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Grand Staircase-Escalante was set up to fail | @highcountrynews | #nationalmonuments #future

An interview with a retiring BLM assistant manager decribing the conflict of cultures managng the Utah national monument.

On the one side are environmentally minded folks from outside the confines of Mormon culture, people like Shelton, who believe fervently in the federal public lands. Their ranks grew following the monument’s establishment in 1996 with the funding then available for hiring new staff, many of whom were trained at world-class science institutions. On the other side, said Shelton, I see a powerful anti-conservation interest, an anti-science interest, and certainly an anti-climate change position. I’ve sat in meetings with high-level people in Utah BLM who will roll their eyes when you mention climate change and say, ‘Well, if you believe it.’ You might as well be asking them to convert to Zoroastrianism. So our staffs are at odds with each other. There’s a lot of antagonism. It’s a really difficult place to work.”

Next stop on the Dinosaur Diamond: Moab. My GeoCorps™ Experience in Canyon Country, Utah | Jessica Uglesich

A guest blog post for the Geological Society of America by a BLM intern describing her experience with developing public outreach and education. Jessica also decribes her work with recovering bones from a looted site and work with the local Dystrophaeus project (@Dystrophaeus).

A #Dinosaur So Well Preserved It Looks Like a Statue | @TheAtlantic | #nodosaur #fossil

An article by Ed Yong on the discovery, extraction, preparation and reconstruction by the Royal Tyrell Museum of Borealopelta.

What Are You Flying Over? This #Geoscience #MobileApp Will Tell You | @SmithsonianMag

An article describing the start and functions of the Univerity of Minnesota's Flyover Country app. Using GPS, offline geologic maps and interactive points of interests reveal the locations of paleontological and georeferenced Wikipedia articles from your airplane window seat, vehichle or trail. The app was developed by a UMD geology student.

Discover How This #Dinosaur Became An Extraordinary #Fossil | @NatGeo | #nodosaur

A great illustrated story showing how @RoyalTyrell's nodosaur, Borealopelta fossilized.


Daring to Dig | American #Women in history of #Paleontology | @PRInstitution

An online exhibit about the role of women in paleontolgy, told through stories. Includes past and present paleontologists. h/t @projectFossil

The man who brought #dinosaurs to #MN to retire at 86 | @kare11

A newscast video and accompanying article with additional images recognizing the career of paleontologist Bruce Erickson for 58 year career with the Science Museum of Minnesota.

#Paleoart: the strange history of #dinosaurs in #art – in pictures | @guardian

A series of eight classic examples of paleoart from 1853 to 1990 from Taschen's new paleoart book, Paleoart: Visions of the Prehistoric Past by writer Zoe Lescaze and artist Walton Ford.


Engineering a predator dinosaur: Allosaurus feeding mechanics | Ohio Univ. Witmer Lab project page

Witmer Lab's Allosaurus reconstruction

A 2013 article appaered in Palaeontologia Electronica that explores the feeding biology of Allosaurus using soft tissue reconstruction and multibody dynamics. The integrative study was based on a cast of Big Al (MOR 693). A summary , images, movies, PDF downloads, and news releases are compiled on the project page. 

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.