The Pioneer Trails Regional Museum in Bowman, North Dakota is a small town museum with HUGE reach in terms of research, scholarly mentorship, and museum interpretation. When it comes to America's last dinosaurs, Dean Pearson and his team of local paleontology enthusiasts have created a well curated collection of fossils that rivals some major museums in this country. Since the early 1980's when the asteroid impact hypothesis was first put forward, the team at PTRM has been fostering paleontological research. The field school and museum lab at PTRM has played a role in developing an entire generation of scientists studying the extinction question, including notable alums and friends of our show, Dr. Kirk Johnson, Dr. Antoine Bercovici, Dr. Tyler Ranse Lyson, Jacqueline Richard, and many others. We had a blast checking out the collections and learning about the exciting research that Dean and his many students are putting forward.
This week we caught up with Samantha Richards from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to talk about her visit to The Valley of the Last Dinosaurs. With help from the DMNS digital media team (and a quadcopter-mounted video camera) she is incorporating the field work and research of curator Dr. Tyler Lyson into the award winning "Prehistoric Journey" exhibit at the Museum in Denver.
When the dinosaurs bit the dust in the last mass extinction of life on earth, they left some big shoes to fill. But In the brave new world that sprung from the ashes, it was the tiny mammals that stepped up to the job. This week we join CUNY and Brooklyn College students working in Dr. Stephen Chester's lab to learn about the laboratory methods they employ to discover the tiny fossils that tell this story of ecological recovery and paleocene mammalian evolution.
Life on earth didn't end entirely in the global destruction of the last mass extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs. Dr. Stephen Chester and his team from CUNY, Brooklyn College and Yale University are examining the Paleocene rocks on the younger side of the K/T impact; rocks that record a story of re-birth, and the dawn of a whole new world or plants and animals that managed to "squeak" through the bottleneck of extinction 66 millions years ago.
Meet Gabi Rossetto, the GIS guru from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science who is in charge ofmodeling the geo-spatial data associate with our collaborative research project. She's pulling together over 100 seasons of fossil locality data from out field area and incorporating it with a model of the mass extinction surface to help our researchers make sense of life in the American west before and after the asteroid impact that changed the world 66 million years ago.
It's Question Tuesday again, our chance to take your questions from the internet. This week we got a question about the famous K/T boundary layer from John Zawiskie in Michigan. We investigated by heading into the field with Dr. Kirk Johnso, Sant Director of the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Natural History, and expert on the boundary clay that marks the disastrous extinction of the dinosaurs.
Today we hiked to one of the World's most famous K/T boundary localities with Dr. Ian Miller, Chair of Earth and Space at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Dr. Miller explains what it's like to be hit by a 6 mile wide piece of metal moving 55,000 miles per hour.
When a young dinosaur-buff asked a Question Tuesday question about a dinosaur that lived far away on another continent, we reached out to an expert on African Dinosaurs. Thanks Dr. Hesham Sallam of Mansoura University's Vertebrate Paleontology section for the answer.
Fossils show that there were lots of plants that went extinct along side the dinosaurs during the earth's last major mass extinction event. This week, Dr. Antoine Bercovici and his canine field-assistant explain how those plant fossils help us to better understand what was going on 66 million years ago at the end of the Mesozoic.
Today we caught up with Mike Getty, the Chief Fossil Preparator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. It's his job to make sure that we get our discoveries safely out of the rock and transported back to the Lab in Denver where they can be prepared and stored in perpetuity. Also in this episode, epic intern Jeremy Wyman learns two valuable lessons: don't get plaster stuck in your hair and stay far away from John Hankla on jacketing days.
Today Dr. Tyler Lyson takes us to the site of his first dinosaur discovery. We are on a hill near his hometown where he stumbled upon a dinosaur jaw when he was only 6 years old. What he found up on that butte was a lifetime of questions about the dinosaurs of the North American West, some of which he is still busy trying to answer today.
This week a viewer named Samuel submitted ’tee shirt-worthy’ question in the comments on our YouTube Channel. We tracked down Vertebrate Paleontologist, Matt Hess at the triceratops quarry and got him to give us an answer. Only problem is, we forgot to bring along a shirt to give away, so Matt had to give up his. Fair warning Sam, You may want to wash it before you sport it around town.
This week we had planned to bring you a report from our dino quarry crew setting up their field camp and singing campfire songs. But sometimes fortune goes the way of the wind, goes every which way at once.
This week our Elementary Ambassador, Jake Percival, had the chance to join Intern Jeremy and I while we explored the badlands for new fossil localities. They found some pretty amazing specimens. Something went wrong with our audio, but Jake’s pretty great with computers, so we got him fix it for us.
Today we caught up with Erica Evans, the geotechnical scientist spearheading the data collection for our ambitious mapping project. After weeks of seeing her as a tiny, running speck on the far horizon, we finally chased her down and asked her to explain what she's doing out here.
This week we checked the inbox and found a great question from a student in Tennessee! Thanks for the question Molly O'Donnell Check out Dr. Jakob Vither's amazing work on this topic: jakobvither.com
@lil_sizzlleee asked us a question. He answered with a video. This is not that video. This is a video we made to tell you about that other video that answers lil_sizzleee's question. Send us your questions so we can send you videos about videos in which we answer
Who owns America's fossils? This week we catch up with Dr. Dave Evans from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto as he explains what he's doing in the Valley of the Last Dinosaurs with Dr. Tyler Lyson, and how his work is effected by the fossil regulations and politics of Canada and The United States.
This Independence day our team took a day off and headed into town to see what kind of fun we could find. Spoiler....it was 'lots'.