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The End of a Triassic Adventure

The Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group, led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum, is blazing its next great expedition to the icy rim of the world in search of stunningly preserved fossils. Wrapping up a great expedition, Aubrey and Victoria reflect on what was accomplished.

Guns, Bones and Polar Bears

The Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group, led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum, is blazing its next great expedition to the icy rim of the world in search of stunningly preserved fossils. Polar bears are an ever-present threat to the fossil-hunters, but the team takes precautions to avoid unnecessary violence.

Midnight Sun Fun

The Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group, led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum, is blazing its next great expedition to the icy rim of the world in search of stunningly preserved fossils. The midnight sun circles in an endless, natural rhythm as the team digs through perplexing terrain.

Bone Rush in the Arctic

The Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group, led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum, is blazing its next great expedition to the icy rim of the world in search of stunningly preserved fossils. At last, the find that the team has been waiting for emerges!

Mega-Ichthyosaur Discovery on Svalbard

The Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group, led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum, is blazing its next great expedition to the icy rim of the world in search of stunningly preserved fossils. As they make landfall, the danger of polar bear attack does nothing to dissuade the team from surveying the island.

Eyes of Desire—A New Jurassic Ichthyosaur From Spitsbergen

In 2010, an ichthyosaur was excavated by Jørn Hurum and his team on Svalbard. This ichthyosaur has now been formally described as a new species, Janusaurus lundi—but we like to call him “Mascot.”

The Hunt for Triassic Sea Monsters in Svalbard Is On

The Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group, led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum, is blazing its next great expedition to the icy rim of the world in search of stunningly preserved fossils. As the expedition finally gets under way, fair skies and fields of wildflowers greet the group.

Dinosaur Footprints on the Roof… Of the World!

Canyons and plains in middle latitudes aren’t the only places to hunt for dinosaurs. Paleontologists are also tracking dinosaurs under the midnight sun in Svalbard.

Modern Polar Explorers on the Hunt for Ancient Sea Monsters

In 2012, the Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum finished off their final field season on Svalbard. Now, the team is planning yet another project, and are getting ready for another season on the Arctic slopes.

A Childhood Dream: Why We Go on Sea Monster Expeditions

In 2012, the Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum finished off their final field season on Svalbard. Now, the team is planning yet another project, and are getting ready for another season in the Arctic slopes of Svalbard. However, there are still specimens remaining from the last field season, and they are more spectacular than ever.

A New Season for Superglue in the Sea Monster Lab

A new update from the Sea Monster lab in the basement of the Geological Museum in Oslo, Norway, where the specimens of last summer are about finished and new ones are to be cracked open!

Sea Monsters 2013: Death of a Summer Blog

After months of careful fossil preparations, drastic measures are taken to move a specimen, and your friendly neighborhood bloggers return to their studies… for the time being.

SVPCA – the Paleontology Super Bowl

In 2012, the Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum finished off their final field season on Svalbard. After eight consecutive years, the project of locating and excavating marine reptiles from the Upper Jurassic has been a success. Nevertheless, the team is not as dead as the reptiles. Down in…

Kids’ Art Arrives to Brighten Up the Sea Monster Lab

One of the unforeseen benefits of blogging about our research? Visitors who show up with hand-made art to decorate our walls!

Rebuilding a Real Loch Ness Monster–“Gully” the Plesiosaur

See for yourself the pains-taking process of freeing fossils from the rock that has held them for tens of millions of years.