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August 11, 2014

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9:01 PM | Planting the Cenozoic Garden
Sixty six million years ago, a global catastrophe extinguished the non-avian dinosaurs. This is common knowledge. It’s also …
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4:15 AM | Field work travelog – Day 30, Home is near
Today we drove from Cheyenne, WY to Des Moines, IA to spend the night with my colleague and friend, Julie Meachen (who also happens to be the lead investigator on the Natural Trap Cave project). It was a long drive … Continue reading →
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12:30 AM | Ofiuroidi attuali Sea Star Fossils
Here are pictures of Ofiuroidi attuali sea star fossils at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Images taken June 2014. Learn more: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/echinodermata/ophiuroidea.html

August 10, 2014

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4:11 AM | Field work travelog – Day 29, On the road again
That’s it. It’s done. We broke down most of camp last night, and began the journey back to home this morning. The truck looks like we’ve been in the field. And we all feel like we’ve been in the field, … Continue reading →
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12:30 AM | Trigonia Pelecypod Fossil
Here is a picture of a Trigonia sp. pelecypod fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed in the Cretaceous and Jurassic Periods. They had another on display showing the view from the outside. See some pictures of fossils like I have posted on this blog in the past: http://louisvillefossils.blogspot.com/2009/11/

August 09, 2014

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11:24 PM | Volcanoes, Mosquitoes, and Bears, Oh My!
Guest Blogger: Sarah Frederick (’15) After three weeks in Russia it sure feels great to be back on US soil! Since we didn’t have internet access during this expedition, our blog posts come a bit delayed. Here is a bit about our first week in Kamchatka: If, like me, you have never played the board […]
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6:57 PM | Stuck in Girdwood
GIRDWOOD, ALASKA – The College of Wooster Tree Ring team set off for Columbia Bay Glacier this past wednesday. After arriving in Anchorage with no troubles we drove down to Girdwood to hopefully catch a helicopter with a company called Alpine Air. Unfortunately for us the Alaskan weather had some other plans in mind. Due […]
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3:29 AM | Field work travelog – Day 28, wrapping up
We finished where we started. Today, my team and I measured section. Thankfully, we only needed to measure about 30 meters of section, not 300 like we measured earlier this summer. Those thirty meters bracket the contact between the Uinta … Continue reading →

August 08, 2014

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11:58 PM | Field work travelog – Day 27, Deluge
It rained. It rained hard. It flooded. Still got some science done: jackets made, samples collected. All good. Photos forthcoming.
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8:17 PM | All good things…
I first started working for VMNH as an intern in 1989, shortly after the museum opened. In 1999 I started working here full time, initially as the Laboratory Manager and later as Curator of Paleontology. So it’s a little surprising … Continue reading →
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5:01 AM | Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: An Early Cretaceous cobble-dwelling bryozoan
One of my formative experiences as a young paleontologist was working in the Faringdon Sponge Gravels (Lower Cretaceous, Upper Aptian) of south-central England while on my first research leave in 1985. (I was just a kid!) These gravels are extraordinarily fossiliferous with sponges, brachiopods, corals, vertebrate bones, and a variety of cobbles, both calcareous and […]
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5:00 AM | Acervularia truncata coral fossil
Here is a picture of an Acervularia truncata coral fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. It existed in the Silurian Period. Image taken in June 2014.
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2:59 AM | Let’s Get Creative With Our Peer Review!
I’ve been around the editorial block a few times now, as a volunteer editor, peer reviewer, and author/co-author. One of the most dreaded steps of the whole process concerns author-recommended peer reviewers. It can be agonizing as an author to …The post Let’s Get Creative With Our Peer Review! appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
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12:30 AM | Syringopora-sp and Favosites sp colonial coral fossils
Here is a picture of a Syringopora-sp and Favosites sp colonial coral fossils at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. It existed in the Silurian Period. The fossils were found in Sweden. Similar fossils are found in the Louisville Limestone of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Image taken in June 2014.

