Jurassic Park 3D
A new fossil trackway in China reveals a dinosaur scratching the sandy bottom as it goes for a swim.
For the release of Jurassic Park 3D, I discussed the science and legacy of Spielberg’s classic film.
Shake Your Tail Feathers
Beginning in 2011, I volunteered with the University of Alberta museums’ Science Sundays. With the help of the U of A Zoology collection, I taught kids how to be “Bone Detectives” and explored the wonders of insectivores.
New fossils from the Gobi Desert indicate that tail feather-fans were widespread among oviraptorosaurs. Analysis of the unique form of oviraptorosaur tails indicates that they were also uniquely adapted for flexibility and muscular dexterity.
Try as she might, my dog Hannah never can get close enough to catch a bird. She should take a lesson from the Chinese theropod Sinocalliopteryx.
T. rex Tail
The devilish face of Carnotaurus makes it a standout. But this South American predator was even stranger at the other end. I have studied some weird dinosaur tails before, but nothing as bizarre as Carnotaurus.
The tail of T. rex and other dinosaurs did a lot more than just counterbalance the front end. Dinosaur tails housed a massive set of limb muscles that powered their every step. My work on digitally reconstructing those muscles suggests that dinosaur tail power was much greater than we thought.