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December 22, 2014

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7:10 PM | Guest Blog: The Solite Experience through the Eyes of an Educator
New on the Updates blog – Guest Blog Posts! The first in this series is from Sydney Brown, one of the VMNH Educators. Since her first day of excavating, Sydney has been a regular part of the Solite Quarry excavation … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Mesozoic Miscellany 71
Newsie BitsThe Danek Edmontosaurus Bonebed is the subject of the new issue of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. An important site for both research and outreach, the bonebed has produced over 800 specimens, dominated by E. regalis, but also containing the northernmost specimen of Albertosaurus, Troodon, and a bonus ceratopsian horncore. More: Everything Dinosaur and Phys.org both featured articles about the bonebed. University of Alberta PhD candidate Michael Burns was interviewed about […]
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2:28 AM | Harpes perradiatus Trilobite Fossil
Image of  a Harpes perradiatus trilobite fossil. This creature existed in the Middle Devonain Period. While visiting the Gallery of Natural History at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park (1300 N. College Ave, Tempe Arizona 85281) I saw this fossil specimen (AHS-NH#20671). It was found in what is now Alnif, Morocco, North Africa. Images of museum specimen taken October 2014.

December 19, 2014

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8:46 PM | Wooster Geologist in Yorkshire
LEEDS, ENGLAND–It was my good fortune to attend this week the 58th Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association in Leeds, Yorkshire, this week. I very much enjoy these meetings because of the high quality of the talks and posters, the collegiality, the field trips, and my chance to meet new colleagues and learn more about […]
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4:15 PM | Fossil Friday – bison molar
As our molding and casting program gets underway, we’ve been going through the WSC collections looking for good candidates for molding. We’ve been particularly interested in teeth, because in many mammals the teeth are highly distinctive and potentially provide a … Continue reading →
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6:43 AM | 2014: A Great Year for Hupehsuchia
I just can’t get enough of those bizarre hupehsuchians! These ancient marine reptiles–known exclusively from ~248 million year old rocks in China–had a tubular, bone-encased torso, toothless jaws, and flippers often sprouting an extra finger and toe or two. In … Continue reading »The post 2014: A Great Year for Hupehsuchia appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
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4:15 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: Beautiful trace fossils from the Upper Ordovician of southern Ohio
Every year we highlight at least one of the fossils found and studied by Wooster’s Invertebrate Paleontology class as part of their field and laboratory exercises. This year it is this nice slab of trace fossils collected by Curtis Davies (’15) on our August 31 field trip to the emergency spillway in Caesar Creek State […]
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3:00 AM | Thirsty Thursday – December’s Brewing Madness
Something clicked in the last couple of weeks, and I’ve been brewing like crazy. The end result is this current state of my living room: To get here, I started last Saturday with bottling the hard cider that had been … Continue reading →

December 18, 2014

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1:53 PM | Top 2014 Evolution and Development Books
Jump to General Biology; Zoology; Invertebrates; Vertebrates; Human Biology; Systematics and Phylogenetics; Palaeontology; Geology; Historical Geology; Ecology; Environmental; Climate Change; Botany; Microbiology; History; Philosophy.  Because of sheer volume of evolution books this year, my own tastes and biases are on full display in this top 5. Check the runners up to find something more relevant for […] The post Top 2014 Evolution and Development Books appeared first on […]
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1:08 PM | My early Christmas present: a dead corn snake
A friend’s daughter owned a pet corn snake, and a hamster. About a month ago, the former got into the latter’s cage — and in a reversal of the usual course of such events, sustained some nasty injuries. As snakes often do, it struggled to recover, and the wound seems to have necrotised. This morning […]
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11:39 AM | Top 2014 Systematics and Phylogenetics Books
Jump to General Biology; Zoology; Invertebrates; Vertebrates; Human Biology; Evolution and Development; Palaeontology; Geology; Historical Geology; Ecology; Environmental; Climate Change; Botany; Microbiology; History; Philosophy.  A clear top 5, these books are all excellent, and each comes with a clear audience. If I had some money, I would spend it all on them and be happy […] The post Top 2014 Systematics and Phylogenetics Books appeared first on Teaching Biology.

December 17, 2014

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9:25 PM | Solite Excavation: Day 14
On Saturday, our last day of excavation for 2014, we reached the cumulative work time of two weeks. During that time we collected ~53 cubic feet of insect bed and several boxes and crates full of various plants and vertebrates including … Continue reading →
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3:19 AM | Paleopixels
In my day (and night and weekend) job as a freelance designer and illustrator, I recently was hired to do some advertising illustrations in a pixel art style, emulating the look of 8-bit video game graphics. It was a reminder of how much fun I had drawing on the old Tandy personal computer my family had in the late eighties, in which I would draw elaborate scenes inspired by the Sierra games I loved - especially the King's Quest and Space Quest series (for some reason, I was never allowed to […]

December 16, 2014

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9:06 PM | My new paper on Haplocanthosaurus is out
Right on the heels of Aquilops last week, my paper with John Foster on the new specimen of Haplocanthosaurus from Snowmass, Colorado, was just published in Volumina Jurassica. I’ll have more to say about it later, but right now I am up against a deadline on a big project and I need to go work […]

