Browsing the "Mesozoic" Category

The Mesozoic era, meaning “middle life”, is a division of earth’s history spanning from around 252 to 66 million years ago. It is subdivided into the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The beginning of the Mesozoic is characterised by a long phase of recovery following the end Permian mass extinction. The end of the Mesozoic is marked by the Cretaceous/Paleogene extinction event which wiped out the dinosaurs among other groups.

Cenozoic

Episode 78: Japanese Palaeontology

Published on June 30th, 2017 | by Liz Martin-Silverstone

When thinking of palaeontology in Asia, most people think of Mongolia and China, but there is actually a significant palaeontology community in Japan. Japan has many fossils, starting in the Ordovician, and ranging from everything from [&hellip... Read More


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The Significance of the Flocculus in Archosauria

Published on June 26th, 2017 | by Guest Blogger

With advancements in computed tomography (CT) scanning comes an increased understanding of the internal structures preserved in extant and extinct animals, providing a non-destructive way of peering into the bones and revealing their secrets. Along with [&hellip... Read More


Mesozoic

208-million-year-old giant amphibian discovered in Greenland

Published on June 17th, 2017 | by David Marshall

A new species of Cyclotosaur, a giant salamander-like amphibian, has been described from the Late Triassic rocks of East Greenland. Cyclotosaurs are temnospondyl amphibians, known from other Late Triassic deposits in Germany, Poland and Svalbard, but [&hellip... Read More


Cretaceous

Episode 75: Laser-Stimulated Fluorescence

Published on May 2nd, 2017 | by David Marshall

Palaeontology is a constantly evolving field; when new methods and techniques are invented, they allow us to revisit old fossils and test our previous observations and hypotheses. Recently, an exciting new method called ‘Laser-Simulated Fluorescence’ (LSF) has [&hellip... Read More


Triassic

Episode 74: Early Archosaurs and Teleocrater

Published on April 12th, 2017 | by Liz Martin-Silverstone

We have a pretty good idea about how different dinosaur groups evolved, and how they are related (although anyone who has been following the recent dinosaur relationship shake-up knows this is not quite as clear as [&hellip... Read More


Cretaceous

Episode 72: Las Hoyas

Published on January 18th, 2017 | by David Marshall

Las Hoyas is a Early Cretaceous lagerstätte (site of special preservation) located close to the city of Cuenca, Spain. In this episode, we welcome Ángela Delgado Buscalioni and Francisco José Poyato-Ariza, both from the Universidad Autónoma [&hellip... Read More


Cretaceous

3D camouflage in an ornithischian dinosaur

Published on September 16th, 2016 | by David Marshall

We sat down in the Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt, with Dr Jakob Vinther, University of Bristol, to examine the colour patterns of Psittacosaurus. This exquisite fossil has its skin preserved intact and so we’re able to make [&hellip... Read More


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