Palaeontologists uncover new Pachycephalosaurian dinosaur

Ian Randall | 21 April 2010

A new species of plant-eating dinosaur, which sports a grapefruit sized mass of bone on the top of its skull, has been uncovered in Texas’ Big Bend National Park. The find, which would have lived 70 to 80 million years ago, is reported in the latest issue of Cretaceous Research.

Time-averaged fossil communities may imply false stability

Ian Randall | 5 April 2010

The ecological information which can be gleaned from the fossil record is controlled by the processes of accumulation involved, according to a paper by the University of Chicago, which is to be published in the May issue of The American Naturalist.

Sauropod skulls changed shape in the lead up to maturity

Ian Randall | 4 April 2010

The skulls of certain juvenile sauropods underwent radical alterations in their progression towards adulthood, reveals a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

The Palaeo Pad field trip to Brighton (continued)

Ian Randall | 4 April 2010

Well, the field trip was fun – not, perhaps, quite as we had planned it, mind – but it wasn’t without some amusement.

Echinoid find at Peacehaven beach

Ian Randall | 3 April 2010

We are on the beach, and have just made this fantastic echinoid find!

The Palaeo Pad field trip to Brighton

Ian Randall | 2 April 2010

For a little treat tomorrow, The Palaeo Pad shall be going on a little jaunt to Peacehaven, in East Sussex, on a fossil hunt.

New sauropodomorph species found in Utah

Ian Randall | 1 April 2010

A partial skeleton of a new species of long necked, herbivorous dinosaur which lived 185 million years ago has been found among the red rocks of Utah. The find, which is reported in a recent edition of PLoS ONE by palaeontologists from the Universities of Stony Brook and Utah, along with the Utah Museum of Natural History, establishes the prevalence of sauropodomorph dinosaurs during the early Jurassic.