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Fossil Whale Constrains Uplift in East Africa

A 17-My-old whale constrains onset of uplift and climate change in east Africa. 2015. Jacobs, L. et al. PNAS. Not a Beaked Whale. Kamandi © DC Comics Uplift associated with the Great Rift Valley of East Africa and the environmental changes...Show More Summary

Metoposaurus algarvensis, Giant Prehistoric Amphibian from Portugal

Model of Metoposaurus algarvensis. Metoposaurus algarvensis, crocodile-like amphibian, that lived 230 million years ago, was discovered at an ancient lake in southern Portugal. The creature grew up to 2m in length and lived in lakesShow More Summary

Premiered This Day (1959): The Giant Behemoth

Image Behemoth, the Sea Monster (1959) is an American-British science-fiction film co-production, which is an unacknowledged remake of Ray Harryhausen's The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), also co-scripted and directed by Eugène Lourié. Released in the United States as The Giant Behemoth, the film starred Gene Evans and André Morell. From wiki

Born This Day: William Smith

March 23, 1769 - August 28, 1839) From Today In Science History:An English engineer and geologist who is best known for his development of the science of stratigraphy. Smith's great geologic map of England and Wales (1815) set the style for modern geologic maps, and many of the colorful names he applied to the strata are still in use today.

Died This Day: Giovanni Arduino

Arduino (Oct. 16, 1714 - March 21, 1795) was an Italian geologist, known as the father of Italian geology, who introduced the terms Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, and Quaternary in 1760 to classify four broad divisions of the Earth's rock surface, each earlier in deposition. Show More Summary

Died This Day: Amadeus William Grabau

From Today In Science History:Grabau (Jan 9, 1870 – March 20, 1946) was an American geologist and paleontologist, known for his work on world stratigraphic deposits and the deciphering of Earth history. In 1899, he published an early...Show More Summary

Triassic Crocodylomorph,Carnufex carolinensis, from North Carolina

Early crocodylomorph increases top tier predator diversity during rise of dinosaurs. 2015. Zanno, L., et al. Scientific Reports. A newly discovered crocodilian ancestor may have filled one of North America's top predator roles before dinosaurs arrived on the continent. Show More Summary

Published This Day (1871): Darwin's, The Descent of Man

On this day in 1871, Charles Darwin's book "Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex" was published in London.

Animals Tend to Evolve Toward Larger Size Over Time

Cope’s rule in the evolution of marine animals. 2015. Heim, N.A., et al. Science. The study reveals that over the past 542 million years, the mean sized of marine animals has increased 150-fold. The research also found that the increase...Show More Summary

Died This Day: Adam Sedgwick

Adam Sedgwich (March 22, 1785 - January 27, 1873) was an English geologist who first applied the name Cambrian to the geologic period of time, now dated at 570 to 505 million years ago. In 1818 he became Woodwardian Professor of Geology...Show More Summary

Born This Day: Roya Chapman Andrews

Photo from Parade of Life Through The Ages, by Charles Knight, Nat. Geo., Feb. 1942. From the American Museum of Natural History web site:Adventurer, administrator, and Museum promoter — Andrews (Jan. 26, 1884 – March 11, 1960) spent...Show More Summary

Premiered This Day (1956): The Animal World

“2 Billion Years in the Making!” Produced and directed by Irwin Allen, whose long career included such TV hits as Lost In Space and Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, and movies like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno.TheShow More Summary

A Walk Through Dinosaurland Kickstarter

An interesting looking Kickstarter project from the always excellent Jim Lawson.

Purgatorius, Paleocene Tree Dweller

Oldest known euarchontan tarsals and affinities of Paleocene Purgatorius to Primates. 2015. Chester, S.G.B, et al. PNAS A new study has found that Purgatorius, a small mammal that lived on a diet of fruit and insects, was a tree dweller. Show More Summary

DNA from Ancient Kangaroos

Late Pleistocene Australian Marsupial DNA Clarifies the Affinities of Extinct Megafaunal Kangaroos and Wallabies. 2015. Llamas, B., et al. Molecular Biology and Evolution advance access The extinct short-faced kangaroo, Simosthenurus occidentalis. Show More Summary

Dinosaurs wiped out rapidly in Europe 66 million years ago

Island life in the Cretaceous - faunal composition, biogeography, evolution, and extinction of land-living vertebrates on the Late Cretaceous European archipelago. 2015. Csiki-Sava Z, et al. ZooKeys 469: 1-161. Dinosaurs flourished in...Show More Summary

Aquilops americanus, the oldest horned-dinosaur from North America

A Ceratopsian Dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of Western North America, and the Biogeography of Neoceratopsia. Farke, A., et al. PLoS One Abstract [edit]: An associated cranium and lower jaw from the Cloverly Formation (?middle–late...Show More Summary

Died This Day: Mary Leakey

Mary Douglas Nicol Leakey (Feb. 6, 1913 – Dec. 9, 1996) was in London, England. She meet her future husband, Louis Leakey, when he asked her to illustrate his book, 'Adam’s Ancestors'. Mary and Louis spent from 1935 to 1959 at Olduvai...Show More Summary

Died This Day: Herbert Spencer, who coined "Survival of the Fittest"

image Spencer (April 27, 1820 - Dec. 8, 1903) was an English sociologist and philosopher who was an early adherent of evolutionary theory. He regarded society as an organism which was evolving from a simple primitive state to a complex heterogeneous form according to the designs of an unknown and unknowable absolute force. Show More Summary

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