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January 30, 2015

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10:32 PM | Did Dinosaurs Exist? Reply to a conspiracy theorist
I’m always happy to see my reader count going up, and to see a larger diversity of websites referring back here. Today I noticed a new referral: a forum linking to my post on how sauropods got blood up their necks. Awesome! Turns out there is at least one person on this planet, the admin of […] The post Did Dinosaurs Exist? Reply to a conspiracy theorist appeared first on Teaching Biology.
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6:48 PM | 50-Foot-Long 'Dragon' Dinosaur Unearthed in China
A new dinosaur called Dragon of Qijiang had a body that was half neck.
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5:40 PM | Fossil Friday – baby mastodon teeth
It seems that most of the mastodon remains from Diamond Valley Lake are from adult or nearly adult animals, although there are exceptions representing younger animals. Then we have the example shown here, from an almost ridiculously cute baby mastodon. … Continue reading →
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3:33 PM | Friday Headlines: 1-30-15
Friday Headlines, January 30, 2015 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: Landslide video! Exploding volcano video! Inside the Greenland ice sheet   You must watch this! An amazing new landslide video from Dagestan In the category of “No, … Continue reading →
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1:37 PM | Top 2014 Philosophy of Science Books
Jump to General Biology; Zoology; Invertebrates; Vertebrates; Human Biology; Systematics and Phylogenetics; Evolution and Development; Palaeontology; Geology; Historical Geology; Ecology; Environmental; Climate Change; Botany; History. Philosophy of science books, with an obvious focus on biology. The top 5 reflect my own biases, and there are many other good picks in the Runners Up, so be sure to check those out too! The […] The post Top 2014 […]
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5:30 AM | Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A stromatoporoid from the Silurian of Estonia
Stromatoporoids are extinct sponges that formed thick, laminated skeletons of calcite. They can be very common in Silurian and Devonian carbonate units, sometimes forming extensive reefs. The stromatoporoid above is Densastroma pexisum (Yavorsky, 1929) collected from the Mustjala Member of the Jaani Formation (Silurian, Wenlock) exposed on Saaremaa Island, Estonia. It was part of Rob […]

January 29, 2015

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10:41 PM | Top 2014 History of Science Books
Jump to General Biology; Zoology; Invertebrates; Vertebrates; Human Biology; Systematics and Phylogenetics; Evolution and Development; Palaeontology; Geology; Historical Geology; Ecology; Environmental;Climate Change; Botany; Philosophy. History of science books, with an obvious focus on biology. Because everyone has different preferences, be sure to check out the runners up for more diverse fare. Reflecting on Darwin by Eckart Voigts […] The post Top 2014 History of Science […]
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9:59 PM | The “finger-like” parapostzygapophyseal processes of Qijianglong
There’s a new mamenchisaurid in town! It’s called Qijianglong (“dragon of Qijiang”), and it’s the work of Xing et al. (2015). As far as I can make out, the life restoration is also due to Xing Lida: at least, every instance of the picture I’ve seen says “Credit: Xing Lida”. If that’s right, it’s an amazing display […]
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6:47 PM | The Dawn of Snakes
Dinosaurs are Mesozoic superstars. The largest literally overshadowed other forms of life during their prehistoric heyday, and even …
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3:00 PM | Yam-Tastic Oil Change Porter
Over the winter holiday, I discovered that yams have a particular sweetness that I really felt must be included into a beer somehow. I started looking for yam ale recipes, but none gripped me. Then I stumbled upon a porter … Continue reading →
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1:01 AM | Wednesday’s Whimsy
I stayed home sick today. I’m still sick. I hope that I’m un-sick tomorrow. This sick business stinks. In the meantime, I laid around a lot, and fiddled on Twitter (and Facebook, too). This tweet caught my eye: Wow. I … Continue reading →

January 28, 2015

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6:54 PM | Evil baby-eating aphids exist (if you’re an ant)
The ecological relationship between ants and aphids is one of the most celebrated example of mutualism. On the surface, it seems like a fairly simplistic interaction: the aphids give food (honeydew) to the ants; the ants protect the aphids from predators. But the more research is done, the more it’s revealed that their interaction is […] The post Evil baby-eating aphids exist (if you’re an ant) appeared first on Teaching Biology.

January 27, 2015

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8:25 PM | 'Sophie'
The unveiling back in early December of the world's most complete Stegosaurus skeleton at London's Natural History Museum won't have escaped many folks within the palaeo community. Naturally, as the UK contingent of LITC and being within easy distance of the museum, Marc and I were duty-bound to make our own visit to the new treasure, even if we were over a month late (where were our invitations to the official do, pray?).With over 90% of the original specimen present, 'Sophie' is a permanent […]
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8:15 PM | Science Word of the Day: Mastodon
I have a soft spot for the American mastodon. The beast lived at the same time as the …
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4:02 AM | #365papers: January 26, 2015
There’s this Twitter thing going around with some academic-types I know. #365papers The goal is to read a new technical paper daily for the next year, in an effort to stay on top of the science. I love this idea … Continue reading →
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2:32 AM | Unidentified Fish Fossils
When I go on trips I sometimes try to find fossils or minerals from that area as a memento. My last trip to Arizona I found this plate in a museum gift shop. Unfortunately, it had no identification label so I do not know its name, location where found, geological formation, or time period. Since it was in a gift shop it must be from an area where fish fossils are commonly found and sold to

