Paleontological Heritage

On the News | Mongolia | Mongolia struggles to combat dinosaur fossil smugglers @ TRT World

 On the News @ TRT World Title:  Mongolia struggles to combat dinosaur fossil smugglers Excerpt: “Mongolia’s Gobi desert is the world’s biggest fossil reservoir. Many of the bones excavated have been lost to smugglers. The country now is campaigning to return the remains to their rightful home. Mongolian laws have been strengthened to protect dinosaur fossils from being smuggled after the country lost some of the finest examples.” (…) READ

On the News | Tanzania | Tanzania rules out bringing back dinosaur fossils preserved in Germany @ Xinhuanet

On the News @ Xinhuanet Title:  Tanzania rules out bringing back dinosaur fossils preserved in Germany Excerpt: “The Tanzanian government said Friday it was not considering bringing back its dinosaur fossils preserved in Germany, citing poor logistics. “Bringing back the dinosaur fossils requires complicated logistics that the government of Tanzania doesn’t have,” Gaudence Milanzi, the East African nation’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, told a

Just out | MIA-Clustering: a novel method for segmentation of paleontological material @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ MIA-Clustering: a novel method for segmentation of paleontological material Author(s) Christopher J. Dunmore, Gert Wollny, Matthew M. Skinner Abstract:  Paleontological research increasingly uses high-resolution micro-computed tomography (μCT) to study the inner architecture of modern and fossil bone material to answer important questions regarding vertebrate evolution. This non-destructive method allows for the measurement of otherwise inaccessible morphology. Digital measurement is predicated on the accurate segmentation of modern or fossilized bone from other

On the News | USA | New fossil discoveries show paleontology depends on protecting places like Bears Ears @ The Wilderness Society

On the News @ The Wilderness Society Title:  New fossil discoveries show paleontology depends on protecting places like Bears Ears Excerpt: “A team of paleontologists has discovered an unusually rich cache of fossils on land President Trump stripped from Bears Ears National Monument, including relatively complete remains of reptiles hundreds of millions of years old. The news was announced at the annual conference of the Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologist (WAVP) by Rob Gay, a

On the News | South Africa | Africa’s rich fossil finds should get the air time they deserve @ Daily Nation

On the News @ Daily Nation Title:  Africa’s rich fossil finds should get the air time they deserve Julien Benoit (source) Excerpt: “Palaeontology, like much else in the cultural landscape, has a strong western influence and bias. Students are more likely than not to be given textbooks and external readings from Europe and North America no matter where they are in the world. I often think about my own experiences

On the News | USA | Major fossil cache found on lands cut from Bears Ears National Monument @ The Wilderness Society

On the News @ The Wilderness Society Title:  Major fossil cache found on lands cut from Bears Ears National Monument Pam Avery Excerpt: “Researchers, led by paleontologist Rob Gay, have discovered what may be one of the world’s richest caches of Triassic period fossils at an extensive site within the original boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument. The team’s initial excavation led to the extraordinary discovery of several intact remains of

On the News | USA | Utahraptor roars as new state dinosaur in Capitol @ The Salt Lake Tribune

On the News @ The Salt Lake Tribune Title:  Utahraptor roars as new state dinosaur in Capitol Lee Davidson Excerpt: “The Utahraptor finished tearing its way through the Legislature on Monday toward becoming the new state dinosaur. The House approved SB41 on a 67-0 vote, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature. The Senate earlier also approved it unanimously. “It’s been millions of years in the making,

On the News | Mexico | Coahuila con gran riqueza fósil @ Noticias El Sol de la Laguna

On the News @ Noticias El Sol de la Laguna Title:  Coahuila con gran riqueza fósil Excerpt: “Coahuila es el área de mayor diversidad de organismos fósiles en México y es el único estado que oferta la paleontología como un segmento turístico, por lo que para avanzar en la preservación y promoción de la riqueza paleontológica, así como contribuir al desarrollo potencial turístico y las ventajas competitivas del estado, el

On the News | USA | Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences urges legislature to make Crinoids Iowa’s state fossil @ The Daily Iowan

On the News @ The Daily Iowan Title:  Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences urges legislature to make Crinoids Iowa’s state fossil Aadit Tambe Excerpt: “Iowa does have a state bird (Eastern Goldfinch) and a state flower (wild rose), but it is one of seven states not to have a state fossil, despite the state’s rich fossil history. The University of Iowa Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is advocating

On the News | USA | Arizona has no official state dinosaur, so an 11-year-old proposed one — the Sonorasaurus @ AZCentral

On the News @ AZCentral Title:  Arizona has no official state dinosaur, so an 11-year-old proposed one — the Sonorasaurus Samie Gebers Excerpt: “A bill in the Arizona Legislature would designate Sonorasaurus as the official state dinosaur. Why Sonorasaurus? Amateur fossil hunters found the only known specimen in the world in southern Arizona in 1994. It’s on display at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. If Senate Bill 1517 is approved, Sonorasaurus