National Fossil Day—October 17 (but still celebrating)

Celebrate Nevada’s State Fossil!
You can check out activities on the National Fossil Day home page: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossilday/index.htm
The ichthyosaur is Nevada’s state fossil, and you can view a post about this marine reptile on NBMG’s Facebook page.

Read about work done by Paula Noble and Paige dePolo at the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in this article: University professor and undergraduate student continue work with Smithsonian: Team uses LiDAR and photogrammetry technology to create 3D scans of Ichthyosaur fossils
From Nevada Today, 12/17/2014, story by Annie Conway: https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2014/ichthyosaur

University of Nevada, Reno 2016 graduate and Westfall scholar, Paige dePolo, completed her senior thesis on the ichthyosaur: Three-dimensional visualization of the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park fossil beds from terrestrial LiDAR data

Abstract: A terrestrial LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) unit was used to scan an in situ death assemblage of the enormous Late Triassic ichthyosaur, Shonisaurus popularis, with the goal of testing the applicability of this method in creating three-dimensional digital models of large fossil sites. The fossil beds are located at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nye County, Nevada where they are protected by a permanent shelter, the Fossil Hut. Thirteen scan locations were used to survey both the exterior and interior of the Fossil Hut. The point cloud of the quarry model was composed from nine high-resolution scans. Digital measurements of the length of selected skeletal elements in the quarry model correspond well to caliper measurements of the same elements in the field. The millimeter scale resolution of the S. popularis remains demonstrated by the LiDAR point cloud is suitable for analysis of gross bone structures and represents a viable means of digitally capturing in situ fossil sites. The LiDAR model allows for the accurate measurement of the spatial relationships between skeletal elements and provides an important baseline for conserving in situ fossil exhibits.

Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/11714/3268

Here are some of Paige’s most recent and exciting fossil discoveries in Scotland:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43620237
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-rare-scottish-dinosaur-key-insight.html
https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2018/rare-dinosaur-footprints-give-clues-to-lost-era

Related items:
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Child-of-the-rocks-the-story-o-p/sp005.htm
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Ichthyosaurs-postcard-p/pc005.htm

New Dinosaur Book for Kids!
“Two hikers come across some unusual tracks. Were they made by a very large bird, or something else? They sure look like dinosaur footprints, but how could that be? Unless…

Interpretive naturalist/geologist Nick Saines tells the story, with illustrations by Las Vegas artist Jonathan A. Kaplan, utilizing superb photographs of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.”

Details here: http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/A-dinosaur-lives-in-Red-Rock-p/tb1.htm

Earth Science Week Focus Days

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“Earth Science Week is happy to announce special days focusing on specific themes during the week-long celebration, October 9-15, 2016.”

You can view details here: http://earthsciweek.org

Sunday, October 9–International EarthCache Day
Monday, October 10–Earth Science Literacy Day
Tuesday, October 11–No Child Left Inside Day
Wednesday, October 12–National Fossil Day
Thursday, October 13–Geoscience for Everyone Day
Friday, October 14–Geologic Map Day
Saturday, October 15–International Archaeology Day