Repairing Megalodon Teeth

I’ve had a couple people lately asking me how I restored the megalodon tooth I posted on thefossilforum.com a couple years ago. The specific post can be found here. Due to this, I decided to pick out a damaged tooth on Ebay for $15, and take you through it step by step. Here we go! What…

What It’s Like to Dig for Dinosaur Bones

“I hope you’re ready to open up a 50 MILLION YEAR OLD TOMB!” This is what my host, a 72 year-old rancher named Fred, excitedly says to me as we drive his truck up a rocky hill 30 miles out in the middle of rural Montana. It’s 7:30 am, and for the first time in my life I’m about to go…

Sauropods Did Not Deserve a Mother’s Day

Life in an egg during the Late Cretaceous period (100.5 – 65ma) was pretty rough, and living long enough to break through a shell and breathe fresh air was definitely beating the odds. If you weren’t snatched out of the nest by predators, you were still very much in danger of being trampled by your own loving family. …

Super-sized Sloths

In the modest time I have spent collecting fossils and exploring the science of paleontology, I have learned what seems to be a fairly consistent truth about the world we live in. Nearly every modern animal alive today is distantly related to a way cooler, gigantic ancestral species.  Kangaroos, lions, sharks, wolves, piranha, deer, lemurs, crocodiles, eagles, bison, even beavers… All of…

Collecting Fossils and Stories

It is a surreal feeling to hold a massive, razor-sharp tooth from an animal that you will never have the chance to see. You can run your hand across the cold enamel and jagged serrated edges, and you can marvel how it once cut through whale bone like a nail punches through a wall. You may even wonder what it…