Category Archives: paleontology

Anchiornis in living color


Laser flourescence of the feathered dinosaur Anchiornis provides a picture of its life appearance in stunning detail http://ift.tt/2lTPfzX via Laser flourescence of the feathered dinosaur Anchiornis provides a picture of its life appearance in stunning detail — Like For Real Dough … Continue reading

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HBW Alive Newsletter #21 – March 2016


The latest newsletter of the Handbook of the Birds of the World has been released and it, as usual, is chock full of fascinating discoveries*, insightful synthesis, and stunning multi-media features. *For example, I just learned that a flightless owl … Continue reading

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Tuataras even chew weirdly


In 2008, I shared the story of the great longevity of the lizard-like tuatara of New Zealand.  Today, Victoria Gill of the BBC’s Nature blog has reported on a study from researchers investigating what appears to be a unique chewing … Continue reading

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What lies beneath – Lake Vostok


As reported by the BBC’s Johnathan Amos, Russian researchers are claiming success at drilling through the continental ice sheet  in Antarctica to be the first humans to make contact with Lake Vostok.  Vostok is one of about 300 lakes of … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Carl Sagan. (Really? Yeah, really!)


I was there.  I walked that campus and slept through my classes and met my wife and pulled all-nighters to cram for my exams . . . while Carl Sagan was somewhere on that campus, thinking mind-expanding thoughts, inspiring a … Continue reading

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A new idea for what Velociraptors did with those claws


By now, we’re all familiar with this image: Velociraptors running at high speed toward a big lumbering dinosaur that the little demons subdue with an onslaught of murderous slashes from an outsized claw on their second toe. Mark Stevenson’s reproduction … Continue reading

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Jimmy Stewart, the Abominable Snowman, and Christmas


I’ve long been a fan of the actor James “Jimmy” Stewart.  He was a handsome everyman, homespun yet sophisticated, scrawny yet tough.  He did it all from comic pratfalls to Hitchcockian suspense to dusty Westerns.  He also famously ate himself … Continue reading

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