Monday, 14 May 2018

An overview of Victorian Cretaceous research

It's finally here - Dr Steve Poropat et al have published the long promised review summarising what has been published so far on the Victorian Cretaceous.

The link to the Alcheringa article is here.
Look out for the mention of me on page 49!

New mammal jaw to be scanned tomorrow

Last November I found a jaw that bears an at least superficial resemblance to Corriebaatar marywaltersae whilst breaking rock in Lesley's driveway. Dr Tom Rich tells me that the jaw that I found will be scanned tomorrow at the Monash Synchrotron. Whilst this is very exciting, it sometimes takes week to render those images afterwards.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

RSV: Our Mesozoic Menagerie

A review of Steve Poropat's Royal Society of Victoria presentation is in their latest newsletter online here.  A capacity audience (including Tom rich and a handful of Dinosaur Dreaming volunteers) listened to Steve talk about dinosaurs, marine reptiles and even little mammals.

Monday, 23 April 2018

37 confirmed theropod bones from the Victorian Cretaceous, and 90 teeth from Flat Rocks

Roger Benson and Tom Rich have a new PLoS ONE article which they have summarised in The Conversation.  In it they discuss the theropod diversity of the Victorian Cretaceous.


Here are the links:
Article in The Conversation
PLOSOne paper

Monday, 16 April 2018

Sentinel Times Koonwarra story

Here is the link to the South Gippsland Sentinel Times article about the recent Koonwarra dig. (Thanks Mike for pointing it out!)
http://sgst.com.au/2018/04/cutting-edge-digs-koonwarra-fossil-bed/

Monday, 9 April 2018

An update on those Koonwarra blocks

A number of Koonwarra blocks have made their way to Lesley's shed. She is trying various treatments to try to get the blocks to break along the bedding plane (revealing any beautiful fossils) rather than cross-plane (revealing multiple tiny fossil fragments). She is treating them with lots of water and just a little water and lots of sunlight and no sunlight.  I can't wait to hear what works best!