It’s Science Literacy Week here in Canada, a time to celebrate science communication in all media. For the rest of this week, I’m featuring some of my favourite science books! I’ll also be joining the fun with two talks about our new dinosaur Zuul at the Toronto Public Library, and will be hanging out with … Continue reading Science Literacy Week 2017: How to Be a Scientist
A few months ago I wrote a bit about how zoos incorporate evolution into their exhibits, including examples where extinct species are featured through dioramas or life-size replicas. The San Diego Zoo does a great job of highlighting recently extinct mammals in its Elephant Odyssey exhibit, and today I wanted to share one more example … Continue reading Evolution at the Zoo: Prehistoric Park Edition
Back in June, after hanging out in the Coal Age Galapagos for a few days, I spent a bit of time at some old haunts elsewhere in Nova Scotia. The Bay of Fundy is a pretty great place because you only have to drive a little ways in any direction to have totally new rocks … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time
The sea cliffs at Joggins, Nova Scotia are a thing to behold – kilometers of gently inclined, layer-cake geology recording thousands of years of a Carboniferous coal swamp’s ebb and flow. It’s a hugely important place scientifically and historically, as it influenced Lyell’s ideas about stratigraphy and geology, and Darwin’s ideas about evolution. It’s often … Continue reading The Coal Age Galapagos
Meet Blue, one of nine blue whales that perished in thick sea ice off the coast of Newfoundland in 2014. Two of these whales washed ashore, and the ROM team salvaged the body that landed at Trout River. After years of preparation, Blue’s skeleton is now part of an amazing exhibition all about the biology, … Continue reading The Mysterious Fathoms Below
Zuul made its first public debut at the ROM last week for the DinoNite Friday Night Live! Meet @VictoriaArbour & #DinoZuul tonight at #FNLROM pic.twitter.com/1BWBZqAm8t — Royal Ontario Museum (@ROMtoronto) 3 June 2017 David and I had a wonderful time chatting about Zuul with probably about 300 people over the course of the evening. Palaeo … Continue reading Zuul makes an appearance at #FNLROM!
Hello blog friends! Today I’m excited to announce an exciting new project with Tom Holtz and Lindsay Zanno that we want YOU to be part of! We’re editing a new edition of the excellent pop sci book The Complete Dinosaur, published by Indiana University Press. Like the previous two editions, this book will feature the … Continue reading The Complete Dinosaur!
Just a quick update today, consolidating some video and audio interviews I’ve done over the past few months! Here’s Zuul again because why not! I’ve been doing some fun Google Hangouts with Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, where I chat with school classrooms about my research and neat stuff about dinosaurs. If you’d … Continue reading Explorin’
Friends, there’s a new ankylosaur today! Meet Zuul crurivastator, the Destroyer of Shins, an ankylosaurine dinosaur from the Judith River Formation of Montana, published today at Royal Society Open Science [note – seems to be a bit of a lag in the RSOS page updating new papers – hopefully the paper will be up ASAP!]. Zuul … Continue reading There is no Dana, only Zuul
Let’s take a stroll through the Ontario Science Centre’s current special exhibit: Biomechanics – The Machine Inside! A touring exhibition developed by the Field Museum and Denver Museum of Nature & Science, this is a really fun exhibit exploring all kinds of aspects of biomechanics. (But get those garbage cans away from the entrance wall, … Continue reading The Machine Inside