October 16, 2014

5:04 AM | Panguraptor lufengensis, a New Coelophysoid Theropod Dinosaur from the Lower Jurassic of China
You, H.-L., Azuma, Y., Wang, T., Wang, Y.-M., and Z.-M. Dong. 2014. The first well-preserved coelophysoid theropod dinosaur from Asia. Zootaxa 3873:233–249.Abstract - Previously reported coelophysoid material from Asia (excluding the Gondwanan territory of India) is limited to two specimens that comprise only limb fragments. This paper describes a new genus and species of coelophysoid, Panguraptor lufengensis, from the Lower Jurassic Lufeng Formation of […]
5:01 AM | Which (non-open access) journals can paleontologists access?
In a previous post, I detailed the various ways in which paleontologists access the non-open access literature. Institutional subscription was the most commonly-used method (but not for all people who answered a survey on the topic!), followed by accessing author-posted … Continue reading »The post Which (non-open access) journals can paleontologists access? appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
1:30 AM | Lithothamnium Fossil
This picture shows a Lithothamnium calcareous algae fossil. It was found in Cagliari Sardinia Italy. The fossil dates to the Quaternary Period. Specimen can be seen at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Image taken June 2014.
12:13 AM | SeAVP Day 2, Museum Hopping, and National Fossil Day!
Day 2 of SeAVP: Field trip day! Kat Turk, former VMNH intern, and I attended the field trip to Smith County Lime Pit, Sylvarena, MS. This quarry containing 4 Oligocene formations: Marianna, Byram, Glendon, and Bucatunna. The majority of the … Continue reading →

October 15, 2014

4:02 PM | Trio of Huge Crocs Ruled Europe's Jurassic Waters
A trio of crocodile-like animals from Europe might have munched on dinosaurs and other impressively large prey during the Jurassic. Continue reading →
2:00 PM | Never Late. Never. Never. Never.
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – Do you usually run late, early, or on-time? —— I’m one of those people. I’m rarely late. I was raised by an early person. My mother was insistant that … Continue reading →
9:39 AM | Here’s that wallaby-skull multiview you ordered
After the sheep skull ten days ago, here is Logan the wallaby in all his glory: As always, click through for the full-sized version (6833 × 5082).  
1:30 AM | Eozoon canadense Pseudofossil
Originally this fossil was identified in 1864 or 1865 by John William Dawson as a Precambrian foraminifera. As it turns out it was metamorphosed bands of calcite and serpentine thus a pseudofossil. Specimen can be seen at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Image was taken in June 2014. Learn more at:

October 14, 2014

8:00 PM | Dinosaurs Were Heavy, Wet Breathers
Dinos took long, heavy, deep and mucous-moistened breaths to keep their brains from frying.
3:20 PM | Harley Garbani exhibit opens at WSC
Last night more than 70 WSC members and supporters attended the sneak preview of our new permanent exhibit “Harley Garbani: Dinosaur Hunter”. Harley Garbani grew up in the San Jacinto Valley, and it was during his childhood here that he … Continue reading →
2:00 PM | There’s always the last minute…
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – What do you always put off to last minute? —— This prompt is timely. I was just looking at my to-do list and noticing what I had listed for … Continue reading →
11:30 AM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: 100 Questions and Answers - Dinosaurs
Picture yourself back in the early '90s - specifically, 1993. Double denim is still acceptable, Jurassic Park is proving to be a boon for the manufacturers of hollow, gawping dinosaur toys, and endless, near-identical children's books on prehistoric animals line the still plentiful bookshops. What a wonderful time to be alive. 100 Questions and Answers: Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals is a very typical book of the age, which is to say that it's filled with shameless John Sibbick […]
1:30 AM | Pyrite Strobeus Snail Fossil
This is one beautiful and shiny fossil! It appears to be a Strobeus pyrite gastropod fossil. It was found in a coal mine at a depth of 60-250 meters. More pictures below show some more specimens that were found. My identification source is Fossils of Ohio (Bulletin 70, Rodney M. Feldmann Editor, State of Ohio, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, Columbus Ohio 1986)
12:38 AM | Wordless Wednesday – Peace at Last?
This week, the RocNaNo blog offered this image as a ‘Wordless Wednesday’ writing prompt: Let’s make a short story with it. Peace at Last? It was quiet. That blissful quiet that made Hanna feel momentarily hopeful. The pond was still. … Continue reading →

