Live From the Field: Trench Warfare

Dr. Bakker leads a group of volunteers in carefully
excavating a plaster jacket filled with fossils and
matrix from the Seymour dig site the team has
been reporting from this week. They’re bringing
back several new jackets to work on over the
next few months.

Our paleontology team – led by Dr. Robert Bakker – is back in Seymour, TX this week, digging for Dimetrodon at a site they’ve now been working for several years. (You can read more of what’s been found already in our daily blog from the field in 2007).

Today’s update comes David Temple – our associate curator of paleontology and a one of our BEYONDbones bloggers. They’re wrapping up the dig, and he fills us in on the progress from yesterday, as well as what’s in store for the team today.

They’ll finish jacketing and removing as many fossils as they can from the site, and prepare what’s left to be sheltered until they return. They face two challenges: limited time and a paleontologist’s worst nightmare: rain.

Click the podcast below to listen in:


You can also check out earlier updates from this dig trip:

Day One: Live from the Fossil Field
Day Two: The Smoking Gun
Day Three: New Discoveries
Day Four: Secondontosaurus Found?
Day Five: Mad Max
Day Six: Fossil Prep

Live From the Field: Fossil Prep

Our paleontology team – led by Dr. Robert Bakker – is back in Seymour, TX this week, digging for Dimetrodon at a site they’ve now been working for several years. (You can read more of what’s been found already in our daily blog from the field in 2007).

Today’s update comes David Temple – our associate curator of paleontology and a one of our BEYONDbones bloggers – he fills us in on the progress from yesterday – including a discussion of what will happen with the fossils that have been discovered this week once the team gets them back to the Museum.

Click the podcast below to listen:


You can also check out earlier updates from this dig trip:

Day One: Live from the Fossil Field
Day Two: The Smoking Gun
Day Three: New Discoveries
Day Four: Secondontosaurus Found?
Day Five: Mad Max

Live From the Field: Mad Max

Our paleontology team – led by Dr. Robert Bakker – is back in Seymour, TX this week, digging for Dimetrodon at a site they’ve now been working for several years. (You can read more of what’s been found already in our daily blog from the field in 2007).

Friday’s update comes from Kathy Zoehfeld, a member of the HMNS dig team who is also a prolific author of science books for kids. As for why we’ve entitled this post ‘Mad Max,’ – you’ll have to listen in.

Click the podcast below for more updates from yesterday’s dig:


More from the field tomorrow! Until then, you can also check out earlier updates from this dig trip:

Day One: Live from the Fossil Field
Day Two: The Smoking Gun
Day Three: New Discoveries
Day Four: Secondontosaurus Found?

Live from the Field: Secodontosaurus Found?

(c)Dr. Robert T. Bakker

Our paleontology team – led by Dr. Robert Bakker – is back in Seymour, TX this week, digging for Dimetrodon at a site they’ve now been working for several years. (You can read more of what’s been found already in our daily blog from the field in 2007).

Chris Flis sent us another update today – on a huge possible find. The team thinks they may have found the pelvis – and possibly a full skeleton – of a Secodontosaurus. The fox-faced finback – so called because of its slender muzzle – could easily be confused for a Dimetrodon – but they are actually quite different.

If they have in fact found a Seco – it will be the first that has been uncovered since 1936 (with the exception of HMNS’ Nancy Bowen’s discovery of an isolated scapula from this species on one of the team’s earlier digs). With today’s more complete digging methods, this find would give us the opportunity to learn much more about this rare species from the contextual information being preserved around the fossil.

Click the podcast below for more updates from yesterday’s dig:


More from the field tomorrow! Until then, you can also check out earlier updates from this dig trip:

Day One: Live from the Fossil Field
Day Two: The Smoking Gun
Day Three: New Discoveries