October 21, 2014

4:03 PM | Solite Excavation: Day 10
Day 10 of our excavation at Solite Quarry was all about Tanytrachelos, a small aquatic reptile from the Triassic. Much of the area we were excavating involved shale within ~2-3 inches from the top of the insect bed. It was within … Continue reading →
2:00 PM | Orange Rhymes with Door-Hinge
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – Orange is a colour that people either hate or love: tell us how you feel about it. —— Orange. It’s not a bad color, necessarily. We have a giant … Continue reading →
7:39 AM | Tutorial 29, Appendix A: good, bad and ugly titles of Mike’s papers
In light of yesterday’s tutorial on choosing titles, here are the titles of all my own published papers (including co-authored ones), in chronological order, with my own sense of whether I’m happy with them now I look back. All the full references are on my publications page (along with the PDFs). I’ll mark the good ones […]
2:18 AM | Wordless Wednesday – A Well-Used Path
The RocNaNo blog offers weekly “Wordless Wednesday” writing challenges. The most recent challenge was to use this photo as a jumping-off place for a story. Let’s see where I get with this… A Well-Used Path The path was well-traveled, with … Continue reading →
1:30 AM | Woodworthia arizonica Fossil
While touring the Natural History section of the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park (1300 N. College Ave, Tempe Arizona 85281) I saw fossil specimen (AHS-NH#11646) from Chinle Formation of Holbrook, Navajo County, Arizona USA. It is a Woodworthia arizonica Jeffrey 1910 tree fossil. This plant existed in the Upper or Late Triassic Period. Images of museum specimen taken

October 20, 2014

2:00 PM | Not Anxious, For a Change?
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – Autumn reminds us that everything changes. What do you wish you could change in your life right now? —— Today’s post is timely. Yesterday, I had a relatively relaxing … Continue reading →
1:18 PM | Tutorial 29: how to choose a title for your paper
Over on his (excellent) Better Posters blog, Zen Faulks has been critiquing a poster on affective feedback. The full title of the poster is “Studying the effects of affective feedback in embodied tutors”. Among other points, Zen makes this one: As a browser, I often want a take home message. This isn’t helped by the weak title, […]
10:00 AM | Dragon Tongues
I recently had the pleasure of being commissioned to create a new logo for the Dragon Tongues podcast, and since I'll take any opportunity to share relevant work from my livelihood at LITC, here it is.Dragon Tongues is the creation of Sean Willett, and it's highly recommended if you haven't had the chance to hear it. As luck would have it, Sean and I were both fans of each other's work, and the process was a lot of fun from start to finish. We met via a video chat (the future is truly here, […]

October 19, 2014

4:48 PM | Fibrous Calcite from Illinois
Back in 2010 I found a Devonian brachiopod fossil with a fibrous or needlelike mineral growth in it. I was trying to determine what this was. Last week while touring the Gallery of Natural History section of the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park (1300 N. College Ave, Tempe Arizona 85281) I saw a calcite specimen (AHS-NH#11396) from Cave in the Rock, Hardin County Illinois,
8:33 AM | Beautiful new Oligocene dolphin in the prep lab
 A couple of months ago the Haugh's quarry triage project started - we had dozens of unopened plaster jackets from Haugh's Quarry in South Canterbury. About a dozen medium to large size jackets were prepped out, including this one, which was found to have a beautifully preserved odontocete skull, mandible, and partial postcranial skeleton from the upper Oligocene Otekaike Limestone.Here's a view of the skull and mandible; the gray pieces at the upper right are parts of a large echinoid.And […]

October 17, 2014

3:00 PM | Fossil Friday – Harlan’s ground sloth jaw
For this week’s Fossil Friday we have a partial lower jaw of Harlan’s ground sloth, Paramylodon harlani, collected near the eastern end of Diamond Valley not far from the museum’s current location. This particular fragment is the back half of … Continue reading →
2:00 PM | Bonfire!
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – When was the last time you went to a campfire/bonfire? Tell us about it. —— One would think based upon the month and months of camping I have done … Continue reading →
2:00 PM | Friday Headlines: 10-17-14
Friday Headlines, October 17, 2014 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: Massive landslides in Italy Strutting kangaroos   Massive Landslide in Italy Caught on Video This is actually kind of ‘old’ news, as this happened back in 2010. … Continue reading →
5:36 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: Bivalve borings, bioclaustrations and symbiosis in corals from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) of southern Israel
The stark black-and-white of these images are a clue that the fossil this week has been described in a paper. Above is the scleractinian coral Aspidiscus cristatus (Lamarck, 1801) from the En Yorqe’am Formation (Cenomanian, Upper Cretaceous) of southern Israel. The holes are developed by and around tiny bivalves and given the trace fossil name […]
3:32 AM | tiny brontosauruses
This arrived on my Facebook wall, courtesy of Raul Diaz. For a split second I really did think the one second from the right was an older-model Carnegie Brachiosaurus toy. I assume that, like me, you have people in your life that you don’t correspond with very often, and when you remember that they exist, […]

