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Discovering a Dinosaur ––– a palaeontologist's tale Mike Taylor, Bristol University
What is palaeontology?
What is a dinosaur?
This is a dinosaur
Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. – Theodosius Dobzhansky.
Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. – Theodosius Dobzhansky. That goes double for palaeontology.
The tree of life
The tree of life: dinosaurs
The tree of life: sauropods
Sauropods: biggest & best!
Sauropods: How big?
Sauropods: How big?
Sauropods: maybe bigger
Sauropods: maybe bigger How? I could talk about that all day
My new dinosaur Brontomerus
All we have is bones
Usually not many bones
What can we know?
1. It's a sauropod
2. What kind of sauropod
3. How big it was (roughly!)
4. Big thigh muscles
Thunder thighs = Brontomerus
4. Big thigh muscles ?
5. Kicking behaviour?
Thanks for listening! ––– Mike Taylor, Bristol University
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