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June 30, 2014

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10:49 PM | Thaumatorsaurus Marine Reptile Stamp
Here is a picture of the Thaumatosaurus victor marine reptile stamp. It was issued in 1965 by the small republic of San Marino (located on the Italian peninsula). The stamp was part of collection of nine issued that year.The Thaumatosaurus victor was named in 1841 by the German palaeontologist Hermann von Meyer. His specimen was found in the Posidonia Shale of Holzmaden, Germany. The genus Thaumatosaurus ("wonder reptile") has been renamed Meyerasaurus in honor of Hermann von Meyer. The […]
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10:00 PM | ¿qué fue de...?
Para todos aquellos que lleváis casi dos años esperando esta nueva entrega de cómo les va a los excolaboradores del EIIGPBS aqui la tenéis. En este caso para relatar brevemente que están haciendo los integrantes de la segunda y tercera promoción del EIIGPBS. Hay que decir que los de la primera promoción habían dejado el listón muy alto, pero los integrantes de estas nuevas promociones no se quedaron atrás y realizaron […]

June 29, 2014

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4:45 PM | Elephas antiquus Tooth Fossil at Roma Italy
Here is a picture of an elephant tooth fossil housed in a display case at the Geologia building located on the campus of Sapienza University of Rome. The case can be found on the second floor of the building. The fossil is called Elephas antiquus and lived during the Pleistocene. The paleontology museum is on the 3rd floor of this building and houses a full skeleton of this ancient animal.The university was founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII. In 1870, it became a public university […]
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6:23 AM | Going off the Grid for Pillow Lavas
Tatogga Lake, British Columbia – We’ve been traveling for four days and have finally arrived at our destination: Tatogga Lake. Tomorrow, we’ll be traveling by helicopter to our field site. It’s the first helicopter ride for most of us and we’re pretty excited about the birds-eye view of our subglacial pillow ridge (not to mention […]

June 28, 2014

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4:30 PM | Erycites Fossil at Sapienza Università di Roma
Here is a picture of a fossil housed in a display case at the Geologia building located on the campus of Sapienza University of Rome. The case can be found on the second floor of the building. The ammonite fossil is called Erycites sp. and lived in the Lower to Middle Jurassic Period. The specimen was found in the Toarcian stage of the Umbro-Marchigiano-Sabina facies of central Italy near the village of Polino.The university was founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII. In 1870, it became a public […]
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7:04 AM | Pillows, and Dikes, and Bears. Oh My!
Guest Bloggers: Mary Reinthal, Julia Franceschi, and Liz Plascencia Greetings from Smithers, British Columbia! It is day three on the road and we are less then 2 days away from arriving at our field site – Pillow Ridge here we come! So far we have seen an array of fascinating geological features, including massive walls […]
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3:04 AM | Hello world!
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June 27, 2014

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11:33 PM | Hello world!
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6:22 PM | Tracing the Roots of Beautiful Bird Hues
Baby flamingos are fluffy and adorably awkward. But they’re not pink. The fuzzy infants start off as white …
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3:46 PM | Pseudofossils at Pompeii Italy
When visiting the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, study the details of some of the rocks that make up the walls. Some appear to be clusters of tube like shapes that resemble fossils. There are quite a few of these rocks to see in the numerous walls throughout the ruins.What I would like to know is how did they form?Are they a byproduct of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius? Example of walls found in the ruins at Pompeii.What is left of some Roman columns at Pompeii.
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11:09 AM | Xenoposeidon in glorious 3D
Get your red/cyan anaglyph glasses on, and feast your eyes: Click through for stupidly high resolution. Those of you who are still too cheap to have sprung 99¢ for a pair of glasses, you can make do with this grossly inferior wigglegram:
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1:39 AM | More discoveries from the Naseby Greensand - sharks, amber, and giant penguins
Last week, Marcus came in from four days of fieldwork in the Naseby Greensand, and started lugging in box after box and bag after bag of fossils and sediment. He seemed pretty excited - unusually excited considering he had just returned (normally I'd be a bit tired and would need some recovery time at home), and he proclaimed that he had collected a bunch more shark teeth and a penguin skeleton.After a couple of hours, Marcus had laid most of his finds on a number of trays on the museum table. […]

June 26, 2014

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4:07 PM | Fossils at San Gimignano Italy
My visit to Italy was mostly a vacation just to relax so I did not do much research to find museums or fossil/mineral sites to visit. I read that it is illegal to collect fossils in Italy and their museums have some odd schedules about being open. That said, I did keep my eyes open to geological features at places we stopped to visit. One town we spent a few hours at was San Gimignano, Italy.One of the walls had a stone block that had some fossils in it. The fossil I could see was a small […]
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