“In this kind of fieldwork, you have your reasons for wanting to go to a place, but you don’t always get what you want,” says Curator Ross MacPhee. “Sometimes, though, you end up finding something even more interesting.”
Researchers at the Museum used new technologies to shed light on the anatomy of these ill-understood arachnids.
Tens of millions of years ago, the frozen wastes of Antarctica were a temperate zone, thriving with life. Now Museum researchers are looking for the remains of those animals, which may include some of the first mammals.
Research reveals that a 50-million-year-old bird fossil on display in the Museum’s special exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us is from a previously unknown relative of the modern-day ostrich.