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, 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!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Digging at Koonwarra

Some photos from Steve:
Dean and John digging
Fossils in a box
Dean examining the hole
Tim and John digging
John happily digging

Digging at Koonwarra

Some photos from Lesley:
Block with foil barrier
Dean and John jackhammering face of layer
First block to be plaster jacketed
Gary filling in the excavation
Gary loading bags of rock onto his trailer
Gerry rock breaking
John and Dean checking out rock sawn block
John doing a bit of housework while Steve looks on
John and Dean chiselling out rock sawn block
Mary breaking rock
Mayfly nymph found by Mary
Nice plant fossil
Plastered block
Pat rock breaking
Remains of fossil fish
Steve and Mary checking out the exposed surface
Tom supervising the excavation using his digital sight glasss

Digging at Koonwarra

I thought I might share some photos taken on the recent exploratory dig at Koonwarra. The aim of the dig was to remove some blocks of fossil-bearing material, so that Tom Rich can try out different scanning techniques to see if any work.  This will help determine extraction techniques for a full-scale dig in the future.

Some photos from Dean:
A bulldozer removes the top layer
Steve, Mary and Tom
Steve and Tim hitting rocks
John makes dust
Tim and John

Friday, 16 February 2018

The Little L Project

I forgot to tell you that all the information you need to visit it is here.

The Little L Project at the Wool Museum

Today I went to the opening of The Little L Project at the National Wool Museum. Deakin researchers Kaja and Ben and their team have made a Virtual Reality Eric the Red West, 3D printed some dinosaur skin analogues, and made a space where you can virtually colour a 3D Leaellynasaura. Way cool.
The Little L Project
The Little L Project
The creative team
Wendy in the VR goggles
Colouring the Leaellynasaura
My colouring attempt...

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Easier read on ornithopod bone sections

Holly Woodward (et al)'s paper on thin sections of our ornithopod long bones has been summarised on the Swinburne University of Technology website: here

Friday, 19 January 2018

Our ornithopod long bones

Holly Woodward (et al) have just published a new paper on what can be deduced about our ornithopods based on cross-sections of their long bones.
Here is the link
Long-time followers of Dino Dreaming will remember Holly from the 2010 Field Report.

More on Diluvicursor pickeringi

Our little dinosaur now has a Wikipedia entry.

And lots of press:
Reuters
ABC
CNN
SBS
New York Post
Cosmos
Fox News
9 News

Also check out the Museums Victoria site.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Diluvicursor pickeringi

The partial skeleton from ETRW has a name!
Meet Diluvicursor pickeringi.
Here is the PeerJ article by Dr Matt Herne et al.