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January 05, 2015

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1:07 PM | Old Habits Die Hard
One of the challenges of making resolutions at the beginning of the year is that they almost always involve breaking old habits and starting new ones. Old habits are loathe to die. We all have our bad habits. One of … Continue reading →
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5:14 AM | Coenites reticulata Coral Fossil
These coral fossils appear to be a Coenites reticulata on a Favosites. They were found in the Jeffersonville Limestone of Jefferson County Kentucky USA. The corals existed in the Devonian Period. Thanks to Kenny for the image.
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1:52 AM | Scales vs. feathers vs. Jurassic World
By Bird and Moon and David Orr And just in case you don't know the context for this comic, the velociraptors in the upcoming Jurassic World film will not be feathered, despite more and more fossil evidence to the contrary! Here's an article from when the news first broke (Jurassic World was only known as Jurassic Park 4 back then), and a more recent reaction by various palaeontologists. The director's view? "I think it makes sense to just stick with the initially created rules rathe [...]

January 04, 2015

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7:38 PM | Brewing Central
Homebrewing is steadily becoming a bigger and bigger component of our home life. I’m not sure why I love brewing so much. I mean, I do love beer, but after two bottles I’m usually toast. So why on Earth would … Continue reading →
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7:15 PM | Twitter logos for conference talks
Recently, there was a pretty massive discussion about the practice of live-tweeting at conference talk hosted on this blog. While the discussion is by no means over, or particularly conclusive, one idea to emerge was having an icon of some sort on slides during talks to indicate whether or not they could be live-tweeted. Sarah Werning has been kind enough to create and share some logos following this, and I strongly encourage academics to use these when presenting to avoid any future confusion […]
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5:49 PM | Master Task List
One of the multitude of challenges my husband and I face year in and year out is how best to spend our time and money on the multitude of home-improvement projects that are screaming for our attention. Our home is … Continue reading →
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5:09 AM | Aulocystis fascicularis Coral Fossil
Very nice find of a Devonian Period coral fossil This coral appears to be an Aulocystis fascicularis. It was found in the Jeffersonville Limestone of Jefferson County Kentucky USA. Thanks to Kenny for the image.

January 03, 2015

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6:40 PM | A redesign for 2015
With a new year comes a new design for LITC, keeping up with our roughly two year schedule for such things. I decided to go in a pop art direction this time around, after playing with different treatments, all centered around the new logo design. That logo, as revealed a few weeks back, is a sort of "back-to-basics" approach which places a big-headed chasmosaurine in a heart. When working on the header, I liked the idea of using multi-colored, comics-inspired panels and it worked nicely with a […]
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12:37 AM | Now, Make Them Stick
In the previous post I listed my New Year’s resolutions (and resettings). It’s a pretty substantial list. Naturally, one might ask how I intend to meet all those goals. It won’t be easy, but in today’s technologically advanced society, there … Continue reading →
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January 02, 2015

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5:00 PM | Fossil Friday – mastodon premolar
I’m starting 2015 at Valley of the Mastodon with an example of the blog’s namesake, a tooth from a mastodon. This tooth is much smaller than the one I showed for Fossil Friday back in October, and represents a much … Continue reading →
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5:04 AM | Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: An encrusted scallop from the Pliocene of Cyprus
One of the very best paleontological sites I had the pleasure of collecting was on the hot Mesaoria Plain near the center of the island of Cyprus. It was the summer of 1996 and Steve Dornbos (’97) and I were pursuing research as part of a Keck Geology Consortium project. We were exploring the Nicosia […]
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2:06 AM | Resolutions and Resettings
As Devon Boorman aptly puts it here, my resolutions this year are mostly ‘resettings,’ with a few new things. Resetting involves returning to older goals, revising if needed, and starting over. Resolutions are for new things, and I have a … Continue reading →

January 01, 2015

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11:08 PM | New Frog Species Reproduces Like No Other
There’s not really a good time to bring up amphibian mating habits at the dinner table. I figured …
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12:00 AM | Episode 39: Dinosaurs of Alberta
Alberta, Canada is one of the world’s richest areas for dinosaur fossils, and especially fossils from the Late Cretaceous. Iconic dinosaurs like T. rex, Triceratops, and Parasaurolophus, as well as numerous other dinosaurs and fossils can all be found in this region. We had a chance to chat with Professor Phil Currie of the University [&hellip
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December 31, 2014

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5:54 PM | How Dinosaurs Talk With Their Feathers
What did Tyrannosaurus sound like? The movies tell us that the dinosaur shrieked and roared, befitting its status …
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