Welcome to the new, improved, revamped Jurassic Roadshow web site and blog. As of February 2014, the site is under active revision, so please bear with us as we move things around and perhaps change the aesthetic here and there.
Jurassic Roadshow includes professional paleontologists and amateur collectors, professional historians and amateur historians, professional artists, craftsmen, and writers and amateurs in the arts — you get the picture. I am the person mostly responsible for this blog, and I’m one of the amateurs. I come at this topic from the perspective of a few classes in the history of science and a novice’s enthusiasm for fossils.
Like many people, I love looking at fossils. They are beautiful and give me a sense of profound connection to the past — but I don’t really know how to read them. What kind of environment did each kind live in? What did they look like when they were alive? Which came first? How do they fit into the history of life on the planet? And just as interesting to me, who first studied them? What did people of the past think about them? I’m learning, and will use this blog to share what I learn, in hopes that other amateurs will find it engaging. At the least, it won’t be intimidating. My starting place is the fossil footprints of the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, where I live, but I’ll look at all kinds of things that I see in museums and geology fairs, too, and also what I read in books.
Although I’m not knowledgeable about geology, I have done more research into the history of the discovery of dinosaur tracks than most people, and on occasion have added to the small but quickly growing stock of knowledge about this fascinating story. It is a local history for me and others around me who are digging into the same patch. It’s become something of a cottage industry around here, the production of a local history of science and geology in a field that has not yet been thoroughly gone over. It’s exciting to see all the new scholarship, so a part of this blog will be devoted to bringing what I hope is an increasingly clear and more detailed picture of this past to your attention. Please feel free to comment or ask questions if the spirit moves you.
Thank you for looking at this page, and I hope you will take a look around at the rest of the site while you are here.
Jurassic Roadshow is a project of Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (Deerfield), funded in part by a John and Abigail Adams Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and with welcome support from the Pioneer Valley Institute.