New dinosaur species discovery in Spain


This video says about itself:

19 July 2013

Fossil evidence found in a Montana (USA) bonebed suggests that meat eating dinosaurs could die of poisoning from bacteria such as botulism, something theropod dinosaurs have evolved to avoid.

Narrated by John Hurt Planet Dinosaur tells the stories of the biggest, deadliest and weirdest creatures ever to walk the Earth, using the latest fossil evidence and immersive computer graphics.

From the Latin American Herald Tribune:

Researcher in Spain Discovers New Dinosaur Species

LOGROÑO, Spain – Spanish researcher Ignacio Diaz Martinez says fossilized footprints found in northern Spain’s La Rioja region point to the existence of a previously unknown species of dinosaur.

Study of the footprints indicates that large number of a tall, bipedal, carnivorous dinosaur inhabited La Rioja 120 million years ago, Diaz told Efe.

One of the distinctive characteristics of the newly discovered species is the presence of claws on its feet, the 32-year-old PhD said.

La Rioja is especially rich in fossilized dinosaur footprints.

Diaz, who plans to hold off on naming the new species until his findings are endorsed in peer-reviewed scientific journals, said he would prefer a moniker related to La Rioja.

In his doctoral dissertation at the University of La Rioja, Diaz suggested the designation Riojadopus amei.

See also here.

Tyrannosaurus rex sound contest for children


This video is called Walking With Dinosaurs 3D Official Trailer #1 (2013) – CGI Movie HD.

In the Netherlands, there are not only contests in imitating red deer sounds.

There are also contests in imitating sounds of animals which became extinct long ago, and about which we can only guess how they sounded.

Another difference with the red deer contest is that this dinosaur sound contest is for young people only.

Translated from Witte Weekblad weekly in the Netherlands:

Looking for best T. rex roar

December 5, 2013

LeidenNaturalis museum and the most popular Dutch biologist Freek Vonk along with Sony PlayStation are trying to find the person with the most terrifying T. rex roar. On the site tientjevoortrex.nl children until 16 December can submit their version of a T. rex roar and have a chance to participate in the finals on Saturday, December 21 at Naturalis museum in Leiden. In this way, Naturalis calls attention to the T. Rex unearthed in Montana which they want to bring to the Netherlands.

Led by Freek Vonk, the ten best players will roar against each other between the real dinosaur skeletons during the finals on December 21, 2013 at Naturalis museum. The jury, including dinosaur expert Anne Ripper, will judge the roaring. The winner will take home a gigantic PlayStation 3 prize with of course the game Wonder Book: Walking With Dinosaurs. There will be on that day a PlayStation Game Lounge as well, where visitors will be able to try out this game.

France: Not only just any dinosaur. As you quietly walk without bothering anyone on one of your morning ballades in the city magique, suddenly it appears — not out of the corner of your eye, but smack flat across your entire vision field — a life-size replica of the scarily famous Tyrannosaurus-Rex. Certainly more frightening when it was full of fleas (fleas?), teeth and fur, but now just lying in state in the most beautiful of locations, on the bank of the river Seine, in Paris: here.

Oviraptor dinosaur discovery in Montana, USA


This video is called Dinosaurs Alive: Two Velociraptors Versus An Oviraptor.

From Associated Press today:

Crews make rare dinosaur find in Montana

Federal officials say paleontology crews in southeastern Montana excavated the remains of a dinosaur rarely found in North America.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say crews from Illinois’ Burpee Museum of Natural History found the bones of an oviraptorosaur (oh-vih-rap-TOR’-ah-sohr) on BLM land near Ekalaka in July.

The ostrich-like dinosaur was a meat-eater with a beak like a parrot. BLM officials said in a recent statement that most complete oviraptorosaur specimens have been found in Asia, and North American finds are exceptionally rare.

BLM officials say about 40 bones were collected in the Hell Creek Formation in Carter County, and the rest of the skeleton remains covered in the hillside.

Scott Williams of the Burpee museum says the dinosaur nicknamed “Pearl” is probably at least 5 or 6 feet tall.

Tyrannosaurus rex to museum by crowdfunding?


This Dutch video is about discovering Tyrannosaurus rex fossils in Montana, USA.

Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden in the Netherlands writes (translated):

Help us to get the T. rex to the Netherlands!

