Saturday, 11 May 2013
For many years, Mike Cleeland has been delighting young visitors to the Flat Rocks site with his famous searches for dinosaur remains, both during the dig and more recently through the Bunurong Environment Centre.
Most trips, at least one visitor finds a dinosaur bone, and a couple of others isolated, rounded stones in the conglomerate. For many years, Mike has speculated that these may be gastroliths (stomach stones). Recently he stumbled across a University of California Museum of Palaeontology (UCMP) article that summarises the current thinking. There is still no evidence that small-bodied ornithopods or toothed theropods used gastroliths. Of course, nothing says that they couldn't have...
So I reckon Mike's going to keep sending young visitors home with a gastrolith and encouraging them to learn a bit more science.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
|A larva (maybe caddis fly?) from|
the 2013 Koonwarra dig
It's pretty exciting...
Friday, 3 May 2013
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Today I headed down to Koonwarra with my friend Peggy to check out the dig there. Here are some photos of the fun. Note our beautiful Hi-Vis vests.
|Mike and Peggy hard at work|
|The Prep Table (hay bale)|
|Dave works the rock face|
|Peggy finds a beautiful fish|
|We found lots of plant fossils|
|The crew on top of the rock face|
|Wendy digs up a fish|
Sunday, 21 April 2013
|Mary and Pip enjoying the fish fossils|
So far they have found a number of beautiful fish fossils.