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Is There Evidence of Paleolithic Domestication of Dogs?

In search of Paleolithic dogs: a quest with mixed resultsAuthor:Morey Abstract:Archaeological evidence has long placed the origins of the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) just prior to the beginning of the Holocene Epoch, some 12,000–15,000 years ago. Show More Summary

Colymbosaurus megadeirus: A Reassessment of Kimmeridgian Jurassic Plesiosaur Paleodiversity

Anatomy of Colymbosaurus megadeirus (Reptilia, Plesiosauria) from the Kimmeridge Clay Formation of the U.K., and high diversity among Late Jurassic plesiosauroidsAuthors:Benson et alAbstract:We describe the syntype postcranial skeletons of the cryptoclidid plesiosauroid Colymbosaurus megadeirus. Show More Summary

Three Evolutionary Radiations of Sharks During the Famennian Devonian

Paleogeographical and paleoecological constraints on paleozoic vertebrates (chondrichthyans and placoderms) in the Ardenne Massif: Shark radiations in the Famennian on both sides of the PalaeotethysAuthors:Derycke et alAbstract:Three chondrichthyan radiations are registered in the Famennian of the Ardenne Massif (Belgium). Show More Summary

Celebrate National Seafood Month with This Sustainable Recipe: Mussel Chowder

(Photo: Pete / Flickr Creative Commons) October 1 kicks off National Seafood Month, a time to raise awareness for sustainable fisheries and celebrate the benefits of seafood in one’s diet. Oceana focuses on sustainable seafood all year...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Oceans Get a “D’ for Ocean Health, Beluga Whale Population Faces “Catastrophe,” and More

A beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas). Beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River are declining. (Photo: Ansgar Walk / Wikimedia Commons) - The Ocean Health Index’s third annual ocean evaluation gave ocean health a “D,” or 67 out of 100. Show More Summary

Hypothesis: Lichen-Fungal Colonization of the Land Drove NeoProterozoic Oxidation Event?

Hypothesized link between Neoproterozoic greening of the land surface and the establishment of an oxygen-rich atmosphereAuthor:KumpAbstract:Considerable geological, geochemical, paleontological, and isotopic evidence exists to support...Show More Summary

Great Barrier Reef Calcification dropped 40% Over 35 Years due to Climate Change, Ocean Acidification

An expedition from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Carnegie Institute of Science has measured a roughly 40% reduction in the rate of calcium carbonate deposited in Australia's Great Barrier Reef in the last 35 years — a scenario...Show More Summary

An ecological and physiological assessment of tropical coral reef responses to past and projected disturbances

Tropical reef structure and topographical complexity is a product of coral morphology, which greatly enhances biodiversity, ecological function, and ecosystem services. However, reef-building corals have declined in cover by 50-80% in response to the accumulated effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances over the last 3 to 4 decades. Show More Summary

I am now a “famous palaeontologist” … thanks to my antlers

Just over a year ago, in his write-up of the Edinburgh SVPCA, Matt included a photo of me standing in front of a Giant Irish Elk (Megaloceros), positioned so that the antlers seem to be growing out of my head. Matt finished his post with a background-free version of that photo, and commented: … so he […]

Warming influences Mg2+ content, while warming and acidification influence calcification and test strength a sea urchin

We examined the long-term effects of near-future changes in temperature and acidification on skeletal mineralogy, thickness and strength in the sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla reared in all combinations of three pH (pH 8.1, 7.8, 7.6) and three temperatures (22 oC, 25 oC, 28 oC) from the early juvenile to adult, over 146 days. As the […]

Rise of the Military and Space Advocate Factions in China

Much has been written about the growing influence of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) generals on China’s foreign policy. Little has been said about military entrepreneurs and other non-combatant PLA personnel moving into China’s domestic governance. Show More Summary

9-30-14 More Food More Energy

Tuesday, September 30th...off the water for me on Monday... Monday evening...Tuesday... of course I was in town and got to the west side asap a bit north of Lime Kiln...in time to see Mike J-26 and Slick J-16 going up island...and then...Show More Summary

Ukraine: Titters and Tatters of the Frog

Fighting continues at the Donetsk airport. There is little more than wreckage left and its getting worse. Ukraine has gone for a tit for tat investigation into Russian government officials for warcrimes in the Donbass. Ukraine is also claiming there are concentration camps outside of Donetsk. Show More Summary

I hope Judith Curry apologizes for this.

I’m not going to talk about Mark Steyn, other than to say that if you know who Rush Limbaugh is, Mark Steyn is a bit to the right and a tad more obnoxious, but not as smart. You can find out more by clicking here, using the Climate Change Science Search Engine. I’m also not…

Shenzen's Crazy Awesome Cloud City! (but will they actually build the arcology?)

Many of the world’s cities are hundreds, even thousands of years old. They evolved from the bottom up as populations changed and demanded change. A new road here, new building there. The result is striking and wild—a kind of physical history.But what if you could start New York or London from scratch?To see skylines of the future—look east. Show More Summary

A "Low Power" Fusion Drive

A direct fusion drive for rocket propulsion Authors:Razin et alAbstract:The Direct Fusion Drive (DFD), a compact, anuetronic fusion engine, will enable more challenging exploration missions in the solar system. The engine proposed here...Show More Summary

Boy Meets...oh boy!

Lyudmila bought season passes to 6 Flags and Six Flags does a halloween...whatever. However, you have to get kids out of the park before about 5:30 because the zombies and whatnot come out then. Orest and I had a father-son day because Avrora had to prepare a presentation she procrastinated on. Show More Summary

Ebola has Reached the United States

The United States has one confirmed case of Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, marking the first domestic appearance of the deadly virus that has ravaged swaths of continental Africa.The as-yet unidentified...Show More Summary

US Navy Looking at Exoskeletons for Damage Control, Cargo Work

Glamorous it isn’t, but Ripley’s loading heavy supplies aboard a Marine Corps landing craft — the kind of unsexy but essential mission that real-life exoskeletons may actually be able to do in the next few years. In an invitation-only...Show More Summary

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