Jørn Hurum

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 Cretaceous specimens that we excavated between 2004 and 2012 is officially 60. These...

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...

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 remote and breathtaking as a fossil survey gets. Here is an excerpt from a trip into...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 been a success. Nevertheless, the team is not as dead as the reptiles. Down in...