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The skeleton of the Hundsheim rhinoceros, Stephanorhinus hundsheimensis. From Kahlke and Kaiser, 2010. In any given environment, it might be expected that a generalized or unspecialized species might be less prone to extinction than one which depends upon a narrow temperature range, a peculiar kind of food, or other aspect of natural history which is…

The nearly complete skeleton of a Steller’s sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) – it is missing bones from the wrist and hand. From Woodward, 1885. It did not take long for the last remaining population of Steller’s sea cow to be driven into extinction. Discovered by the German naturalist Georg Steller around the Bering Sea’s Commander…

Components of the newly-described Fezouata fauna. a, Demosponge Pirania auraeum b, Choiid demosponge c, Annelid worm d, Organism showing possible similarities to halkieriids e, Possible armoured lobopod f, Thelxiope-like arthropod g, Marrellomorph arthropod, probably belonging to the genus Furca h, Skaniid arthropod i, Spinose arthropod appendage apparatus consisting of six overlapping elements. From Van Roy…

A muskox (Ovibos moschatus), photographed in Alaska. From Flickr user drurydrama. Of all the mass extinctions that have occurred during earth’s history, among the most hotly debated is the one which wiped out mammoths, saber-toothed cats, giant ground sloths, and the other peculiar members of the Pleistocene megafauna around 12,000 years ago. It was not…

So many lectures, so little time…

I try to visit the AMNH in New York City as often as I can, but it looks like I’ll be making a few extra trips this coming November. While the exhibits alone are worth a visit, the museum often plays host to various scientists and authors as well, and it appears that they’ll be…