Paleontology

A Blog Around The Clock

Category archives for Paleontology

From SCONC: The next Sigma Xi Pizza Lunch is noon, THURSDAY. Jan. 22. The title: “Dinosaurs under the microscope: New ways to look at old bones.” Come hear NC State University paleontologist Mary Schweitzer explain why she rocked science not long ago with evidence that soft tissue survived in a 68-million-year-old dinosaur fossil. Not all…

…the girl on a half-shell…

Now I finally understand the lyrics! Joan Baez was really singing to Bob about prehistoric turtles!

I always get excited when Paul Sereno publishes a paper in PLoS ONE and today is one such day – his third paper in this journal within a span of less than a year (the first was the paper with detailed description of Nigersaurus and the second was the article on Green Sahara cemeteries). Today’s…

LOL Pterosaurs!

The Pterosaur paper is really hitting the media and blogs today. Of course, it is kind of a blogospheric “baby”. One of the authors is my SciBling Darren Naish, the other author is Mark Witton, and even the Academic Editor who handled the manuscript is a scienceblogger. Darren first broached the idea on his old…

Dino Stars in their own words

Brian Switek has managed to grab some big blogospheric scoops – he interviewed Robert Bakker and Jack Horner and promises more such interviews in the future.

Interview with Svante Paabo

Imagine: An Interview with Svante Paabo: Svante Paabo works on the edge of what’s possible. He ignites our imagination, unlocking tightly held secrets in ancient remains. By patiently and meticulously working out techniques to extract genetic information from skin, teeth, bones, and excrement, Paabo has become the leader of the ancient DNA pack. Sloths, cave…

Olduvai George on NPR

I was lucky to be in the car at the right time this morning to catch a story about Mastodons in Manhattan: A Botanical Puzzle, i.e., why honey locust trees in NYCity have long thorns – an interesting story (click on the link and click on “Listen Now”) which, among others, features our blog-friend Carl…

Tiktaalik on audio

Karl Mogel interviews Neil Shubin. Paleontology makes testable predictions, with cool results.

Palaeontologists needed!

Can you help identify this fossil? The experts are baffled.

Aetosaurs. No, I have not heard of them until now. But that does not matter – the big story about them today is the possibility – not 100% demonstrated yet, to be fair – that some unethical things surround their discovery and naming. And not just Aetosaurs. Some other fossils as well. As I am…