April 03, 2014

1:33 AM | Photography and illustration talk, Part 14: Summary figures, and the talk files
The rest of the series is here. As promised, here are the files for the talk, in PPT and PDF formats. Wedel 2014 Photography and illustration lecture (PPT, ~53 Mb) Wedel 2014 Photography and illustration lecture (PDF, ~21 Mb) References Wedel, M.J. 2007a. What pneumaticity tells us about ‘prosauropods’, and vice versa. Special Papers in Palaeontology 77:207-222. […]

April 02, 2014

9:00 PM | Deadly Dinosaur Chase Reconstructed
Remains of a dinosaur chase from 112 million years ago have just been recreated in 3D. Continue reading →
7:33 PM | Dinosaur Antetonitrus Set the Stage for Sauropods
Do you wanna evolve a sauropod? The Triassic’s the perfect time. Down on four legs instead of two, …
1:00 PM | “B” is for Brownie
“B” is for Brownie: The infamous Kodak Brownie. Brownie cameras are probably the best known of antique cameras. It seems inevitable that if I mention that I collect cameras, someone asks me if I have a Brownie. The answer is … Continue reading →
12:00 PM | Wordless Wednesday: Mightily Comfortable
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April 01, 2014

11:25 PM | RiffTrax Roasts NatGeo TV
Tonight, three stars from the classic comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000 are going to do something I …
9:09 PM | How Leopards Helped Make the Fossil Record
I have to apologize to carnivores. In an article about how to become a fossil, published last summer, …
3:03 PM | Constructing hypotheses on behaviour in the fossil record
Those keeping up with papers on palaeoethology may well have noticed that a number of papers have gone online in the Journal of Zoology of late with a common theme. Darren Naish has a paper on the behaviour of fossil birds, Andy Farke has one on combat in ornithischians, and Pete Falkingham has a paper […]
1:00 PM | “A” is for, well, A
“A” is for A: The Univex Model A camera. The Universal Camera Corporation lasted from 1933 to 1952. The Model A was one of its first cameras, designed to take photos on special No. 00 roll film. This camera was … Continue reading →
9:41 AM | Photography and illustration talk, Part 13: Intro figures
The rest of the series. References Janensch, Werner.  1950.  Die Wirbelsaule von Brachiosaurus brancai.  Palaeontographica (Suppl. 7) 3: 27-93. Wedel, M.J., and Sanders, R.K. 2002. Osteological correlates of cervical musculature in Aves and Sauropoda (Dinosauria: Saurischia), with comments on the cervical ribs of Apatosaurus. PaleoBios 22(3):1-6. Wedel, M.J., Cifelli, R.L., and Sanders, R.K. 2000b.  Osteology, paleobiology, and […]

March 31, 2014

2:42 PM | Exposición fotográfica Mirada a Botsuana
Este viernes 4 de abril se inaugura la exposición fotográfica "Mirada a Botsuana" donde durante los meses de abril y mayo se podrán contemplar las fotografías de Marco Ansón, miembro de PMMV y del Equipo de Introducción a la Investigación GeoPaleoBiológica en Somosaguas (EIIGPBS); quien nos invita a la reflexión sobre la pérdida de biodiversidad y la necesidad de conservación de esta fauna y sus ambientes, […]
2:00 PM | Cameras from A to Z
Tomorrow is the first day of the Blogging from A to Z challenge. I’m really excited about this year’s challenge, because I’m blogging about cameras. I’ll be choosing camera models whose names begin with the appropriate letter of the alphabet, … Continue reading →
10:07 AM | HEFCE’s new open-access policy for post-2014 outputs
This morning sees the publication of the new Policy for open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework from HEFCE, the Higher Education Funding Council for England. It sets out in details HEFCE’s requirement that papers must be open-access to be eligible for the next (post-2014) Research Excellence Framework (REF). Here is the core of it, quoted direct from the […]

March 30, 2014

5:47 AM | Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: Thoroughly encrusted brachiopod from the Upper Ordovician of Indiana
Last week was an intensely bored Upper Ordovician bryozoan, so it seems only fair to have a thoroughly encrusted Upper Ordovician brachiopod next. The above is, although you would hardly know it, the ventral valve exterior of a common strophomenid Rafinesquina ponderosa from the Whitewater Formation exposed just south of Richmond, Indiana (locality C/W-148). I […]

March 28, 2014

3:00 PM | Friday Headlines: 3-28-14
Friday Headlines, March 21, 2014 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: Massive landslide in Washington takes out a whole community 50 years after Alaska’s greatest earthquake   14 dead; 176 reports of people missing in mile-wide mudslide This … Continue reading →
12:08 PM | The future of scientific publishing
Last night, the Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK, SRUK, hosted an event discussing the past, present and future of scientific publishing (event details). One thing that was nice about this discussion, compared to previous ones I’ve attended in London, was the number of practising academics in the room. Often, academics are excluded from […]

