Paleontology

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tags: evolutionary biology, paleontology, fossils, fossilization, fossil forensics, Taphonomy, taxonomy, zoology, deep time, paleoceanography, amphioxus, Branchiostoma lanceolatum, lamprey, Lampetra fluviatilis, chordates, researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper Three rotting Amphioxus heads. A sequence of images showing how the characteristic features of the body of amphioxus, a close living relative of vertebrates, change during decay. Colours are caused…

tags: evolutionary biology, convergent evolution, paleontology, taxonomy, zoology, basal birds, theropods, dinosaurs, ornithology, birds, Alvarezsauroidea, Haplocheirus sollers, Maniraptora, Archaeopteryx, researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper A Newly Discovered Basal Alvarezsauroid Theropod from the Early Late Jurassic. Artwork: Portia Sloan [larger view] DOI: 10.1126/science.1182143 A long-standing scientific debate focuses on the origins of birds: did they evolve from…

tags: evolutionary biology, fossils, feathers, plumage color, color, dinosaurs, theropods, Sinosauropteryx, Sinornithosaurus, birds, Confuciusornis, melanosomes, phaeomelanosomes, eumelanosomes, keratinocytes, SEM, scanning electron microscopy, 10.1038/nature08740, researchblogging.org, peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper Reconstruction of two Sinosauropteryx, sporting their orange and white striped tails. Artwork by Chuang Zhao and Lida Xing [larger view] DOI: 10.1038/nature08740 While looking at museum dioramas…

I am a Paleontologist

tags: paleontology, fossils, dinosaurs, evolution, I am a Paleontologist, they might be giants, music video, streaming video I have been remiss lately regarding music videos because I was in Finland for awhile, and then was otherwise preoccupied. But I just had to share this song with you; “I am a Paleontologist” is by the group,…

tags: paleontologists, fossils, scientists, dinosaur hunters, pervatasaurus, humor, funny, satire, streaming video Paleontologists recently discovered a new dinosaur fossil in Argentina: they believe the intact skeleton could shed light on the bizarre fetishes of this pervert dinosaur [2:10]

tags: evolutionary biology, AMNH, American Museum of Natural History, New York City, mammals, biodiversity Because I write for ScienceBlogs, I have been invited to a special sneak preview of the “Extreme Mammals” exhibit hosted by the American Museum of Natural History, where I was a postdoctoral fellow for two years. This exhibit features the biggest,…

Dinosaurs: A Bunch of Mister Moms

tags: evolution, behavioral ecology, parental care, egg incubation, dinosaurs, birds The Oviraptorid dinosaur, Citipati osmolskae, on a nest of eggs that was unearthed in the Gobi desert of Mongolia by the American Museum of Natural History. Image: Mick Ellison, American Museum of Natural History. Oviraptors (“egg seizer”) were given their name because their fossil remains…

tags: Austroraptor cabazai, dinosaurs, Dromaeosauridae, birds, fossils, taxonomy, evolution The newly unveiled Austroraptor cabazai (left) attacks a juvenile sauropod dinosaur in an artist’s interpretation. The giant raptor, found in Argentina, measured between 16.5 and 21 feet (5 to 6.5 meters) long, making it one of the largest raptors to roam Earth 70 million years ago,…

tags: Tiktaalik rosea, sarcopterygian, fishibian, fishapods, transitional fossil, evolution, vertebrate terrestriality, vertebrate evolution A new study on the internal anatomy of the skull of the extraordinary fish, Tiktaalik roseae, which lived 375 million years ago, provides more evidence of how vertebrate life transitioned from water to land. The head showed changes from more primitive fish…

tags: mammoth tooth, fossils, Hurricane Ike, Jim Westgate, Dorothy Sisk, paleontology Paleontologist Jim Westgate, a research associate with the Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory at the University of Texas Memorial Museum, shows off a newly discovered fossil tooth of a mammoth that he found in Caplen, Texas, in the debris from Hurricane Ike. Westgate believes the fossil…