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September 15, 2014

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2:30 PM | Giant Dinosaur Could Fill Fossil 'Black Hole'
Titanosaurian remains are found on every continent but history outside of South America is less well known.
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3:15 AM | How long was the torso of Dreadnoughtus?
In a comment on the last post, on the mass of Dreadnoughtus, Asier Larramendi wrote: The body mass should be considerably lower because the reconstructed column don’t match with published vertebrae centra lengths. 3D reconstruction also leaves too much space between vertebrae. The reconstruction body trunk is probably 15-20% longer than it really was. Check […]
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2:45 AM | Digging the Past! Event at Falls of the Ohio State Park
Saturday was Digging the Past! A Celebration of Archaeology and Fossils Day at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana. It is an event that focuses on educational activities for public. I am not sure how many years I have been volunteering at this event but it is always a fun and educational event to attend. This year I got a lot of new scientific questions about minerals
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2:33 AM | Stink Bug – Chapter 37
“I think things are calm there for the moment,” I said. V’x was grooming herself and trilling softly. W’x’tl was silent, her face buried in battered feathers. ‘The one is violent,’ said the grey. ‘It fights to escape.’ I felt … Continue reading →

September 14, 2014

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2:37 PM | The Figure Makes the Fossil
As I wrap up revisions on a manuscript, as well as continuing the day to day work in “my” museum collection, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a good figure of a fossil. The thought is driven in …The post The Figure Makes the Fossil appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.

September 12, 2014

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7:51 PM | Friday Headlines: 9-12-14
Friday Headlines, September 12, 2014 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: Parts of I-15 in Nevada destroyed by flooding! The oldest mammal? Exfoliation (in the geologic sense) caught on camera!   I-15 partially open from St. George to … Continue reading →
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6:11 PM | How to Recycle an Ichthyosaur
Whales have very active afterlives. Once they settle on the ocean bottom, their bodies become both food and …
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5:53 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: The mysterious Paleozoic encrusters Ascodictyon and Allonema
  The above pair of fossils are small sclerobionts commonly found on hard substrates in shallow marine sediments through much of the Paleozoic, especially the Silurian and Devonian. Paul Taylor and I have been studying them for a few years now and our first paper on them was published this summer (Wilson and Taylor, 2014). […]
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3:10 AM | Thirsty Thursday – My Sam Adam’s Clone
In our household, there’s a lot of beer consumption. I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason why I can’t lose weight is because of the vast quantities of beer available. (This is also my motivation to keep exercising so … Continue reading →
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1:30 AM | Bryantodus mundus Conodont Fossil
Here is a picture of a recently found conodont fossil fragment. It appears to be a Bryantodus mundus. The fossil was found in the Jacobs Chapel Shale of Clark County, Indiana, USA which dates to the Mississippian Period. Thanks to Kenny for the picture.

September 11, 2014

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7:14 PM | The New Spinosaurus
Spinosaurus has changed dramatically since I was a kid. The model I used to terrorize my other toys …
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6:00 PM | Huge Dino With Flashy Sail Attacked on Land and Water
T. rex may still be the king of dinosaurs, but new fossils suggest Spinosaurus had star power of its own and sported a dramatic sail.
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2:30 PM | Medalla de Oro para la divulgación del Proyecto Somosaguas
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1:30 AM | Siphonodella duplicata Conodont Fossil
Here is a picture of a recently found conodont fossil. It appears to be a Siphonodella duplicata. The fossil was found in the Jacobs Chapel Shale of Clark County, Indiana, USA which dates to the Mississippian Period. Thanks to Kenny for the picture.
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12:30 AM | How massive was Dreadnoughtus?
In the paper describing the new giant titanosaur Dreadnoughtus, Lacovara et al. (2014) use the limb bone allometry equation of Campione and Evans (2012) to derive a mass estimate for the holotype individual of 59.3 metric tons. This is presumably the “middle of the road” value spat out by the equation; the 95% confidence interval […]

