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Giant Brains Are Better

Brain size affects female but not male survival under predation threat. 2015. Biological Letters. image New research has shown that in the course of evolution larger brains offer a higher survival potential than smaller brains. PR

Born This Day: Oliver Perry Hay

Hay (May 22, 1846 – Nov. 2, 1930) was an American paleontologist whose catalogs of fossil vertebrates greatly organized existing knowledge and became standard references. Hay's primary scientific interest was the study of the Pleistocene vertebrata of North America and he is renowned for his work on skull and brain anatomy. Show More Summary

The First Dinosaur from Washington State

The First Dinosaur from Washington State. 2015. PLoS One The fossil is 16.7 inches long and 8.7 inches wide. Because the fossil is incomplete, paleontologists aren't able to identify the exact theropod family or species it belonged to. Show More Summary

Born This Day: Mary Anning

Mary Anning (May 21, 1799 - March 9, 1847) was an English fossil collector who made her first significant discovery at the age of 11 or 12 (sources differ on the details), when she found a complete skeleton of an Ichthyosaurus, from the Jurassic period. Show More Summary

Died This Day: Stephen Jay Gould

image Sept. 10, 1941 - May 20. 2002 Here’s a nice piece on Gould by Henry Lowood from the Stanford Presidential Lectures in the Humanities and Arts.

Premiered This Day (1915): The Dinosaur & The Missing Link

On this day back in 1915, The Dinosaur and The Missing took its bow in US cinemas. It features the earliest work of a young Willis O'Brien who would go on to bring King Kong to life. Watch the film thanks to The Library of Congress.

Born This Day: Carl Akeley

Read his story over at Atomic Surgery The Hall of African Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History exists thanks to the efforts of Carl Akeley (May 19, 1864 - Nov 17, 1926) who was the kind of adventurer that Indy Jones could only dream of being. Show More Summary

Scopes Monkey Trail Law Repealed

On this day in 1967, the governor of Tennessee signed into law the repeal of the 1925 state law prohibiting the teaching of evolution. The original law had made it "unlawful for any teacher in any of the Universities, Normals and all...Show More Summary

Born This Day: Thomas Davison

May 17, 1817 – Oct. 14, 1885 Davison was a Scottish naturalist and paleontologist who became known as an authority on brachiopods. His major work, Monograph of British Fossil Brachiopoda, was published by the Palaeontographical Society. Show More Summary

New Dino-Birds: How the Beak Evolved

A molecular mechanism for the origin of a key evolutionary innovation, the bird beak and palate, revealed by an integrative approach to major transitions in vertebrate history. 2015. Bhullar, B-A. S., et al. Evolution Scientists have successfully replicated the molecular processes that led from dinosaur snouts to the first bird beaks. Show More Summary

Born This Day: Doug McLure

Greatest movie poster ever? Actor Doug Mclure (May 11, 1935 – February 5, 1995) takes a bow here for playing Bowen Tyler in the film adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs books, At the Earth’s Core, The Land That Time Forgot, and The People That Time Forgot.

Archaeornithura, A New Early Cretaceous Ornithuromorph Bird

The oldest record of ornithuromorpha from the early cretaceous of China. 2015. Wang, M., et. al. Nature Communications Abstract: Ornithuromorpha is the most inclusive clade containing extant birds but not the Mesozoic Enantiornithes....Show More Summary

Born This Day: Elkanah Billings

From Today In Science History:Billings (May 5, 1820 - June 14, 1896) was a Canadian geologist and paleontologist, who was the first Canadian paleontologist.He published his first scientific paper on Trenton fossils in 1854. He launched...Show More Summary

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