October 13, 2014

5:24 PM | Prehistoric OC
I spent several hours yesterday at Prehistoric OC, a science festival organized by The Cooper Center and held at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park in Buena Park. Over 25 different information booths and attractions were available for visitors, as well … Continue reading →
2:50 PM | Make Deadlines, not Perfection
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – Do you work well under pressure when it’s crunch time? —— How many times in my life have I experienced “crunch time”? Lately, it’s inevitably related to a grant … Continue reading →
2:36 PM | Stink Bug – Chapter 39
The floor was hard, but the chair was no longer an option. It had been mangled by W’x’tl’s aggression. It would take some doing to make it a serviceable piece of furniture again. Probably easier to just toss it out … Continue reading →
1:00 PM | Book Review: Tales of Prehistoric Life by Daniel Loxton
This spring, Daniel Loxton published his third and final children's book in the Tales of Prehistoric Life series: Plesiosaur Peril, the story of the dangerous life of a young Cryptoclidus in the Jurassic. It was proceeded by Ankylosaur Attack (2011) and Pterosaur Trouble (2013). Today I'll cover all three. The TL;DR version: they're great. Daniel Loxton's name is probably recognizable to the portion of our readers who also follow skeptical media. He cowrote Abominable Science with Donald […]
7:22 AM | Functional and Biomechanic Aspects of the Scapular Girdle and Forelimbs of Unaysaurus tolentinoi
Vargas-Peixoto, D., Stock Da-Rosa, Á, A., and M. A. G. França. 2014. Functional and biomechanic aspects of the scapular girdle and forelimbs of Unaysaurus tolentinoi Leal et al., 2004 (Saurischia: Sauropodomorpha). Journal of South American Earth Sciences. Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsames.2014.09.024Abstract - This study presents evidence about the biomechanics and forelimbs functionality of the basal sauropodomorph Unaysaurus tolentinoi […]

October 12, 2014

4:14 AM | Oreopithecus bambolii Fossil
An interesting fossil shown in this picture is of an Oreopithecus bambolii primate. The fossil can be found 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 Baccinello Basin located in Tuscany, Italy. The area was known for its lignite mines. An intact Oreopithecus fossil skeleton was
3:21 AM | 7th Annual Meeting of SeAVP Day 1
Today marked the first day of the 7th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology (SeAVP). This year’s meeting is being held at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) in Jackson, MS. According to the website for the … Continue reading →

October 11, 2014

9:56 PM | The geological setting of Fort Necessity, Pennsylvania
On July 3, 1754, colonial lieutenant Colonel George Washington fought and lost a small battle on this site in southwestern Pennsylvania. He and his 400 men had built this makeshift fort about a month before in anticipation of an attack by several hundred French soldiers and their Indian allies. The French were incensed at Washington […]

October 10, 2014

9:14 PM | Getting to the Root of Fur
First thing in the morning, my mind is on autopilot. I’m mostly relying on muscle memory to get …
2:00 PM | Friday Headlines: 10-10-14
Friday Headlines, October 10, 2014 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: Slump takes out a house. Eek! Is Pluto a planet again, or what? Rock fall video!   North Salt Lake home being demolished after landslide This actually … Continue reading →
1:00 PM | I’ll take mine al dente, if you don’t mind.
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – Tell us your favourite crunchy thing to eat. —— Crunchy. Yummy. Crunchy = yummy. There is no greater truth. Crunchy apples. Carrots. Pizza. Pasta. Cookies. I put potato chips … Continue reading →
11:27 AM | How should we report the age of fossils? Pitfalls and implications for paleontologists.
A few years ago during a talk I was watching at a conference (the […]
7:50 AM | Fossil Friday – rabbit teeth
Not all the fossils in the Western Science Center collection came from huge Ice Age mammals. In keeping with my post from a few days ago about possible modern rabbit traces on the WSC grounds, for this Fossil Friday we’ll … Continue reading →
5:25 AM | Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: An early bryozoan on a Middle Ordovician hardground from Utah
Last week I presented eocrinoid holdfasts on carbonate hardgrounds from the Kanosh Formation (Middle Ordovician) in west-central Utah. This week we have a thick and strangely featureless bryozoan from the same hardgrounds. It is very common on these surfaces, forming gray, perforate masses that look stuck on like silly putty. Above you see one on […]
1:30 AM | Shansiella? Pyrite Gastropod Fossil
This pyrite gastropod fossil appears to be a Shansiella. It was found in a coal mine at a depth of 60-250 meters. My identification source is Fossils of Ohio (Bulletin 70, Rodney M. Feldmann Editor, State of Ohio, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, Columbus Ohio 1986) pages 162-173, figure 23 of specimen from Putnam Hill shale (Allegheny Group, Pennsylvanian)

October 09, 2014

6:59 PM | What Was on the Early Mammal Menu?
Dinosaurs are great. Don’t get me wrong. But just as their bulk literally cast shade on many of …
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