Fossil Friday – ground sloths & therizinosaurs

IMG_2534.JPGIn many ways, dinosaurs and mammals are very different types of animal. And yet, there are some amazing cases of convergent evolution among them. Continue reading

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Fossil Friday – creodont skull

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Most of the extinct mammals in the Western Science Center’s collection are Pleistocene Ice Age creatures, such as mastodons, Columbian mammoths, bison, camels, horses, and giant ground sloths, dating to between 50,000 and 14,000 years ago. Today’s Fossil Friday is a much older extinct mammal, dating back to around 30 million years ago, a slice of geological time known as the Oligocene. This is the skull of an oreodont, a totally extinct group of even-toed ungulates (Artiodactyla) related to camels. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – juvenile hadrosaur jaw

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Last week, five staff members from the Western Science Center, including yours truly, traveled to Albuquerque to attend the 2018 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – Dynamoterror dynastes

Welcome Dynamoterror dynastes!

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Fossil Friday – hadrosaur update #2

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For the last two weeks, I’ve been giving you updates on the preparation of a big block of rock packed full of hadrosaur bones from New Mexico.

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Fossil Friday – hadrosaur jacket update

Hadro radius and another bone

Last week for Fossil Friday, we posted about a big plaster jacket packed full of 80-million-year-old hadrosaur bones, which we brought back to the Western Science Center from New Mexico in June.

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Fossil Friday – hadrosaur bones

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Being wrong is part of the scientific process. Scientists make new discoveries every day, and sometimes prior ideas are supported and sometimes they are refuted as we learn more.

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Fossil Friday – camel tooth

IMG_2467Every day on my way to work, I drive past a farm that among its denizens counts several camels. Apart from the fun of seeing these large, strange mammals, they also serve as a reminder that wild camels once roamed across North America, until their extinction around 12,000 years ago.

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Fossil Friday – mastodon skull update

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A few weeks ago I wrote about a mastodon skull we had moved into the lab for additional prep work. Kind of a lot has happened since then. Continue reading

Fossil Friday – Invictarx zephyri

 

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Art by Kara Kelley, 2018

Welcome Invictarx zephyri!

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