Today, we continue our look back at the most popular blog posts that Everything Dinosaur published this year. Yesterday, we reviewed January through to June, and now we turn our attention to the favourite blog posts from the last six months.

Heatwaves in England made working outside extremely arduous and palaeontologists had to deal with the oppressive heat as they explored a fossil site exposed in a farmer’s field in Gloucestershire. The dedicated team unearthed some spectacular specimens including some superb Jurassic fish fossils.

Fossil fish skull
A three-dimensional fish skull (Pachycormus spp.) from a limestone concretion found at Court Farm. Note the small ammonite located in association with the skull. Picture credit: Dean Lomax.

To read the blog post: Fossil Fish Down on the Farm.

Giant Sauropod

It may have been hot in England, but we suspect Portugal in August was hotter still as a team of researchers struggled to unearth the fossilised remains of a sauropod dinosaur that had been discovered in the back garden of a house in Leiria district (central Portugal).

Favourite Blog Posts.
Portugal sauropod discovery. Picture credit: Instituto Dom Luiz (Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal).

To read Everything Dinosaur’s blog post: Giant Sauropod in the Garden.

In September, Everything Dinosaur blogged about “April”, not the month but a remarkable Tenontosaurus fossil skeleton nicknamed “April” that was being restored ready for a new dinosaur gallery at the Manchester Museum.

The fossilised remains of April the Tenontosaurus laid out in anatomical position.
The fossilised remains of April the Tenontosaurus laid out in anatomical position. Picture credit: The University of Manchester.

The refurbished Manchester Museum complete with “April” is due to open in February 2023.

To read about “April” the Tenontosaurus: “Bring Back “April”.

Pterosaur Research

The first accurate skeletal reconstruction of a fossil specimen discovered in Scotland more than a century ago, provided new information on the evolutionary history of pterosaurs. Our blog about the research went live early in October.

An early ancestor of the Pterosauria
A tiny reptile measuring approximately 20 cm in length, Scleromochlus is now thought to be an early ancestor of the Pterosauria. Picture credit: Gabriel Ugueto.

To read our post: Unravelling the Ancestry of the Pterosauria.

November was a time to blow our own trumpet to some extent as Everything Dinosaur won the Excellence in Customer Service Award. We posted about our success and included a Papo green Styracosaurus dinosaur model in the photograph that showed our trophy.

Everything Dinosaur wins award
A Papo green Styracosaurus dinosaur model poses in front or the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce trophy for excellence in customer service awarded to Everything Dinosaur. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

We felt honoured and humbled to win this prestigious award. For the full story: Everything Dinosaur Wins Award.

To visit the Papo section of Everything Dinosaur’s award-winning website: Papo Dinosaur Models.

Favourite Blog Posts

Drawing our two-part feature on favourite blog posts of 2022 to a close, we come to December and in this month we blogged about new Rebor replicas, future PNSO dinosaurs, Beasts of the Mesozoic replicas and CollectA figures. However, just as we began 2022 looking at research highlighting stomach contents in a long extinct animal we returned to that subject in December, covering the discovery of a small mammal’s foot found inside the body cavity of a Microraptor (M. zhaoianus). This study, led by Dr David Hone (Queen Mary University of London), demonstrated that Microraptor was a generalist – feeding on a wide variety of small creatures including mammals.

Dinosaur eating a mammal.
A life reconstruction showing the Microraptor with the mammal’s foot. Picture credit: Ralph Attanasia.

To read our blog post about the Microraptor discovery: Microraptor Eating a Mammal.

Team members at Everything Dinosaur look forward to producing more blog posts in 2023.

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