Category Archives: Dinosaurs

Feathered Dinosaur Fossil

Chinese construction workers excavating bedrock recently made an explosive discovery when they inadvertently unearthed an unusual new species of feathered dinosaur.

The animal lived about 66 to 72 million years ago, right before a giant impact wiped out large dinosaurs in a catastrophic mass extinction.

Scientists named the new species Tongtianlong limosus, or “muddy dragon on the road to heaven”—a prosaic way to describe its final moments before death, mired in mud with its limbs and head outstretched, struggling to escape.

“This new dinosaur is one of the most beautiful, but saddest, fossils I’ve ever seen,” Steve Brusatte, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences, says in a press statement.

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This Dinosaur Wore Camouflage

Part of a much longer article which includes pictures and videos

Click here to access the original from National Geographic

A beautifully colored dinosaur fossil is the first to show evidence of countershading, a type of camouflage.

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Surrounded by hungry predators, a little plant-eating dinosaur from the early Cretaceous did the only sensible thing. It donned camouflage.

Analysis of the exquisitely preserved fossil remains has revealed one of the most elaborate dinosaur paint jobs ever seen, including a brown back and a lighter belly. Modern-day antelope, fish and other animals have similar dark-and-light zones, which confuse predators, but this is the first discovery of such markings on a dinosaur.

“This one is unique,” says paleontologist Jakob Vinther of Britain’s University of Bristol, co-author of a study describing the fossil published in the journal Current Biology. “We can very clearly see that there are color patterns … stripes, spots.”

MonSFFilms’ Pterodactyl Takes Flight!

DATELINE, SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016:

After many months of planning, pre-production work, and test footage, MonSFFA’s film division, MonSFFilms, began shooting on its paper-cut-out, stop-motion animated short film project.

With final character art completed by writer/art director Keith Braithwaite, and the articulated model cardboard “skeletons”, or armatures, fashioned by animator Francois Menard on hand, production crew members Josée Bellemare, Cathy Palmer-Lister, and Marquise assembled the shooting models under Francois’ supervision. Meanwhile, Mark Burakoff, fabricator of our animation stand, Keith, Dominique Durocher, Marc Durocher, and others set up a shooting stage in a corner of the club’s meeting room.

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Animator Francois Menard snaps a frame of a T-Rex test-model last August, at the outset of our project. This session also served as a try-out of our Mark Burakoff-built animation stand. The film’s visual elements will, for the most part, be made of cardboard and crayon-coloured construction paper.
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During MonSFFA’s recent April meeting, Francois checks his monitor and snaps a frame during the shooting of scenes for the club’s latest film project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two scenes were committed to digital media on this day, each starring our story’s Pterodactyl.

A quick review of the dailies before the crew packed up for the afternoon drew positive commentary, with many noting that the scene looked a lot better than they’d expected. Despite the simplicity and two-dimensional nature of this paper-cut-out piece of animation, the resulting images displayed a certain three-dimensional quality, due in large part, it was noted, to our option of shooting physical elements on a multi-plane animation stand. The deft lighting of clouds (cotton wadding) resulted in a visually striking environment through which our Pterodactyl could fly.

The shoot will continue in the coming months.

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Francois adjusts the shooting model of our Pterodactyl during the club’s recent April meeting. Tufts of cotton wadding can be seen, here, resting on several of the animation stand’s planes, creating a convincing skyscape through which the Pterodactyl could fly.
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Francois manipulates and views the animation model on a monitor hooked up to the camera.

Newly Discovered Dinosaur Helps Explain Rise Of Tyrannosaurs

From: http://www.npr.org

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Horse-sized primitive tyrannosaur Timurlengia euotica from the middle Cretaceous (ca. 90 million to 92 million years ago) of Uzbekistan.

Eighty million years ago, tyrannosaurs were the top predators in Asia and North America, and scientists say a newly discovered dinosaur from Uzbekistan helps to explain their rise.

In a paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers said they have found a specimen from a 20 million-year gap in fossil records — between the small-bodied “marginal hunters” and the “apex predators” the tyrannosaurid group would become. This group includes Tyrannosaurus rex, Albertosaurus and Tarbosaurus.

