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News Archive - November 2010
Date: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 18:10 (Eastern) Author:Veritas
Just a quick news brief. JPLegacy has now got its own official YouTube channel,JPLegacyTube! Here you will find videos that pertain to the Jurassic Park franchise. This helps JPLegacy continue to become the number one Jurassic Park resorce on the internet.
If you have a video you'd like for JPL to put up on the site, please contact _Veritas_ or Tyrannosaur.
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 14:03 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
Instead of naming these news events "Paleontology Rundown" I've opted for every Saturday being a day to report news on well, Paleontology. If there's no new news then obvious there isn't much to report, but let's get on with this.
Dinosaur Embryos Found
An article on BBC has indicated that some exciting new discoveries have been made in regards to the oldest known Dinosaur embryos found. Massospondylus (a prosauropod for those unfamiliar with it) embryos were found actually back in 1976 in South Africa. These well-preserved embryos have allowed paleontologists to see an important stage of development in dinosaur growth.
While the embryos are only about 20cm long, the adults are thought to have reached some five metres in height
Interestingly, the report says, the embryos looked quite different compared to the adult animals.
Once hatched, the babies would have had rather long front legs, meaning that they would have been walking on all fours rather than on two legs like the adults.
Reading further states:
The paper stated that the rather awkward body of the embryos suggested that just like humans, the hatchlings would have required parental care. And if this is the case, it would be the earliest known example of parental care.
Be sure to check out the full article, unabridged here.
Tyrant King, speed up and work that tail!
Two Canadian paleontologists have re-examined the muscle and bone structure of none other than Tyrannosaurus and have come to surprising revelations from looking at the animal. The Montreal Gazette reports their findings by saying:
The findings, the researchers suggest, should dispel the notion that the heavy-headed T. rex was more likely to act as a scavenger than a pursuer of live prey.
The study, published in the latest issue of the journal Anatomical Record, was co-authored by University of Alberta graduate student Scott Persons and renowned paleontologist Philip Currie, the U of A's Canada Research Chair in dinosaur paleobiology.
"Contrary to earlier theories, T. rex had more than just junk in its trunk," Mr. Persons said. These additional attributes, the researchers stated, made T. rex "one of the fastest-moving hunters of its time."
While the article is just a news blurb (less detailed sadly). You can locate a more detailed analysis here courtesy of the Dinosaur Mailing List.
Dinosaurs hogging the spotlight! Ice Age Animals: Snowmass
The Denver Post reports an exciting discovery coming out of Snowmass Village out in Colorado.
The discovery has consisted of five prehistoric species: a Columbian mammoth, several mastodons, Ice Age bison, a deer and a 12-foot ground sloth. On Saturday, crews found the bison's skull and horns, which were at first mistaken for the tusks of a mammoth or mastodon. With a span of horns more than 6 feet long, the bison was twice the size of those that came later. It was found in sediment estimated at 30,000 to 50,000 years old, which could mean the site has fossils from a range of ages, according to the museum.
Sounds like a good way to spend a weekend if you ask me. Glad that mammals are still being found! I myself remember my first Mammoth skeleton I saw. It made me actually shiver thinking of the cold environments it must have ran through.
Sauropod Missing Link
The missing link has been found! This time from China, about an important step in evolutionary development transitioning from Prosauropod to Sauropod. Here's a snippet from NewsWire.
On Sunday ( Oct. 31 ), a Texas Tech University researcher will discuss the discovery in China of the first complete skeleton of an early sauropod, Yizhousaurus sunae, considered the prototype for what would become some of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth.
Sankar Chatterjee, Horn Professor of Geosciences and curator of paleontology at the Museum of Texas Tech University, will deliver the findings during the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver. He began working on the animal in 2005 with Chinese colleagues.
This particular early sauropod’s life ended in tragedy, Chatterjee said. However, his four-footed, long-necked ancestors, such as Diplodocus and Camarasaurus, would become one of the most recognizable and successful orders of dinosaurs to rule the planet until the mass extinction 65 million years ago.
“Sauropods as a group are very numerous for 160 million years during the Mesozoic,” Chatterjee said. “There’s about 120 species known, but most of them were later sauropods. Questions remain about how they began. Yizhousaurus will fill in a critical gap in the early evolution of sauropods.”
Chinese scientists discovered two prosauropods – the precursor animals that would give rise to their larger cousins – 50 years prior near the same location in Lufeng, in Yunnan Province of South China. But Yizhousaurus sunae shows all the hallmarks of the later sauropods, such as beginning of a long neck, hardy skeleton, four-legged posture and a small, broad skull.
Thanks for joining me for Paleontology Saturdays! Hopefully I can find more stories and if I left something out please e-mail me and I'll go ahead and drop it in for next week's report. Remember, this is going to be an every Saturday thing folks! Have a good weekend!
Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 3:06 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
Grab some cake we got a bit of news today in celebration of JPLegacy's seven year anniversary! That's right we've been online for seven years, believe it or not! Be sure to give a listen to our podcast and check out the new section that's on the site today.
Again moving forward with the solo podcasts we're discussing the issues of canonicity in the Jurassic Park canon. I once again changed the initial music to be the same as our site's introduction page. Be sure to download it, by right-clicking the logo in this post and "saving as" to give it a listen.
Jurassic Propositions is the title of our new section and you can check it out here. What's Jurassic Propositions about? As you can imagine it's a JPIV section here on the website.
Jurassic Propositions features short essays by students from the University of Chicago's Dinosaur Science class, which is taught by paleontologist Dr. Paul Sereno. Sereno's Teaching Assistant and Lab Coordinator, Sara ElShafie, asked the students to act as scientific consultants to the Jurassic Park filmmakers, addressing inaccuracies in the previous films and suggesting ideas or improvements for the next sequel.
So JPL turns seven, we got a new podcast, and a new section on the site. Be sure to check out all this and if you aren't a forum member now would be a good time to join up and check out what we're about!