So long, and thanks for all the hits

Since 2012 I have been writing for the Guardian on these pages and the forerunner of LWR, the Lost Worlds blog. It’s (generally) been a pleasure and privilege to help cover new and exciting discoveries like giant sauropods and fighting thick-headed dinosaurs, and especially new taxa including Regaliceratops and Nyasasaurus. In addition, it has given me a platform to talk about important issues in science communication and education (like my T. rex documentary and creationists being, shock, wrong) and other aspects of palaeontology and the biological sciences including the predictive power of evolution and why I think zoos are good. All that and why the Game of Thrones dragons wouldn’t be able to fly – what more could you ask for?

It has led to much discussion among scientists, generated huge numbers of comments and ideas and, I hope, generally given people access to ideas and details not normally coming through from more traditional journalistic reports on extinct species and the work of palaeontologists. Sadly, though, the Guardian is closing down the science blogs section of their site and so both Lost Worlds and Lost Worlds Revisited will be no more. It is not the end of my contributions though.

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