Go back to the e-newsletter >Boasting kilometres of amazing mountain bike trails, a new skate park, the chance to walk to Australia’s highest point atop Mt Kosciuszko, fishing, abseiling and some of the best music festivals in the country, Thredbo claims to have ‘something for everyone’ this summer. Some of the many summer events and activities on offer include the Thredbo Blues Festival, Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival, the international yoga and mindfulness festival Wanderlust, Cannonball Mountain Biking Festival, and the resort’s Australia Day festivities.Key summer events in Thredbo: Cannonball MTB Festival (4 – 6 December 2015) This massive three-day event showcases the diversity of terrain on offer at Thredbo with a number of big events, including the Toyota Australian Downhill. Some of the world’s top mountain bikers, rising stars and amateurs alike will compete in the hopes of taking home their share in the massive $45,000 prize pool.Thredbo Blues Festival (15 – 17 January 2016) Returning with its biggest line-up to date, the Thredbo Blues Festival is hosting 22 big-name acts, including ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Russell Morris, ARIA Award winner Jeff Lang, Blues royalty Ray Beadle and multi-instrumentalist Rick Price.Wanderlust Festival (18 – 21 February 2016) Wanderlust Festival is heading to Thredbo for the first time ever this summer! The four-day celebration of mindful living complete with yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs will transform Thredbo into a retreat experience unlike any other.Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival (5 March 2016)Set to be an incredible day of music, with two of country music’s hottest American artists, Kip Moore and Kelsea Ballerini, as well as Aussie music icon Daryl Braithwaite headlining the festival. With a line-up of rising Australian country stars the festival will rock music lovers in Thredbo’s unique concert location and natural amphitheatre.Easter Family Adventure Festival (25 – 28 March 2016) This Easter event will have kids and parents hopping into holiday mode, with plenty of free activities and big events on offer across four fun and chocolate filled days.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Tyrannosaur’s sensitive skin may have helped it capture prey By Carolyn GramlingMar. 30, 2017 , 9:00 AM In the twilight of the Age of Dinosaurs, tyrannosaurs were the apex predators. The bipedal carnivores spanned the globe for 14 million years in the late Cretaceous era, and fossils from Mongolia to North America offer scientists today a wealth of data on their biomechanics, anatomy, and evolution. But a fossil representing a new tyrannosaur species, dug up in Montana, may help show their sensitive side. The species, dubbed Daspletosaurus horneri (in honor of paleontologist Jack Horner), lived about 75 million years ago and stood about 2 meters tall and 9 meters long from snout to tail (about the length of a city bus). Because the skull and jaws of D. horneri were so well preserved, the team was able to study in detail its coarse, complex textures and determine what sorts of soft tissue once covered its face, they report online today in Scientific Reports. Their analysis suggests that tyrannosaurs’ faces were covered with flat scales, similar to modern-day crocodiles. And like those crocs, the tyrannosaur skulls have an array of holes within the bone; in the modern reptiles, nerves and blood vessels pass through those holes, transmitting sensory information from the facial skin. That sensitive skin, the authors suggest, may have given tyrannosaurs a leg up when it comes to identifying and capturing prey.