Jørn Hurum

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…

Wildlife

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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…

Changing Planet

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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 Svalbard, there are many mysterious prehistoric sea monsters to investigate. We have started the preparation…

Changing Planet

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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 connected by a common acquaintance to a fellow paleontologist, Achim Reisdorf. In 2013, the…

Human Journey

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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 made on the project of putting the marine reptiles of Svalbard back together. We are…

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