November 08, 2014

4:16 PM | Yesterday, I Met a Man…
Last night I sat at Writers & Books, a local shop devoted to the literary arts, writing feverishly on my NaNoWriMo novel. Though it is not my store, I positioned myself close to the main entrance to greet passers-by and … Continue reading →

November 07, 2014

11:58 PM | Friday Headlines: 11-7-14
Friday Headlines, November 7, 2014 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: A Rare Mineral Found in Meteor Craters Iapetus was the Impetus A Pregnant Eocene Mare   Rare Mineral Discovered in Ancient Meteorite Impact Crater There are two … Continue reading →
7:12 PM | Art Every Day – Day 7
The fish are multiplying. Maybe that’s why they’ve been so successful over geologic time. I spent perhaps a little too long working on this, but I kind of like the results. Dinovember continues. I thought I’d lost track of them, … Continue reading →
5:02 PM | Fossil Friday – bison cervical vertebra
For today’s Fossil Friday we have a vertebra from one of the more common Pleistocene animals in the region, the bison. The vertebral column (backbone) in mammals is typically divided into five separate regions, based on common characteristics and the … Continue reading →
4:51 AM | Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: Upper Ordovician bivalve bioimmured by a bryozoan
This week’s fossil is a simple and common form in the Cincinnatian Series (Upper Ordovician) of the Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky tri-state area. We are looking above at the base of a trepostome bryozoan that encrusted the outside of an aragonite bivalve shell. The bivalve shell (probably a species of Ambonychia) dissolved away, leaving its […]
12:34 AM | Art Every Day – Day 6
Today was a difficult day to accomplish a little art. I did finally sit down in the evening and crank out this lovely: Despite my difficult time doing a some art, the dinosaurs did get into some mischief again: Oh … Continue reading →
12:03 AM | Significance of Skeletal Variation in the Late Triassic Dinosauriform Silesaurus opolensis
Piechowski, P., Tałanda, M., and J. Dzik. 2014. Skeletal variation and ontogeny of the Late Triassic Dinosauriform Silesaurus opolensis. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34:1383-1393 DOI:10.1080/02724634.2014.873045Abstract - A principal component analysis (PCA) performed for a set of 24 measurements on 33 femora and 15 measurements on 20 ilia of Silesaurus opolensis from the early Late Triassic of Krasiejów, southern Poland, shows that this sample is highly […]

November 06, 2014

5:00 PM | DNews: Stegosaurus Wasn't Above Striking a Low Blow
Judging from injuries evident in allosaurus fossils, a paleontologist has deduced that stegosaurus knew how to use it spikes to deliver devastating crotch shots to the otherwise dominating allosaurs. Ouch!
8:06 AM | Is my new sauropod-neck cartilage paper “published”?
In a comment on the last post, Mark Robinson asked an important question: You linked to the preprint of your The neck of Barosaurus was not only longer but also wider than those of Diplodocus and other diplodocines submission – does this mean that it has not yet been formally published? As so often in these […]
5:06 AM | Cartorhynchus lenticarpus, a New Basal Ichthyosauriform from the Lower Triassic of China
Amazing!Motani, R., Jiang, D.-Y., Chen, G.-B., Tintori, A., Rieppel, O., Ji, C., and J.-D. Huang. 2014. A basal ichthyosauriform with a short snout from the Lower Triassic of China. Nature (article preview). doi:10.1038/nature13866Abstract - The incompleteness of the fossil record obscures the origin of many of the more derived clades of vertebrates. One such group is the Ichthyopterygia, a clade of obligatory marine reptiles that appeared in the Early Triassic epoch, without any […]

November 05, 2014

11:57 PM | Description of the Ornithosuchid Archosaurian Venaticosuchus rusconii from the Late Triassic of Argentina and the Phylogeny of the Ornithosuchidae
Von Baczko, M. B., Desojo, J. B., and D. Pol. 2014. Anatomy and phylogenetic position of Venaticosuchus rusconii Bonaparte, 1970 (Archosauria, Pseudosuchia), from the Ischigualasto Formation (Late Triassic), La Rioja, Argentina. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34:1342-1356 DOI:10.1080/02724634.2014.860150Abstract - Ornithosuchidae is a group of Late Triassic pseudosuchian archosaurs of controversial phylogenetic affinities. This clade currently comprises three taxa: Venaticosuchus […]
6:22 PM | Art Every Day – Day 5
Fifteen minutes a day. That’s all I’m shooting for. The problem with art is that time flies. Fifteen minutes easily becomes one hour. Not ideal when  you’re in the office, supposedly ‘working.’ Oh well. Today I fixed the fish I … Continue reading →
6:05 PM | Fossil Links Dolphin-Like Dino to Amphibious Past
Evidence has been uncovered that connects the ichthyosaur with its transition from land to sea.
6:00 PM | Toothy Mammal Named 'Luck' Coexisted with Dinosaurs
A scrappy, furry plant-lover named Luck coexisted with dinosaurs and provides important new insights into the evolution of Earth's earliest mammals.
4:03 PM | Somosaguas en la Semana de la Ciencia 2014
Como cada año por estas fechas, ha comenzado en Madrid la Semana de la Ciencia, que se prolongará hasta el día 16 de Noviembre. Y, como habitualmente, el Proyecto Somosaguas de Paleontología participa en la misma.Esta vez se trata una aportación que hicimos a la campaña #100Geositios que lanzó esta primavera el Instituto de Geociencias (CSIC, UCM) a través de su cuenta de Twitter. Con el paso de los meses, esta campaña ha […]
2:00 PM | Dino Life-or-Death Chases Recreated
An imagined race between a carnivorous tyrannosaur like T. rex and a big plant-eating dino found that the veggie-lover often won by outrunning and outwitting its predator.
10:05 AM | Sauropods’ neutral neck postures were really weird
Last night, I submitted a paper for publication — for the first time since April 2013. I’d almost forgotten what it felt like. But, because we’re living in the Shiny Digital Future, you don’t have to wait till it’s been through review and formal publication to read it. I submitted to PeerJ, and at the […]