September 10, 2014

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8:50 PM | New Answer for Why Hadrosaurs Showed So Much Skin
Prevalence of the dinosaur's skin in fossil record may have more to do with texture, toughness than population density or habitat.
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7:10 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Doctor Who Dinosaur Book - Part 2
So it turns out that Doctor Who is quite popular - who'da thought? As such, there was much demand for a second instalment of The Doctor Who Dinosaur Book (1976), featuring everyone's favourite Doctor* - the Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker - wandering around and posing like a prat among dinosaur art faithfully traced from the pages of earlier books. I do hope you enjoy.I didn't mention any thyreophorans last time - but they do feature in the book, so please allow me to rectify the situation […]
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2:00 PM | Bearded Ladies
I am so excited today to tell you about a brand new project that I’ve had the pleasure to be part of. It includes a lot of things that are really important to me: science, laughter, camping, and the promotion … Continue reading →
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12:55 PM | The evolutionary history of walruses, part 3: double tusked walruses - the dusignathines
The fossil that started it all - the weird holotype mandible of Dusignathus santacruzensis. In the 1920’s, a rather strange pinniped fossil was collected from a cliff near the Santa Cruz wharf. In 1927, the fossil – including a fragmentary skull and a well preserved pair of mandibles – was described by preeminent marine mammal paleontologist Remington Kellogg (the same guy who described Allodesmus, Neotherium, and a ton of fossil cetaceans) as Dusignathus santacruzensis. The […]
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1:00 AM | Subptychoceras yubarensis and Gaudryceras Ammonite Fossils
Here is a picture of two ammonite fossils Subptychoceras yubarensis and Gaudryceras sp. at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed at the time of the upper/late Cretaceous Period (ICS geological timescale: Santonian). Fossil was found in Japan. Image taken in June 2014.

September 09, 2014

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5:46 PM | Give a talk that holds attention!
I am just back from SVPCA, where I saw fifty 20-minute talks in three days. (I try to avoid missing any talks at all if I can avoid it, and this year I did.) As always, there was lots of fascinating stuff, and much of it not about the topics that I would necessarily have […]
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4:45 PM | The Lion – Tales of the Finger
Sometimes, an injury is totally worth it. If you’re gonna get hurt, may as well do it in a real cool way. People keep asking me what I did to hurt my finger – that annoying injury that’s been driving … Continue reading →
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2:15 PM | Different Views of the Bog
Dr. Anderson describing the moisture gradient measured from the bog to the crest of the kame where the old growth remnant oak forest resides.   Our Climate Change visited Browns Lake Bog with the Plant Communities and Ecosystems class from Ohio Weslyan University’s Biology class taught by Dr. Laurie Anderson. Dr. Chuck Goss, a stream […]
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12:19 PM | Please welcome Rukwatitan (over on Mark Witton’s blog)
I just read Mark Witton’s piece on the new new titanosaur Rukwatitan (as opposed to the old new titanosaur Dreadnaughtus). I was going to write something about it, but I realised that Mark has already said everything I would have, but better. So get yourselves over to his piece and enjoy the titanosaurianness of it […]
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12:30 AM | Placenticeras meeki Ammonite Fossil
Here is a picture of a Placenticeras meeki ammonite fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed in the western interior seaway at the time of the upper/late Cretaceous Period (ICS geological timescale: Maastrichtian). Fossil was found in Cheyenne River of South Dakota USA. Image taken in June 2014.

September 08, 2014

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9:29 PM | The Last Phytosaur
Leaving the field is always bittersweet. After a week scrambling over rocks in search of fossils, a warm …
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6:00 PM | Another Massive New Dinosaur Found, This Time in Africa
South America usually gets all the fanfare for discoveries of large dinosaurs, but Africa had some enormous dinos too, as evidenced by a new find this week. Continue reading →
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3:33 PM | Solite Excavation, Day 5 and Blog 7th Anniversary
After taking a break for the Labor Day weekend, we went back to Solite last Saturday to continue our operation. We had our usual crew of VMNH folks along with 3 graduate students from Virginia Tech. Our excavation time was … Continue reading →
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2:00 AM | Aporrhais uttingerina Gastropod Fossil
Here is a picture of an Aporrhais uttingerina gastropod fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed at the time of the Pliocene Epoch of Neogene Period. Fossil found in San Faustino Umbria Italy. Image taken in June 2014.

September 07, 2014

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11:03 PM | Extracting High Quality Mud from Cedar Creek Bog
Tom Lowell and graduate student Stephanie Allard from Cincinnati and Jacklyn Rodriguez from the University of Illinois made the trip to Morrow County to core mud from a bog adjacent to the Cedar Creek Mastodon site. We will be working with the cores in Climate Change over the next several weeks and collaborating with this team. Extracting […]
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