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How Do You Figure Out How #Dinosaurs Walked? | @scifri @MrKosko | 6-8 #science #lesson #anatomy #fossils

An education resource from Science Friday that covers: birds and dinosaur comparisons, phylogenetics, modeling leg movement with materials and analysis, pelvic shape and walking gait, and making and videotaping a puppet that moves like a theropod. Supporting NGSS standards, charts and worksheets are provided.

SVP - #Paleontology and Public Lands - #BearsEars National Monument | guest post by @paleorob

An update on the paleontological resources of Bears Ears National Monument by Robert Gay, a paleontologst who has conducted fieldwork in the monument since 2014. He shares that it was no small effort to get paleontoligical resources included in the 2016 proclamation and provides the explicit language. Bears Ears NM and others are currently under review for a reduction in size and Robert Gay points out the review report does not mention paleontology. Under Robert Gay new Triassic bonebeds have been discovered just outside the monument boundaries and that under the review, the monument cannot be shrunk but the boundaries expanded to protect known fossil localities.

Contested National Monuments in Utah House Treasure Troves of Fossils | Inside Science | #BearsEars #fossils

A story on paleontology in Utah's big national monuments--Alan Titus's work in Grand Staircase-Escalante NM with possible implications for new Bears Ears NM. Twenty years as a NM, Grand Staircase-Escalante has yielded 12 named dinosaurs, 5 named marine reptiles, 15 species yet to be described, a possible new ecosystem for Laramidia during the Cretaceous, and current work on three tyrannosaurs. For Bears Ears NM the potential is for the continued discovery of earlier organisms (crocodiles, tetrapods), according to Rob Gray, including how life responded just after the Permian-Triassic extinction. Also, a sidebar on looting and destruction of fossil sites.

PBDB Navigator

PBDB Navigator allows users to explore the Paleobiology Database through space, time, and taxonomy with the use of an interactive map and timeline.

The touchy subject of high-priced dinosaurs | fossils | Earth Touch News

From a paleontologist's perspective, high-priced fossil sales can be a big loss. An Allosaurus named Kan sold for $1.2 million.

Major bonebeds in mudrocks of the Morrison Formation (Upper Jurassic), northern Colorado Plateau of Utah and Colorado | Geology of the Intermountain West

Download PDF field guide by John Foster et. al. The Morrison Formation contains a number of large quarries that have yielded dinosaurs and other vertebrates, and many of these occur in sandstone beds representing ancient river channels. However, a number of very productive sites occur in mudstone beds representing other environments such as ephemeral ponds, and some of these yield both large dinosaurs and microvertebrates; these localities in mudstone beds represent different taphonomic modes of preservation and often preserve vertebrate taxa in different relative abundances from the channel sandstone sites. Among these important and very productive mudstone localities are the Cleveland-Lloyd Quarry, the Mygatt-Moore Quarry, and the microvertebrate sites of the Fruita Paleontological Area, and each of these preserves distinct vertebrate paleofaunas, different from sandstone sites and from each other, suggesting that mudstone localities had a very different mode of sampling the local biotas than did sites in sandstone.

Sedimentology and ichnology of the Mafube dinosaur track site (Lower Jurassic, eastern Free State, South Africa): a report on footprint preservation and palaeoenvironment [PeerJ]

The fluvio-lacustrine and aeolian rocks of the Upper Triassic - Lower Jurassic Elliot and Clarens formations (Karoo Supergroup) preserve not only a range of vertebrate body fossils, but also a plethora of vertebrate invertebrate and plant…

Tongue-testing fossils, Victorian-style | More Than A Dodo

The Buckland and Schmerling's competitive fossil licking! h/t @Bhmllr

New Tools, Old Bones: Bringing #Fossils to Life Through #Technology by @greatbigstory with @BBPaleo

Bighorn Basin Paleo recreates prehistoric worlds from Elk Basin MT with Intel technology to answer questions 145 million years in the making in this 3:24 video by Great Big Story.