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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

Giant 16 Million Year Old Walking Bats Discovered in New Zealand

Miocene Fossils Reveal Ancient Roots for New Zealand’s Endemic Mystacina (Chiroptera) and Its Rainforest Habitat. 2015. PLoS One Kamandi by Jack Kirby © DC Comics The new fossil bat species, Mystacina miocenalis, which lived 16 million...Show More Summary

Premiered This Day (1955): King Dinosaur

image Another Bert I. Gordon cheapo movie that is trashy fun.

Born This Day: George Gaylord Simpson

Simpson (June 16, 1902 - October 6, 1984) is known for his contributions to evolutionary theory and to the understanding of intercontinental migrations of animal species in past geological times. Simpson specialized in early fossil mammals,...Show More Summary

Born This Day: Luis Alvarez

Alverez (June 13, 1911 - Sept. 1, 1988) was an American experimental physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1968 for work that included the discovery of many resonance particles --subatomic particles having extremely short lifetimes and occurring only in high-energy nuclear collisions. Show More Summary

Premiered This Day (1958): The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

Directed by Eugène Lourié, this was Ray Harryhausen’s first solo film after having finished his apprenticeship with Willis O’Brien on Mighty Joe Young. Apparently the dinosaur skeleton in the museum sequence was the same one used in Bringing Up Baby.

Downsizing Dreadnoughtus?

Downsizing a giant: re-evaluating Dreadnoughtus body mass. 2015. Biology Letters. Scientists have shown that the most complete giant, 26 metres long sauropod dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus, discovered in South America in 2014, was not as large...Show More Summary

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