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Dinosaurs! At National Geographic

As usual, they made a great website and you can have fun with the “hidden camera” and try to figure out how many little movies did they have to make for the trick to work (i.e., try to “roar” when the people are on different places on the screen): In support of this upcoming special,…

Today is a super-exciting day for me and I hope you will find it exciting as well. Why? Because today PLoS ONE published a paper I am very hyped about – Structural Extremes in a Cretaceous Dinosaur by Sereno PC, Wilson JA, Witmer LM, Whitlock JA, Maga A, et al. Simultaneously with the publication of…

Dinosaurs are coming to Raleigh!

OK, I live here, yet I had to learn from Brian that the AMNH dinosaur exhibit is coming to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. The exhibit will be open from October 26, 2007 till March 2, 2008 and I will make sure to go and see it while it is…

Archy digs a mammoth

It’s like letting a kid into a candy store. John McKay, whose favourite blogging topic is the study of extinct pachyderms, finally got to go on a dig. And, as one could expect, his account of it is as excited and as well-informed and detailed as one can expect from him. The Obligatory Reading of…

A Mastodon

Greeting the visitors.

Sean Digs It

I am sometimes not aware that my blogospheric friends know each other well. So, for instance, I had no idea that Sean Carroll of Cosmic Variance blog and the crew at Project Exploration (see the brown square on my left side-bar) are friends. But apparently they are. So, Sean went dinosaur digging and dug out…

As more and more people are slowly coming out of the woodwork and revealing they are going to Science Foo Camp, I am getting more and more excited about it! Yes, I have registered and reserved my hotel room already. Sure, people like Neal Stephenson and Carl Djerassi are going to be there (as well…

Gigantoraptor!

China finds new species of big, bird-like dinosaur: Eight meters (26 ft) long and standing at twice the height of a man at the shoulder, the fossil of the feathered but flightless Gigantoraptor erlianensis was found in the Erlian basin in Inner Mongolia, researchers wrote in the latest issue of Nature. The researchers said the…

OK, it’s been about 20 years since I was last in vet school and I have fogotten most of the stuff I learned there. But I remember a few things. I clearly remember the Pathology class (and especially the lab!) and the Five Signs (or stages) of Death: pallor mortis (paleness), algor mortis (cooling), rigor…

A paper in press in Current Biology (press release here) looks at mitochondrial DNA of mammoths and advances a primarily environmental cause for the mammoth extinction. Razib explains why such a black-and-white dichotomy is unhealthy. Looking at a different hypothesis, also environmental, for the mammoth extinction (comet impact), Archy places the black-and-white dichotomy in the…