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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

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Guest Blog: Water of Life Project – Safe Drinking Water in Burkina Faso 

Geology for Global Development [2014-12-10 12:00:46]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

Christopher Barry was the winner of our Blog Competition in 2012, with this article on safe drinking water in Burkina Faso. Christopher was privileged to be able to visit Burkina Faso prior to writing this, a very rural country where a great number of people are dependent on drilled wells with hand pumps for clean water. In Ouagadougou he met Mark Collier, where they talked at length about hydrogeology in the country. Now a PhD student at the University of Birmingham, Christopher Barry is [...]

Guest Blog: GfGD UCL Event Report 

Geology for Global Development [2014-12-03 11:50:59]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

Celia Willoughby, UCL Geography student and GfGD Ambassador, writes about a recent event… Wednesday 19th November, saw the first UCL GfGD lecture of the year, taken by guest speaker Prof. Richard Taylor. Professor of hydrogeology in UCL’s Geography Department, his most recent focus of research is the study of groundwater, and the effects of climate change on groundwater supplies. The application of scientific skills to facilitate global development is key in Prof. Taylor’s [...]

New Dinosaurs from Extreme Environments of Tunisia and the Mesozoic Europe-Africa Faunal Interchange – Spedizione 1 

Theropoda [2014-11-23 20:07:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info

 Mesozoic; TN,
Federico Fanti e nuovi resti di Tataouinea hannibalis (Fanti et al. in review: MEGA SPOILER!!!!) La mia quasi totale assenza dalla blogosfera durante questo mese ha vari motivi. Di questi, quello più concreto sta per entrare nel vivo. Venerdì prossimo, partirò per Tataouine, nel sud della Tunisia, assieme a Federico Fanti, Luigi Cantelli ed alcuni studenti del dipartimento di Scienze

In search of the first settlers of the Americas, scientists keep finding surprises 

BEYONDbones [2014-11-08 17:55:03]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info

The genus Homo, to which we belong, was the first to leave Africa and explore the world. Homo erectus, one of our ancestors, explored Asia and Europe as early as 1.8 million years ago. However, one huge landmass was left … Continue reading

Died This Day: Louis Leakey 

Palaeoblog [2014-10-01 16:33:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (34 visits) info

Louis and Mary Leakey From Today In Science History: Leakey (Aug 7, 1903 – October 1, 1972), an archaeologist and anthropologist, was born in Kabete, Kenya, of English missionaries parents. Leakey was largely responsible for convincing scientists that Africa, rather than Java or China, was the most significant area to search for evidence of human origins. Leakey led fossil-hunting

Spinosaurus Revolution, Final Episode: Size and Style of the New Spinosaur 

Theropoda [2014-09-30 15:04:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info

Post conclusivo della serie dedicata alle nuove scoperte relative a Spinosaurus. Il nuovo esemplare riferito a Spinosaurus ha permesso non solo di rivalutare l'enigmatico "Spinosaurus B" ma anche di raffinare le controverse stime sulle dimensioni di questo dinosauro. Il nuovo esemplare include varie ossa confrontabili sia con l'olotipo di Baryonyx che con l'esemplare originario descritto da

Spinosaurus Revolution, Episodio V: Sigilmassasaurus vs Spinosaurus: una battaglia tafonomica 

Theropoda [2014-09-21 13:19:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (41 visits) info
[Nota: Questo post era in programma prossimamente, ma un recent commento di Mickey Mortimer mi ha indotto a pubblicarlo ora.] Perché Sigilmassasaurus è stato per quasi venti anni un dinosauro così enigmatico, e solo di recente riconosciuto in modo inequivocabile come essere un sinonimo di Spinosaurus? L'enigma si Sigilmassasaurus deriva nella bizzarra preservazione di tutti i resti a

Spinosaurus Revolution, Episodio IV: Una soluzione a tutti gli enigmi? 

Theropoda [2014-09-20 09:58:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (53 visits) info

In questi giorni, la paleo-rete è nel pieno di una vera e propria battaglia, combattuta tra vari fronti. C'è la piccola fronda rivoluzionaria (quella, appunto, della Spinosaurus Revolution) e la più ampia ed eterogenea contro-rivoluzione, che, in vari modi, si oppone a parte della rivoluzionaria – se non eretica – interpretazione di Spinosaurus. Io però eviterò di schierarmi. Dopo aver

Spinosaurus Revolution, Episodio II: Ode a “Spinosaurus C”, e sulla gioia di completare il puzzle 

Theropoda [2014-09-13 11:51:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

E ricordati:“Spinosaurus C”, per il suo bene, non esiste. Simone Maganuco, 31 Maggio 2009 L'hai fatto, brutto figlio di... Ian Malcolm La pazienza è la virtù dei forti. In questi giorni, la paleo-rete è invasa da immagini, filmati e, sopratutto, discussioni relative alla pubblicazione di nuovi resti riferiti a Spinosaurus, ed alle implicazioni di tale scoperta (Ibrahim et al.