December 15, 2014

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10:07 PM | The Palaeontological Association 58th Annual Meeting
Welcome to our coverage of the Palaeontological Association’s 58th Annual Meeting, this year hosted by the University of Leeds, UK. The conference take place between the 16th and 18th December. All times displayed are UTC. if there are any problems with the live stream please refresh the page, if this does not resolve the issue, [&hellip
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6:41 PM | Snowsalamander
In the annals of paleontology, Snowmastodon holds a very special place. The site isn’t only remarkable for what …
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9:54 AM | Why I feel horrible about Nature‘s article-sharing initiative
I wrote last week that I can’t support Nature’s new broken-access initiative for two reasons: practically, I can’t rely on it; and philosophically I can’t abide work being done to reduce utility. More recently I read a post on Nature’s blog: Content sharing is *not* open access and why NPG is committed to both. It’s well worth reading: concise, […]

December 14, 2014

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3:48 AM | Fossil Shark Teeth of South Dakota
My cousin recently received some matrix from the Carisle Formation of Union County, South Dakota, USA. He has been carefully breaking it down to extract the hidden fossil shark teeth.  The fossils date to the Cretaceous Period (Turonian). We have been trying to identify what they are. So far names I am considering are Leptostyrax, Cretalamna (Otodus), and Cretodus. Thanks to Kenny for

December 13, 2014

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7:46 PM | Aquilops in today’s LA Times
Hey, just a quick announcement this time: today’s LA Times has a nice little article on Aquilops on page A6. It’s also available online here. Good luck tracking down a hardcopy – our local Barnes & Noble doesn’t carry the LA Times (not sure which party that reflects worse on), and I got the last […]

December 12, 2014

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11:00 PM | Grupo de Educación (9ª Promoción, 2014-2015)
En esta ocasión el grupo de Educación tendrá dos trabajos muy diferentes, a la par que interesantes.Germán CervigónAlumno de 3º de Grado en Geología con interés en la divulgación de las ciencias y la innovación educativa. Realizará un trabajo de seguimiento de salidas de campo realizadas por la empresa Geosfera, con alumnos de 4º de E.S.O. y 1º - 2º de Bachillerato, para analizar los principales problemas […]
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10:41 PM | Using Penguins to Study Prehistory
Hesperornis isn’t a celebrity fossil, but it used to be. Soon after paleontologist O.C. Marsh named the toothed …
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7:32 PM | Fossil Friday – peccary molar
The Pleistocene megafauna from Diamond Valley Lake is dominated by a few prominent groups such as horses, bison, and mastodons. But there were a lot of species of mammals in the valley that are represented by only a limited number … Continue reading →
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5:15 AM | How bigsmall was Aquilops?
If you’ve been reading around about Aquilops, you’ve probably seen it compared in size to a raven, a rabbit, or a cat. Where’d those comparisons come from? You’re about to find out. Back in April I ran some numbers to get a rough idea of the size of Aquilops, both for my own interest and […]
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4:49 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: New tropical Jurassic bryozoan species from southern Israel
We are pleased to introduce to the world four new species of Jurassic cyclostome bryozoans. In a paper that has just appeared in the Bulletin of Geosciences, Steph Bosch (’14), Paul Taylor and I describe the first tropical Jurassic bryozoan fauna (see Wilson et al., 2015, below; it is open access and a free download). […]

December 11, 2014

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3:00 PM | Assembling the Aquilops Paper
In my previous post, I introduced Aquilops, a new little dinosaur from ancient Montana, and talked about some of the science behind establishing its identity. Here, I want to step back (or is that look down?) for a little navel-gazing about … Continue reading »The post Assembling the Aquilops Paper appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
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1:23 PM | How To Be A Dunkleosteus
Back in January 2014 I wrote about How To Be A Megalodon Shark which was about the popular smartphone game Hungry Shark Evolution. In that posting, I was hoping they would create an arthrodire or mosasaur creature to play in the game. Well they have created a Dunkleosteus. It is one fearsome creature with some artistic gaming license added in. The creature has been given a double mouth with
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11:47 AM | Top 2014 Human and Primate Biology Books
Jump to General Biology; Zoology; Invertebrates; Vertebrates; Systematics and Phylogenetics; Evolution and Development; Palaeontology; Geology; Historical Geology; Ecology; Environmental; Climate Change; Botany; Microbiology; History; Philosophy.  This list was incredibly hard to narrow down to just 5 books – there are 20 more in the runners up, and each one of them is heartily recommended. Check them […] The post Top 2014 Human and Primate Biology Books appeared first on […]
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10:10 AM | Top 2014 Vertebrate Books
Jump to General Biology; Zoology; Invertebrates; Human Biology; Systematics and Phylogenetics; Evolution and Development; Palaeontology; Geology; Historical Geology; Ecology; Environmental; Climate Change; Botany; Microbiology; History; Philosophy.  The books in this list cover the biology of more familiar charismatic fauna. The runners up contain more esoteric fare, or are interdisciplinary books that will end up in […] The post Top 2014 Vertebrate Books appeared first on Teaching […]
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8:05 AM | Reconstructing the skull of Aquilops
As I mentioned in my first post on Aquilops, I drew the skull reconstructions that appear in figure 6 of the paper (Farke et al. 2014). I’m writing this post to explain that process. We’ve blogged here before about the back-and-forth between paleontologists and artists when it comes to reconstructing and restoring extinct animals (example […]

December 10, 2014

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7:19 PM | Please welcome Aquilops americanus
Today sees the description of Aquilops americanus (“American eagle face”), a new basal neoceratopsian from the Cloverly Formation of Montana, by Andy Farke, Rich Cifelli, Des Maxwell, and myself, with life restorations by Brian Engh. The paper, which has just been published in PLOS ONE, is open access, so you can download it, read it, […]
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