Episode 398: Fossil hunting with Cameron Muskelly. What to bring with you & how to find fossils (whether or not you have a degree in paleontology)
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Cameron Muskelly, an avocational paleontologist/geologist and paleontology educator based in Georgia. He’s a researcher, lecturer, and fossil collector, and an expert in Appalachian geology. Follow him on twitter @PaleoCameron or on YouTube at Paleo101
The dinosaur of the day: Itemirus
- Dromaeosaur theropod that lived in the Late Cretaceous in what is now Uzbekistan (Bissekty Formation)
- Depicted as having a long tail, snout with teeth, sharp claws, and feathers on the body
- Only a small damaged fossil braincase has been found
- Found in 1958 near the village of Itemir
- Type species is Itemirus medullaris
- Described in 1976 by Sergei Kurzanov
- Genus name refers to Itemir
- Species name refers to the medulla oblongata, the brain part encased in the partial braincase
- A 2014 study by Hans-Dieter Sues and Alexander Averianov tentatively referred cranial bones, teeth, and vertebrae found in the same formation to Itemirus
Contrary to popular belief, fossils don’t require millions of years to form.
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