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A Utah prairie dog (Cynomys parvidens), photographed in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

The skull of a spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), photographed at the AMNH’s “Extreme Mammals” exhibit. There was something strange about the assemblage of Homo erectus fossils found at Zhoukoudian – the famous 750,000 – 200,000 year old site in China popularly known as Dragon Bone Hill. Despite the abundance of skulls and teeth, there were…

A golden-mantled ground squirrel (Spermophilus lateralis), photographed in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

As you can probably tell from the last two “photos of the day”, I’m back from Utah. It was a wonderful trip, but I have been too swamped with other projects/commitments to get this blog back up to speed. Regular blog entries will resume soon. After reading S.J. Gould’s Dinosaur in a Haystack while in…

Photo of the Day #934: Hoodoos

Just a few of the many hoodoos which can be seen in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Grosvenor Arch, photographed in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.

Photo of the Day #932: Gorilla

A young lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

The skull of Paranthropus boisei (“Zinj,” “Dear Boy,” “Nutcracker Man,” etc.). Louis Leakey had a problem. During the summer of 1959 he and his wife Mary recovered the skull fragments of an early human scattered about the fossil deposits of Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. The skull had been deposited among the shattered bones of fossil…

A laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

Photo of the Day #930: Okapi

An okapi ((Okapia johnstoni), photographed at the Bronx Zoo.