September 27, 2014

5:24 PM | Wooster Geologist over the Andes
MENDOZA, ARGENTINA–I have just arrived in Argentina for the Fourth International Palaeontological Congress to be held in this city all next week. I thank me colleagues at Wooster for making this possible, especially Shelley Judge who is teaching my History of Life class in my absence. I also thank the Faculty Development Fund at Wooster. […]
3:45 PM | Does anyone want a project? How can we understand sauropod neck cartilage better?
A couple of times now, I’ve pitched in an abstract for a Masters project looking at neck cartilage, hoping someone at Bristol will work on it with me co-supervising, but so far no-one’s bitten. Here’s how I’ve been describing it: Understanding posture and motion in the necks of sauropods: the crucial role of cartilage in […]
1:30 AM | Sea Urchin with Spines
Here is a picture of a spiny echinoid sea urchin at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Image taken in June 2014.

September 26, 2014

8:17 PM | Further adventures in Russian: Atlas of Dinosaurs, part 1
Following last week's 'Russian interlude', palaeoartist and (I'm very happy to say) LITC reader Vladimir Nikolov has offered up another slice of Russian-language non-quite-vintage dinosaur art. Behold, one and all, the glorious Atlas of Dinosaurs and other Fossil Animals. It's a far more recent book than you might think...or hope.This second edition dates from 2001, but you might be surprised to learn that the first edition was published as recently as 1998. While the cover is dominated by a […]
6:38 PM | How Dinosaurs Set Up an Avian Explosion
If you were to take a stroll through the Late Jurassic forest, roundabout 150 million years ago, you …
3:05 PM | Fossil Friday – camel metacarpal
For Fossil Friday, we have the hand bone (front foot bone) of the western camel, Camelops hesternus, seen here in anterior view (the bottom is to the left). It was collected about a mile from where the museum is now located, and … Continue reading →
2:00 PM | Friday Headlines : 9-26-14
Friday Headlines, September 24, 2014 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: Ice worms?! Eww! The Earth’s magnetic poles could flip?! What next? An earthquake? YES!   Glacier Ice Worms in Action Ok. I’m just putting this here because … Continue reading →
5:52 AM | Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A crinoid calyx from the Upper Ordovician of southern Ohio
This week’s contribution from the Wooster collections will be short. If all is going well, as this is posted I’m on my way to the Fourth International Palaeontological Congress in Mendoza, Argentina. I hope to have a few posts from that exotic place! The fossil above is the crown of a monobathrid crinoid called Xenocrinus […]
1:30 AM | Tmetoceras Ammonite Fossil
Here is a picture of a Tmetoceras scissum ammonite fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creature existed in the Middle Jurassic Period. Image taken in June 2014.
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