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March 06, 2015

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8:35 PM | Basilosaurus the Bone-Crusher
Bite force is all the rage lately. This year alone paleontologists have published new bite force estimates for …
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7:05 PM | Fossil Friday – horse pelvis
For this week’s Fossil Friday we have the pelvic bones from a horse, collected from the Pleistocene deposits at the east end of Diamond Valley Lake. In most tetrapods (four-legged vertebrates that mostly live on land, and their descendants) the … Continue reading →
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11:23 AM | Help us assemble all of the museum abbreviations
We have a new page on the sidebar – here – where we’re collecting as many museum abbreviations as possible, the idea being that you can copy and paste them into your papers to rapidly populate the ‘Museum Abbreviations’ section. I grabbed about 100 from my own previous papers and a handful of others, so […]
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4:54 AM | Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A lucinid bivalve from the Middle Jurassic of southern Israel
Above is a specimen of the lucinid bivalve Fimbria sp. from the Matmor Formation (Middle Jurassic) of Makhtesh Gadol in southern Israel. I collected it in 2007 while working with Meredith Sharpe (Wooster ’08) as she pursued the fieldwork for her Independent Study project. It is a nice specimen in part because of its preservation. […]

March 05, 2015

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6:51 PM | Peru’s Prehistoric Croc Hotspot
The “Age of Reptiles” was supposed to have ended long ago. The 170 million year reign of dinosaurs, …
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2:15 PM | They might be giants, but how could they live with each other?
Sauropod dinosaurs are the biggest animals to have ever walked on land. They are instantly recognised by their long, sweeping necks and whiplashed tails, and nearly always portrayed moving in herds, being stalked by hungry predators. In recent years, a huge amount of taxonomic effort from scientists has vastly increased the number of known species of sauropod. What we now know is that in many areas we had two or more species co-existing alongside each other. A question that arises from this, is […]

March 04, 2015

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10:23 AM | Interview with Jez Gibson-Harris
To those interested in palaeoart and the world of dinosaur reconstructions, the name Jez Gibson-Harris might not be familiar at all, and yet I can guarantee that almost everyone reading this has seen a number of his models and puppets since he and his crew put together all the live-action animals used in Walking with […]
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3:41 AM | Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 2
Today’s report will be relatively short. Despite the cold, my crew soldiered on to join me in the pit to begin the process of uncovering the area of the Calvert Formation I want to work on during this excavation. Task … Continue reading →
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12:01 AM | Young Dino Weighed Whopping 3,527 Lbs
The young dinosaur likely didn't die from starvation, according to the new, likely highly accurate estimate. Continue reading →

