Massive Prehistoric “Sea Dragon” Fossil Discovered

Excavated in August and September 2021, the largest and most intact skeleton of an ichthyosaurs found in the UK measures 10 meters long and includes a massive 10-ton skull. These rare fossils of the marine dinosaur (known as a “sea dragon”) were uncovered in the landlocked Midlands, where two smaller, incomplete skeletons were dug up in the ’70s—others, however, have been unearthed in North America. An apex predator, …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

From prehistoric-era findings to the first-ever floating museum, our round-up of the web

Baumraum’s Prefab Tree Houses Start at $6,000 German design firm Baumraum custom-builds tree houses roughly the size of motorhomes. After taking into account the site—and health and future wellbeing of the surrounding trees and their roots—they prefabricate many of the houses. Of the 50 they’ve assembled around the world, prices (including construction and interior work) have ranged from approximately $20,000 to $167,000. That said, they’ve …

Opalized Bones Alter Australia’s Prehistoric History

Beginning with an excavation in 1984, an opal mine in Lightning Ridge (in rural New South Wales, Australia) suddenly became a hotbed for fossilized—and subsequently opalized—dinosaur bones. While the original team assumed the abnormally large and centralized collection of bones came from one body, researchers are now learning they are bones from multiple dinosaurs and an entirely new species—implying that a herd, which is now …