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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

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Bonus pterosaur (anurognathid) art you've never seen before! (sort of) 

markwitton.com blog [2015-01-28 18:29:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (45 visits) info

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Anurognathus ammoni makes itself like a tree, but doesn't leave. Prints are available.Last week I unceremoniously dumped several revamped pterosaur images on the blog after they were prepared for a talk on one of my favourite topics - pterosaur functional morphology and biomechanics. Turned out that I wasn't quite done tinkering with old images however, because another piece - above - was set for 11th hour reworking. It shows one of the subject taxa of my talk - an anurognathid pterosaur - [...]

The Mediterranean’s Missing Sawfishes 

Laelaps [2015-01-22 21:38:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info

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In 1959, off the southern coast of France, a tuna boat hauled up a largetooth sawfish. The catch

Science Word of the Day: Ornithogenic 

Laelaps [2015-01-20 19:55:42]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info
When I considered how I might become a fossil, I mostly thought about the environment I’d have to

Geology of the National Parks in Pictures - The Pony Express Trail 

The Geology P.A.G.E. [2015-01-15 20:43:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info

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The next up on my tour of the National Parks in pictures:Pony Express National Historic TrailLast year my family and I headed out to find some geodes in the Utah desert. Along the way we traveled along the Pony Express Trail. Although this trail spreads on through many states, here is a small portion of it, near Dugway, UT.  View looking east, as we passed through Dugway Pass.This post marked the location of the Pony Express, which ran from 1860-1861.Recreation of the Simpsons Springs [...]

How Extinction Changed the Coyote 

Laelaps [2015-01-15 03:44:13]  recommend  recommend this post  (31 visits) info

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The La Brea asphalt seeps are famous for the predators found entombed there. Dire wolves and the sabercat

The soil orders simplified 

SOILS MATTER, GET THE SCOOP! [2015-01-05 21:20:55]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info
To identify, understand, and manage soils, soil scientists have developed a soil classification or taxonomy system. Like the classification systems for plants and animals, the soil classification system contains several

Lab Work 

polar soils blog [2014-12-17 19:20:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

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Now that we’ve collected soil samples, we need to extract and identify the organisms living in the soil. We also need to measure the chemistry of the soil to understand the organisms’ habitat. For the past few days, we’ve been working quite a lot in the lab.We first preserve part of the soil to measure the bacteria and fungi back at home in the U.S. We separate some of the soil into a vial and add a solution that preserves the bacteria and fungi. These vials will be sent home and analyzed [...]

Seal Watch 

polar soils blog [2014-12-03 16:22:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
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We STILL can't get to our field sites. Mars Oasis is too cloudy for the plane to  land. Maybe tomorrow!Instead, today I helped the marine biologists. There are many marine biologists at Rothera Station that study the invertebrates living on the bottom of the ocean. To do their research, they have to scuba dive in the bay that borders the research station. The cold water is their first danger, so they wear protective suits. There are a couple other dangers they must avoid, which are leopard [...]

Big-Headed Carnivore a Sign of Triassic Recovery 

Laelaps [2014-11-30 02:50:03]  recommend  recommend this post  (69 visits) info

 Jurassic,Triassic
I’ve spent much of my weekend writing about Jurassic World. I won’t rehash the details here – you

Cruising the Galapagos Islands 

Earthly Musings [2014-11-28 14:02:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (31 visits) info

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Here are a few pictures from a three-day cruise in the Galapagos Islands. This was my 7th or 8th time there. I just love the desert landscapes and wildlife.Tall opuntia cactus on Santa Fe Island. Many of the islands have variations of this species of Opuntia echios.Opuntia echios (var.) Found on Santa Fe Island.Many of the islands also have endemic iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus). You cna read more about them here.I think these are the most interesting of the many animals to be seen in [...]

Saying Good-bye to the Glaciers of Glacier National Park 

Geotripper [2014-10-25 01:52:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (36 visits) info

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The view north from Logan Pass in Glacier National Park Make no mistake about it. Glacier National Park is one of the most spectacular parks in the United States, and indeed is one of my favorite places on planet Earth. That said, it's losing something important, and the change is profound. How many animals are in this picture? When I was a child, I loved museums, but I knew there was

Noah's Ark 

JOIDES Resolution blogs [2014-09-18 08:42:39]  recommend  recommend this post  (4 visits) info

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As pointed out to those who step aboard the JR, animals are all over the boat. You just have to look. If you walk along the catwalk to the doghouse, you might overhear the crew talking about Bigfoot stuck near the mousehole.  Rather than tying yourself in a sheepshank wondering what they are talking about, bone up on your drill ship lingo.   read

Geosonnet 10 

Lounge of the Lab Lemming [2014-09-17 01:02:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (38 visits) info

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The Ediacaran saw creatures grow Diversify as animals evolved. But Cambrian descendants do not show A lineage, preserved or else dissolved. A missing fossil yearns to be dug up. The flinders ranges burn to tell their tale Trace fossils, both a spicule and a cup Mean evolutionary theories can prevail. Coronacollina was once a sponge With opaline supports to hold it flat Choia’s

The Rotulidae: Strangest of the Sand Dollars 

Echinoblog [2014-07-30 13:23:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (96 visits) info
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Leave it to echinoderms to take even the best known of animals, like a sand dollar, and make it even STRANGER than you could have thought!! But first things first. Sand dollars are highly modified SEA URCHINS that live on sandy bottoms, mostly in shallow tropical to temperate water places. Please make a note of it. (or go read this post here!) Most sand dollars are either kind

“Bigfoot” Unmasked 

Laelaps [2014-07-17 04:46:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

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Bigfoot is an all-American monster. The mythical ape – a bastardized version of the Yeti – has supposedly

Cambrian trilobites from the Marble Mountains, southern California 

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week [2014-06-20 21:25:03]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

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  These animals experienced days less than 23 hours long, and years with close to 400

Prehistoric Hippo Potholes are the First Fossil Mammal Swim Traces 

Laelaps [2014-06-12 23:03:26]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info
When Charles Darwin was composing On the Origin of Species, he had to face an extremely frustrating problem.

Piscivory – Building the Groundwork 

The Bite Stuff [2014-06-04 05:24:49]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info
I tend to be very generous when it comes to labeling diets. Animals are not perfect boxes to never spill out of their strict defintions, nor are their diets, produced as they are from a variety of different sources. You’ll … Continue reading

Godzilla and MUTOs vs. birds and newts: reasons why the creatures in Godzilla (2014) are (sort of) plausible 

markwitton.com blog [2014-05-24 13:22:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (51 visits) info

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Inside every 29 year and 11 month year-old man is a 5 year old who only watches monster movies so he can produce little doodles of them afterwards.After much hype, Godzilla (2014) has finally stomped into cinemas around the world. It seems to have been a divisive monster movie, with some taking its slow pacing and focus on human characters as a breath of fresh air in a stale genre, and others wishing it had the wham-bam-thank-you-mam approach of Pacific Rim. Personally, I'm in the former [...]

How Cougars Survived the Ice Age 

Laelaps [2014-05-17 00:47:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
Extinction can make animals seem stranger than they really are. Consider woolly mammoths. The last of these Ice
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