Oh December-meme, December-meme...

All the cool kids were doing it, so I had to join in, too. [For those playing the home game, select the first sentence from the first post of each month and post the lot. I decided to include the first photo of each month, too.]


January - "I have a secret"

I got some good news last night that I'd love to share, but I think I'm going to keep my lips sealed for until the official announcement is up elsewhere.


February - "Got another one!"

Apparently Sb has been snapping up quality science bloggers at an extraordinary rate, and the latest member of the collective is Maria of Green Gabbro.


March - "Worst... interview... EVER!"

A few days ago I mentioned that paleontologist Terry Gates was going to appear on Bill O'Reilly's show to speak on the subject of whether global warming killed the dinosaurs.


April - "On to better things..."

I suppose today is as good a day as any to break the news to you all, especially since Janet has just made an announcement similar to the one I'm about to make.


May - "Freaking Out at Finals"

I've been really down this week, biting my nails about finals and my academic future (or potential premature end of it).


June - "Do these books make any difference?"

Those of you who stopped by this blog on Friday afternoon might have quickly glimpsed a post that is now missing.


July - "Some big news"

It seems that today is going to be a big day for science bloggers.


August - "Albertonykus, Huanghetitan, Velafrons..."

When I was a kid remembering "all" the dinosaurs was pretty easy.


September - "Helping 'John Doe' Understand Evolution"

When do you think that the following passage was first published?

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October - "A different kind of Dinomania"

Dinosaurs were in ample supply when I was a kid.

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November - "Happy (belated) Halloween/Caturday!"

I forgot to put this up yesterday, but better late than never, right?

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December - "The life, and death, of Ota Benga"

During the past week I've been tracking down information about various performing primates and famous apes like "Consul" and John Daniel, but as I did so something kept bothering me.

Wow... that really wasn't half as interesting as I thought it would be.


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