Did ancient peoples understand fossils? Adrienne Mayor thinks they did
Discovering and collecting a Miocene whale on the Chesapeake Bay shore.
News item from the Calvert Marine Museum, January 2004. This is a really nice story on how field collecting works (sometimes).
Early dinosaur discoveries in North America led to feuds among paleontologists
A day collecting fossils in Patagonia, 1933
, by the great vertebrate paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson.
Collecting fossils in the rain
. Only the English would think this was a normal activity.
Collecting from the cliffs near Lyme Regis, in southern England, 200 years after Mary Anning
Collecting dinosaurs in Montana
. Sid Perkins of
experiences the reality of field colleting.
A joint American-Chinese expedition collecting Jurassic fossils in Xinjiang, western China
A dinosaur dig that you can follow on-line
(May 2004) National Geographic News. The URL for the dig itself is
Mastodon digs in New York state
Digging Ice-Age mammals in Oregon
A plesiosaur dig in the US
A plesiosaur dig against time in Australia
Feature about Sarah Finney, preparator of early tetrapods for Jenny Clack
Beware of Hoaxes!
The hoax fossil "Archaeoraptor" is now fully analysed.
National Geographic News, November 20, 2002.. The current research is published in
, which does not allow universal access. Previous stories:
BBC News OnLine, March 29, 2001.
An earlier announcement in February 2000:
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