March 03, 2015

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10:41 PM | Mindblowing book sale from the Geological Society!
Do not miss the latest sale from the Geological Society of London. You can get books usually costing 90+ British Pounds for only 10 British Pounds. Go forth and check the offers! As usual, my biased picks are below. Feel free to buy them for yourself. If you feel too spoiled, I don’t mind having […] The post Mindblowing book sale from the Geological Society! appeared first on Teaching Biology.
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1:03 PM | Fossil Calibration Database
Last week, the Fossil Calibration Database was launched. We spoke to Dr. Dan Ksepka, one of the leads on the project about it –“A team of over twenty paleontologists, molecular biologists, programmers, and computer scientists spent the last four years designing and testing the database and collecting data on over 120 key fossil calibrations spread [&hellip
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12:13 PM | Annual Podcast Awards
GREAT NEWS: We’re finalists in the 10th Annual Podcast Awards! We’re humbled to hear that you’ve nominated us as your favourite educational podcast and can’t believe we made the top 10! We’re in some esteemed company and whilst we know we can’t compete with the stats or quality of these more established shows (‘Stuff You [&hellip
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9:41 AM | How big was ‘Huanghetitan’ ruyangensis? I mean, really?
I’ve been taking a long-overdue look at some of the recently-described giant sauropods from China, trying to sort out just how big they were. Not a new pursuit for me, just one I hadn’t been back to in a while. Also, I’m not trying to debunk anything about this animal – as far as I […]
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5:07 AM | Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 1
Today marks the first of two things: VMNH’s first CCQ excavation of 2015 and my first excavation where I am the organizer and leader. Many thanks to Martin Marietta Quarry for continuing to support VMNH’s efforts in the quarry. Due to … Continue reading →
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12:02 AM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 8 (History, Philosophy)
2015 book lists: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 History: Aristoteles und die Geburt der biologischen Wissenschaft (German Edition) by Martin F. Meyer [Springer Spektrum] Price: $109.00 £67.99 EUR 99,58 EUR 79,99 EUR 73,86 EUR 77,75 CDN$ 136.35 Außenseiter in der Wissenschaft: Pioniere - Wegweiser - Reformer (German Edition) by Franz Wuketits [Springer Spektrum] […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 8 (History, Philosophy) appeared first on Teaching Biology.
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12:00 AM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 7 (Environmental, Climate)
2015 book lists: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 Environmental: Principles for Building Resilience: Sustaining Ecosystem Services in Social-Ecological Systems by Reinette Biggs [Cambridge University Press] Price: $57.86 £36.00 EUR 61,23 EUR 44,95 EUR 53,16 EUR 55,96 CDN$ 70.95 Marine Ecosystems: Human Impacts on Biodiversity, Functioning and Services (Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation) by Dr […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 7 (Environmental, Climate) appeared first on Teaching […]

March 02, 2015

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11:54 PM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 6 (Botany)
2015 book lists: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 Botany: Photobiology: The Science of Light and Life by Lars Olof Björn [Springer] Price: $137.00 £92.97 EUR 131,62 EUR 145,21 EUR 132,20 EUR 122,10 CDN$ 169.96 Plankton: Wonders of the Drifting World by Christian Sardet [University Of Chicago Press] Price: $31.21 £31.50 EUR 42,40 EUR […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 6 (Botany) appeared first on Teaching Biology.
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11:52 PM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 5 (Geology, Palaeontology)
2015 book lists: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 Geology: Atlas of Sedimentary Structures by Jianhua Zhong [Springer] Price: $181.95 £129.60 EUR 204,39 EUR 171,15 EUR 162,60 EUR 171,15 CDN$ 237.07 Encyclopedia of Scientific Dating Methods (Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series) by W. Jack Rink [Springer] Price: $463.73 £359.50 EUR 508,42 EUR 408,80 EUR […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 5 (Geology, Palaeontology) appeared first on Teaching Biology.
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11:46 PM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 4 (Evolution, Ecology)
2015 book lists: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 Phylogenetics: Genome-Scale Algorithm Design: Biological Sequence Analysis in the Era of High-Throughput Sequencing by Veli Mäkinen [Cambridge University Press] Price: $57.78 £39.99 EUR 60,31 EUR 53,92 EUR 56,28 EUR 56,40 CDN$ 81.80 Bayesian Evolutionary Analysis with BEAST 2 by Alexei J. Drummond [Cambridge University Press] […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 4 (Evolution, Ecology) appeared first on Teaching Biology.
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11:41 PM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 3 (Zoology)
2015 book lists: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Zoology: Diving Seals and Meditating Yogis: Strategic Metabolic Retreats by Robert Elsner [University Of Chicago Press] Price: $32.50 £23.00 EUR 30,62 EUR 30,73 EUR 30,62 EUR 29,87 CDN$ 40.67 The Choanoflagellates: Evolution, Biology and Ecology by Barry S. C. Leadbeater [Cambridge University Press] Price: $97.73 […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 3 (Zoology) appeared first on Teaching Biology.
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11:24 PM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 2 (General)
Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed a change in the book widgets on the left now showing books from 2015. In the interest of transparency and convenience, I will be providing full book lists as I add them to those widgets. 2015 book lists: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 General: Systems Biology: Constraint-Based Reconstruction […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 2 (General) appeared first on Teaching Biology.