January 26, 2015

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7:32 PM | New Valentine Design!
Well, Cupid is getting ready to step up to the plate, so best to start thinking about how you're going to tell twelve people - or any other multiple of twelve - how much they mean to you. To that end I've drawn a valentine with a dinosaur on it, based on a great little one-liner thought up by my life partner, spouse, and BFF, Jennie. but what about that odd multiples of twelve bit up above? Well, you can actually purchase this card with three other designs - by Randall Munroe, Zach Weinersmith, […]
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12:00 PM | It’s kind of like a turtle-fish-dolphin…
Close your eyes. Go back in time 250 million years, and the world would seems as strange to you as a different planet. On land, there was a whole host of bizarre and now extinct animals: strange, crocodile-like things, and the precursors of dinosaurs; weird mammal-like beasts, that looked like the lost offspring of a hippo and a monitor lizard. In the seas, marine reptiles dominated. A whole range of unusual animals lived, such as the long-necked plesiosaurs, popularised with reference to the […]
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1:52 AM | Porosphaera globularis Fossil From Spain
This sponge fossil is called Porosphaera globularis from the Cretaceous Period. They were found in the region of Navarra, Spain. According to the Natural History Museum of the U.K, people sometimes use these fossils as beads in necklaces. One was even found at a Bronze Age burial site with a skeleton from the Higham Marshes of Kent in south east England.Thanks to Herb for these fossils.

January 25, 2015

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11:44 PM | Three Days on Ice
Dr. Lowell and a crew from the University of Cincinnati spent thee days with us on the ice at Browns Lake Bog. The objectives were to take a series of long cores from the ice platform at the bog and, in the big lake,  to take a short surface core that the Wooster Geomorphology class […]

January 23, 2015

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6:07 PM | Fossil Friday – pocket gopher skull
While the Pleistocene deposits from Diamond Valley Lake have lots of big impressive animals, small animals are actually much more numerous. The most common mammal in “The Valley of the Mastodons” is the pocket gopher! While most of our pocket … Continue reading →
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7:07 AM | Sideshow Apatosaurus sans background
I made these for my own use in talks, and then thought, why be selfish? Like everything else on this blog, these images are now released to the world under the CC-BY license. Have fun with them. You can read my review of the Sideshow Apatosaurus here; the TL;DR is that it’s awesome. And if […]
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5:25 AM | Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A predatory gastropod from the Pliocene of Cyprus
This week we have another fossil from the Nicosia Formation (Pliocene) of the Mesaoria Plain in central Cyprus. It is again from a Keck Geology Consortium project in 1996 with Steve Dornbos (’97). This time, though, instead of our Coral Reef locality, our featured creature is from a sandy marl outcrop we called “Exploration”. We […]

January 22, 2015

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8:38 PM | The Mediterranean’s Missing Sawfishes
In 1959, off the southern coast of France, a tuna boat hauled up a largetooth sawfish. The catch …
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5:41 PM | A Walk Through Dinosaurland
Jim Lawson of Paleo: Tales of the Late Cretaceous has a new comic project called A Walk Through Dinosaurland. It looks great! The funding goal has been met, but that shouldn't stop you from grabbing some perks. Hat tip to Palaeoblog for the catch.
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12:47 AM | How Paleontologists Uncovered the World’s Biggest Rhino
Standing 16 feet tall at the shoulder and weighing 20 tons, Paraceratherium was one of the largest mammals …

January 21, 2015

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12:49 PM | Vintage-ish Dinosaur Art: Travels with Dinosaurs
After a long break from the series, I'm back with my first Vintage Dinosaur Art post in almost two years. Inspired by the cartoony style of Marc's post on Dinosaurs! A Spot-the-Difference Puzzle Book, I scanned a recent acquisition of my own, Travels with Dinosaurs. The book itself has scant information about the publication, but searching the web leads me to a publication date of 1997, making this not-quite-vintage, but it certainly is in spirit, so off we go. The book was written by […]
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5:41 AM | What is the scientific literature used for?
For better or for worse, we paleontologists (and many other scientists) view the use and importance of the literature in terms of citations. Citations are what drives the ever-beloved impact factor, as well as other metrics such as the h-index. Indeed, … Continue reading »The post What is the scientific literature used for? appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.

January 20, 2015

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6:55 PM | Science Word of the Day: Ornithogenic
When I considered how I might become a fossil, I mostly thought about the environment I’d have to …
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3:30 AM | Ptychotrygon triangularis Fossil
This fossil was found in the Carlile Shale Formation of Grant County, South Dakota, USA. He has been carefully extracting the hidden fossil shark teeth.  The fossils date to the Cretaceous Period (Turonian). The picture shows what appears to be a Ptychotrygon triangularis sawfish rostral denticle fossil. Field of view (FOV) is about 3 mm. Thanks to Kenny for the image. Info Sources: http://
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