Live dinosaur dig online

23 July 2008

Two world-renowned dinosaur scientists take part in a live dinosaur dig online this week.

Jack Horner of the Museum of the Rockies, USA, and Angela Milner of the Natural History Museum, UK, share their experiences of digging up and researching dinosaurs in a Nature Live event at the Natural History Museum.

Milner will bring real dinosaur specimens out from the Museum's world-class collection and a live video link will show Horner in the US as he attempts to dig up dinosaur remains.

Snap Creek site

Jack Horner will report live from a famous site, where previous fossils of juvenile triceratops have been found, called Snap Creek near Fort Peck, eastern Montana, USA. The site is in the Montana badlands, a semi-desert area.

The rocks belong to the Hell Creek Formation 67-65 million years ago, the youngest rocks that contain dinosaurs. They are likely to find species such as Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and possibly hadrosaurs (duck-billed dinosaurs).

Live online or visit event

People can watch the free Nature Live event as it happens on the Museum website or attend the event at the Museum in South Kensington.

'This event gives the audience a unique chance to see live, in real time, how dinosaurs are discovered an excavated,' says Milner.

Jurasic Park advisor, Jack Horner

Jack Horner is one of the most well known palaeontologists in the United States. He was technical advisor for the blockbuster Jurassic Park and his findings provided the first clear evidence that some dinosaurs cared for their young.

20 years of dinosaur study, Angela Milner

Angela Milner has studied dinosaurs for more than 20 years at the Natural History Museum and is a palaeontologist there.

Natural History Museum Baryonyx animatronic model

Natural History Museum Baryonyx animatronic model

Her work has included some crucial discoveries such the fish-eating dinosaur Baryonyx, and showing that the most ancient bird known, the 147-million-year-old Archaeopteryx , had a brain similar to a modern sparrow, eagle or parrot.

The T.rex Diary Nature Live event is on Thursday 24 July at 15.00. Visit