Spinosaurus Week: Introduzione 

Theropoda [2014-09-07 17:21:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (63 visits) info

Come annunciato un mese fa, la prossima settimana (per la precisione, il 12 settembre) sarà inaugurata a Washington (USA) una mostra su Spinosaurus, patrocinata dalla National Geographic Society. I dettagli di questa mostra, e i contenuti scientifici da cui è ispirata, saranno oggetto di una serie di post che pubblicherò in concomitanza con quell'evento. Come accennai un mese fa, c'è molta

Running Out of Ground - Trekking to the Roof of Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro - Part 5 - Down From the Mountain - Days Eight and Nine 

Earthly Musings [2014-08-27 01:59:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (60 visits) info

And so, after 16 months of planning, preparing, and participating, the Mt. Kilimanjaro adventure was almost complete. Surprisingly, I did not feel a great sense of personal accomplishment. My competitive days are long in the past and wasn't about to be disappointed if my body could not handle the thin air or the rigors of mountaineering. I considered this trip to be a success based only on my acceptance to undertake it and spending quality time with good friends in exotic places. Acheiving the [...]

Running Out of Ground - Trekking to the Roof of Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro - Part 3 - Skirting the Mountain's Base - Days Three, Four, and Five 

Earthly Musings [2014-08-26 00:18:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (43 visits) info

Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut - August 15 Leaving Shira 1 Camp, the porters set out for their destination - Moir Hut Camp.The landscape has definitely changed since the rainforest.The Shira Plateau is a lava flow-filled caldera. The Shira Volcano was likely the first cone built in this area, less than one million years ago. It is incredible young for being so large. Trekkers are walking on the lava-flow surface here.This is a close-up of the main type of rock seen on Kilimanjaro - the rhomb porphory [...]

Running Out of Ground - Trekking to the Roof of Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro - Part 2 - The Approach - Days One and Two 

Earthly Musings [2014-08-25 23:37:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info

In spite of the inevitable delays on such a grand undertaking, we were trekking by about 4 PM on August 13. At first we walked on a 4X4 road, then a bonafide trail. Our route up the mountain would be the Lomosho Route.Near the start of the trek, we travel through carrot and potato fields.After entering the National Park, the forest is preserved and quite beautiful.One of our porters carrying eggs for the trip.Forest hiking.Colubus monkeys were quite numerous in the trees overhead. The are [...]

Running Out of Ground - Trekking to the Roof of Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro - Part 1 - The Set-Up 

Earthly Musings [2014-08-25 20:27:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (38 visits) info

Many of you know that I have been in Africa this August traveling with my wife Helen. We have been on safari to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, as well as partaking in a trek with friends to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. We have just returned home and are beginning to process the myriad emotions, information, photographs, and memories. A blog posting seems too simple a venue to express all that we have experienced in these 19 days. In a word, the trek was hard but doable, especially with the [...]

Coming Soon: Spinosaurus Revolution 

Theropoda [2014-08-09 11:07:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (108 visits) info

Artwork (c) Davide Bonadonna Pensavo che tutto dovesse rimanere ancora in silenzio per un po', ma noto che il sito della National Geographic Society ha di fatto già aperto la breccia, e quindi si può iniziare a menzionare l'evento (ed ho chiesto conferma in proposito). Il 12 settembre prossimo, a Washington, sarà inaugurata una mostra relativa a Spinosaurus, organizzata proprio dalla

Arrival in Arusha Tanzania! 

Earthly Musings [2014-08-08 18:04:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (40 visits) info

Street scene in Arusha Tanzania with a woman carrying bananas to marketHelen and I are now 10 time zones away from Arizona, so nearly halfway around the world. It took us about 27 hours total flying time to get here. I was lucky to get probably one hour of sleep on the plane so no wonder I slept-in until 11 AM today. But I got to watch three great movies on the way - The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nebraska (twice), and Time Again. The movie scene on international flights just keeps getting better [...]

Tanzania and Mt. Kilimanjaro Adventure Begins! 

Earthly Musings [2014-08-05 21:49:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info

The time has arrived for my long awaited trip to Tanzania and an attempt to trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, highest place in Africa at 19,340 feet! I will try to post images and stories while on the trip so keep watching Earthly-Musings. Thank you for reading. Until then look at some photos of the top of Kili that I took on an Around the World trip in 2013.Approaching the mountain from the east and northIt looks mighty steep on the way to the crest. Yikes!This feature is called the ash-pit [...]

Una vertebra di theropode dal Marocco risolve l'enigma proporzionale di Spinosaurus? 

Theropoda [2014-07-06 16:10:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (61 visits) info

Perché le vertebre dorsali di Spinosaurus hanno lunghezza comparabili a quelle dei grandi tyrannosauridi e carcharodontosauridi, mentre le faccette articolari e gli archi neurali sono marcatamente più piccoli? Come spiegare questa anomalia? Nell'istituire Sigilmassasaurus, Russell (1996) incluse tra il materiale riferibile a questo taxon varie vertebre dorsali isolate, appartenenti ad

The Vredefort Gabbronorite ? News [2014-06-25 15:19:56]  recommend  recommend this post  (41 visits) info

“It is definitely a rock that crystallized from the mini-sea of magma, which was created by the impact crater.” “One of the reasons Moser said other geologists kept missing the point is “it doesn’t look like what you expect it to look like.” Quotes from Western News. Related: What is the Vredefort

Coming Soon: Giant theropod Kem Kem bites 

Theropoda [2014-06-20 11:47:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info
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