Saturday, 22 June 2019

Dig Cancelled

Our Eric the Red West dig has been cancelled. Some have gone home, some are staying one more night for the promise of Pip’s lasagne and Corrie’s mulled wine.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Back to ETRW!

Today, a small band of Dinosaur Dreamers are off to Eric the Red West to find out if the bones that we call "the block" found at the very end of the 2017 dig are part of a large fossil-dense clump.
We will be cold and wet and ravaged by wind. Wish us luck!

Friday, 31 May 2019

ETRW Planning

We are busy planning for a small crew to visit Eric the Red West in late June. It will be definitely cold, probably wet, and the tides will consipre against us. Why are we going? To find out if the area that, in 2016,  produced the concetration of fossils in known as "The Block" is broad or deep, or just a small concentration. I will post photos of our attemtps.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Tragics weekend at the Kools 6/7 April 2019

Although it has only been about 5 weeks since the end of Dinosaur Dreaming 2019, a small group of dreamers who were suffering from rock-breaking withdrawal (hence "tragic") met at Lesley Kool's house in Wonthaggi to get their fix of breaking some of the stockpile of rock from the recent dig.
The weather was perfect, the company was scintillating and we found more bones, including four ornithopod teeth! There is still plenty of rock to be processed so we are planning another tragics weekend around the end of August-beginning of September.

Small limb bone found by Nicole Evered

                                          Kim and Nick working hard

                                          Wendy White spotted the camera, but Mary, Wendy Turner and Mike
                                           were oblivious
                                          Ornithopod tooth finders - Wendy Turner, Nick van Klaveren
                                          and Wendy White (found 2!)

Monday, 11 March 2019

Galleonosaurus the journal article

Galleonosaurus dorisae - a newly named Flat Rocks dino

Introducing Galleonosaurus dorisae, an ornithopod named by Matt Herne (et al) from a specimen found by Gerry Kool at the Flat Rocks dig in 2008!

Here are some press articles:
Cosmos Magazine:
New York Times Post:
The Sun:
India Times Post :
Channel 9:
USA Today Post:
The Cool Press:
Live Science:
Sci News:
Tech Explorist:
Fox News:
Newsweek :
Science Daily:
USA Today:

I will post the link to the journal shortly.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Jade's vlog

In week one of the dig this year, Jade made a video record of her time as a volunteer.
Check it out on YouTube: Jade's vlog

Friday, 1 March 2019

At the house breaking remaining rock

Alan finds a fossil
Nicole (finally) finds a fossil
A fossil with a flared end
A pretty vertebra

Last day on site

Tim Z finds a fossil
Alan talks sedimentology with the John Monash students
The John Monash students
Darren finds a fossil
The nice fossil that Tim Z found
Another fossil
… and another
A small shaft
Cassia finds a fossil
The fossil Cassia found

Thursday, 28 February 2019

A hot Wednesday

Nick looks at a rock
Darren looks at a rock
Tim and Alan hit rock
Ruairidh breaking rock
The crew at work
A lovely plant fossil
Marcus finds a fossil
Another plant fossil

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Perfect Tuesday weather

A small limb
The counterpart
A decent size toe (or centrum)
Wendy making the international sign for
"I think I've found a tooth"
Wendy's maybe tooth
An interesting thin-walled shaft

A visit by Inverloch Beach Kinder

My favourite conversation -
Master 4 - "Why are dinosaurs so big?"
Wendy - "That's a good question. Rhinos are big. Why do you think Rhinos are so big?"
Master 4 - "Because they are animals!"
Wendy - "Well, dinosaurs were animals too"
Master 4 - "So, why is T. rex so big?
Ruairidh - "Because they ate big animals"
A lovely bunch of kids. Fun.
Ruairidh explaining what happens to the rock
Finding the footprint

Monday, 25 February 2019

We're in the Sentinal Times

Week 3 crew photo

Happy smiling photo
Wilting in the sun photo
Feeling triumphant photo
"Be a dinosaur" photo

Monday - hot, hot, hot!

Mary, Dale and Lesley at morning tea
A hollow shaft
Enigmatic bone (or bones) from the hole
Nick and Dale show off a fossil
So hot the crayons melted!
Sharyn shows off a fossil

Stuff you learn on a dino dig

Lesley explains the show-and-tell box
Alan draws our rift valley
Alan pointing at layers
The view from the end of the Alan tour