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A Trip Back in Time

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The Predator Trap

11 members made their way back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. Besides the 14 animatronic dinosaurs, there were two skeletons and 20 fossils. The fossils included everything from a nest of eggs to coprolite.

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Nest of eggs

There was much roaring and bellowing. One activity station gave kids a chance to see how a dinosaur with hollows in its skull might use them to create a whistling sound. Another popular station had kids using brushes to expose “fossils”.

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One of the two skeletons. They were hard to see, and harder to photograph because they were bathed in blue light.

It was possible to control some of the dinosaurs’ movements, but this proved a disappointment to us. There were just buttons to push where we had had visions of joysticks.

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Allosaurus Skull

 

I would have like more information.  The dinosaurs from China included some I didn’t recognize.

 

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T-Rex claw

Great place to bring kids though, and I had as much fun watching them as seeing the dinos.

Many members came armed with cameras, so hopefully, in the very near future, there will be more photo galleries and video uploaded to our members’ pages.

 

Dinosaur Movie Quiz!

Are you ready to explore the Age of Dinosaurs with us at the Montreal Science Centre on the 13th?

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Are they my long-lost cousins?

Keith sends you these skill-testing questions!
How well do you know your dinosaur movies, and your dinosaurs? Provide the type of dinosaur besought in each of the following questions (answers next issue of Impulse-May).

 

1. In the 1925 silent classic The Lost World, what kind of stop-motion dinosaur rampages through the streets of London?
2. In 1977’s Planet of Dinosaurs, a spaceship crew crash-land on an Earth-like world. Awakening the morning after their first night on this world, they spy what species of dinosaur in a clearing near their camp?
3. A Tyrannosaurus is one of only two dinosaurs featured in Dinosaurus (1960). What kind was the other?
4. Gertie was the first animated dinosaur to appear on film, in Winsor McCay’s 1914 short Gertie the Dinosaur. She is what type of dinosaur?
5. What kind of dinosaur is Littlefoot, star of 1988’s animated The Land Before Time and its subsequent sequels?
6. In the original King Kong (1933), what variety of Skull Island dinosaur chases, trees, and devours a hapless sailor after overturning the raft on which he and his comrades were crossing a swamp in their pursuit of Kong, who has made off with Fay Wray?
7. Almost 60 interminably dull minutes into the 85-minute B-movie The Lost Continent (1951), Cesar Romero and his aircrew, having crash-landed on a Pacific island while searching for a stray test rocket, encounter and are attacked by what sort of dinosaur?
8. The 1985 Disney film Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend taps into folkloric African tales of Mokèlé-mbèmbé and stars a cute, baby dinosaur of what kind?

MonSFFA Field Trip to Science Museum

Join the MonSFFen in our exploration of the age of Dinosaurs!

March 13, noon, meet lobby of the Science Centre at the Old Port of Montreal. DON’T FORGET : THE CLOCKS SPRANG FORWARD.

From the website: http://www.montrealsciencecentre.com

Predator Trap-Stegosaurus juvenile and pack of Allosaurus juvenile_1An immersive experience steeped in realism bringing to life 14 roaring full-sized and strikingly real animatronic dinosaurs. Go back in time more than 65 million years to what life was like on Earth and imagine their breath on the back of your neck. Explore spectacular prehistoric scenes telling the story of two major excavation sites, two skeletons, and twenty fossils. Discover newly revealed secrets about these giants by probing into the most recent and remarkable discoveries about their appearance and behaviours. Take command of an animatronic dinosaur and explore our four interactive stations.

We will meet at noon, in the main lobby and  buy tickets for the show closest to 1:00 PM (if shows are scheduled), and proceed to a search for snacks. (It does not seem that there are scheduled shows, but we are aiming for 1:00 PM. ) I called the science museum, we are permitted cameras, and we can get real food at a kiosk next to the ticket booths. We are also permitted to bring our own lunch boxes. They provide wheel chairs, ask at ticket booth.

Admission is

  • Senior 60+      $13.00
  • adults                 $15
  • Teen 13-17     $13.00
  • Child 4-12       $8.50

I recommend buying tickets on line, if possible, to save time. Information on parking is here: http://www.montrealsciencecentre.com/visitor-info

Parking is right at the science centre, but it’s expensive.

