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Color in Dinosaurs
March 4, 2014 | University of Texas at Austin

“New research that revises recently established conventions allowing scientists to decipher color in dinosaurs may also provide a tool for understanding the evolutionary emergence of flight and changes in dinosaur physiology prior to the origin of flight.” Quoted from the University of Texas at Austin press release.

Most Popular Items for November
December 2, 2013 | Geology.com

The World’s Largest Emerald Mine

What is Iris Agate?

New Volcanic Island Southeast of Japan

The Enormous Volcanic Eruption that Historians Never Recorded

A Super River from the Southwestern United States to the Labrador Sea?

Typhoon Haiyan Images

Comet Ison is Visible to the Naked Eye

New Super Predator Dinosaur

King of Gore from the Wahweap Formation
December 1, 2013 | Bureau of Land Management

“Ten million years before the T. rex walked the earth, another monster reigned. The 80 million-year-old fossil of the Lythronax argestes or “King of Gore” was recently discovered by Scott Richardson, a Bureau of Land Management archaeologist technician at the Wahweap Formation in BLM-Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.” Quoted from the BLM tumbler site.

New Top Predator Dinosaur Discovered in Utah
November 25, 2013 | North Carolina State University

“A new species of carnivorous dinosaur – one of the three largest ever discovered in North America – lived alongside and competed with small-bodied tyrannosaurs 98 million years ago.” Quoted from the North Carolina State University press release.

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What is It Like to Work for GeoCorps?
November 25, 2013 | Speaking of Geoscience Blog

The GSA Speaking of Geoscience blog has an interesting report from Amy Atwater who served as a GeoCorps Paleontology participant at Denali National Park and Preserve.

New Super Predator Dinosaur
November 7, 2013 | Pentagon Post

“Paleontologists have discovered a new super-predator dinosaur in southern Utah that roamed the Earth 80 million years ago.” Quoted from the Pentagon Post.

High School Student Found an Exceptional Duck-Billed Dinosaur
October 23, 2013 | Los Angeles Times

On a field trip in 2009, Kevin Terris, then a high school student, found a few bones while on a field trip. The find was actually “the youngest, the smallest and also the most complete skeleton known for Parasaurolophus” ever found according to Andrew Farke, curator of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology.

Big-Nosed, Long-Horned Dinosaur Discovered in Utah
August 13, 2013 | The University of Utah

“A remarkable new species of horned dinosaur has been unearthed in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, southern Utah. The huge plant-eater inhabited Laramidia, a landmass formed when a shallow sea flooded the central region of North America, isolating western and eastern portions for millions of years during the Late Cretaceous Period.” Quoted from The University of Utah press release.

Wankel T. Rex at the Smithsonian
July 4, 2013 | Newsroom of the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History announced that it has reached a 50-year loan agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to transfer a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton to the Smithsonian for eventual display in the museum’s new dinosaur hall, scheduled to open in 2019. The skeleton is one of the most complete T. rex specimens ever discovered. It was found by Kathy Wankel, a rancher, near the Fort Peck Reservoir in eastern Montana.

Three Triceratops Found in Wyoming
June 25, 2013 | CNN Video

The remains of three triceratops have been discovered at the same site in Wyoming. One may be the most complete fossil triceratops ever found.

Oldest Feathered Dinosaur?
June 2, 2013 | Los Angeles Times

A fossil named Aurornis xui of a feathered creature similar to Archaeopteryx was discovered in the 160-million-year-old rocks of northeastern China.

Who Becomes Dominant After a Mass Extinction?
May 3, 2013 | National Science Foundation

“These scientists have identified an outcome of mass extinctions–that species ecologically marginalized before the extinction may be ‘freed up’ to experience evolutionary bursts then dominate after the extinction.” Quote from H. Richard Lane, Program Director, National Science Foundation.

GeoCorps Internships and Short-Term Positions
May 2, 2013 | Geological Society of America

GeoCorps America is a program offering paid, short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world.

Just a few of the Fall/Winter Positions….

Curator Intern – Dinosaur National Monument
GIS Technician – Delaware Water Gap
Hydrological Technician – Redwoods National Park
Physical Science Technician – Grand Canyon National Park
Guest Scientist – Yosemite National Park

Nine-Year-Old Applies for Museum Curator Job
April 2, 2013 | CBS News

“Museum CEO George Sparks says along with all the resumes he got from Ph.D.s there was one applicant with just a third-grade education. [...] Along with his hand-written, three-page cover letter, he attached a letter of recommendation from his teacher.”

The Extinction Before the Dinosaurs
March 26, 2013 | National Science Foundation

“More than 200 million years ago, a massive extinction decimated 76 percent of marine and terrestrial species, marking the end of the Triassic period and the onset of the Jurassic. The event cleared the way for dinosaurs to dominate Earth.” Quoted from the NSF press release.

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