Thursday, 27 June 2013

Field Report Day

Planning has started for Field Report Day where we show off fossil finds to Friends (not a Friend? Join here) and Crew.  It is most likely going to be Saturday 12 October at the Melbourne Museum.  Friends and Crew will recieve their invitations once we have confirmed the date.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

20th Anniversary Field Report

Planning has started on the 20th Anniversary Dinosaur Dreaming Field Report.  We're searching old photos and looking through the archives, to bring you some stories of way back when.  Hopefully I'll find some cool stuff whilst searching that I can share on this blog.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

2014 Field Season

The 2014 Field Victorian Cretaceous Field Season could well be a single 3-week dig at the Eric the Red West (ETRW) site in the Otway formation.  This site yielded two ornithopod jaws in an 8-day dig last season (thanks to Mary and Sharyn!). In previous years Mary found a mammal jaw, Alanna found what Dr Rich tells us are two partial upper teeth (and to an expert like him apparently that's obvious), and Cate found her first ever tooth,  And of course, the partial ornithopod skeleton that started it all.
We do not think that we will be running Flat Rocks in 2014, and the Koonwarra dig is such a large logistical project that it's too early to tell whether it will be 2014 or 2015.
ETRW is much less accessible and much more difficult to find than the Flat Rocks site, so over the winter we will put some thought into a practical way to run our annual "Friends Day".  Once we figure that out, Gerry will be in contact with the Friends.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Steve Broady's bone

A couple of weeks ago Mike Cleeland dropped off a fossil bone, found by Steve Broady at Eagle's Nest, near Inverloch. The bone was obviously crushed and a little distorted but after preparation it became clear that it is a metatarsal (a bone in the foot) of a dinosaur. It is probably the second metatarsal from the right foot of an ornithopod dinosaur. It measures approximately 13cms in length, which means it is larger than the metatarsals preserved in the three partial ornithopod skeletons from the Otway Group.

It will make an excellent addition to the dinosaur Collection at Museum Victoria. Well done Steve.
Ornithopod metatarsal found by Steve Broady at Eagle's Nest