Tarifs (taxes incluses)*

8$ : jusqu’à 61 minutes
16$ : 62 minutes à 3 heures
20$ : plus de 3 heures, jusqu’à 12 heures
24$ : de 12 à 24 heures
Billet perdu : 24 $

*Prix sujet à changement sans préavis. (Taxes : TPS : 5% + TVQ : 9,975%)

Mar 13 Field Trip: Dinosaurs Unearthed @ Old Port

Join the MonSFFen in our exploration of the age of Dinosaurs!

March 13, noon, meet lobby of the Science Centre at the Old Port of Montreal.

From the website: http://www.montrealsciencecentre.com

Predator Trap-Stegosaurus juvenile and pack of Allosaurus juvenile_1An immersive experience steeped in realism bringing to life 14 roaring full-sized and strikingly real animatronic dinosaurs. Go back in time more than 65 million years to what life was like on Earth and imagine their breath on the back of your neck. Explore spectacular prehistoric scenes telling the story of two major excavation sites, two skeletons, and twenty fossils. Discover newly revealed secrets about these giants by probing into the most recent and remarkable discoveries about their appearance and behaviours. Take command of an animatronic dinosaur and explore our four interactive stations.

We will meet at noon, in the main lobby and  buy tickets for the show closest to 1:00 PM (if shows are scheduled), and proceed to a search for snacks. (It does not seem that there are scheduled shows, but we are aiming for 1:00 PM. ) I called the science museum, we are permitted cameras, and we can get real food at a kiosk next to the ticket booths. We are also permitted to bring our own lunch boxes.

Admission is

  • Senior 60+   $13.00
  • adults 15$
  • Teen 13-17 $13.00
  • Child 4-12 $8.50

I recommend buying tickets on line, if possible, to save time. Information on parking is here: http://www.montrealsciencecentre.com/visitor-info

DON’T FORGET THE CLOCKS SPRING FORWARD.

 

Dinosaurs!

MonSFFen: Get ready for our field trip in March to visit the dinosaurs at the science museum, old Port.

http://www.montrealsciencecentre.com/

♦ Witness the work of paleontologists bringing the largest dinosaur ever discovered to virtual life. Sir David Attenborough guides us through the remarkable process, connecting the dots with living examples, other dinosaur discoveries and CGI visuals.
Premieres February 17th at 8:00pm

 

 

 

baby-chasmosaurus-1024x494♦ Five-foot long skeleton proves to be a baby Chasmosaurus : In 2010, while looking for fossils along Alberta’s Red Deer River, paleontologists stumbled across part of a skull peeking out of the Cretaceous rock. Excavation revealed more and more bones, adding up to a nearly-complete skeleton, articulated and intact down to skin impressions on the ribs and the delicate ring of bones that were once encapsulated in the dinosaur’s eye. All cleaned up and now described by Phil Currie and colleagues, the dinosaur has turned out to be a baby Chasmosaurus – the smallest and most complete baby ceratopsid yet found.  READ MORE

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Artist Michael Skrepnick

See more dinosaur art by Michael Skrepnick

♦ Scientists have discovered the fossilized remains of duck-billed dinosaur along a creek in Alabama, suggesting that this scaly behemoth emerged from what was then Appalachia before spreading out to other parts of the world. This new species, the first ever found in the eastern United States, was probably 20 to 30 feet long as an adult and lived during the late Cretaceous Period, roughly 83 million years ago.  

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♦ Tiny, delicate vessels that carried blood through a duck-billed dino-blood-vessels-151210dinosaur 80 million years ago never fossilized and still contain the beast’s tissue, a new study finds.  Researchers discovered the prize specimens on the femur (leg bone) of Brachylophosaurus canadensis, a 30-foot-long (9 meters) duck-billed dinosaur that was excavated in Montana in 2007. But it wasn’t immediately clear whether the blood vessels were made of organic matter originally from the dinosaur, or whether they had been contaminated over the years and were now made of bacteria or other components. Now, several tests show that the specimens are the original blood vessels, making them the oldest blood vessels on record to survive with their original components, the researchers said. READ MORE

♦ And a bit of fun…

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