News - 2013

New Tyrannosaur found in Utah - news story - 07 Nov 2013

Lythronax argestes, King of gore, is a newly discovered Tyrannosaur, found in the Late Cretaceous of Southern Utah. It had a broader skull than most Tyrannosaurs, with a short, narrow…

Sacked - news story - 15 Oct 2013

My friend Johnny dropped in today. He goes to India regularly, to have stones cut and polished, jewellery set and so on. This time he'd brought back a huge number…

A few new things - news story - 10 Oct 2013

It's a long time until the next trade fair trip, but I'll still be topping up the stock now and then. As well as adding to my dinosaur tooth mountain,…

New from space - news story - 25 Sep 2013

On February the 15th this year the tv news and internet was awash with footage of a meteorite landing in the Southern Urals of Russia. A dramatic fireball crossing the…

New proto-mammal - news story - 08 Aug 2013

A fossil of a new animal, Megaconus mammaliaformis, will provde a great chance to see a transitional step between our pre-mammalian ancestors and our milky, hairy kin. It's only the…

Thereby hangs - news story - 30 Jul 2013

Dinosaurs are always an exciting find, but articulated tails like the one recently found in Coahuila, Mexico are particularly rare. The tail is around 5m long and in great shape.…

Tusk lumps - news story - 21 Jun 2013

We've just got some pieces of woolly mammoth ivory in stock. It's from Siberia, and between 10 and 40 thousand years old. The mammoths from here were Mammuthus primigenius, one…

Pretty polly - news story - 12 Jun 2013

Colour and pattern are two things which are very difficult to determine from fossils. It's only relatively recently any insights have been made. The early bird-relative Archaeopteryx is a not…

Where'd everybody go? - news story - 03 Jun 2013

There used to be other peoples on our planet. Other than Homo sapiens, I mean. And not that long ago, in geological terms. Personally, I think it's a real shame…

In one ear - news story - 14 May 2013

Researchers at Binghampton University in New York have examined the ear bones of two different hominins - Paranthropus robustus and Australopithecus africanus - from around 2 million years ago. They…

Wings under Wyoming - news story - 03 May 2013

The Green River Formation of Wyoming is famous for its fish fossils. It was a series of lakes in the Eocene and its limestones throw up fish by the trailerload,…

More, more, more - news story - 10 Apr 2013

After a couple of delays, all the things I bought at the Tucson show in January and February are finally here. A big chunk of yesterday was spent getting the…

Rock idol - news story - 21 Mar 2013

Many museums have a store of material that has been carefully collected, gently wrapped, then set aside for preparation and study. Sometimes there can be a very long time between…

Head count - news story - 14 Mar 2013

A couple of days ago on the Facebook page, I linked to a story about how there are possibly a great many dinosaurs mistakenly assigned as new species. This has…

Cleaning meteorites - sort of news story - 28 Feb 2013

If you have an iron metoerite, it's a good idea to show it a bit of attention from time to time. Iron is iron, and even the more stable meteorites…

Happy Birthday, Mr Darwin - news story - 12 Feb 2013

Today - February 12th - is Charles Darwin's birthday. You've probably heard of him. There's a movement to hold an international Darwin Day on this date, as a celebration of…

Go West - news story - 14 Jan 2013

Next Friday I'm off to the big trade fair in Arizona. If there's something you'd like me to look for whilst there, please let me know. I will be back…

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