Jørn Hurum

Arctic Sea Monster’s Hips Don’t Lie

By Lene Liebe Delsett Last year we packed all of the fossil Spitsbergen marine reptiles in boxes and gave them museum numbers, and realized that we did not have 30 or 40, as we once thought. The number of Late Jurassic- Early ...

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, ...

Dinosaur Footprints on the Roof… Of the World!

Alongside Jørn Hurum, many other intrepid paleontologists ply the frigid winds and waters of Svalbard searching for fossils and other ancient remains. The islands of Svalbard, located far to the north of Scandinavia in the Arctic Circle, are as ...

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 ...

A Childhood Dream: Why We Go on Sea Monster Expeditions

It is summer in Oslo again, and the city falls into its very own state of tranquility. In the basement of the Natural History Museum, however, things are at their busiest. After eight years of excavating Jurassic marine reptiles from ...

Science Goes Metal!

On May 19th, 2009, I was in the center of a media storm rarely associated with scientific finds when we announced the news of the fossil Darwinius masillae, which became world famous under the name Ida. Five years later, I was ...

A New Season for Superglue in the Sea Monster Lab

After eight years of excavations, a collection of sea monster fossils from the far north are being cleaned and brought to light in the lab. Several months have passed since the last update, and a lot of progress has been ...

A New Season for Superglue in the Sea Monster Lab

After eight years of excavations, a collection of sea monster fossils from the far north are being cleaned and brought to light in the lab. Several months have passed since the last update, and a lot of progress has been ...

Sea Monsters 2013: Death of a Summer Blog

In 2012, the Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum finished off their final field season on Svalbard. After eight consecutive years, the project of locating and excavating marine reptiles from the Upper Jurassic has ...