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March 27, 2014

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3:32 AM | Elrathia kingii Trilobite
This fossil be found at the Bellarmine University Geoscience Collection located in Louisville, Kentucky. It is  a Elrathia kingii trilobite fossil. This creature existed in the Cambrian Period. The specimen is about 4 cm long.
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2:24 AM | Cameras, Cameras Everywhere –
…and the one I use most often is the one in my cell phone. Because the A to Z blogging challenge is starting soon I’ve been thinking a lot about cameras. That’s because I decided that cameras will be the … Continue reading →
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1:00 AM | The Long Arm of the Planktivore
The Cambrian oceans hosted a riot of evolutionary novelty. Over a seabead burrowed by penis worms and tread …

March 26, 2014

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8:56 PM | From the Collections Room (Bothriolepis)
Virginia has a remarkably complete rock record, at least for the Phanerozoic Eon (the last 541 million years or so). With the exception of the Permian Period, every Phanerozoic time period is represented in Virginia by at least a few fossiliferous … Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | Enormous Shrimp Was Gentle Giant of Cambrian Seas
Perhaps the most peaceful time on the planet was around 540 million years ago, when the number one predator was a huge, yet gentle, shrimp-like creature.
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3:31 PM | Rearing titanosaurs of the Egidio Feruglio museum
A simple picture post, courtesy of John Hutchinson’s tweets [first, second, third]: I’ve never seen a rearing titanosaur skeleton before. Here it is again, from in front: And here’s the whole exhibit: I don’t know what taxon the big rearing guy is — perhaps John can chip in? — but it certainly smells like a titanosaur. […]
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11:28 AM | It’s beyond time we ditched the impact factor
This originally appeared at: http://blogs.egu.eu/palaeoblog/?p=1162 “I am sick of impact factors and so is science.” Stephen Curry said it best back in 2012. The impact factor is just one of the many banes of academia, from it’s complete misuse to being … Continue reading →
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11:26 AM | The Cambridge Science Festival
This originally appeared at: http://blogs.egu.eu/palaeoblog/?p=1152 Last night, I was honoured to have spoken at the final evening lecture at the Cambridge Science Festival, along with Nick Crumpton, Anjali Goswami, Rob Asher, and Stephanie Pierce, about why palaeontology is important. Below is … Continue reading →
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11:23 AM | Steampunk takes evolution to the next level
Sharing this purely because it’s amazing. Hat-tip to John Hutchinson for sharing!       This originally appeared at: http://blogs.egu.eu/palaeoblog/?p=1149Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Evolution, Fucking Awesome, John Hutchinson, Steampunk
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5:23 AM | The Zoological Times Table
Just had to share this wonderful 'times table' of animals by David Malki of Wondermark, which also reminds me of the mash-up of prehistoric animals in the Flip-O-Storic kids book by Sara Ball. My favourites are the 'Armadillo' (cat + tortoise) and the Batlephant (bat + elephant). [...]

March 25, 2014

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11:19 PM | Sewing Saturday – My New Lab Coat
Yeah, I know. I’m not publishing this on a Saturday. But I did the sewing on Saturday. Last Saturday, in fact. But I was also slightly (ok, very) sick at the time, so I only took pictures and didn’t do … Continue reading →
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10:33 PM | Leafy Tuesday – They’re Germinating
The seeds have been sitting downstairs for a little over a week now. And they’re growing. It brings me hope that maybe the Winter is nearly over. It still is snowing outside. I do hope that by the time these … Continue reading →
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9:48 PM | We need different types of citation: Replicates, Falsifies, DependsOn, Acknowledges …
I just read this on Zen Faulkes’ NeuroDojo blog: How should scientists, and reporters, discuss work that has failed to replicate? The original Barr and colleagues article remains in the scientific literature; failed replication alone is not grounds for retraction. He’s right, of course: we certainly don’t want to retract every paper whose conclusions can’t […]
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9:31 PM | Fossil of Giant Turtle Atlantochelys Reunited With Its Other Half After 163 Years
Exposed fossils are not usually long for this world. Baked in the sun, battered by rain, and scratched …
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11:00 AM | Eurypterus Sea Scorpion Fossil Replica
This fossil replica can be found at the Bellarmine University Geoscience Collection located in Louisville, Kentucky. It is a fossil replica of a Eurypterus sea scorpion. This creature existed in the Silurian Period.

March 24, 2014

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9:31 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: All About Dinosaurs
While it's exciting enough to get my mits on a book as genuinely vintage as All About Dinosaurs (1953), that this book was written by the legendary Roy Chapman Andrews is an extra special treat. This is a book that's part palaeontology lesson, part autobiography, with Andrews unable to resist relaying a few tales of derring-do. Illustrations are provided by Thomas W Voter, and essentially live up to expectation - these are the tail-dragging, slothful, reptilian flesh-barges of old, the 'great […]
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3:59 PM | Dinosaur Culture
Dinosaurs are everywhere. They crumble out of outcrops, are reconstituted in museum halls, star in big-budget films, and …
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11:19 AM | Photography and illustration talk, Part 12: Stereo and 3D
Here’s a working version of that link. Working link. Working links: Falkingham (2012) on photogrammetry for free Mallison photogrammetry tutorial 1 Mallison photogrammetry tutorial 2 Mallison photogrammetry tutorial 3 Mallison photogrammetry tutorial 4 The rest of this series. Reference Powell, Jaime E.  2003.  Revision of South American Titanosaurid dinosaurs: palaeobiological, palaeobiogeographical and phylogenetic aspects.  Records […]
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7:07 AM | Stylemys nebrascensis Tortoise Fossil
Here is an interesting fossil that resides in the Bellarmine University Geoscience Collection located in Louisville, Kentucky. It is a tortoise shell fossil found in the Brules Formation of Nebraska. The fossil appears to be from the Stylemys nebrascensis. The creature roamed the Earth during the Oligocene Epoch (about 30 million years ago.Learn more about this type of fossil at the University of Colorado Boulder Museum of Natural History web site.
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