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July 21, 2014

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7:30 PM | Museum of Western Colorado Unearths a Jurassic Record-Breaker
Apatosaurus was an enormous dinosaur. That’s something easily said, but can’t be understood without spending time in the …
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6:13 PM | Mike Taylor’s ESOF2014 talk: should science always be open?
As recently noted, it was my pleasure and privilege on 25 June to give a talk at the ESOF2014 conference in Copenhagen (the EuroScience Open Forum). My talk was one of four, followed by a panel discussion, in a session on the subject “Should science always be open?“.   I had just ten minutes to […]
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8:02 AM | Eodelphis kabatensis illustration on the cover of JVP
Last year I was contacted by my friend and colleague Mizuki Murakami (now Dr. Murakami), who wanted to commission an illustration of a fossil odontocete from Japan for a manuscript he was working on and planning on submitting to the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology in the hopes that it would be accepted and selected as the feature article. To make a long story short, it was. The illustration depicts "Eodelphis" kabatensis - a fossil delphinid and possible ancestral globicephaline or orcinine […]
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4:31 AM | Iron Flows and Camera Blows
Guest Bloggers:  Sarah McGrath (’17) and Chloe Wallace (’17), both members of Team Utah 2014   EPHRAIM, UTAH — No longer rookie bloggers Chloe and Sarah here, coming at you from the sweet comfort of our couch in Utah. Before collecting pounds of oncolites and encountering countless kill sites, we were just two inexperienced field […]
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4:27 AM | Oncolites and Kill Sites
Guest Bloggers:  Sarah McGrath (’17) and Chloe Wallace (’17), both members of Team Utah 2014   EPHRAIM, UTAH –  Rookie bloggers, Sarah and Chloe, coming at you from beautiful Ephraim, Utah! We’ll admit early on that are blogging skills are not the most proficient, but we’re giving it a shot (mostly because we are being […]
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3:43 AM | Pteranodon Flying Reptile Stamp
Here is a picture of the Pteranodon flying reptile stamp. It was issued in 1965 by the small republic of San Marino (located on the Italian peninsula). It had a value of 3 lire but the country now uses the euro as their currency. The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) website has a 1965 listing of currency rate exchanges. One United States dollar was equivalent to 625 Italian lire. So this

July 20, 2014

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11:45 PM | Field work travelog – Day 9, So much measuring.
It was a hot one today. Running out of water was a theme, not one I like to have. Ever. But we survived and successfully completed the needed tasks. We finished measuring the reference section needed for a project I’m … Continue reading →
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12:34 AM | Field work travelog – Day 8, More section and hobby indulgence.
Today was a very productive day for us. We measured 213 meters of section, all the while collecting rock samples at 1.5 meter intervals. End result: lots of rock samples. It’s great to have a crew of myself and three … Continue reading →

July 18, 2014

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11:49 PM | Field work travelog – Day 7, Part 1 complete.
A successful second full day in The Breaks. We’ve completed one measured section (about 180 meters) and have one more similar-lengthed section to go. We spent a little time at a couple of my favorite fossil localities, searching for additional … Continue reading →
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10:19 PM | Baby Mammoths Yield Hi-Res Details for Paleontologists
There’s only one fossil that ever made me cry. Lyuba, a one month old woolly mammoth, made me …
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5:00 PM | Random Review – Mi Ranchito, Sidney, Nebraska
Sidney Nebraska is known for being the world headquarters for Cabela’s. There’s a massive store there that is frequented by geologists and students who find themselves within driving distance. Over the many years that I’ve driven through there for various … Continue reading →
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5:14 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: Silicified productid brachiopods from the Permian of West Texas
The three beauties above are productid brachiopods from the Road Canyon Formation (Middle Permian, Roadian, approximately 270 million years old) in the Glass Mountains of southwestern Texas. They are part of a series we’ve done on the silicified fauna of a block of limestone we dissolved in the lab many years ago. The calcitic shells […]
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3:13 AM | Hot Springs and I.S. Frenzy
Guest Blogger:  Kelli Baxstrom (’16), member of Team Utah 2014   EPHRAIM, UTAH –  A week into Utah, and feelings are mixed between slight hysteria for those who continue to fall off the couch in the evening due to exhaustion and an ongoing sense of awe of the beautiful world that exists outside Ohio. Sunday was […]
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1:54 AM | Feathery Fossil Gives Flying Dinosaurs a Size Boost
Early last week, in the pages of PNAS, paleontologist Dan Ksepka unveiled one of the largest dinosaurs ever …
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12:11 AM | Field work travelog – Day 6, ammonites
A note: I’m having problems uploading images from my phones so posts may be photo-less. Today we took a grand tour of the Hanna Basin field area, and got distracted by the Cretaceous. We found a bunch of ammonites in … Continue reading →
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12:11 AM | Field work travelog – Day 5, In the Hanna Basin
It was really rainy this morning. I was convinced that we wouldn’t make it into our camp in the Hanna Basin. We plunged ahead anyway. On the way, we stopped at the famous ‘Bone Cabin,’ located next to the equally … Continue reading →
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12:09 AM | Field work travelog – Day 6, ammonites
A note: I’m having problems uploading images from my phones so posts may be photo-less. Today we took a grand tour of the Hanna Basin field area, and got distracted by the Cretaceous. We found a bunch of ammonites in … Continue reading →
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12:02 AM | Field work travelog – Day 5, In the Hanna Basin
It was really rainy this morning. I was convinced that we wouldn’t make it into our camp in the Hanna Basin. We plunged ahead anyway. On the way, we stopped at the famous ‘Bone Cabin,’ located next to the equally … Continue reading →

