Apologies for the silence of late, but excavating dead crocodiles and fish is pretty laborious! It's also extremely exciting as I can finally see the results of the long hours I put into this experiment. And it's looking pretty promising so far!
No spoilers until I publish my findings, but here's a teaser: a juvenile (Crocodylus porosus) that was buried in sand immediately after humane euthanasia.
Digging up recently dead crocs feels like forensic archaeology, but the findings are important for palaeontology! Photo taken by C. Syme.
After the excavations are complete, I'll be spending a lot more time at my desk and therefore able to keep this blog more up-to-date (including less sporadic 'Obscure Dinosaur of the Week' entries). So stay tuned!
About the author
Dr Caitlin Syme is a palaeontologist studying the taphonomy (preservation state) of fossil non-avian dinosaurs, crocodiles and fish from the Winton Formation, Queensland, Australia. Think forensic science or CSI for fossils, and you're on the right track!
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