August 07, 2014

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12:33 AM | Field work travelog – Day 26, Plaster jackets
When last we were in the field, we had noted three fossils that needed plaster jackets. Today was the day to jacket them. We started with a long bone – a femur, I think – that had already been prepped … Continue reading →
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12:30 AM | Swedish Striatopora sp. coral fossil
Here is a picture of an Striatopora sp. coral fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. It existed in the Silurian Period. The fossil was found in Sweden. Image taken in June 2014.

August 06, 2014

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7:32 PM | Researchers: do your damned job
I am just about out of patience with academic departments putting up endless idiot arguments about open access. Bottom line: we pay you good money out of the public purse to do highly desirable job where you get to work on what you love — jobs that have tens or dozens of candidates for every […]
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7:29 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: The American Museum of Natural History's Book of Dinosaurs
Meeting our Vintage Dinosaur Art criterion by the slimmest of margins, The American Museum of Natural History's Book of Dinosaurs and Other Ancient Creatures (snappier titles are there none) is a mere twenty years old. However - and as I've said numerous times before - it's amazing how much has changed since the early '90s, even when it comes to restorations of dinosaurs that aren't (yet) known to have been feathered. The AMNH book (as I'm sure you won't mind me calling it) is also notable for […]
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4:11 AM | Field work travelog – Day 25, Of dinosaurs and leaks.
Today was our official ‘day off.’ So we did the only thing we could do: Visit Dinosaur National Monument. After a delightful night’s sleep at a less-than-five-star hotel, we gathered the horde (me, my husband and son, my parents, and … Continue reading →
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12:30 AM | German Pleurodictyum problematicum Coral Fossil
Here is a picture of a Pleurodictyum problematicum coral fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. It existed in the Devonian Period. The fossil was found in Germany. My pal Dave in Pennsylvania finds this coral genus in the Mahantango Formation. See his blog post about here: http://viewsofthemahantango.blogspot.com/2010/05/

August 05, 2014

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11:00 PM | First Venezuelan Dino Was a Social Creature
Venezuela's first-known dinosaur provides some of the earliest evidence that at least some dinosaurs lived in herds.
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6:32 PM | Field work travelog – Day 24, Rain rain go away
My family arrived to join me in the field late last night. Sadly, the skies opened over night, and we were rained out of our field area. So, instead, we visited the sights of Vernal. It was nice to get … Continue reading →
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8:16 AM | How untrue “facts” propagate in the scientific literature
Short post today. Go and read this paper: Academic urban legends (Rekdal 2014). It’s open access, and an easy and fascinating read. It unfolds a tale of good intentions gone wrong, a chain of failure, illustrating an important single crucial point of academic behaviour: read what you cite. References Rekdal, Ole Bjørn. 2014. Academic urban legends. Social Studies […]
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5:07 AM | Obscure D.o.t.W: Ruehleia bedheimensis
After a long hiatus, here's the next entry in 'Obscure Dinosaur of the Week'! Name: Ruehleia bedheimensisEtymology: In honour of the collector of the fossil, Hugo Ruhle von Lilienstern of Bedheim, South Thuringia.Distribution: Late Triassic (Norian) of Thuringia, Germany.Type Specimen: near complete composite skeleton lacking a skull.Estimated size: ~6.5 m longFirst described by: Galton, 2001a. Originally referred to Plateosaurus plieningeri HUENE, 1907-08 by Ruhle von Lilienstern […]

August 04, 2014

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7:14 AM | Brachyphyllian affinis coral fossil
Here is a picture of a Brachyphyllian affinis coral fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. It existed in the Upper Cretaceous Period. The fossil was found at Monte Grumi, Italy. Image taken in June 2014.

August 03, 2014

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11:25 PM | Field work travelog – Day 23, turtles, crocs, and mammals, oh my.
We got into camp late last night, with barely enough daylight to get tents pitched and go to sleep. This morning we got up early and headed out to a locality I’d never visited before. Despite the heat, we had … Continue reading →
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12:03 PM | Solite excavation, Day 2
Yesterday marked the second day of our Solite Quarry salvage operation. After spending last Saturday largely planning and scouting, we were able to make a lot more progress this week. One of the things that helped our operation was the … Continue reading →
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