg believes the Roemsjoen could hold valuable clues about the existence of Nessie-type creatures around the world. ‘This is a new lake for us, so we are very hopeful. Our intention is not to catch it, but simply to listen and hopefully get an image of it. We may return next year with more equipment and an even larger search team if we are not successful now.’
Lake Roemsjoen at 15km long, is considered a small stomping ground for a potential sea monster. Espen Samuelsen, a 20-year-old computer science student, is leading the expedition with sonar equipment on loan from the Swedish navy, which was previously used to track Soviet submarines.
He said the team has experienced some interesting results already. ‘A few days ago we heard some very loud noises which sounded like oars hitting the water from a boat, but when we looked out the window there was no boat in sight . We think it was the creature and that it has large fins to push itself through the water.’
Samuelsen believes that a Norwegian monster would not give the area the same kind of tourism boost that Scotland experiences . Around 250,000 people travel to Loch Ness every year but the 700 residents who live in Romskog, the town closest to the lake, are decidedly cautious on that matter. He said: '‘They don't want to talk about it or come forward with what they have seen.
T-Rex could outrun professional footballer
The renowned and probably fierce T-Rex would have been able to chase down the professional footballer, David Bechkam, according to new research (2007). The University of Manchester study used a supercomputer to predict that T-Rex could reach running speeds of up to 29 km/h, fractionally quicker than a sportsman such as a professional footballer. The supercomputer calculated the running speeds of five meat-eating dinosaurs that varied in size from a 3 kg Compsognathus to a six-tonne Tyrannosaurus. The computer found that Compsognathus could rech speeds of up to 64.36 km/h—8 km faster than the estimate of the fastest living animal on two legs, the ostrich.
Another dinosaur graveyard, this time in Australia
Plaeontologists have uncovered a large number of of dinosaur bones in the Australian outback.
The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum's palaeontologists uncovered the fossils during a dig near Winton, in central west Queensland.
Field palaeontologist David Elliott says he's not seen this many large dinosaur bones in one area for a decade.
"Most digs involve a lot of digging in search of the bone deposit but that wasn't the case with this one," Mr Elliott told AAP.
"As fast as we tried to dig around one bone, we uncovered another. There were bones everywhere—giant limbs, vertebrae and two-metre long ribs stacked across each other and joined together by rocky concretions."
The museum's research associate Dr Stephen Poropat says the discovery will go a long way towards filling in the gaps of knowledge of Winton's ancient giants.
"These bones belong to a huge animal that is up there with some of Australia's largest dinosaurs," Dr Poropat said.
"The really exciting thing about this site is the number of bones we have found of the same animal.
"We suspect that it could be Wintonotitan but as very few complete bones of Wintonotitan have been found, we will need to wait until the bones have been prepared before we are sure."
In 1934 there were reports of farmers near Syracuse, in Sicily, being menaced by a huge and unusual snake that looked much like a dinosaur. Hunting parties were organised, and it was killed.—Dragons, a Natural History by Dr Karl Shuker, 1995, Aurum Press Ltd, London.
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The painting, like most others, and even the movie Jurassic Park does not show dermal frills, which are a feature of dragon drawings and sculptures. Dermal frills, not unlike the frills of some lizards and even the common rooster's comb, have been observed by people in Cameroon on Mokele M'bembe.