- Scientists found an Antarctic fossil of the oldest known vocal organ of a bird, according to BBC, ScienceDaily and Nature
- Researchers found a 66-million-year old dinosaur skin impression in Spain, according to Forbes and Geological Magazine
- The Guardian reported on the UK’s paleontology museums and their challenges
- Digital Spy and Scified reported on the latest in Jurassic World 2, which may be about animal (dinosaur) rights
- According to NBC LA, in San Bernardino County, one mom and her daughters dressed up in dinosaur costumes and danced on a golf course
- According to CNET, two people in Trex costumes danced on a Florida beach right before Hurricane Matthew hit
- According to NFL, football player Patrick Peterson danced in a dinosaur costume on the field
- Bird reproductive systems evolved from dinosaurs (not surprisingly), according to Daily Mail and The Auk
- Seattle’s Burke Museum is getting a T-rex skull, according to GeekWire and The Independent
- Randy Knol has the world’s largest dinosaur toy collection, according to Smithsonian Mag
- New dinosaur game “Island 359” is out on Steam, according to Tom’s Hardware
- Football player William Hayes said he believes in mermaids but not dinosaurs, according to NFL
- Leaping Laelaps, or Dryptosaurus is coming back to the New Jersey State Museum, according to Newsworks
- BBC wrote an article about Jane, a theropod found in 2003 in north-west Montana, which some scientists think is a juvenile T-rex and others classify as Nanotyrannus
- South Africa is having a dinosaur renaissance, according to Forbes
- Wild Eye Releasing is coming out with a straight to DVD film on September 27, called Killersaurus, according to Horror Movies
- Lightning struck in the Petrified Forest National Part, and it looked like a T-rex about to bite down on a rock formation, according to Popsci
- Our listener Mark Sparky Evans is competing to be one of the 20 finalists in a new show called The Perfect World Project, and made a video where he assembles a 3D Velociraptor
- The Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville will be getting a full cast skeleton of Stegosaurus, according to Martinsville Bulletin
- The play Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass (the sequel to award-winning play Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs) is going on tour in the UK, according to Broadway World
- At Islands of Adventure, a theme park at Universal Orlando, a service dog bravely attacks a Velociraptor, according to Huffington Post
- According to Deadline, National Geographic Channel just closed a script development deal for a limited TV series of Michael Crichton’s Dragon Teeth, which will be published in April of next year
- According to Wired, ancient ocean temperatures may show how non-avian dinosaurs died
- NASA is making sure Earth is safe from future asteroids, according to this Youtube video
- Brian Switek gives an overview of how to see dinosaur traits in their descendants, birds in The Washington Post
- Peter Larson, President of the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, was part of the team, along with scientists from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands, that found four Triceratops skeletons together in one spot, according to SDPB Radio
- Paleontologists in British Columbia have found tens of thousands of dinosaur tracks, which may be one of the largest amount of fossilized tracks found in North America, according to The Globe and Mail
- The dinosaur trails in Chester UK, will not feature real dinosaurs, but the organization who made the trails had to assuage fears on social media, according to The Mirror
- In Te Urewera in Indonesia, three organizations are embarking on a two-year project to learn more about Earth Science in the area, according to SunLive
- Birmingham, UK is full of plastic dinosaurs in the city center, as part of Seekasaurus’s game, according to Birmingham Mail
- Rick Sternerson, his son, Jack, and Noel “Scotch” Anderson have teamed together to create Urban Dinosaurs, a graphic t-shirt line and comic book series, according to Inforum
- A hadrosaur, Telmatosaurus transsylvanicus, has been found with the first known facial tumor, according to Science Daily
- Scientists have rebuilt Pawpawsaurus‘ brain with the help of CT scans, according to KERA News
- A new 2D survival game called StoneBack lets players play as a caveman and hunt dinosaurs for meals, according to Siliconera
- In 2018, the Field Museum in Chicago will have a new exhibit, called “Antarctic Dinosaurs,” according to Chicago SunTimes
- In Lightning Ridge, Australia, Jenni Brammall and others are working on building an opal museum to showcase opalized dinosaur fossils, according to the New York Times
In episode 67 we talk about Arlo, the Apatosaurus from Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur.
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In addition to Arlo, we talked about all the special features in The Good Dinosaur, Land Before Time, and We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story. And we had the pleasure of talking to Chris Coulson, the owner of and dinosaur man behind Rent a Dinosaur. Learn more about Dexter, the life-sized baby T-rex, and see videos of Dexter in action on http://rentadinosaur.co.uk/ and on Facebook. You can also reach Dexter on Twitter, @rentadinosaur.
Below are some amazing images of Dexter, in the process of being made and as a happy baby T-rex playing with others, that Chris was kind enough to share. Enjoy!
In this episode, we discuss:
- The dinosaur of the day: Arlo the Apatosaurus
- In creating Arlo, director Peter Sohn always knew that he wanted the character to start out very weak
- He considered having Arlo attacked early on setting the stage for his fear, but decided that he wanted it to be more of a character trait than a one time event.
- From the very beginning Arlo is portrayed as the “runt of the litter,” including coming out of an enormous shell to emphasize his small size
- Arlo has very knobby knees and skinny legs compared to what a real dinosaur would look like
- They also say that when he is weak he walks a little bit more like a camel with his legs bent.
- Early in the story he often kinks his neck to show a lack of confidence in a way that Apatosaurus probably could not
- Luckily for Arlo other members of the crew suggested little behavioral traits aside from just fear to add depth to his character.
- Arlo has large feet that resemble an elephant’s and they are much wider than the leg
- Like many animated characters Arlo’s eyes are much bigger than they would be on a real animal and even compared to the rest of his family.
