October 24, 2014

1:48 PM | The Autumn of Life
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – If babyhood is spring and young adulthood is summer, which age do you consider to be the start to the “autumn” of life? —— I almost didn’t respond to … Continue reading →
4:48 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: A pair of molded nautiloids from the Upper Ordovician of northern Kentucky
Two nautiloids are preserved in the above image of a slab from the Upper Ordovician of northern Kentucky. (I wish I knew which specific locality. This is why paleontologists are such fanatics about labeling specimens.) The top internal mold (meaning it is sediment that infilled a shell now dissolved away) has been covered in a […]
1:30 AM | Upside Down Ordovician Trilobite
Here is a picture of an upside down trilobite fossil found recently (October 2014) in Maysville, Kentucky, USA. The Upper Ordovician Period formations found there are Grant Lake (Maysvillian) and Bull Fork (Richmondian). Thanks to Kenny for the image.

October 23, 2014

8:49 PM | Dinosaur Noses Are Cool
Nearly a century ago, while working in the 75 million year old rock of Alberta, Canada, the professional …
2:00 PM | A Leafy Gown
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – Craft bloggers: come up with a project that uses crunchy autumnal leaves. —— Hmm. Well, I’m not exactly a crafter. I do artsy things, of course. I sew. I … Continue reading →
7:45 AM | Paleontology "kickstarter": relationships of Allodesmus
A mount of the partial holotype skeleton of Allodesmus kelloggi, a junior synonym of Allodesmus kernensis (at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles).My colleague Reagan Furbish - a master's student under Dr. Annalisa Berta at San Diego State University, has started a kickstarter campaign to fund some of her master's thesis research. Reagan is studying the phylogenetic relationships of the fossil pinniped Allodesmus: controversy exists whether or not it was more closely related to true seals […]
3:35 AM | Why Are the Paleos Talking About Laundry?
I think I just had one of the more entertaining Twitter conversations ever. I have to share. It started with me whining a bit, because I can: I really ought to do some laundry. Only I don’t want to. — … Continue reading →

October 22, 2014

9:05 PM | Interview with Open Access Nigeria
Last night, I did a Twitter interview with Open Access Nigeria (@OpenAccessNG). To make it easy to follow in real time, I created a list whose only members were me and OA Nigeria. But because Twitter lists posts in reverse order, and because each individual tweet is encumbered with so much chrome, it’s rather an […]
8:48 PM | Maysville Kentucky Trace Fossils
Here are some pictures of trace fossils found recently (October 2014) in Maysville, Kentucky, USA. The Upper Ordovician Period formations found there are Grant Lake (Maysvillian) and Bull Fork (Richmondian). Thanks to Kenny for the images. Learn more at: Kentucky Paleontological Society (KPS) web site Dry Dredgers web
5:00 PM | Humpback Dino Was Literally Unsinkable
A dinosaur nicknamed Horrible Hands turns out not to have been so horrible, but it sported a suite of unusual features including a humpback, super long arms and sink-proof legs.
1:40 PM | Wordless Wednesday – Fall’s Leaves
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – A Wordless Wednesday: take and post a picture of the fallen leaves outside. ——
1:30 AM | Palm Fossil from Arizona
During my visit to 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#14891) from Yavapai County, Arizona USA. It is a polished palm tree fossil. Image taken October 2014. Learn more:

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 →
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