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

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-paleontology/article/new-smallbodied-ornithopods-dinosauria-neornithischia-from-the-early-cretaceous-wonthaggi-formation-strzelecki-group-of-the-australianantarctic-rift-system-with-revision-of-qantassaurus-intrepidus-rich-and-vickersrich-1999/D6FEF2CD3EC1CAAD8F41B6ED73EC356C

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:
BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-47518544/galleonosaurus-dorisae-new-dinosaur-discovered-in-australia
ABC: https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-03-11/wallaby-sized-dinosaur-from-victorian-coast/10878984
EurekAlert: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/cup-nwd030619.php
Earth.com: https://www.earth.com/news/new-small-dinosaur-species-australia/
Cosmos Magazine: https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/newly-found-aussie-dinosaur-confirms-diversity-in-ancient-rift-valley
WRAL: https://www.wral.com/dinosaur-fossil-found-in-australia-was-about-the-size-of-a-wallaby/18249410/
New York Times Post: https://nytimespost.com/new-species-of-dinosaur-the-size-of-a-small-kangaroo-discovered-in-australia-resembles-a-galleon-sailing-ship/
KITV: https://www.kitv.com/story/40101295/dinosaur-fossil-found-in-australia-was-about-the-size-of-a-wallaby
The Sun: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/8607350/new-species-dinosaur-small-kangaroo-discovered-australia-galleon/
CNET: https://www.cnet.com/news/scientists-discovered-a-new-wallaby-sized-dinosaur-in-australia/
CNN: https://m.cnn.com/en/article/h_5ea9dae39c42ac6a33ac641e6e837aca
India Times Post : https://indiatimespost.com/new-species-of-dinosaur-the-size-of-a-small-kangaroo-discovered-in-australia-resembles-a-galleon-sailing-ship/
VAAJU.com: https://vaaju.com/aus/new-wallaby-sized-dinosaur-identified-from-fossils-found-along-the-victorian-coast-science-news/
Phys.org https://phys.org/news/2019-03-wallaby-sized-dinosaur-ancient-australian-antarctic-rift.html
Channel 9: https://www.9news.com.au/content/2019/03/11/17/46/victoria-news-new-dinosaur-found-galleonosaurus-wallaby
USA Today Post: https://usatodaypost.com/new-species-of-dinosaur-the-size-of-a-small-kangaroo-discovered-in-australia-resembles-a-galleon-sailing-ship/
The Cool Press: https://www.thecoolpress.com/2019/03/11/dinosaur-fossil-found-in-australia-was-about-the-size-of-a-wallaby/
Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/64953-wallaby-size-dinosaur-discovered-australia.html
Sci News: http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/galleonosaurus-dorisae-06980.html
Smithsonian: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-dinosaur-species-found-australia-reveals-lost-world-180971681/
Tech Explorist: https://www.techexplorist.com/new-wallaby-sized-dinosaur-found-australia/21489/
Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/science/new-tiny-dinosaur-discovered-in-australia
Newsweek : https://www.newsweek.com/galleonosaurus-dorisae-new-dinosaur-australia-rift-valley-1357986
Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190311081923.htm
USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/03/11/dinosaur-discovery-jaw-fossils-australia-wallaby-sized-herbivore/3127668002/
News.com.au: https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/new-wallabysized-dinosaur-identified-from-the-ancient-australianantarctic-rift-valley/news-story/df2bf52721ffc034652c74c3f7840049


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

https://sgst.com.au/2019/02/digging-up-prehistoric-treasure/

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

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Sunday - Photos of fossils

Unioid
Strange probable vertebra
Pretty vertebra
Fish jaw?
Knobbly
Vertebra?