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November 15, 2014

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12:02 PM | Crocodiles of the World
Recently I took a trip up to this unusual establishment in Oxfordshire on something of a whim. I’d been planning to go for quite a while but the opportunity came up and I wanted to make the most of it so headed over (so apologies to various people who I’d been muttering to about arranging […]
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November 14, 2014

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10:14 PM | Art Every Day – Day 14
Still trying to do some art every single day. This week has been very difficult. Nevertheless, I’ve succeeded – though I have not accomplished the little project I wanted to finish this week. I am finally back to drawing fish. … Continue reading →
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8:24 PM | Fossil Friday – camel molar
For this week’s Fossil Friday we’ll return to camels, specifically the large extinct camel Camelops hesternus that’s pretty common in Pleistocene deposits in California. This specimen is an upper molar collected near the west dam of Diamond Valley Lake. I’m … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Friday Headlines: 11-14-14
Friday Headlines, November 14, 2014 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: Holy crap! We landed on a comet! Geoscientists acquitted of not properly predicting an earthquake Speaking of earthquake swarms   Rosetta mission: Philae tight landing spot on … Continue reading →
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9:07 AM | How did the horrible Yale “Brontosaurus” skull come to be?
A while back, Ben Miller reminded me that when I posted about the old Yale “Brontosaurus” skull, I promised: So how did the YPM come to make such a monstrosity? What was it based on? Tune in next time for the surprising details! I told him at the time that I’d soon get around to writing a […]
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4:21 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: A new crinoid species from the Middle Jurassic of southern Israel (with a bonus parasitic infection)
These fossils are a joy to present this week. Lizzie Reinthal (’14), Bill Ausich (Ohio State University) and I have a new paper out in the latest issue of the Journal of Paleontology. It is titled: “Parasitism of a new apiocrinitid crinoid species from the Middle Jurassic (Callovian) of southern Israel”. Allow me to introduce […]

November 13, 2014

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7:52 PM | Art Every Day – Day 13
I’ve had one of those days, wherein my schedule was slightly disrupted, so nothing has quite worked out… But I have come to a place that I will call ‘done’ for my #elegram: I could always do more, but time … Continue reading →
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7:32 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: A New Look at Dinosaurs, National Geographic, August 1978
Anyone who knows the slightest thing about the history of dinosaur science will tell you that the '60s and '70s constituted a pivotal period - the 'Dinosaur Renaissance', during which the old ideas about dinosaurs being 'great fossil lizards' (as John McLoughlin memorably put it) were overturned, and a new, more exciting picture emerged. In August 1978, National Geographic published an article by none other than John Ostrom, the man who named Deinonychus and helped lead this new wave in […]
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7:19 PM | Thirsty Thursday – Penny’s Pumpkin Ale… and More!
Last weekend, I finally got to bottle my pumpkin ale. Two more weeks, and I get to drink it. It was ready to be bottled, for sure! I sanitized all the bottles. Then filled and capped (and occupied most of … Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | 140-Million-Year-Old Dino Tooth Found in Malaysia
The artifact belongs to a new species within the 'bird-hipped' Ornithischian order, researchers said.
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4:34 PM | Let’s have a discussion about live-tweeting academic conferences
Tl,dr version: I think we need more appropriate guidelines for live-tweeting conferences, specifically regarding the broadcasting of sensitive research. This should be at the discretion of the author, and ideally stated at the beginning of each talk. Suzie Maidment, a colleague and friend of mine, recently started a major discussion on and off the internet […]
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3:27 PM | Last Fieldtrip for Climate Change
As the weather cools – the Wooster Geology Climate Change class ventured out in the field one more time. For the remainder of the semester we will try to get some work done. Two sites were visited – the Cedar Creek Mastodon Site and the OARDC. Two weeks ago a pit was dug from our coring […]

November 12, 2014

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7:25 PM | Art Every Day – Day 12
Not a good art day for me. This is my current project: It’s not art, per se, but there’s some artistry involved. That’s the interior bits of a $250,ooo mass spectrometer that I have to take apart, clean, and put … Continue reading →
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6:08 AM | Garjainia madiba, a new Erythrosuchid Archosauriform from the Early Triassic of South Africa
Gower, D. J., Hancox, P. J., Botha-Brink, J., Sennikov, A. G., and R. J. Butler. 2014. A New Species of Garjainia Ochev, 1958 (Diapsida: Archosauriformes: Erythrosuchidae) from the Early Triassic of South Africa. PLoS ONE 9(11): e111154. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111154Abstract - A new species of the erythrosuchid archosauriform reptile Garjainia Ochev, 1958 is described on the basis of disarticulated but abundant and well-preserved cranial and postcranial material from the […]

November 11, 2014

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8:55 PM | Art Every Day – Day 11
It’s funny how committing to 15 minutes a day of art expands into much more than a mere 15 minutes. But it’s fun. Today’s work is a little shift away from the fish project I’ve been working on to the … Continue reading →
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7:31 PM | WSC’s Fossil Preparation Exhibit
Like most collections-based museums, the Western Science Center has far more specimens than we could ever put on exhibit. We want to make our collections and procedures accessible to as many people as we can, but there are all kinds … Continue reading →
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2:14 AM | Solite Excavation: Day 12
Saturday was a double-booked day for me. Therefore, Ray took the crew out to excavate bright and early while I stayed behind to give a tour to a class from Lynchburg College. While the students wandered through the exhibits, I … Continue reading →

November 10, 2014

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7:12 PM | Art Every Day – Day 10
So far, ten for ten in spending a few minutes a day doing some art. Here’s today’s fish: Also, the dinosaurs have been at it again… The carnivores are trying to look cool while the herbivores look on, unimpressed. #Dinovember … Continue reading →
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5:17 PM | Mesozoic Miscellany 68
The Big NewsVintana sertichi is a new Gondwanatherian mammal from Madagascar, and in expanding our knowledge of the clade beyond assorted jaw-y and tooth-y bits, it's a pretty significant discovery. It's one of the largest mesozoic mammals discovered, coming in second to the mighty Repenomamus. More on V. sertichi from the New York Times, NSF, National Geographic, Palaeoblog, and the Guardian. Kulindadromeus on Twitter claims that the reconstructions we've seen are way off, however. Supposedly, […]
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12:16 PM | We need clear policy on tweeting from academic conferences
When Susie Maidment presented her in-progress research at SVP in Berlin last week, someone came in late, missed her “no tweeting, please” request, and posted a screenshot of the new work (since deleted). On the back of that, Susie started an interesting thread in which it became apparent that people have very different assumptions. She, and Marc Jones, and […]
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2:25 AM | Art Every Day – Day 9
Weekends are different than the work-week, in that I have a little time for longer-term projects. Today’s art is related to my costuming hobby, but is also practical. I’ve found myself hanging out with the archers in the Society for … Continue reading →

November 09, 2014

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5:20 AM | Wordless Wednesday Writing Challenge – DiNoWriMo
The RocNaNo blog offers weekly Wordless Wednesday writing prompts. Last week’s was this: DiNoWriMo They gathered, squinting at the glowing wall in front of them. A rumble began in Rex’s belly and grew louder. A deep growl escaped his mouth … Continue reading →
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3:49 AM | Art Every Day – Day 8
Weekends are hard. They should actually be a great time to do art, but… no. There are no fish to share today. I would have to fire up my ‘big’ computer, and I just don’t feel like it. But it’s … Continue reading →

November 08, 2014

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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

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 […]
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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 →
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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 […]
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