Aubrey Roberts

The Spitsbergen Mesozoic Research Group has become a bit ambitious. Every year each hole we dig in search of fossils becomes deeper, or wider and bigger than the last. Our two week field season in the Arctic is coming to an end and we have found enough material of 247 million year old creatures to...

Stig surprised us with an announcement over breakfast. He asked our team leader Jørn Hurum if he could borrow the team for half an hour. Everyone looked puzzled. “Well, I am going to get married today, in camp. And you are all invited.” (Read earlier posts to catch up.) By Aubrey Jane Roberts and Victoria...

Snow, rain and wind may break our bones, but will never defeat us. Every inch of shale we remove to uncover fossilised bones, is a small victory for science. New species and discoveries are hiding in the mountain and we are full of excitement. Excavating a 247 million year old bone bed can be challenging,...

Professor and Emerging Explorer Jørn Hurum and his team, has returned to the Norwegian Arctic to search for fossils of ancient marine reptiles. We are back in the black Triassic rocks for two weeks to find some sensationally new finds of animals that lived in the seas over 240 million years ago. By Aubrey J...

By Aubrey Jane Roberts and Victoria Engelschiøn Nash Professor Jørn Hurum and his team of thirteen are on a paleontological expedition in the Norwegian Arctic of Spitsbergen. We are on a mission to excavate marine reptiles, amphibians, sharks, and fish that lived in the sea that once covered Spitsbergen 240 million years ago. Over the course of...

By Aubrey Jane Roberts and Victoria Engelschiøn Nash It’s hard to tell that it’s breakfast time, since the sun doesn’t actually set here this time of year, but breakfast time it is. And breakfast has already been inhaled. Some people have made porridge, others prefer biscuits with jam. We have been in the Arctic archipelago of...

Since its excavation in 2009, the ichthyosaur, “Gamla,” star of the National Geographic Channel documentary, “Death of a Sea Monster,” has been kept in the basement of the Geological Museum in Oslo. Now for the first time, it is being put on display in an official exhibit in the Zoological Museum at the Natural History Museum in Oslo. The exhibit...

It is the end of the expedition, and what have we achieved? Well, after searching a completely new area, we have found several sites for excavation next year and brought back 400 kilograms of bones picked up from the surface. All in all, this year’s expedition was a great success. By Aubrey Roberts and Victoria...

The hunt for fossils in the far-flung reaches of Svalbard is on! Jørn Hurum and his associates ply the arctic waters and snows of Svalbard to dig up some of the northernmost dinosaur fossils in the world. Their findings, particularly of ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, are some of the most unique on record. By Aubrey Roberts and...

The hunt for fossils in the far-flung reaches of Svalbard is on! Jørn Hurum and his associates ply the arctic waters and snows of Svalbard to dig up some of the northernmost dinosaur fossils in the world. Their findings, particularly of ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, are some of the most unique on record. By Aubrey Roberts and...

The hunt for fossils in the far-flung reaches of Svalbard is on! Jørn Hurum and his associates ply the arctic waters and snows of Svalbard to dig up some of the northernmost dinosaur fossils in the world. Their findings, particularly of ichthyosaurs, are some of the most unique on record. By Aubrey Roberts and Victoria Engelschiøn...

The hunt for fossils in the far-flung reaches of Svalbard is on! Jørn Hurum and his associates ply the arctic waters and snows of Svalbard to dig up some of the northernmost dinosaur fossils in the world. Their findings, particularly of ichthyosaurs, are some of the most unique on record. By Aubrey Roberts and Victoria Engelschiøn...

If looks could kill and not teeth, then this ichthyosaur would have been dangerous. As this is not true, with its large eyes and tiny teeth, this ichthyosaur appears kind of cute—hence its nickname, “Mascot.” However, it has now been formally named Janusaurus lundi by Aubrey and her supervisors on the 1st of August (2014)...

The hunt for fossils in the far-flung reaches of Svalbard is on! Jørn Hurum and his associates ply the arctic waters and snows of Svalbard to dig up some of the northernmost dinosaur fossils in the world. Their findings, particularly of ichthyosaurs, are some of the most unique on record. At last, their new fossil-hunting season...

Planning an archaeological expedition is tricky business. Planning a two-week expedition, without water, electricity, and with satellite phones as your only communication device can be even trickier. Add the world’s largest aquatic predator to that, and you are ready for Svalbard. By Aubrey Roberts and Victoria Engelschiøn Nash The crew we are part of has...