July 17, 2014

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11:28 PM | Another Perspective on British Columbia
Guest blogger: Liz Plascencia 15 days. 22 bears. 4 bald eagles. 47 rock samples. Wow. What a trip. I, a native Los Angeles city dwelling kid, have had the utmost pleasure of accompanying such a dynamic and energetic team of geologists to Mt. Edziza. Northern British Columbia is absolutely unreal. Far from the city lights […]
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5:00 PM | Random Review – Shanghai Chinese Restaurant, Milan, Illinois
We found ourselves craving Chinese food the second night of our unplanned stay in Milan, Illinois. We decided to check out Shanghai Chinese Restaurant, as we had passed it numerous times on our strolls. I admit, at first I was … Continue reading →
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2:46 AM | “Bigfoot” Unmasked
Bigfoot is an all-American monster. The mythical ape – a bastardized version of the Yeti – has supposedly …

July 16, 2014

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7:47 PM | Returned from British Columbia
Bears = 22 Bald Eagles = 4 Wolves = 2 Stone Mountain Sheep = 4 Marmots = Too many Helicopter Rides = 2 Impromptu Trip to Hyder, AK = 1 Samples Collected = 47 Successful Trip? Most definitely Fieldwork in British Columbia was hard. We covered a lot of ground both in transit and during […]
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5:39 PM | Pelican vertebrae are mostly air
I was at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County yesterday to do some research in the ornithology collection. After lunch I was working on this pelican skeleton and I thought, “Geez, there is just no way to do this thing justice with still photos. I should make a video.” Here it is. You’ll […]
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5:00 PM | Random Review – Hungry Hobo, Milan, IL
When in Milan… We were broken down in the lovely town of Milan, IL, and had no other choice than to take extended walking tours of the village. Because we were intrigued by the name, we decided to take dinner … Continue reading →
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6:09 AM | Field Work Travelog – Day 4, Hello Laramie!
One day later than the original plan, but here we are. We got the truck back yesterday afternoon, a little too late for try to get some miles in before the end of the day. Instead, we decided to enjoy … Continue reading →
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5:09 AM | Brain-melting Heat in the Sanpete Valley
Guest Blogger:  Michael Williams (’16), member of Team Utah 2014   EPHRAIM, UTAH –Team Utah 2014 is now approaching the one-week mark of being in the field. For the past four days we’ve been working on one of Dr. Judge’s pet projects: deformation bands and fluid flow in the Sixmile Canyon Formation. This Cretaceous sandstone […]

July 15, 2014

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9:06 PM | The TetZooCon was on
So, TetZooCon 2014 happened, and you won't hear a bad word said of it among those of us who attended. The event was a spin-off of the incredi-popular Tetrapod Zoology blog, authored by fish-hating mega-brain Darren Naish, and also the similarly named podcast, hosted by Darren and partner in tapir in-joke crime, John Conway. I'm sure neither will need an introduction around these parts; suffice it to say, the event reflected the incredibly diverse range of topics discussed on the blog and […]
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3:00 PM | New Dinosaur Was Built Like an Airplane
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's actually a new non-avian dinosaur that resembled a jet and could fly with ease too.
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11:09 AM | Episode 31: Anomalocaridids
Anomalocaridids are iconic Cambrian animals, originally found in the Burgess Shale deposits in Canada. From the Genus Anomalocaris, their name translates as ‘strange shrimp’ owing to their initial misidentification from incomplete remains. In fact, it took until 1985 to realise that three different animals were all actually disarticulated parts of the same animal! Our knowledge of [&hellip
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5:59 AM | Meet Team Utah 2014
EPHRAIM, UTAH — On July 9, four Wooster students traveled to Utah to begin structural and stratigraphic research with me.  They will be out here until July 22, when we will all fly back to Ohio together.  I’d like to introduce these students to you!! Above is a great picture of Team Utah on the […]
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