Posts treating: "animals"
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Its October! Which means we are around the corner from Halloween! Many of you have seen how I have expressed a strong interest in Japanese science fiction and pop culture. One of my starfish has even been made into a toy!
My research over the last few years has taken me not only to Japan but also gotten me interested in the nomenclature of various Japanese starfish species!!
In the ongoing history of evolutionary change, there are few transformations as celebrated as the time when fossil
Everybody likes animals. We draw parrots on our kites, we watch dolphins in the ocean, and we eat the odd unlucky chicken in the mess hall. It seems like even when the JR is hard at work drilling and coring, we can't stop thinking about animals. So here are some of our favourite animal-related drilling terms, courtesy of Steve (Operations Superintendent) and Kara (Staff Scientist):
Synthesis of Phylogeny and Taxonomy Into a Comprehensive Tree of Life. C. Hinchliff et al. PNAS
A first draft of the "tree of life" for the roughly 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes has been released.
A collaborative effort among 11 institutions, the tree depicts the relationships among living things as they diverged from one another over time, tracing back
All sharks are carnivores. From the sunny surface waters to the darkest depths, every selachian species lives by
There’s an astonishing number of fossil books for children. That endless stream has fed Love in the Time
Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, Rob. Can you fill readers in on where you
Green Tea and Velociraptors [2015-08-26 13:56:40]
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(45 visits) 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 [...]
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.
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. [...]
Name: Lepidus praecisio Meaning: Together, the dinosaur’s genus and species names translate to “fascinating scrap”. Age: Late Triassic,
A few months back I finally got a chance to visit one of the dinosaur museums that I
Name: Huanansaurus ganzhouensis Meaning: The name is a clue to where this dinosaur was found. Huanansaurus means “southern China
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
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
markwitton.com blog [2015-06-25 15:23:00]
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(38 visits) Cretaceous,Jurassic; US,MN
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 [...]
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
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. These are some of the most imposing predators to stalk the
markwitton.com blog [2015-06-03 13:53:00]
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(41 visits) Cretaceous; NZ,US,GB,FR,IN
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 [...]
Over 80,000 years ago, somewhere on a southern California beach, a mammoth wanders across the sand. The beast