Palaeontology

Natural History Museum joins Wyoming dinosaur hunt
British scientists are about to participate in one of their biggest dinosaur digs in decades.

Meet Mongolia’s top female palaeontologist

Bolortsetseg Minjin got a place on an expedition as a cook – she found fossils instead
Mongolia has one of the richest collections of dinosaur fossils in the world. When the dinosaurs died out the sand of the Gobi desert would cover them up and preserve their remains. And yet there are very few palaeontologists – dinosaur experts – in Mongolia. Bolortsetseg Minjin is one of the most prominent women in the field. Her father was also a palaeontologist, but when she was younger she didn’t really understand what he did for a living, only that he would disappear off to the Gobi desert for long periods of time, and that she was always disappointed with the quality of the gifts he brought back with him. 

Image: Bolortsetseg Minjin and her dad
Credit: Bolortsetseg Minjin

Guns 'n' Roses and Mary Anning. What's the link?

Another supporter for the campaign to put the Dorset scientist on the £50 note.
It's one of the stranger stories of the week but Slash, the guitarist from this band Guns N' Roses has been tweeting about how a particular group of London dinosaurs has a special place in his heart. 

The dinosaurs in question are the Crystal Palace dinosaurs, and it just so happens that a Dorset paleontologist has a special place in the heart of one of their trustees. 

Sarah Slaughter from the Trustees of Friends of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs spoke to Breakfast In Dorset and the reason why they are backing Mary Anning for the £50 note.