Kimi Chapelle, Kathleen Dollman and I are back at the ESRF, being hosted by Vincent and Celine Fernandez and scanning the nicest specimen of Heterodontosaurus ever collected. Hoping to find new information on its postcranial anatomy. Watch this space! Here is a link to the French newspaper article on it: http://www.ledauphine.com/isere-sud/2016/07/27/le-fossile-entier-du-dinosaure-tucki-scanne-au-synchrotron
In the first few days of July, the lab presented eight talks at the biennial Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa meeting in Stellenbosch. Kimi Chapelle hosted a workshop on processing CT data and chaired a very successful session 0n virtual imaging in palaeontology!
My former PhD adviser Jim Clark and his undergraduate student Alex Ruebenstahl visited last month to conduct field work in the Tuli Basin, near the border with Botswana and Zimbabwe. They were joined by Kathleen Dollman, and two promising undergraduate students from Wits University, Viktor Radermacher and Cebisa Mdekazi. Although we found very few dinosaurs, we saw some fantastic wildlife and even visited a croc farm. More on the trip here.
This week at the Centre of Excellence Palaeosciences, Magic Monkey productions filmed a short promotional video about why it's so great to study fossils. The video features members of my lab Dr. Pia Viglietti and Cory Dinter (and many, many other great CoE students and faculty). Stay tuned for the final cut, coming soon!
A huge congratulations to Blair McPhee, who has finished all the requirements for his PhD and will be officially graduating this year!
After obtaining an MSc with distinction for his highly cited research on Antetonitrus, Blair managed to finish his work on new Elliot sauropodomorphs and Kirkwood sauropods in less than three years. He published another three papers along the way, with one more still in review.
I'm very proud of my MSc student Kathleen Dollman for organizing another great round of talks to the Natural History Society of Swaziland! The three lectures, given by Dr Dominic Stratford, Kimi Chapelle, and Dr Pia Viglietti covered the evolution of life on Earth, how to hatch a dinosaur egg, and the famous Border Cave deposits.