In Montana, U.S.A., we made an incredible discovery: we unearthed a Tyrannosaurus rex! We desperately want to get this huge fearsome carnivore to the Netherlands. That might be a small step for Tyrannosaurus rex, but a huge step for us. Because that would make Naturalis the only museum outside North America where people can see this legend. An individual of this species is probably worth its weight in ten euro notes, so we need a lot of money. Will you help us?

This Dutch video is about the start of the crowdfunding campaign to buy the Tyrannosaurus rex.

In Images: A Baby Dinosaur Unearthed: here.

Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton to the Netherlands


This video is called Prehistoric Park: T-Rex Returns – Episode 1.

Translated from Leander Mascini in the Netherlands today:

Leiden – The excavation of the T-rex, which was found on a ranch in Montana, United States of America, has been completed. The skeleton, which in large part is complete, is currently in a U.S. laboratory for further investigation. But there is no doubt that someday it will come to the Netherlands, director Edwin Huis of Museum Naturalis said Friday. A tooth of the animal is already there.

T. Rex could have gotten even bigger? Here.

Young ospreys’ first flight


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA says about this video, from Montana:

Ospreys Fledge

The two chicks at Hellgate have left the nest. The younger of the two, known as “Miles” (band E3), fledged on Sunday, August 11, 2013, around 7:35 A.M. Several viewers captured the exciting moment. …

The next morning, “Taylor” (band E5) took to the skies at 6:48. Since then, both youngsters have been back to the nest to be fed by their parents. Watch the Osprey nest, and catch up on details, at http://allaboutbirds.org/mtosprey.

United States great blue herons fledging


This video is called Great Blue Herons, Camera host Cornell Lab, beautiful birds,they are courting,4/9/13.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Heron Fledging Has Begun

The first young heron took flight from the nest tree in Sapsucker Woods yesterday just after noon. The fledgling earned the nickname “Uno” from the hundreds of chatters who witnessed the flight on the new Heron Cam 3. Enter our contest to see if you can guess when the final heron will fledge–the winner will be announced on the Bird Cams Facebook page and will receive a 5″ x 7″ print featuring one of the nestling herons!

While you’re waiting for the last nestling to fledge, check out the growing nestlings on the two Osprey cams (Dunrovin and Hellgate). The nests are only about 10 miles apart from one another in western Montana, but the Dunrovin nestlings are about 3 weeks older and nearing fledging themselves. Both sets of parents are excellent fishers, provisioning the young with multiple fish a day, and this year is shaping up to be a banner year for the Ospreys.

We’ll continue to post updates on the Bird Cams Facebook page and on twitter at @birdcams. Your continued support helps us keep the cams streaming–please donate today and receive a complimentary limited edition Bird Cams notepad with photos of the hawks and herons as a thank you from the Cornell Lab. Thank you for watching!

Sincerely,

Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader

Victoria Campbell
Bird Cams Communication Specialist

Tyrannosaurus rex to Washington museum


This video is called Wankel rex (Tyrannosaurus rex), Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana, USA.

From Smithsonian Magazine in the USA:

After 103 Years, the Natural History Museum Finally Gets Its Own Tyrannosaurus rex

The “Wankel Rex,” discovered in Montana in 1988, is one of just a dozen complete skeletons worldwide

By Joseph Stromberg

On October 16, a truck hauling some rather remarkable cargo will arrive in Washington, D.C. At the world’s most-visited natural history museum, workers will carefully unload boxes that carry the fossilized bones of the world’s most iconic dinosaur, the 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex. After a stay at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, the 38-foot-long, 7-ton skeleton will live at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for 50 years, giving millions of visitors the chance to appreciate its grandeur and sheer size firsthand.

“If you’ve ever stood next to a real T. rex skull, you’ll realize what a breathtaking thing it is: four feet long, with teeth the size of bananas,” says Kirk Johnson, Sant director of the museum and a paleontologist himself. “It is the most terrifying carnivore that’s ever lived on the planet. And it really makes you ponder what life would have been like with these things prowling the North American landscape.”

The loan comes after decades of attempts by the museum to acquire one of the dozen or so relatively complete T. rex fossils that exist worldwide. The specimen, officially designated MOR 555, is commonly known as “Wankel’s Rex,” because it was found in 1988 by amateur fossil hunter Kathy Wankel in Montana.