March 27, 2014

3:12 PM | GIS in R: Part 1
I messed around with R for years without really learning how to use it properly. I think it’s because I could always throw my hands up when the going got tough and run back and cling the skirts of Excel or JMP or Systat. I finally learned how to use R when I needed to […]
2:52 PM | Se acerca la próxima excavación en Somosaguas
Un año más se acerca la campaña anual de excavación en los yacimientos de vertebrados miocenos de Somosaguas, que esta vez tendrá lugar entre los días 19 y 30 de Mayo. Si eres alumno de la UCM y estás interesado en participar, aquí tienes toda la información que necesitas... Nuevamente, el rectorado de la UCM ha concedido la posibilidad de obtener 2 créditos para que los estudiantes, tanto de Grado como de Licenciatura, que […]
11:11 AM | Frederik Spindler’s wooly brachiosaur
Aitor Ederra drew my attention to this painting by Frederik Spindler: It’s briefly discussed in a blog-post on changing norms in palaeo-art. (I think the blog is Spindler’s, but I can’t find confirmation — its About page is singularly uninformative.) As so often when we look at All Yesterdays-style palaeo-art, the initial reaction is “no way!”, but […]
3:32 AM | Elrathia kingii Trilobite
This fossil be found at the Bellarmine University Geoscience Collection located in Louisville, Kentucky. It is  a Elrathia kingii trilobite fossil. This creature existed in the Cambrian Period. The specimen is about 4 cm long.
2:24 AM | Cameras, Cameras Everywhere –
…and the one I use most often is the one in my cell phone. Because the A to Z blogging challenge is starting soon I’ve been thinking a lot about cameras. That’s because I decided that cameras will be the … Continue reading →
1:00 AM | The Long Arm of the Planktivore
The Cambrian oceans hosted a riot of evolutionary novelty. Over a seabead burrowed by penis worms and tread …

March 26, 2014

8:56 PM | From the Collections Room (Bothriolepis)
Virginia has a remarkably complete rock record, at least for the Phanerozoic Eon (the last 541 million years or so). With the exception of the Permian Period, every Phanerozoic time period is represented in Virginia by at least a few fossiliferous … Continue reading →
6:00 PM | Enormous Shrimp Was Gentle Giant of Cambrian Seas
Perhaps the most peaceful time on the planet was around 540 million years ago, when the number one predator was a huge, yet gentle, shrimp-like creature.
3:31 PM | Rearing titanosaurs of the Egidio Feruglio museum
A simple picture post, courtesy of John Hutchinson’s tweets [first, second, third]: I’ve never seen a rearing titanosaur skeleton before. Here it is again, from in front: And here’s the whole exhibit: I don’t know what taxon the big rearing guy is — perhaps John can chip in? — but it certainly smells like a titanosaur. […]
11:28 AM | It’s beyond time we ditched the impact factor
This originally appeared at: http://blogs.egu.eu/palaeoblog/?p=1162 “I am sick of impact factors and so is science.” Stephen Curry said it best back in 2012. The impact factor is just one of the many banes of academia, from it’s complete misuse to being … Continue reading →
11:26 AM | The Cambridge Science Festival
This originally appeared at: http://blogs.egu.eu/palaeoblog/?p=1152 Last night, I was honoured to have spoken at the final evening lecture at the Cambridge Science Festival, along with Nick Crumpton, Anjali Goswami, Rob Asher, and Stephanie Pierce, about why palaeontology is important. Below is … Continue reading →
11:23 AM | Steampunk takes evolution to the next level
Sharing this purely because it’s amazing. Hat-tip to John Hutchinson for sharing!       This originally appeared at: http://blogs.egu.eu/palaeoblog/?p=1149Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Evolution, Fucking Awesome, John Hutchinson, Steampunk
5:23 AM | The Zoological Times Table
Just had to share this wonderful 'times table' of animals by David Malki of Wondermark, which also reminds me of the mash-up of prehistoric animals in the Flip-O-Storic kids book by Sara Ball. My favourites are the 'Armadillo' (cat + tortoise) and the Batlephant (bat + elephant). [...]

March 25, 2014

11:19 PM | Sewing Saturday – My New Lab Coat
Yeah, I know. I’m not publishing this on a Saturday. But I did the sewing on Saturday. Last Saturday, in fact. But I was also slightly (ok, very) sick at the time, so I only took pictures and didn’t do … Continue reading →
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