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Dinosaur footprints discovered in the South Island

Peter Griffin posted in on November 9th, 2009.

70 million-year-old dinosaur footprints have been discovered in New Zealand’s South Island, in northwest Nelson, by GNS Science geologist Greg Browne. The footprints are the first such to be found in New Zealand, and are also the first evidence of dinosaurs in the South Island.  After considering a number of different alternative, Dr Browne concluded […]

AusSMC: Discovery of first large Australian dinosaurs in 28 years

Peter Griffin posted in on July 3rd, 2009.

New research published in PLoS ONE today (Fri 3 July) describes the remains of three new species of dinosaur: two giant herbivores (sauropods) and a carnivore (theropod) found during digs in the Winton Formation of central Queensland.  They are the first large Australian dinosaurs to be discovered since 1981.  The authors of the paper are […]

Remembering Joan Wiffen, New Zealand’s ‘Dinosaur lady’

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 3rd, 2009.

Dr James Crampton, paleontologist and programme leader at GNS Science, comments: “I guess for me, her story is a wonderful example of the intense interest, drive and energy that motivate many natural historians – amateur and professional scientists alike – the “simple” joy of discovery that has led to all the great scientific discoveries throughout […]

New feathered dinosaur found

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 23rd, 2008.

A feathered but flightless dinosaur is a bizarre new addition to the fossil record showing the early history of the evolution of birds. Paleontologists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences announced the discovery of Epidexipteryx hui in today’s edition of the journal Nature. The pigeon-sized fossil predates Archeopteryx, and lacks any form of flight feathers.  […]

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