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The underside too?

So in last weeks excavation we found and exposed more of the turtles shell! Another exciting find with this is the possibility of a plastron, the underside of the turtle shell that is a bit like a breastplate! A femur or humerus may also be present, but the sediment covering it and my lack in experience with turtles leaves it up to question for now. Let me know what you think of the fossil and if there is anything else you want to see from the lab!






300 million year old 3D Daddy Long Legs!

An international crew of researchers have released their findings on 300 million year old daddy long legs spider relatives! check out this link for all the information on how this group may have first evolved and what has lead to their overall success to this very day

courtesy of sciencedaily.com

Earliest Known Placental Discovered in China

A new article released this week describes a newly discovered species out of China from 160 million years ago that is the earliest known placental mammal, diverging from the marsupial form of reproduction. This was just the beginning of the great divergence of placental mammals that include us!

courtesy of bbc.co.uk

courtesy of bbc.co.uk

Most complete Thalattosaur ever discovered in Alaska!

check out this article for a story on a thalattosaur discovery made in Alaska that was just recently published on. Thalattosaurs were a group of marine reptiles that lived during the Triassic Peiod, and are rare finds. This discovery will help significantly in understanding more about their biology!

courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Largest Set of Australian Polar Dinosaur Footprints Found

A new set of polar dinosaur footprints found on Australia’s coast has provided the largest and most well preserved set of tracks known of polar dinosaurs in the Southern Hemisphere. Check out this article for more details and be sure to check out the video on the same page at the bottom of the article!

(image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk)

New Giant “Phoenix Bird” Rises Again

Check out this link for a story on an absolutely massive bird found by palaeontologists in Central Asia from over 65 million years ago! Its finds like these that help us develop a better understanding of the immense diversity of animals that lived during that time

*image taken from guardian.co.uk*

Pregnant Plesiosaur Discovery!

Check out this link about a 72-78 million year Plesiosaur found in the mid-west of Kansas with a young fetus preserved inside of it!

(image from cbc.ca and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles)

Grand Prairie, Alberta Fossil Dig Attracts Celebrities

Check out this newspaper article for  story on a fundraising benefit held in Grand Prairie, Alberta which was attended by actors such as Dan Aykroyd, Robert Kennedy Junior, Lorne Michaels, Michael Budman, Matthew Gray Gubler and Patricia Cornwell.

Ceratopsian Predentary

The Predentary of ceratopsians was located at the tip of the lower jaw and acted much like a beak for cropping off vegetation for consumption

This ceratopsian predentary was found during the 2011 field season in Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada and was found isolated.

The Lab

This is one view of the lab that is located in the basement of the biological Sciences building at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.