Monday, October 29, 2007

Paleontologist lecturer "King of the Dino Geeks"

"King of the Dino Geeks," but University of Maryland paleontologist Tom Holtz is happy to have earned the heading. A dinosaur nut since he received a few plastic dino toys at age three, Holtz is now a standard authority on the beasts that fascinates us millions of years after their vanishing from Earth. But, says Holtz, knowing about these vanished creatures is more than being able to spout off the differences among diplodocoids and certatopsids. "We can lesson a lot from the dinosaurs - the evolution of life, the effects of climate change, the relationship between the living and non-living world."

Holtz has presently published "Dinosaurs, The Most absolute, Up-To-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All age," with fantastic illustrations by artist Luis V. Rey. In this Q&A, Holtz discussion about dinosaurs, their place in the history of the world and why even little kids can speak tongue distortion dinosaur names with relative ease. Holtz has been on a number of fossil digs, has written a number of dinosaur books for kids, and consulted on "Walking with Dinosaurs." He is working in the midst of the History Channel on a new program, "Jurassic Fight Club."


Thursday, October 25, 2007

World biggest Dinosaur Mural Wins Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize

The paelo-artist group of Walters & Kissinger, LLC has been awarded the prominent John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize for 2D art for the creation of what is believed to be the longest dinosaur mural in the world.

The mural is situated in the Carnegie Museums of Natural History’s exhibit Dinosaurs in Their Time, which open on November 21, 2007. The mural, known as the Morrison Formation mural depicts the swarming life found during the Late Jurassic Period, 150-145 million years ago. The Morrison Formation is found in the western United States and Canada and is one of the majority fertile sources of dinosaur fossils in North America.

This mural is believed to be the largest incessant dinosaur mural in the world –measuring at a massive 180 feet by 15 feet and a whopping 2,640 square feet. The work took more than a year and needed the collaboration of the artists and Carnegie scientists to ensure scientific accuracy.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

America's oldest natural history institution dust itself off

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - America's oldest natural history institution has no meaning of going the way of the dinosaur, but its nearly two centuries in survival have been nearly as bumpy as the hide of a Carnotaurus.

The school of Natural Sciences, battered by finances problems, is crafting a multimillion - dollar plan to renovate its exhibits, stock up its coffers and reinvigorate its staff in time for the venerable museum,s 200th birthday in 2012.

Certainly a tall order, but it's in keeping with the rule that applies to the millions of plants and animals in its valued collection: Adapt or die.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Argentina was house of 8-ton dinosaur

NEUQUEN, Argentina (UPI) - some of the world's biggest dinosaurs once upon a time roamed what is now Argentina, scientists have determined. The scientists said the sole structure of its neck separated this dinosaur from other group.

This is one of the biggest in the world and one of the most absolute of these giants that exist, said Jorge Calvo, leader of the paleontological center of the National University of Comahue in Argentina, and guide author of a study on the dinosaur published in the peer-reviewed Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

The name Futalognkosaurus dukei comes as of the Mapuche Indian, significance the giant chief of the Saurus, and for Duke Energy Argentina, which help finance the dig.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Erenhot excavation make public dinosaur fossil belt

The recently found fossil belt of dinosaurs is far away from the bank of the Eren Salt Lake, which may recommend that a natural disaster cause the destruction of the dinosaurs, Xinhua quoting a specialist as saying. The paleontologists say the dinosaur fossils belong to the behind Cretaceous era (around 65 million to 70 million years ago) when the gigantic animal abruptly became died out.

This may be the second most important archaeological discovery at the Eren Basin, after Chinese archaeologists found the leftovers of gigantic bird-like dinosaur there in 2005, overturning theories that dinosaurs became normally smaller as they evolve into birds.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Tyrannosaur Footstep discovered in Montana

A paleontologist has discovered a gigantic footstep nearly everyone likely left by a very tall tyrannosaur as it crushed the Earth 65 million years ago.

The footstep, which measures about 2.5 feet (74 centimeters) in length, was found in rock in Montana's Hell Creek creation, a well-known site for Tyrannosaurus rex fossil.

"We are moderately convinced that it's been made by a theropod, or rapacious dinosaur," thought paleontologist Phillip Manning of the University of Manchester in England, who was part of the group that found the step.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Amazing Duck-billed dinosaurs

Scientists are surprised at the grind capability of a recently express duck-billed dinosaur. The herbivores has great chin, more than Eight hundred teeth and dense head intended that no leaf, branch or bush would have been protected.

Duck-billed dinosaurs were formerly known to have been among the most impressive herbivores, with hundreds of teeth and a body that can rap down trees.