- His eyes also have a large white amount relative to the iris and pupil. In nature very few animals have this, but humans and dogs are two of the major exceptions. (Necessary so that you can tell where they’re looking and express more emotions with their face)
- In the Good Dinosaur Arlo is shown at three ages: when he hatches, as a young child, and finally as a preteen. As he gets older his posture gets more dinosaur-like with shoulders straight down rather than a sprawling posture.
- Arlo has about 20 teeth
- In the movie Arlo is definitely an herbivore, but he never eats plain foliage. He eats corn that his family cultivates, and he eats berries after Spot brings them to him (after first being offered a bug and a lizard)
- It’s an interesting choice because with that diet he wouldn’t need the dental battery and large number of teeth that Apatosaurus probably had.
- Arlo knows how to swim, at least after learning from spot, so not surprisingly he basically swims in a doggie paddle type way.
- Fun fact: Fireflies or lightning bugs or more technically the family of beetles Lampyridae. The first proto-firefly may have evolved as early as 150 million years ago, and fireflies that resemble what we would see today evolved about 20 million years ago, so there was definitely a chance that Apatosaurus or at least some other dinosaurs would have seen fireflies.
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Here’s what came out this week in dinosaur news:
- Scientists created chicken embryos with dinosaur snouts in a lab, according to BBC and Live Science
- The Washington Post (and Everything Dinosaur) reported that the state of Washington found its first ever dinosaur fossil, and may be the last state to discover its first dinosaur (See more on why at Everything Dinosaur)
- Professor Daniel Thomas gave a talk about dinosaur feathers at Bruce Museum in New Zealand, according to CTPost
- The New York Times answered the question of whether or not dinosaurs shed
- ARK, a new dinosaur video game, is releasing early access on June 2, according to GeekWire and Polygon
- Milwaukee County Zoo has animatronic dinosaurs, according to Metro Parent Magazine
- Science World reported on Ultimate Dinosaurs, an exhibit showcasing dinosaurs bigger than T-rex
- Idealist listed a volunteer opportunity at Dinosaur Ridge to be a tour guide
- Bored Panda shared a Triceratops costume for dogs
- Jurassic World released an explanation of why their dinosaurs are bigger and badder than Jurassic Park. According to CinemaBlend, it’s because they found DNA in soft tissue
- Everything Dinosaur figured out how fast Jurassic World‘s Indominus Rex would grow compared to T-rex
At I Know Dino, we welcome anyone with a passion for dinosaurs. In keeping with that spirit, we’ve asked Taylor McCoy, founder of the website Everything Dinosaurs to share some of his thoughts on dinosaurs. Taylor also kindly gave us an interview for the I Know Dino podcast (Juratyrant – Episode 8). You can find the episode here.
My name is Taylor McCoy. Though I’m not a professional, I’ve been personally studying dinosaurs and paleontology for years. In that time I’ve come up with a number of theories and ideas of my own. Many of my theories revolve around large theropods, especially Tyrannosaurus rex. I’ve also visited the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh a number of times.
My personal fossil collection numbers over 40 fossils and a few replica fossils. My specimens include dinosaur fossils, trilobites, fish, shark teeth (including Megalodon teeth), and many others. Some of these I have purchased, others I found. Many of the ones I found was by simply by keeping an eye out for the right thing in the right place. On a hike in central Pennsylvania once for example, I spotted a small trilobite. While on vacation in New Jersey, I found the lower jaw to a prehistoric angler-fish relative called a goosefish.
As with nearly every dinosaur lover, I’m quite excited to see Jurassic World when it comes out. I’ve been following the film’s development for a few years now and the news on it just keeps getting better and better in my opinion.
In June of 2013, I decided to make a website in order to get my knowledge out there to share with the public called Everything Dinosaurs. Since it’s creation, my site has received over 30,000 visitors. A comment and question box, along with a “Favorite Dinosaur” poll is also featured on the home page. Dozens of people have also used these features. The most common entry in the poll so far is Tyrannosaurus.
While many “dinosaur sites” feature animals that lived before and after dinosaurs like Megalodon, the Wooly Mammoth, and Dimetrodon, Everything Dinosaurs focuses entirely on dinosaurs and their contemporaries. In fact, the most recent addition (the 151th featured species) was a dinosaur contemporary called Desmatosuchus.
Some of the information on the site will be similar to that of other sites and sources whenever it’s information I agree with. However, it’s clear that my personal theories and opinions have worked their way into much of it. Good examples of this can be seen on the Tyrannosaurus and Spinosaurus pages.
I don’t really have a specific strategy when choosing new additions to the site. I’ll often be influenced by new discoveries, suggestions, or simply thinking of one I hadn’t added yet. Once I choose a new species to add, I’ll start doing some “refresher research” to try and make sure the page is as accurate as possible. This information is added to my previous knowledge and incorporated into the page. I’ll then go and find a good picture and size comparison to use for it. If there isn’t a good picture or size comparison, I may not add the animal, as those are very important in my opinion.
Probably the most frequently visited page on the site, besides the home page of course, is the T-rex page. The reason for this is probably simply because T-rex is the most famous dinosaur. That said, my site has allowed many to learn about lesser known species like Alamosaurus and Ceratosaurus as well.
I think everyone that wants to have their voice heard when it comes to paleontology should make a site (a legit one, not some troll site). It’s fast, easy, and in many cases, free. It’s also fun and very satisfying. Getting to see so many people enjoying my site and getting information from it is great. In my opinion, it’s important not to follow the crowd. It’s good to read what others think and take it into account. However, it’s important to draw your own conclusions and the like. Making a site is a good way to do that.
A link for the site can be found at the bottom of the post, along with a link for Weebly, the site I used for making Everything Dinosaurs.