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Filed Under:Biology / Paleontology
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Archived Since:March 12, 2008

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Born This Day: E.O. Wilson

Wilson is an American biologist noted for founding the science of sociobiology. In his book Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975) he argued that all human behavior, including altruism, is genetically based, and therefore “selfish.”Wilson's...Show More Summary

A Lower Cretaceous Ichthyosaur Bone Bed from Chile

A Lower Cretaceous ichthyosaur graveyard in deep marine slope channel deposits at Torres del Paine National Park, Southern Chile. 2014. W. Stinnesbeck et al., GSA Bulletin. Published online 22 May 2014 image by Amadare90 Forty-six ophthalmosaurid...Show More Summary

The Evolution of Living Dinosaurs

Rates of Dinosaur Body Mass Evolution Indicate 170 Million Years of Sustained Ecological Innovation on the Avian Stem Lineage. 2014. Benson, et al. PLoS Biol 12(5): e1001853. An international team estimated the body mass of 426 dinosaur species based on the thickness of their leg bones. Show More Summary

Died This Day: Julie Ege

Nov. 12, 1943 – April 29, 2008 The late Julie Ege had the lead role as Nala in the 1971 Hammer film, “Creatures The World Forgot”.

CMNH DinoFest at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History April 25 &26

This Friday and Saturday DinoFest runs at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. There will be lots of kid and family-friendly dino-related events plus talks by: David Evans Steve Bissette Mark Goodwin Jack Horner Ray Rogers Michael Ryan Tyrant TM Stephen R. Show More Summary

Born This Day: Willi Hennig

From the Willi Hennig Society :Hennig (April 20, 1913 – Nov. 5, 1976) is best known for developing phylogenetic systematics, a coherent theory of the investigation and presentation of the relations that exist among species. ContraryShow More Summary

Happy Birthday to Lori Nelson

Nelson played Helen Dodson in the 1955 film, “Revenge of the Creature”. imdb info

Tyrannosaur Feeding Behaviour

The role of the neck in the feeding behaviour of the Tyrannosauridae: inference based on kinematics and muscle function of extant avians. 2014. Snively et al. J. Zool: 290–303 Abstract [edit]: Tyrannosaurid necks were strong and powerful instruments for wielding the jaws during feeding. Show More Summary

Published This Day: The DNA Double Helix

From Today in Science History:On this day in 1953, the journal Nature published a paper from Francis Crick and James Watson, titled Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid, in which they described a double helix structure for DNA.Download the paper from Nature HERE.

Journey to The Center of The Earth Print

The print goes on sale today for 3 days only from: Nautilus Art Prints.

Geological Eras First Proposed (1714)

Geological Time Scale In 1759, Italian geologist Giovanni Arduino (1714-1795) dated a letter to Professor A.Vallisneri the younger, in which Arduino proposed a classification of Earth's surface rocks according to four brackets of successively younger orders: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary. Show More Summary

Premiered This Day (1961): Gorgo

Gorgo premiered on this day in 1961. Directed by Eugène Lourié from a script by John Loring and Daniel Hyat, it featured a man in a rubber suit ala Toho’s Godzilla. More ignored than maligned, it holds up very well & is a well worth watching. Show More Summary

Living Dinosaurs Starter Than Your Average Bear (or Child)

Using the Aesop's Fable Paradigm to Investigate Causal Understanding of Water Displacement by New Caledonian Crows. 2014. Jelbert, S.A., et al. PLoS ONE 9(3): e92895.New Caledonian crows may understand how to displace water to receive a reward, with the causal understanding level of a 5-7 year-old child. Show More Summary

Died This Day: James Hutton

Hutton (June 3, 1726 - March 26, 1797) is considered to be the father of modern geology. He is accredited with proposing that observed geologic processes have been occurring at a uniform rate since the creation of earth, also know as the theory of unconformities. Show More Summary

Anzu wyliei, a new caenagnathid from the Hell Creek Fm

A New Large-Bodied Oviraptorosaurian Theropod Dinosaur from the Latest Cretaceous of Western North America. 2014. Lamanna, M.C., et al. PLoS ONE 9(3): e92022. Abstract: The oviraptorosaurian theropod dinosaur clade Caenagnathidae has long been enigmatic due to the incomplete nature of nearly all described fossils. Show More Summary

Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, A New Tyrannosaur from Alaska

A Diminutive New Tyrannosaur from the Top of the World. 2014. Fiorillo, A.R., and R.S. Tykoski. PLoS ONE 9(3): e91287 Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, a new tyrannosaurine species from Prince Creek Formation in Northern Alaska is described based...Show More Summary

Preservation of Soft Tissue in Dino Bones

A role for iron and oxygen chemistry in preserving soft tissues, cells and molecules from deep time. 2014. Schweitzer, et al. Proc. R. Soc. B: 81 Metal Men © DC Comics Abstract: The persistence of original soft tissues in Mesozoic fossil bone is not explained by current chemical degradation models. Show More Summary

Died This Day: William Buckland

From The Victorian Web: Buckland (March 12, 1784 – August 15, 1856) was the first man to identify and name a dinosaur (Megalosaurus), although the name dinosaur had not yet been coined by Richard Owen. Partly in response to the controversial...Show More Summary

The Colour of the Fossil Bird Gansus

Melanosomes or Microbes: Testing an Alternative Hypothesis for the Origin of Microbodies in Fossil Feathers. 2014. Moyer, A., et al. Scientific Reports Gansus yumenensis Abstract [edit]: Microbodies associated with fossil feathers, originally...Show More Summary

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