Posts tagged with dinosaur

World-renowned dinosaur expert visits Te Papa

Steve at the famous Lyme Regis fossil site in England.

On 16 October 2014 Te Papa hosted tyrannosaur expert Dr Stephen Brusatte who revealed the newest members of the tyrannosaur family to an enthusiastic audience. We heard about his global travels to dig up fossils and the latest research on tyrannosaur diversity and evolution. Only this year Steve helped describe the new long-snouted Chinese tyrannosaur… Read more »

Dinosaurs in time for Christmas!

  • Unusual packing material for dinosaurs
  • Dinosaur model and worried staff member with unusual packing material
  • Meeting a dinosaur in the workshop.
  • Meeting a dinosaur in the workshop.

I was walking along the corridor at the back of Te Papa the other day and spotted these boxes…. You see some quite strange things out the back of Te Papa (it could be a blog all of its own “Out  back Te Papa” ) but this was one of the better ones. Further investigation revealed… Read more »

New Zealand’s dinosaur expert passes away

  • Dinosaur toe bone found by Joan Wiffen
  • Dinosaur toe bone found by Joan Wiffen
  • Dinosaur toe bone found by Joan Wiffen
  • Dinosaur toe bone, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tonagarewa

Joan Wiffen, who found hard evidence that dinosaurs had inhabited New Zealand, died this month aged 87. I’m not a scientist, but I do have an interest in the history of science, and even I can see that Wiffen made historically significant and far-reaching contributions to scientific thinking. First findings In 1975, Wiffen found something remarkable in a remote stream… Read more »