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How Many Dinosaurs Are There?

Palaeodiversity and formation counts: redundancy or bias?. 2015. M. Benton, Palaeontology. In a new study published this week, Professor Mike Benton has explored how knowledge about dinosaurs has accumulated over the past 200 years,Show More Summary

Premiered This Day (1978): Planet of The Dinosaurs

Directed by James Shea in 1978, this film featured some nicely animated dinosaurs.

Gueragama sulamericana, New Lizard from the Cretaceous of Brazil

A stem acrodontan lizard in the Cretaceous of Brazil revises early lizard evolution in Gondwana. 2015. Nature Communications University of Alberta paleontologists have discovered a new species of lizard, named Gueragama sulamericana,...Show More Summary

Premiered This Day (1975): The People That Time Forgot

Directed by Kevin O’Connor, this 1977 film starring Doug McClure was a sequel to “The Land That Time Forgot” (1975).

Premiered This Day: Dinosaurus! (1960)

Dinosaurus! (1960) was directed by Irvin Yeaworth and produced by Jack H. Harris. The movie poster is pretty bland so I’m presenting the cover for the comic adaptation instead.The film is most notable for the fact that the ' Brontosaurus ' model and miniature jungle from the film were used for an episode of the The Twilight Zone (1959) ("The Odyssey of Flight 33). Wikipedia

Wendiceratops pinhornensis, New Horned Dinosaur from Alberta

Cranial Anatomy of Wendiceratops pinhornensis gen. et sp. nov., a Centrosaurine Ceratopsid (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Oldman Formation (Campanian), Alberta, Canada, and the Evolution of Ceratopsid Nasal Ornamentation. PLoS One, Evans & Ryan Coverage with audio interview at NPR PR at CMNH

Born This Day: Ernst Mayr

Any student of biology, or anyone with an interest in the natural world, will be familiar with Ernst Mayr who passed away on February 3rd in Bedford, Mass. Born in Kempton, Germany he joined the American Museum of Natural History as a curator in 1931. Show More Summary

Single-Celled Predator Evolves Human-Like 'Eye'

Eye-like ocelloids are built from different endosymbiotically acquired components. 2015. Nature A single-celled marine plankton evolved a miniature version of a multi-cellular eye so complex that it was originally mistaken for the eye...Show More Summary

Saber-Toothed Cat Canines Took Years To Grow

Using a Novel Absolute Ontogenetic Age Determination Technique to Calculate the Timing of Tooth Eruption in the Saber-Toothed Cat, Smilodon fatalis. 2015. PLoS One The eruption rate of S. fatalis's permanent upper canines was 6 millimeters per month--double the growth rate of an African lion's teeth. Show More Summary

Born This Day: Ray Harryhausen

Ray would have been 95 today. Visit Ray's official site.

Died This Day: Thomas Huxley

From the UC Berkeley Page:Huxley (May, 4, 1825 - June 29, 1895) was born in Ealing, near London, the seventh of eight children in a family that was none too affluent. At 21, Huxley signed on as assistant surgeon on the H.M.S. Rattlesnake, a Royal Navy frigate assigned to chart the seas around Australia and New Guinea. Show More Summary

Hallucigenia’s Head

Hallucigenia’s head and the pharyngeal armature of early ecdysozoans. 2015. Nature Illo by Danielle Dufualt Abstract: The molecularly defined clade Ecdysozoa comprises the panarthropods (Euarthropoda, Onychophora and Tardigrada) and the cycloneuralian worms (Nematoda, Nematomorpha, Priapulida, Loricifera and Kinorhyncha). Show More Summary

Died This Day: William Crawford Williamson - Father of Paleobotany

Williamson (Nov. 24, 1816-June 23, 1895) was an English naturalist who founded modern paleobotany. His father, John Williamson, was a Yorkshire geologist and the friend of William Smith, the father of English geology. Dr. Williamson's first paper (on organic remains in the Lias of Yorkshire) was published in 1834, when he was only 18.. Show More Summary

Premiered This Day (1925): The Lost World

image The first and greatest of the film versions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic book.Starring the great Wallace Beery as Prof. Challenger, with stunning stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien

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