Interesting Items in the News

psittacosaurus-pigment-analysis-colorationA July, 2016 article published in Current Biology has an article on the microscopic analysis of “melanosomes,” those small structures that carry skin pigments, which suggest the color of the dinosaur Psittacosaurus. It reveals a cryptic, dark upper body and a lightly-colored lower body. This is similar to the camouflage on many living lizards. Interestingly, the fossils of Psittacosaurus also include another Chinese specimen showing a large, furry mammal (somewhat like a Tasmanian Devil) with a Psittacosaurus amongst its stomach region. (Hu, Y. et al., “Large Mesozoic Mammals Fed on Young Dinosaurs,” Nature: 433, 2005, pp. 149-152.) So the camouflage didn’t work so well for that particular dinosaur!

Dinosaur fossilized soft tissue is quite rare. Normally soft tissue is quick to degenerate, while bones preserve much better. But a small brown pebble that a fossil hunter in Sussex England discovered almost 10 years ago was recently confirmed as the first example of preserved brain tissue from a dinosaur. Sussex was already famous because the original iguanodont teeth were discovered in the area by Gideon Mantell in 1822. The brain fossil, most likely from a species closely related to Iguanodon, displays distinct similarities to the brains of modern-day crocodiles and birds.

Recently Added to the Park

Pterosaur Coprolite Solnhofen

The DinoWight Collection

The articles section of the website now includes a recently published metaphorical piece entitled “A Parable of Design.” A new page was added to discuss Dinosaurian Coprolite and Fossil Skin. Fossilized impressions of pterosaur droppings (coprolite) like that displayed to the left provide helpful clues for cryptozoologists. By comparing droppings found in a cryptid hotspot against an image like that, a researcher can determine if they are on the right track towards finding a possible living pterosaur.

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Upcoming Events

Creation Investigation Promo flyer - low resOur Upcoming Expeditions page has been updated to reflect the initiatives planned for the next few years. We are optimistic of an exciting discovery in the near future! The DinoDave website features Dave Woetzel’s speaking schedule and an overview of “The Creation Investigation.”

Visitor Feedback

A couple of recent comments from visitors to Genesis Park:

        • Sonia sent this note: “Where is Genesis Park located? I’ve spent awhile searching on the website, and I guess I am just overlooking that information, but I just can’t find it.” [We responded, “Genesis Park is a virtual organization. We hope to someday capture one of the living dinosaurians to prove that their existence. Then maybe we’ll have a real facility showcasing the creature. Till then, it is web-based only.”]
        • Eric wrote us with the following report: “In 1969, our father took us (the kids, I was 14 at the time) on a safari in Kenya. Driving from Amboseli to Tsavo national park, I witness the flight of 2 Kongamatos over our car that I recognized at that time of being Pterodactyls. Stunned, I could not believe my eyes and kept silent afraid to be laughed at. 40 years later, in a discussion with my brother he raised the subject telling that he had witnessed the same thing. I just wanted to bring you a eye witness testimony on that matter.”

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