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 lasting impressions

    Evidence of one of the world’s most diverse dinosaur faunas.

    Dawn bathes the floodplain in amber light and pink-hued clouds decorate the distant horizon. The air is sticky with h...

    March 15, 2018
  • Revealing the baby thylacine

    Scans show what the joeys of extinct carnivore looked like.

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

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

    Vegetarian from Victoria adds to new dinosaurs discovered.

    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

    New dinosaur fossil reveals weird mix of features.

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

    December 6, 2017
  • Puzzling dinosaur was early plant eater

    Fills gaps in our understanding of early herbivores.

    A new dinosaur with a very strange mosaic of physical features was revealed to the world by researchers in South Amer...

    August 15, 2017
  • Cretaceous footprint debate

    What created the myriad fossil tracks at Australia’s Lark Quarry.

    Dinosaur footprints can offer useful insights into the behaviour of these prehistoric reptiles, but definitively link...

    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
  • Hidden details of dinosaur fossil revealed

    Details of a four-winged dinosaur that lived 160 million years ago.

    The vast majority of dinosaur fossils preserve only the bones of the animal, but in very rare cases scientists get a ...

    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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