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Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007, 10:11 am
red_girl_42: Dinobase

Have you all seen the dinosaur database from the University of Bristol? It's pretty cool:


Tue, Aug. 21st, 2007, 09:44 pm
archtas: SVPCA


Anyone here going to the SVPCA in Glasgow next week?


Sat, Jul. 28th, 2007, 09:34 am
crumpetsfortea: Paleoblogathon!

My paleontology blogathon is five posts in, and I hope that some of you will stop by. So far, I've looked at trilobites and Argentinavis (a giant bird from the miocene), as well as the origin of domestic cats and the behavior of American alligators.

I hope that some of you will stop by, maybe ask some questions, or at least read a post or two.

You can find the paleoblog here, and I hope to see you!

Sat, Jul. 21st, 2007, 11:28 am
crumpetsfortea: Paleontology Blogathon

Apologies to the community if this post is inappropriate, and feel free to delete it.

As many of you probably know, the 2007 Blogathon is approaching, in which dedicated bloggers post once every thirty minutes for 24 hours straight in order to raise funds for charity.

I've decided to give it a go, and hoped that some of you in this community might be interested in sponsoring or reading my blogathon blog.

You see, I'll be dedicating my blog to the science of paleontology. I study the evolution of crocodylians and am currently working on some interesting Triassic material. My blog will be dedicated to my own research, as well as to current developments in the field of paleontology, some modern herpetology (in context, of course of its fossil record) and to answering any reader-posed questions.

All of the money that is pledged to my blog will go to Teach for America, a charity dedicated to educating disadvanteged and lower-class children in the United States.

If you're interested at all, please check on my blog starting at 6AM PST on the 28th of July, and if, you could donate, I'd appreciate it: my pledge link is here.

I hope I'll see some of you in a week.

Fri, Jun. 8th, 2007, 03:03 pm
sunkist: "Feathered" dinosaur was bald, not bird ancestor, controversial study says.

A shadow of doubt has been thrown over the widely held theory that dinosaurs had feathers and that they gave rise to modern birds.

In a new study, researchers examined the fossil of a 140-million-year-old turkey-size dinosaur called Sinosauropteryx.

Other experts had previously concluded that distinctive patterns found on the skin of a Sinosauropteryx fossil were remnants of downy protofeathers, making the species the most primitive feathered dinosaur.

But the new team says that their analysis shows that the creature was actually bald.

The patterns are the remains of "structural fibers, probably collagen—the most abundant fiber in vertebrates—of the skin and the dorsal frill," said lead study author Theagarten Lingham-Soliar of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

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Fri, May. 18th, 2007, 10:12 am
layers_of_eli: Wait, fossilized amoebas?!

Hi all. I have a paleontology question; not my field at all! (I work in developmental neuroscience)

I recently learned of these microfossils. These are fossils of things including protists. The wikipedia article I linked to actually uses the phrase "protist skeleton," but here's where my confusion comes in. Protists don't have any hard matter in them to form a "void" when sediment is settling over them, right? And lots of "softer" creatures lacking shells and bones are never found in fossilized form, right?

How would you EVER have a fossil of a protist?? There are also algaes, amoebas, and spores.

Wed, May. 16th, 2007, 10:23 pm
lerryn: A bit of humor

I thought the people here might appreciate this.

Sun, Apr. 1st, 2007, 09:34 pm
archtas: New Palarch issue now online

The April 2007 issue of our free journals is now online at www.PalArch.nl.
The issue includes:

PalArch's Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology (ISSN 1567-214X):

Naguib, S.-A. 2007. The shifting values of authenticity and fakes. - PalArch's
Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 2, 1: 1-8.

Wild, J.P. & F.C. Wild. 2007. The textiles from Sikait (Egyptian Eastern
Desert). - PalArch's Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 2, 2: 9-17.

Still online:

Veldmeijer, A.J. 2007. Preliminary report on the leatherwork from Roman
Berenike, Egyptian Red Sea Coast (1994-2000). - PalArch's Journal of
Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 1, 1: 1-36.

Book reviews:

Mairs, R. 2007. Book review of: Hughes, G.R. (with contributions by B.P.
Muhs & S. Vinson). 2005. Catalog of Demotic Texts in the Brooklyn Museum.
(Chicago, The Oriental Institute [Oriental Institute Communications No.

Chauvet, V. 2007. Book review of: Kanawati, N. & M. Abder-Raziq. 2005.
Mereruka and his Family. Part I: The Tomb of Meryteti. (Oxford, Aris and
Phillips [The Australian Centre for Egyptology: Reports 21]).

PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology (ISSN 1567-2158):

Noè, L.F. & M. Gómez-Pérez. 2007. Postscript to Everhart, M.J. 2005.
"Elasmosaurid remains from the Pierre Shale (Upper Cretaceous) of western
Kansas. Possible missing elements of the type specimen of Elasmosaurus
platyurus Cope 1868?" in PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 4,
3. - PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 2, 1: 1-9.

Still online:

Van der Plas, M. 2007. A new model for the evolution of Homo sapiens from
the Wallacean islands. - PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 1, 1:

Book reviews:

Meijer, H.J.M. 2007. Book review of: Erwin, D.G. 2006. Extinction. How life
on earth nearly ended 250 million years ago. (Princeton, New Jersey,
Princeton University Press).

Jeffery, J.E. 2007. Book review of: Hammer, Ø. & D. Harper. 2006.
Paleontological Data Analysis. (Oxford Blackwell Publishing).

Reumer, J.W.F. 2007. Book review of: Martin, A.J. 2006. Introduction to the
Study of Dinosaurs. Second Edition. (Oxford, Blackwell Publishing).

PalArch's Journal of archaeology of northwest Europe (ISSN 1573-3939):

Still online:

Turrittin, T.H. 2006. An annotated bibliography of the Piltdown Man forgery,
1953-2005. - PalArch's Journal of archaeology of northwest Europe 1, 1:

Book reviews:

Veldmeijer, A.J. 2007. Book review of: Kite, M. & R. Thomson. 2006.
Conservation of leather and related materials. (Amsterdam, Elsevier).

Crombé, P. 2007. Book review of: Milner, N. & P. Woodman. 2005. Mesolithic
Studies at the Beginning of the 21st Century. (Oxford, Oxbow Books).

The Newsletter includes Carlos Grau's column, an article on the Natural
History Museum Rotterdam and 'Egypt in photographs'.

Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007, 08:42 pm
archtas: Darwin's wife's diaries go online

Saw this on the BBC News website, thought it might interest people here.


Thu, Jan. 25th, 2007, 10:09 pm
sunkist: (no subject)


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