Stories tagged vertebrate paleontology

There's been a whole lot of buzz on the internet recently about Brontomerus mcintoshi, a giant sauropod dinosaur with unusually large hips (and somewhat derogatory name translation) discovered more than a decade ago in eastern Utah. In this video, British paleontologist Mike Taylor explains the hows and whys of "Thunder Thighs". Hey that rhymes.

You can read even more about Brontomerus over at Taylor's Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week (SVPoW) blog.

Birthday of Joseph Leidy

by Anonymous on Sep. 09th, 2009

Joseph Leidy: The last man who knew everything.
Joseph Leidy: The last man who knew everything.Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Today is the birthday of scientist Joseph Leidy. Born in 1823, Leidy is considered the father of vertebrate paleontology. He described the first near complete dinosaur skeleton, Hadrosaurus foulkii, which was put on display at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences in 1868. But Leidy's studies weren't limited to just paleontology. His scientific interests and expertise were so vast a recent biography is titled Joseph Leidy: The last man who knew everything. If you read more about this remarkable man, you'll see that isn't too far from the truth.