They survived Pompeii’s explosion, but these historical treasures are now feared lost in Rio’s flames – National Post

via MSN.COM

After a huge blaze engulfed the neglected, 200-year-old National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, it is feared that up to 90 per cent of its 20 million artefacts may have been destroyed. Among the priceless artifacts now lost may be Pompeii frescoes that escaped the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

On Monday, officials promised $2.4 million to shore up the building and rebuild it, but locals are raging about the avoidable loss of a huge chunk of the nation’s history.

“The building could be rebuilt, but the collection will never again be rebuilt,” said Luiz Philippe de Orleans e Braganca, an heir to Brazil’s last emperor. “Two hundred years, workers, researchers, professors that dedicated in body and soul (to the museum) … the work of their life burned due to the negligence of the Brazilian state.”

POPMPEII444444: Pompeii frescoes may have been lost in a weekend blaze at Brazil's major museum.
© museunacional.ufrj.br Pompeii frescoes may have been lost in a weekend blaze at Brazil’s major museum.

Read the National Post’s full article on this tragic loss of Latin American and World history here.

Dinosaur ‘Missing Link’ Discovered

Dinosaur discovery is ‘missing link’ in 70-million-year evolutionary gap
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alvarezsaurian-dinosaur-discovery-1.4802026

The Dinosaur that ate Ryan Zinke — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Alexander Nazaryan as published on Yahoo News “That specimen was found in a national monument you shrunk so you could sell mining rights,” WASHINGTON — The dinosaur was a Lythronax, a fearsome predator who lived 80 million years ago. Known as the “King of Gore,” it spent its days feasting upon smaller dinosaurs on the […]

via The Dinosaur that ate Ryan Zinke — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Rich people are buying up dinosaurs because museums are too poor to get them

On June 4, an auction house in Paris will put a highly coveted item on the block: A nearly complete skeleton of a carnivorous dinosaur, almost 9 meters (30 feet) long, believed to have lived during the late Jurassic era 154 million years ago. The world’s paleontologists would love to get their hands on the…

via Rich people are buying up dinosaurs because museums are too poor to get them — Quartz

Dinosaur-Era Bird Found With Shockingly Intact Skull — National Geographic News

The unprecedented Ichthyornis fossil from Kansas offers fresh perspective on bird evolution.

via Dinosaur-Era Bird Found With Shockingly Intact Skull — National Geographic News

Full article here.

How Did Birds Lose Their Teeth And Get Their Beaks? Study Offers Clues

Modern birds are dinosaurs without toothy jaws, and with bigger brains. Newly published research fills in some of the missing links in their evolution.(Image credit: Michael Hanson and Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar/Nature Publishing Group)

via How Did Birds Lose Their Teeth And Get Their Beaks? Study Offers Clues — News : NPR

Dino footprints – Scotland

If you’ve ever wished Jurassic Park was real, taking a trip to Scotland may be the next best thing. Scientists have discovered ancient dinosaur tracks on the Isle of Skye in Scotland dating back to the Middle Jurassic period. The discovery of dozens of dino footprints that are about 170 million years old holds international…

via These 170-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Tracks Were Uncovered in Scotland — TIME

Paleontology and western bias

Paleontology, like much else in the cultural landscape, has a strong western influence and bias. Students are more likely than not to be given textbooks and external readings from Europe and North America no matter where they are in the world. I often think about my own experiences as a paleontology student in France now…

via Life may have started in Africa, but the study of African fossils is still undervalued — Quartz

More Proof that Dinosaurs Had Feathers

Palaeontologists have discovered a 1.4-inch dinosaur’s tail, complete with delicate feathers, bones and soft tissue, preserved in amber. The lump of resin was recovered at an amber market in northern Burma near the Chinese border, where it was destined to become jewelry. It originally came from a mine in the Hukawng Valley in Kachin state.…

via Here’s More Proof that Dinosaurs Had Feathers — TIME