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Friday, 10 June 2016

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The dinosaur resting pose debate: some thoughts for artists blog [2016-06-10 12:37:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (189 visits) info

 Triassic; LV,US,PL,GB,CA,CN,MN,CH
Three Sinornithoides youngi, one standing, one sitting, one sunbathing. But would these animals really have adopted resting poses like those of modern birds, as shown here, or would they have relaxed in completely different postures?A recurrent topic of conversation among palaeoartists concerns how non-avialan dinosaurs rested. Specifically, were they constrained to crouching down and lying on their bellies like modern birds (above), or could they lounge on their sides, rest with limbs beneath [...]

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Predatory Dinosaurs of the World - Part 1 

Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs [2016-06-03 21:35:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (85 visits) info

 Cenozoic; RO
It is widely documented - not least by this blog - that a very few popular dinosaur books published over the last century stand out as real 'landmarks'. Books that are incalculably influential, for good or ill (and often a bit of both), giving rise to countless copycats and wannabes and spreading peculiar styles and memes far and wide in the world of palaeoart. Greg Paul's infamous Predatory Dinosaurs of the World is undoubtedly one such book, arguably doing more to spread the Paulian style [...]

Win The Tyrannosaur Chronicles! 

Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs [2016-05-04 23:08:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (100 visits) info
Following Niroot's previous post, we have at least* 2 copies of Dave Hone's new book, The Tyrannosaur Chronicles, to give away. The book is a superb examination (a chronicle, if you will) of the science surrounding that very sexiest of theropod clades, the tyrannosauroids. Highly accessible and yet detailed and comprehensive with it, The Tyrannosaur Chronicles has plenty to offer for dinosaur enthusiasts of every stripe. It's been met with a flurry of positive reviews, to which we will [...]

Living Together in the Deep Sea 

AGU Meetings [2016-04-19 14:50:38]  recommend  recommend this post  (34 visits) info
Around hydrothermal vents, many animals have evolved specific relationships with bacteria that use the chemicals in venting fluid to make sugar, providing them with the nutrition the animals need to survive (as mentioned in the previous blog). These bacteria are often actually found inside the animals’ cells. In other words, the animals are essentially farming their own food inside their

We Still Don’t Know What Killed the Biggest Shark of All Time 

Laelaps [2016-04-13 13:00:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (55 visits) info
The giant megatooth shark was one of the most successful species of all time. So why did it die

Most Dinosaur Species are Still Undiscovered 

Laelaps [2016-03-23 18:29:06]  recommend  recommend this post  (49 visits) info
A new estimate suggests that we have a long way to go before hitting Peak

Published This Day: Steno Recognizes Fossils as The Remains of Once Living Animals 

Palaeoblog [2016-02-10 12:30:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (56 visits) info

From Today In Science History: In 1667, a classic paleontological paper by Nicolaus Steno was published by the Royal Society, London. His topic, Head of a shark dissected, represented the first such scientific paper to recognise that fossils were the remains of creatures who had died and subsequently had become petrified. Controversy resulted as the same claim had been made in the time of

Published This Day (1868): Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication by Darwin 

Palaeoblog [2016-01-30 14:30:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (120 visits) info
From Today In Science History: In 1868, Charles Darwin's book - Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication - was published. He was 58. It is probably the second in importance of all his works. This was a follow-up work, written in response to criticisms that his theory of evolution was unsubstantiated. Darwin here supports his views via analysis of various aspects of plant and

Dinosaur scales: some thoughts for artists blog [2015-12-24 18:48:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (98 visits) info

 Cretaceous,Jurassic; DE,US,GB
Turns out that Triceratops horridus had some of the coolest scales of any dinosaur: huge, interlocking tubercles with low bosses and spikes. No other dinosaur has skin like this - at least, not without supporting osteoderms. But what are dinosaur scales actually like, and are we depicting them accurately in our art?The discovery that many Mesozoic dinosaurs were superfuzzyfilamentouspinyalidocious has been an major influence on contemporary Mesozoic palaeoart. This has affected more than just [...]

7th January - New Dinosaur discoveries 

Geology in the West Country [2015-12-22 20:32:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (59 visits) info

 Cretaceous,Jurassic,Triassic; US,GB,MY
New Dinosaur discoveriesBen Garrod7 January 2016, 7.30pm—9pmFree – donations welcomeNew and astounding dinosaur fossils continue to be discovered across the globe, shedding ever more light on what dinosaurs were and how they lived.Ben Garrod will discuss some of these new findings about animals which were dominant on land for about 135 million years from  the Triassic, through the Jurassic and into the Cretaceous geological periods. He will talk in particular about a recent titanosaur [...]

50 Year Anniversary of Devonian Fossil Fish Find in Cleveland 

Louisville Area Fossils [2015-11-29 10:56:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (139 visits) info

 Devonian; US
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the start of excavating fossil fishes from their area. In 1965 construction to create I-71 road connecting downtown Cleveland with its southwestern suburbs revealed a treasure trove of Devonian fossils. The animals fossilized after their remains sank to the ocean bottom and settled in to the sediment that would

Japanese Invertebrates, Spirits & Monsters! Animals that inspire yokai (妖怪) & more! 

Echinoblog [2015-10-21 15:27:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (54 visits) info

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!! Although

Reptile Relative Was Among the First Animals to Walk On Upright Legs 

Laelaps [2015-09-21 14:00:19]  recommend  recommend this post  (85 visits) info
In the ongoing history of evolutionary change, there are few transformations as celebrated as the time when fossil

Pups, Snakes, Rabbits, and Other Useful Tools. 

JOIDES Resolution blogs [2015-09-20 11:28:48]  recommend  recommend this post  (213 visits) info

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): read

Tree of Life Published 

Palaeoblog [2015-09-19 14:41:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (96 visits) info
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

“False Megamouth” Shark Pioneered the Plankton-Feeding Lifestyle 

Laelaps [2015-09-17 19:30:03]  recommend  recommend this post  (66 visits) info
All sharks are carnivores. From the sunny surface waters to the darkest depths, every selachian species lives by

Mammoth is Mopey – An Interview With Artist David Orr 

Laelaps [2015-09-08 20:47:35]  recommend  recommend this post  (78 visits) info
There’s an astonishing number of fossil books for children. That endless stream has fed Love in the Time

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

Laelaps [2015-08-31 21:00:25]  recommend  recommend this post  (92 visits) info

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  (90 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  (64 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 | Impressum