Nest of Young Dinosaurs with ‘Babysitter’ Discovered

A nest of baby dinosaurs with what might have been a juvenile babysitter sitting atop them has been discovered in China, researchers say.

These findings help shed light on how sociable these ancient reptiles might have been, scientists added.

The oldest known dino nesting sites are 190 million years old, and their existence suggests that even the earliest dinosaurs may have exhibited complex family behaviors.  Read more…


A beautifully articulated, rear paddle of a 183 million year old Ichthyosaur. The paddle is approximately 8 inches long. It comes from the Posidonia Shale Formation formation in Southern Germany.

Ichthyosaurs (“Fish Lizard”) was a giant marine reptile which thrived from much of the Mesozoic era. They evolved in the mid Triassic from a group of unidentified land reptiles which transition back into the water. This line evolved in parallel to the ancestors of todays dolphins and whales, something known as convergent evolution.

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T-Rex tissue discovered

If you loved Jurassic Park, you’re going to enjoy this.

Researchers from North Carolina State University have currently found a 70-million year old soft tissue which scientists are currently working on isolating proteins from.

This is important because if the DNA can be recovered and then modified with another animal, say one of their closest relatives such as a bird, there is a chance of replicating what Jurassic Park was all about.

They are currently comparing the dinosaur remains with those of an ostrich, the largest bird available.

Richard A. Hengst of Purdue University said the finding “opens the door for research into the protein structure of ancient organisms, if nothing else. While we think that nature is conservative in how things are built, this gives scientists an opportunity to observe this at the chemical and cellular level.” Hengst was not part of the research team.

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Trying to imagine a version of Jurassic Park / World where the dinosaurs were actual theropod-frog hybrids, instead of scaleless dinosaurs stuck in the early 1990s. Here is the hybrid killer dinosaur “Indominus,” with its great-white-shark-sized, armoured tadpole. If the makers of the Jurassic Park series have thrown scientific accuracy out of the window, they may as well have some extra fun by going all the way with monster dinosaur/frog mash-ups that have all the monster-y superpowers of amphibians.

A heavily pyritized Pleuroceras ammonite fossil collected near Forcheim, Germany. It’s Jurassic, Pliensbachian stage or approximately 185 million years old. You can feel the heft of the iron pyrite in the specimen when you hold it in your hand.  Naturally the color is much duller but these specimens have been brushed with a wire brush to create a brilliant gold shine.  Just added for sale at

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An amazingly detailed fossil shrimp (Aeger tipularius) from the Solnhofen Limestone in Germany now in the collections of the Houston Museum.  During the Late Jurassic, the Solnhofen Limestone was an archipelago at the edge of the Tethys Sea.  This included placid lagoons that had limited access to the open sea.  When salinity rose high enough that the resulting brine could not support life. Since the lowest water was devoid of oxygen most scavengers were no present. Any organism that fell, drifted, or was washed into the lagoons from the ocean or the land became buried in soft carbonate mud. While fossils are not numerous in the Solnhofen, the preservation is often spectacular.

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The area in which I live has a reputation for having Jurassic sandstone exposed.

Today I went for a walk and came across the site of several dinosaur footprints preserved in the rock. In the video above I pause and place my foot next to each dinosaur footprint.

The tracks were likely from ancestors of the tyrannosaurus rex, each 10-15 feet tall and 20 feet long.

This area (now frigid New England) was a subtropical swampland 190 million years ago. The continents as we know them today didn’t exist and there were two super-continents, Laurasia and Gondwanaland. 

It’s incredible to think what sort of beasts walked these woods before we got here…

(Something smells like feet…)

This is a well preserved fossil lobster of the species Eryma modestiformis from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone in Germany.  The Sonhofen limetones is a famous Lagerstätte in Germany that offer amazing preservation of Upper Jurassic fossils. The fine grained limestone makes excellent building materials which has let to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries.  The fossils that are actually quite rare in the formation are found as a by product of the stone quarrying.

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