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Monday, 31 August 2015

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Taking Students to the Triassic: An Interview With Paleontologist Robert Gay 

Laelaps [2015-08-31 21:00:25]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

 Triassic
Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, Rob. Can you fill readers in on where you

Lizard lizard on the wall 

Green Tea and Velociraptors [2015-08-26 13:56:40]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info

 Cretaceous; BR,MG,
When you think about fossils, lizards might be not be one of the first groups that springs to mind. However, they do have a pretty neat fossil record, stretching back over 150 million years. One group of lizards, iguanians, are still around today and comprises about 1700 different species! One sub-group of these iguanians, acrodonts, are thought to have originated in east Gondwana – part of the ‘old world’ including Africa. Acrodonts are named after weird features in their [...]

It's Humpback Day! 

JOIDES Resolution blogs [2015-08-13 12:59:08]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info
Just after lunch one of the scientists burst into my office. “Whales!” they yelled, before running out to the portside. I grabbed my trusty ‘nocs and followed.  read

Where next for the Jurassic Park movies? 

markwitton.com blog [2015-07-31 17:11:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (46 visits) info

 Jurassic
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Which creative direction would you take one of the most successful movie franchises of all time? Apparently, I would start by desaturating it of all colour. Read on to find out more.To the surprise of no-one, the mega-successful, $1.5 billion box office juggernaut Jurassic World is getting a sequel. If you’re part of the broader contingent who thought the film was silly fun, that’s probably good news. If, like me, you thought the film was lacking in some areas, you may be less excited. [...]

Paleo Profile: Lepidus praecisio 

Laelaps [2015-07-22 15:00:45]  recommend  recommend this post  (31 visits) info

 Triassic
Name: Lepidus praecisio Meaning: Together, the dinosaur’s genus and species names translate to “fascinating scrap”. Age: Late Triassic,

Book in Brief: Dinosaurs of the British Isles 

Laelaps [2015-07-18 15:00:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (41 visits) info
A few months back I finally got a chance to visit one of the dinosaur museums that I

Paleo Profile: Huanansaurus ganzhouensis 

Laelaps [2015-07-09 01:00:07]  recommend  recommend this post  (45 visits) info

 CN
Name: Huanansaurus ganzhouensis Meaning: The name is a clue to where this dinosaur was found. Huanansaurus means “southern China

Super-Spiky Ancient Worm Makes Its Debut 

Utah Geological Survey - blog [2015-06-30 17:42:44]  recommend  recommend this post  (42 visits) info

 Cambrian
nationalgeographic.com From fantastical to frightening, the animals of the Cambrian Period—beginning about 540 million years ago—tantalize the imagination. And they just keep getting weirder. READ

Because Work is Ruff: Take Your Dog to Work Day at the Museum 

BEYONDbones [2015-06-26 13:00:45]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info

 US
by Victoria Smith, HMNS Executive Assistant   Here at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, we love all animals, not just extinct ones. When we heard it was Take Your Dog to Work Day, we thought that sounded like fun. … Continue reading

On Jurassic World and real 'raptors': Velociraptor, Deinonychus and Achillobator 

markwitton.com blog [2015-06-25 15:23:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info

 Cretaceous,Jurassic; US,MN
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The online palaeontological community has no shortage of words on the recently released Jurassic World movie – most of them concerning the deplorable disregard for the last two decades of dinosaur science. What of the movie itself? The critical response seems to divided, most reviewing it as a great popcorn movie, and the rest as a predictable, sexist and cynical summer film. My own take is the latter: Jurassic World was just another forgettable, contrived entry in the Jurassic Park [...]

