Aubrey Roberts

Heaven Is a Hole of Dirt

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 ...

It’s a Nice Day for a Mud Wedding

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 ...

Another Hill Bites The Dust

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 ...

Back In Black – Shales

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 ...

Prehistoric Sea Monsters Emerge From the Arctic Landscape

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, ...

Three Levels of Arctic Sea Monster Fossils Revealed

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 ...

How to Put an 18-Foot Sea Monster Into the Limelight

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 ...

The End of a Triassic Adventure

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 ...

Guns, Bones and Polar Bears

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, ...

Midnight Sun Fun

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, ...

Bone Rush in the Arctic

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, ...

Mega-Ichthyosaur Discovery on Svalbard

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, ...

Eyes of Desire—A New Jurassic Ichthyosaur From Spitsbergen

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 ...

The Hunt for Triassic Sea Monsters in Svalbard Is On

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, ...

Modern Polar Explorers on the Hunt for Ancient Sea Monsters

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 ...