March 01, 2015

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11:23 PM | Chancelloriids Revised
Many Cambrian fossils are simply spines and sclerites unassociated with any body. Few of the exceptionally-preserved Cambrian freaks come with spines attached, and some of the most prominent of these are the chancelloriids. Originally described as sponges by Charles Doolittle Walcott back in 1920 (Walcott, 1920), modern researchers have found that the spines are very similar to those […] The post Chancelloriids Revised appeared first on Teaching Biology.

Stefan Bengtson & Desmond Collins (2015). Chancelloriids of the Cambrian Burgess Shale., Palaeontologia Electronica, Other:

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3:18 PM | Episode 41: Insects
Insects are the most abundant and diverse group on animals on the planet today. Would they therefore also be expected to have the richest fossil record? When did they first evolve and how rapid was their diversification? Do we give enough attention to the evolution of insects? To get answers we spoke to Dr. David [&hellip
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6:48 AM | Endocostea simpsoni Clam Fossil from Colorado
This Endocostea simpsoni inoceramid clam fossil is on display at the Mesa Verde National Park as of August 2014. The clam existed in the Late Cretaceous Period (Campanian). The area is rich in geological history going back 2 billion years. The national park was founded in 1906 to protect the Anasazi Native American sites found on the mesa tops, cliffs, and canyons. The exposed areas found in

February 27, 2015

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4:17 PM | Fossil Friday – juvenile mastodon femur
This week’s Fossil Friday specimen is a femur (thigh bone) from a mastodon, collected from the West Dam of Diamond Valley Lake. Like many of the Western Science Center specimens, this femur is only partially prepared, and still sits in … Continue reading →
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1:11 PM | When Humans Accidentally Invent Natural Products
Juvenile hormones are probably the single most important hormone in insects, playing crucial roles in development, especially in molting and metamorphosis. To underline their importance, a specific class of synthetic insectide, the insect growth regulators, is devoted only to messing around with juvenile hormone levels of target insects. Two enzymes are involved in the natural deactivation of juvenile […] The post When Humans Accidentally Invent Natural Products appeared […]
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6:31 AM | Beefy Bones and a Big Bite for the Ancient Whale Basilosaurus
Although its name sounds rather dinosaurian, Basilosaurus was in fact one of the first extinct whales to make a splash in humanity’s perception of the past. When its bones were first described back in the early 19th century, the anatomy of … Continue reading »The post Beefy Bones and a Big Bite for the Ancient Whale Basilosaurus appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
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4:53 AM | Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: Star-shaped crinoid columnals from the Middle Jurassic of southern Utah
Just a quick Fossil of the Week post. If all has gone well, I’m somewhere in the Mojave Desert on a College of Wooster Spring Break geology field trip. Above we see isolated columnals (stem units) of the crinoid Isocrinus nicoleti (Desor, 1845) found in the Co-Op Creek Member of the Carmel Formation (Middle Jurassic), […]

February 26, 2015

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6:53 PM | Tutorial 29, Appendix B: good, bad, and ugly titles of Matt’s papers
Last October, Mike posted a tutorial on how to choose a paper title, then followed it up by evaluating the titles of his own papers. He invited me to do the same for my papers. I waited a few days to allow myself to forget Mike’s comments on our joint papers – not too hard […]

February 25, 2015

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7:54 PM | Gonfoterio, no mastodonte.
En Somosaguas contamos con la presencia de un taxón que se ha convertido en emblemático de los yacimientos. Por supuesto, me refiero a nuestro proboscídeo Gomphotherium angustidens.Quizás, en alguna ocasión, hayais escuchado la muy difundida palabra mastodonte. Incluso puede que la hayais escuchado erróneamente para referirse a Gomphotherium. Mastodonte se emplea para definir cosas muy voluminosas, para nombrar coloquialmente a proboscídeos […]
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