14 Fun Facts About the Animals of “Jurassic World” 

Utah Geological Survey - blog [2015-06-23 19:21:16]  recommend  recommend this post  (35 visits) info

 Jurassic
smithsonianmag.com While the lead predator of the film might be a genetically modified fiction, these real fossil species were just as amazing and bizarre READ

The Jaws That Bite, the Claws That Catch 

Laelaps [2015-06-15 02:51:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (82 visits) info
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. These are some of the most imposing predators to stalk the

New takes on the Wealden Supergroup palaeobiota, part 2: Baryonyx, freshwater plesiosaurs, ornithomimosaurs and others 

markwitton.com blog [2015-06-03 13:53:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (40 visits) info

 Cretaceous; NZ,US,GB,FR,IN
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Last week we took a look at some new art of animals from the Wealden Supergroup, the intensively studied, historically important Lower Cretaceous rocks of Southern Britain. We all know the Wealden for celebrity dinosaurs like Iguanodon and Baryonyx, but there's a heap of other interesting animals in there which get relatively little publicity. It's mostly these we're focusing on here, in the second (and final) part of these 'picture of the day'-style posts. As before, if you like anything [...]

The Making of California’s Mini-Mammoths 

Laelaps [2015-06-01 16:00:41]  recommend  recommend this post  (42 visits) info

 US
Over 80,000 years ago, somewhere on a southern California beach, a mammoth wanders across the sand. The beast

Dinosaur Physiology Debate Continues to Simmer 

Laelaps [2015-05-30 19:36:51]  recommend  recommend this post  (48 visits) info
Were dinosaurs warm-blooded, cold-blooded, or what? This is one of the most persistent questions in paleontology, and one

New takes on the Wealden Supergroup palaeobiota, part 1: Iguanodon, Neovenator, Eotyrannus and others 

markwitton.com blog [2015-05-27 23:21:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (36 visits) info

 Cretaceous,Carboniferous; GB,AU
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Regular readers will know that I'm prone to dabbling in palaeoart depicting the environments and animals of the Wealden Supergroup, the 18 million year stretch of Early Cretaceous time represented by mud-and sandstone deposits across the southern UK. Recently, I've been updating some existing Wealden work as well as producing some new stuff of other Wealden species. With no time to produce a new post of substance, here's a bumper 'picture of the day'-type post. Initially, I was going to chuck [...]

What do we do with the samples we ship home? 

polar soils blog [2015-05-06 00:09:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (49 visits) info

 US
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While we were in Antarctica earlier this year, we were able to do some of the analyses we need to measure on the soil we collected. However, we don't have the time or equipment to do everything we need, so all of our samples were boxed up and shipped back to Arizona.I flew home on an airplane in mid-January, but my samples stayed at Rothera until one of the U.S. research vessels came to pick them up. The samples traveled by boat to the U.S. research station, then eventually on to Chile. From [...]

Animals fifty million years into the future 

Earth Learning Idea [2015-04-23 00:09:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info

 GB
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Pupils from Box School in Wiltshire, UK have been trying out the Earthlearningidea 'Fifty million years into the future; investigating how animals become adapted to their environments'.   Click here to see their

Ocean Acidification & the Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction 

Palaeoblog [2015-04-13 15:04:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (31 visits) info

 Triassic
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Ocean acidification and the Permo-Triassic mass extinction. 2015. Clarkson, et al. Science Art by Basil WolvertonChanges to the Earth's oceans, caused by extreme volcanic activity, triggered the greatest extinction of all time 252 million years ago that wiped out more than 90 per cent of marine species and more than two-thirds of the animals living on land.Abstract[edit]: Ocean

Restoring a Brontosaurus 

RMDRC paleo lab [2015-04-08 00:31:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (81 visits) info

 US,BR
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Growing up in the 80's and 90's was a strange time for a dinosaur fan. On one hand there was a plethora of old books in the library on dinosaurs telling us all about Brontosaurus. On the other, we were getting it beat into our heads that Brontosaurus didn't exist, and it's really Apatosaurus. It was all confusing for those few of us that were actually actively interested in these animals. Today Emanuel Tschopp published a paper resurrecting the genus Brontosaurus as valid. Where does this come [...]
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