April 07, 2014

1:05 PM | “F” is for F
“F” is for F: The Nikon F Photomic FTN The Nikon F was Nippon Kogaku’s first Nikon SLR camera. The Photomic FTN was a specific type of prism on the top of the camera. Production of Nikon F cameras began … Continue reading →
1:00 PM | “F” is for Falcon
“F” is for Falcon Falcon was a name given to many inexpensive, often plastic cameras, mostly manufactured by Utility Manufacturing Company. The company was founded around 1934 and was sold to the Spartus Corporation of Chicago sometime in the 1940s. … Continue reading →
11:01 AM | Macroecology – scaling the time barrier
If there was ever an overdue discussion in palaeontology, it was how we reconcile the differences in time scales when looking at different periods in our history. This is becoming increasingly more important as scientific research is being asked to have demonstrably greater ‘impact’ in terms of some social, economic, or environmental relevance, and for […]
10:05 AM | Introducing vcd2svg: how we made the vertebral-bifurcation heat-map figure
I think it’s fair to say that this “bifurcation heat-map”, from Wedel and Taylor (2013a: figure 9), has been one of the best-received illustrations that we’ve prepared: (See comments from Jaime and from Mark Robinson.) Back when the paper came out, Matt rashly said “Stand by for a post by Mike explaining how it came it be” […]

April 06, 2014

1:28 PM | Adventures in the Field – The High Arctic
Field work – what scientists do to study a certain phenomenon in its natural environment. For geology and paleontology, this means going out and crawling over the ground to find the necessary fossils or rocks. One of the great mysteries … Continue reading →
5:59 AM | Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A brontothere jaw fragment (Miocene of South Dakota)
This fossil has been sitting in a glass case outside my office door for nearly three decades. Only this year — in the desire to find more Fossils of the Week — did I bother to open the cabinet and take it out for a looksie. On the reverse was a 19th century label: “Titanotherium […]

April 05, 2014

1:00 PM | “E” is for Exakta
“E” is for Exakta, by Ihagee The Exacta cameras, and smaller Exa models, are single-lens reflex cameras made in Germany. We have two Exaktas and an Exa in our collection. The Exaktas came primarily with a viewfinder hood. You’d have … Continue reading →

April 04, 2014

6:55 PM | Friday Headlines: 4-4-14
Friday Headlines, March 21, 2014 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: Massive earthquake in Chile Not-nearly-as-massive earthquake in California   Experts: Strict building codes saved lives in powerful Chile earthquake A massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck the coast … Continue reading →
1:00 PM | “D” is for Dynamatic
“D” is for Dynamatic, from Voigtlander The Dynamatic cameras were manufactured in the early 1960′s for the standard 35mm roll film. The different models of the Dynamatic were distinguished by lens and shutter arrangements as well as the chrome front. … Continue reading →

April 03, 2014

6:33 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: All About Dinosaurs - Part 2
Onwards with All About Dinosaurs, a book written by the awesome Roy Chapman Andrews, he of Gobi fossil-hunting fame, and illustrated by Thomas Voter. Now, you know you're reading a vintage dinosaur book when...Swamp-o-pods! Mind you, All About Dinosaurs must surely lose points for lacking a full-length depiction of brachiosaurs immersed up to the very tip-tops of their nasal crests in murky water. Instead, the animals are rather more convincingly depicted wading their way through a swamp, […]
2:00 PM | Thirsty Thursday: Racking the Mead
Last weekend, I finally got around to racking the mead I started a few weeks ago. And what does “racking” mean, in brewing parlance? Racking is the process of transferring your brew from the container you first put it in … Continue reading →
1:00 PM | “C” is for C3
“C” is for C3: Argus’s “Brick” The Brick was the name applied to this rather brick-shaped camera that was very popular in the 30′s to 50′s The Argus C2 and C3 cameras are a bit hard to tell apart. They … Continue reading →
1:00 PM | How Pterosaurs Ruled the Skies Above the Dinosaurs
These winged reptiles soared around the planet during the time of the dinosaurs.
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 […]
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