Beyond the bones, Part 2: Exceptional preservation in dinosaur fossils – dinosaur “mummies”

Ornithomimus edmontonicus, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (TMP) 95.110.01

Tanya Samman and Alina C. Fisher, Environmental and Earth Sciences editors In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed findings that have given us fascinating new insights into the inner workings of dinosaurs and snapshots of dinosaur appearance, but dinosaur “mummies” are even more exciting and revealing. “Mummies” What exactly is a dinosaur “mummy”? […]

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Beyond the bones, Part 1: Exceptional preservation in dinosaur fossils—proteins, blood vessels, medullary bone, and beaks and bills

Ornithomimus edmontonicus, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (TMP) 95.110.01

Tanya Samman and Alina C. Fisher, Environmental and Earth Sciences editors When people think of dinosaur fossils, they often picture dusty skeletons in a museum display, sometimes still partly encased in rock and surrounded by the plaster they were wrapped in when collected in the field. However, dinosaurs were dynamic living organisms in their time […]

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Of dragonglass and men: Parallels and differences between Westeros and Earth

  Alina C. Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors ~SPOILER ALERT~ The TV show Game of Thrones ended with a bang on May 19, 2019 – or given the numerous criticisms of the finale, perhaps it would be more apt to say that it melted into a fiery heap like the Iron Throne. […]

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Charismatic organisms, “lost causes”, and conservation priorities

Alina C. Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental & Earth Sciences co-editors It’s no coincidence that the logo and mascot for the World Wide Fund for Nature (known as the World Wildlife Fund in Canada and the USA) is a panda, and that baby seals are now associated with Greenpeace. Pandas and seals are cute and […]

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