John Pickrell

John Pickrell is a Sydney-based science writer and the author of Weird Dinosaurs and Flying Dinosaurs.

John Pickrell is a Sydney-based science writer and the author of Weird Dinosaurs and Flying Dinosaurs

  • Tiny fossils are first known baby dinosaurs

    Discovery reveals dinosaurs were breeding near the South Pole.

    A collection of tiny fossilised thigh bones, some just 2.5 centimetres in length, are the first remains of baby dinos...

    December 20, 2019
  • VR bringing jaguars back from the brink

    Data science is helping to save threatened big cats in Peru. John Pickerell reports.

    A team of Australian statisticians have built a virtual reality so conservationists can work on programs to save the ...

    July 14, 2019
  • Return of the living thylacine

    Few extinct animals capture the imagination like the Tassie tiger.

    On the islands of the Dampier Archipelago, just off the coast of north-west Western Australia, giant piles of rusty, ...

    July 3, 2018
  • Australia’s Jurassic Park leaves lasting impressions

    A stretch of coastline in north-western Australia abounds with evidence of one of the world’s mos...

    A type of footprint on the coast near Walmadany, Western Australia, which has been assigned the name Walmadanyichnus ...

    March 15, 2018
  • Revealing the baby thylacine

    Extraordinary scans show for the first time what the joeys of Australia’s extinct carnivore looke...

    In the century preceding the death of Australia’s last known Tasmanian tiger, in Hobart in 1936, more than 750 specim...

    February 21, 2018
  • Newly named Australian dino was turkey-sized and tough

    A vegetarian from Victoria adds to an expanding roster of new Australian dinosaurs discovered in ...

    An agile, beaked dinosaur that lived on the edge of the Antarctic Circle and may have feasted on pine cones, ferns an...

    January 12, 2018
  • Australian raptors start fires to flush out prey

    The first recorded instance of fire being used by animals.

    Australian Aboriginal lore is replete with references to birds carrying fire, and some traditional ceremonies even de...

    January 12, 2018
  • Dino-duck discovery astonishes palaeontologists

    New dinosaur fossil from Mongolia reveals weird mix of features with the bill of a duck, neck of ...

    A stunning fossil – swiped from Mongolia’s Gobi Desert by poachers, but later acquired by scientists – is rewriting t...

    December 6, 2017
  • Puzzling ‘missing link’ dinosaur was early plant eater

    Scientists claim Chilesaurus fills gaps in our understanding of early herbivores.

    An artist’s impression of Chilesaurus diegosuarezi.Gabriel LioA new dinosaur with a very strange mosaic of physical f...

    August 15, 2017
  • Dinosaur foot reconstruction fuels Cretaceous footprint debate

    To understand what created the myriad fossil tracks at Australia’s Lark Quarry, scientists built ...

    Reconstruction of Australovenator wintonensis.Travis R. TischlerDinosaur footprints can offer useful insights into th...

    June 14, 2017
  • Rewriting the history of feathered dinosaurs

    A recent finding paleontologists scratching their heads.

    Since 1996, nearly 50 new feathered dinosaur species have emerged from the fossil fields of China. Paleontologists th...

    May 28, 2017
  • Laser scan reveals spectacular hidden details of dinosaur fossil

    A new technique called laser-stimulated fluorescence has exposed remarkable details of the muscle...

    The wing of the bird-like feathered dinosaur Anchiornis under laser-stimulated fluorescence, showing feathers like th...

    April 20, 2017
  • The great dinosaur fossil hoax

    An unprecedented gold rush of feathered dinosaur "fossils"?

    National Geographic’s senior editor Christopher Sloan had seen a feathered dinosaur fossil or two. But the specimen h...

    July 27, 2015

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