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September 07, 2014

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2:00 AM | Neptunea contraria Gastropod Fossil
Here is a picture of a Neptunea contraria 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 (geological timescale: Emilian). Image taken in June 2014.

September 06, 2014

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5:00 PM | Stink Bug – Chapter 36
V’x lept into the air, flapping her one good wing, wrenching out of the grey’s grasp. “No!” she cried. She turned, rushing for the door. The greys scattered. Only I remained, blocking her path. I grabbed at her feathers as … Continue reading →
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1:30 AM | Hinia musiva Gastropod Fossil
Here is a picture of a Hinia musiva 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 Poggio Rotondo, Italy. Image taken in June 2014.

September 05, 2014

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11:54 PM | Brief thoughts on Dreadnoughtus
Mike and I are in York for SVPCA — more on that soonish — and I just wanted to get out some quick thoughts about the world’s newest giant sauropod. First off, the paper (Lacovara et al. 2014) is open access, which is great. And, hey, 3D PDFs of the whole skeleton and selected elements — […]
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6:15 PM | Unpacking the Cretaceous and Devonian
In January of 2013, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, in Winchester, VA, transferred their orphan collection to the VMNH. Within this collection, there is a plethora of critters from the Cretaceous of Montana to the Devonian of Virginia largely thanks to … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Friday Headlines: 9-5-14
Friday Headlines, September 5, 2014 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: Bárðarbunga – Eruption in Iceland Largest. Dinosaur. Ever. Woolly Mammoths weren’t the only mammoths with hair.   Bárðarbunga: New Eruption in Holuhraun, w/100m Lava Fountains Iceland is … Continue reading →
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5:36 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: A hardground with rugose corals from the Upper Ordovician of southern Ohio
The above slab is a carbonate hardground from the Liberty Formation (Upper Ordovician) of southern Ohio. Carbonate hardgrounds are cemented seafloors, so we’re actually looking at the hard rocky bottom of an Ordovician sea. I’ve long found the idea of a hardground fascinating — it is like a bit of ancient time frozen before us. […]
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2:00 AM | Strombus bubonius Gastropod Fossil
Here is a picture of a Strombus bubonius gastropod fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed at the time of the middle/late Pleistocene Period (geological timescale: Tyrrhenian). Fossil was found in Rovagnese-Calabria, Italy. Image taken in June 2014.
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1:56 AM | Wordless Wednesday Writing Challenge: Bullseye
The RocNaNo Blog offers Wordless Wednesday writing prompts. This is my response to this week’s challenge, based upon this photo: Bullseye “What on Earth have I gotten myself into?” Muttered Hanna as she drew the bow. “Just relax,” said Dean. … Continue reading →
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12:49 AM | I don’t want to talk about it
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Healing Prompt – Why do you think it is so difficult for people to talk about race? —— Race can be easy to ignore, when you live somewhere where you are a … Continue reading →

September 04, 2014

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11:00 PM | Top 10 Largest Dinosaurs
Newly discovered dinosaur fossils, plus a new assessment of dino size, have led to a revised list of the top 10 largest dinosaurs that ever lived.
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6:02 PM | BUGGY, WET, and AWESOME
Guest bloggers: Zach Downes & Wilson Nelson For me, the trip started in Juneau, Alaska.  We arrived in Juneau late with a couple of things to take care of the next day before getting in a small plane and heading to Gustavus, Alaska where Glacier Bay National Park is based.  We needed food, XtraTuf boots, […]
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1:01 PM | Colossal New Dinosaur Was One of World's Largest
Dreadnoughtus schrani measured over 83 feet long -- and was still growing at the time of its death.
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1:37 AM | Headed west
As many of you already know, I’ve decided to leave my position at VMNH to take a new job as Executive Director of the Western Science Center in Hemet, California. Tomorrow morning I start the long drive out west, and … Continue reading →
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1:30 AM | Granchio indeterminato Crab Fossil
Here is a picture of a Granchio indeterminato crab fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed in the Miocene Epoch of Neogene Period. Fossil was found in Argentina. Image taken in June 2014.