October 16, 2014

4:08 PM | Principal Features of the Mammalian Nasal Cavity were Present in Triassic Eucynodonts
Ruf, I., Maier, W., Rodrigues, P. G., and C. L. Schultz. 2014. Nasal Anatomy of the Non-mammaliaform Cynodont Brasilitherium riograndensis (Eucynodontia, Therapsida) Reveals New Insight into Mammalian Evolution. The Anatomical Record 297: 2018–2030. DOI: 10.1002/ar.23022Abstract - The mammalian nasal cavity is characterized by a unique anatomy with complex internal features. The evolution of turbinals was correlated with endothermic and macrosmatic adaptations in therapsids and in early […]
3:14 PM | Random Writing – Wild Yeast
The RocNaNo group frequently posts random writing prompts. This one involves beer, so it caught my eye: Random #WritingPrompt: A six-pack of beer, a surreal news story, and a famous quote. #amwriting — RocNaNo (@RocNaNo) October 15, 2014 Wild Yeast … Continue reading →
2:00 PM | Hayride season
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – Tell us about your ideal hayride. What would you bring? Who would be there? —— Oh my goodness. Hayrides. The last time I went on a hayride was probably … Continue reading →
2:00 PM | Thirsty Thursday – My Own Pumpkin Ale
My weekend was very, very busy, in terms of brewing. Saturday, I finally bottled by Sam Adams Summer Ale clone. In two weeks, I’ll finally get to drink it! Once it was bottled, and all the carboys cleaned, it was … Continue reading →
10:00 AM | Mesozoic Miscellany 66
In the NewsVenezuela has gained another non-avian dinosaur taxon, making 2014 something of a boom year for the early Jurassic La Quinta Formation. Following the publication of Laquintasaura venezuelae in August, we now welcome Tachiraptor admirabilis to the fold. Mike at Everything Dinosaur has terrific pieces on both taxa: read his takes on L. venezuelae and T. admirabilis. Because of my recent post on dreadful stock image dinosaurs, please note that each of these publications were accompanied […]
5:04 AM | Panguraptor lufengensis, a New Coelophysoid Theropod Dinosaur from the Lower Jurassic of China
You, H.-L., Azuma, Y., Wang, T., Wang, Y.-M., and Z.-M. Dong. 2014. The first well-preserved coelophysoid theropod dinosaur from Asia. Zootaxa 3873:233–249.Abstract - Previously reported coelophysoid material from Asia (excluding the Gondwanan territory of India) is limited to two specimens that comprise only limb fragments. This paper describes a new genus and species of coelophysoid, Panguraptor lufengensis, from the Lower Jurassic Lufeng Formation of […]
5:01 AM | Which (non-open access) journals can paleontologists access?
In a previous post, I detailed the various ways in which paleontologists access the non-open access literature. Institutional subscription was the most commonly-used method (but not for all people who answered a survey on the topic!), followed by accessing author-posted … Continue reading »The post Which (non-open access) journals can paleontologists access? appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
1:30 AM | Lithothamnium Fossil
This picture shows a Lithothamnium calcareous algae fossil. It was found in Cagliari Sardinia Italy. The fossil dates to the Quaternary Period. Specimen can be seen at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Image taken June 2014.
12:13 AM | SeAVP Day 2, Museum Hopping, and National Fossil Day!
Day 2 of SeAVP: Field trip day! Kat Turk, former VMNH intern, and I attended the field trip to Smith County Lime Pit, Sylvarena, MS. This quarry containing 4 Oligocene formations: Marianna, Byram, Glendon, and Bucatunna. The majority of the … Continue reading →

October 15, 2014

4:02 PM | Trio of Huge Crocs Ruled Europe's Jurassic Waters
A trio of crocodile-like animals from Europe might have munched on dinosaurs and other impressively large prey during the Jurassic. Continue reading →
2:00 PM | Never Late. Never. Never. Never.
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – Do you usually run late, early, or on-time? —— I’m one of those people. I’m rarely late. I was raised by an early person. My mother was insistant that … Continue reading →
9:39 AM | Here’s that wallaby-skull multiview you ordered
After the sheep skull ten days ago, here is Logan the wallaby in all his glory: As always, click through for the full-sized version (6833 × 5082).  
1:30 AM | Eozoon canadense Pseudofossil
Originally this fossil was identified in 1864 or 1865 by John William Dawson as a Precambrian foraminifera. As it turns out it was metamorphosed bands of calcite and serpentine thus a pseudofossil. Specimen can be seen at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Image was taken in June 2014. Learn more at:

October 14, 2014

8:00 PM | Dinosaurs Were Heavy, Wet Breathers
Dinos took long, heavy, deep and mucous-moistened breaths to keep their brains from frying.
3:20 PM | Harley Garbani exhibit opens at WSC
Last night more than 70 WSC members and supporters attended the sneak preview of our new permanent exhibit “Harley Garbani: Dinosaur Hunter”. Harley Garbani grew up in the San Jacinto Valley, and it was during his childhood here that he … Continue reading →
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