November 04, 2014

11:52 PM | Nundasuchus songeaensis, a New Archosauriform from the Middle Triassic of Tanzania and its Implications for the Phylogeny of the Archosauria
Nesbitt, S. J., Sidor, C. A., Angielczyk, K. D., Smith, R. M. H., and L. A. Tsuji. 2014. A new archosaur from the Manda beds (Anisian, Middle Triassic) of southern Tanzania and its implications for character state optimizations at Archosauria and Pseudosuchia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34:1357-1382 DOI:10.1080/02724634.2014.859622Abstract - The presence of early pseudosuchians and avemetatarsalians in Anisian beds of Africa demonstrates that the archosaur radiation was […]
11:07 PM | Art Every Day – Day 4
A little art every day. It seems easy enough. Today’s effort wasn’t as good as I would have liked. It’s part of the little project I began to show off yesterday. Another fish, of course. I don’t care for the … Continue reading →
8:05 PM | In the Wee Hours
National Blog Posting Month – November 2014 – Huge Prompt – What is your favorite holiday memory? (And yes, you can pick any holiday, including your birthday.) —— I admit some of my fondest childhood memories are of Christmas. I … Continue reading →
4:23 AM | Penny’s House of Isotopes
National Blog Posting Month – November 2014 – Huge Prompt – Write about an amazing imaginary brand or organization you’d love to work with. What would their pitch to you look like? What would your post say? —— I thought … Continue reading →
2:20 AM | The evolutionary history of walruses, part 5: what did tusks evolve for?
 This is the last text-heavy post in the […]

November 03, 2014

9:23 PM | Necks Lie: the complete story
Just a quick post to link to all five (so far) installments of the “necks lie” series. I need this because I want to cite all the “necks lie” posts in a paper that I’ll shortly submit, and it seems better to cite a single page than four of them. Necks lie Necks lie, redux Sauropods still […]
8:05 PM | Art Every Day – Day 3
A little bit of art every day is good for the soul. This month I’m making a point of trying to do something artistic daily, as part of Art Every Day Month. Because of this, I’ve let myself get into … Continue reading →
12:54 AM | Art Every Day – Day 2
The challenge is to create something every day. To do some art. For most, this is the visual arts, and I too would interpret the challenge that way. But there’s more art than just the visual arts, and as my … Continue reading →
12:40 AM | Wordless Wednesday Writing Challenge – The Green Glow
The RocNaNo blog offers weekly Wordless Wednesday writing prompts. Last week’s was this, just in time for Halloween: The Green Glow The girl was kicking again, struggling against the ropes that bound her. Jacques slapped her, and she fell back … Continue reading →

November 01, 2014

8:29 PM | November: A Month of Acronyms
NaNoWriMo NaBloPoMo AEDM These are the three acronyms that I’ll be working on this month. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an international event that challenges participants to write a 50000 word novel in one month. This will … Continue reading →
7:52 PM | Halloween Wrap-up – What was I?
In case you wondered, here’s some photos of me in my costume. It was a hodge-podge of 14th and 15th century pieces (many of which I’ve made) with odds-and-ends medieval-looking bits. I started with a base layer that included the … Continue reading →
1:30 AM | Encope micorpora Echinoderm
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 fossil specimen (AHS-NH#9854) Encope micorpora (Agassiz, 1841) sand dollar. Creatures like this are alive today and existed back to the Pliocene This one was found in El Golfo, Mexico. Image of museum specimen taken October 2014. Source to

October 31, 2014

8:03 PM | Fossil Friday – mastodon lower molar
For this week’s Fossil Friday we have a tooth from this blog’s namesake, the mastodon Mammut americanum. This particular tooth was collected about 15 miles southwest of the museum, not far from Temecula in Riverside County. This tooth is the … Continue reading →
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