September 03, 2014

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7:09 PM | Bizarre, Prehistoric Ratfish Chomped Prey with Buzzsaw Jaws
Helicoprion had saws for jaws. That’s really all there was to the 270 million year old ratfish’s dental …
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4:17 PM | Some things I just tune out
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Healing Prompt – What is the most helpful post (or Twitter hashtag) you read in all the coverage on Ferguson? —— This prompt bugs me. I mean, I get that what happened … Continue reading →
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3:52 PM | http://blogs.egu.eu/palaeoblog/2014/09/03/1284/
Top scientific publisher chooses not to advance open access By Erin McKiernan, independent, and Jon Tennant, Imperial College London Access to research is limited worldwide by the high cost of subscription journals, which force readers to pay for their content. The use of scientific research in new studies, educational material and news is often restricted by […]
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3:26 AM | Open Mouth. Insert Foot.
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Healing Prompt – How do you communicate best? Speaking or writing? —— When am I the most powerful communicator? When I write, or when I speak? I suppose the best answer I … Continue reading →
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1:30 AM | Leperditia Giant Ostracod Fossil
Here is a picture of a Leperditia ostracod fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed in the Silurian Period (about 430 million years ago). Fossil was found in Aminne, Sweden. Image taken in June 2014.

September 02, 2014

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10:38 AM | Come on, AAAS. You can do better than this.
A couple of weeks ago, more than hundred scientists sent an open letter to the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) about their new open-access journal Science Advances, which is deficient in various ways — not least the absurdly inflated article-processing charge. Today I learn from email that there has finally been a […]
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2:28 AM | Out of Stupid Comes Humor
Five weeks ago, I tore my finger wide open mostly because I was hot, hangry, and frustrated. Yeah, it was stupid. My finger is doing tons better now, so I don’t feel quite so obligated to keep telling the story. … Continue reading →
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1:30 AM | Dicranurus monstruosus Trilobite Fossil
Here is a picture of a Dicranurus monstruosus trilobite fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed in the Devonian Period. Fossil was found in Alnif, Morocco. Image taken in June 2014.

September 01, 2014

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7:09 PM | Just Let It Rest
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Healing Prompt – Do you find it more helpful to talk things out or to let things quietly rest? —— I admit it tend to fall silent when something is troubling me. … Continue reading →
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7:07 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Doctor Who Dinosaur Book
It's a very good day for those interested in palaeoart - its history, trends over time, the current consensus on restoring certain animals, and where it might be going. Firstly, there's Mark Witton's article in Palaeontology Online, in addition to one on the 'new' Spinosaurus on his own blog. Secondly, Darren Naish's latest blog post is also a look at the changing appearance of dinosaurs in art (what, again?).Here at LITC, we like to think we do our bit in aiding public understanding of the […]
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2:00 AM | Hemiptera heteroptera Insect Fossil
Here is a picture of a Hemiptera heteroptera insect fossil 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: Cenomanian). Fossil was found in Cearà, Brazil. Image taken in June 2014.
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1:41 AM | First Wooster paleontology field trip of the year: the glorious Ordovician of Ohio
Today the Invertebrate Paleontology class at The College of Wooster drove south to one of our favorite outcrops: the Waynesville, Liberty and Whitewater Formations (= Bull Fork Formation) at the emergency spillway in Caesar Creek State Park. I enjoy taking students to this extensive exposure because it has diverse fossils, is easy for beginners, and […]

August 31, 2014

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3:00 AM | Unidentified Insect Fossil - Miocene
Here is a picture of an unidentified insect fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed in the Miocene Epoch of Neogene Period. Image taken in June 2014.

August 30, 2014

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2:13 PM | Wooster Geologists begin the 2014-2015 school year
What a fine group of geologists we had at the first meeting of the College of Wooster Geology Club this week. We have an ambitious year ahead of us with outside speakers, student presentations, course field trips, and our biennial Mojave Desert Spring Expedition. Our number of geology majors has grown significantly as well, which […]
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2:00 AM | Blatta indeterminata Insect Fossil
Here is a picture of a Blatta indeterminata insect fossil 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: Cenomanian). Fossil was found in Cearà, Brazil. Image taken in June 2014.
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