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RotM: Interview with Marie Hornig

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For the current instalment of Researcher of the Month, we spoke to Marie Hornig, a third year PhD student at the Cytology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Greifswald, Germany. Her recently published paper, co-authored by Joachim Haug and Carolin Haug, researchers at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, provides further details about the predator behaviour in mantodeans (animal order that consists of insects such as praying mantis and some 2400 other species). The subject of her study was a praying mantis fossil that is 110 million years old. 


CTS: The smallest of discoveries regarding dinosaurs get highlighted in the media. Here, a fossil preserved over 110 million years exists among us and there is hardly any mention in the media regarding this?
MH: I am fully aware that the focus of media does not represent the recent scientific findings, since non-vertebrate species have never gotten the attention that vertebrates do.
CTS:How do you feel about this? 
M…

Harvesting dinosaurs from Ghost Ranch [Video]

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Tyrannosaurus rex, Palais de la Découverte, Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Once in a while, we come across a news story of paleontologists finding a dinosaurfossil in some part of the world. The significance of the fossil is then explained and the news story is buried into the depths of our mind to be excavated out the next time, there is a similar news story.

But there is a lot more than happens between discoveries, which is left out of the story but if you would like to witness it, you could simply visit, the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, a hot bed for finding dinosaur fossils.

In this episode of the Shelf Life, you can see how dinosaur fossils are excavated and prepared to be brought back to the American Natural History Museum to be added to their vast collection and studied some day.





Excavations in Ghost Ranch began in the year 1928 and continue to this day.