Tagged: fossils

Crocodilians have long been good mothers - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Dec 09, 2016

I like to keep informed about research on crocodilians, even if my work on them as waned in recent years.  As is usually popularly known, crocodilians (which includes true crocodiles, as well as alligators and caimans) survived the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction that wiped out most dinosaurs.  That leaves both birds and crocodilians as the only surviving archosaurs.  We know from living … Read More

New tyrannosaur species reveals how king of the dinosaurs won its crown - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 15, 2016

Stephen Brusatte, University of Edinburgh Tyrannosaurus rex is an icon, a dinosaur known to nearly everyone on the planet. It doesn’t get much more awesome than a 13-metre long, seven-ton superpredator that could bite through the bones of its prey. T. rex may be the undisputed king of the dinosaurs, but how did evolution produce such a … Read More

Digging up the history behind New Zealand’s first dinosaur - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 26, 2015

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the first dinosaur bone being discovered in New Zealand. One of the remarkable aspects of this discovery is that it was driven by an amateur fossil hunter, Joan Wiffen. Joan’s story and fossils now mark her as an important figure in New Zealand science, and the 40th anniversary of Joan’s first dinosaur find is a great … Read More

New family tree for moa - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Nov 23, 2009

A new take on the evolutionary history of the moa was published in PNAS this week.  Mike Bunce from Murdoch University in Perth and researchers from Alan Cooper’s lab at University of Adelaide have combined genetic data from over 260 moa bones with anatomical, geological and ecological information, to revise species relationships among moa and suggest a timeframe and origin for [...] … Read More