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Born This Day: G. Hardy

image Hardy (Feb. 7, 1877 – Dec. 1, 1947) was an English mathematician known for his work in number theory and mathematical analysis. Although Hardy considered himself a pure mathematician, he nevertheless worked in applied mathematics...Show More Summary

Born 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

Born This Day: Sir Arthur Keith

Keith, examining skull Keith (Born 5 Feb 1866; died 7 Jan 1955) was a Scottish anatomist and physical anthropologist who specialized in the study of fossil humans and who reconstructed early hominid forms, notably fossils from Europe and North Africa. Show More Summary

Born This Day: Raymond: Dart

image Dart (Feb. 4 1893 - Nov. 22, 1988) was an Australian-born, South African physical anthropologist. In 1924, working with students in the Taung limestone South Africa, they discovered the first Australopithecus africanus. Dubbed "missing link" at the time, skull is also known as the 'Taung child', and was only three years old at the time of death. More on Dart here

Born This Day: Gideon Mantell

Mantell (Feb. 3, 1790 – Nov. 10, 1852), a physician of Lewes in Sussex in southern England, had for years been collecting fossils in the sandstone of Tilgate forest, and he had discovered bones belonging to three extinct species: a giant crocodile, a plesiosaur, and Buckland's Megalosaurus. Show More Summary

Died This Day: Dunkenfiled Henry Scott

Painting by Mary Parrish Scott (Nov. 28, 1854 – Jan. 29, 1934) was an English paleobotanist and leading authority of his time on the structure of fossil plants, one of those who laid the foundations of paleobotany. He conducted experiments in the Jodrell Laboratory in Kew Gardens, where he became its honorary keeper (1892-1906). Show More Summary

Prehistoric Rodents With Brains The Size of Primates!

Virtual endocasts of Eocene Paramys (Paramyinae): oldest endocranial record for Rodentia and early brain evolution in Euarchontoglires. 2016. Royal Society B. If new U of T research on the brains of an ancient rodent tells us anything, it's that bigger does not necessarily mean better. Show More Summary

Exceptional Preservation of the Eye of an Arthropod from the Jurassic

Exceptional preservation of eye structure in arthropod visual predators from the Middle Jurassic. 2016 Image: Earth Archives Zoologists have succeeded in discovering the internal structure of an approximately 160 million year old compound...Show More Summary

Born This Day: Theodosius Dobzhansky

Dobzhansky (Jan.25, 1900–Dec. 18, 1975) is noted for being one of the architects of the modern Synthetic Theory of evolution. During the first 20 years of the 20th century, Darwin's theory of natural selection had fallen out of favor among scientists. Show More Summary

Eotrachodon orientalis, A New Hadrosaurid from Appalachia

A primitive hadrosaurid from southeastern North America and the origin and early evolution of 'duck-billed' dinosaurs. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 2016. This new discovery shows that duck-billed dinosaurs originated in the eastern United States, what was then broadly referred to as Appalachia, before dispersing to other parts of the world. PR

Dracoraptor hanigani, 200 Million Year Old Theropod from Wales

The Oldest Jurassic Dinosaur: A Basal Neotheropod from the Hettangian of Great Britain. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0145713. Art by Credit Bob Nicholls Dracoraptor hanigani from south of Wales is possibly the oldest known Jurassic dinosaur from...Show More Summary

Prospea holoserisca, A Burrowing Frog From the Late Paleocene of Mongolia

A burrowing frog from the late Paleocene of Mongolia uncovers a deep history of spadefoot toads (Pelobatoidea) in East Asia. 2016. Scientific Reports Abstract [edit]: Crown-group spadefoot toads (Anura: Pelobatoidea) are the best-known...Show More Summary

Notocolossus gonzalezparejasi, A Giant New Saurpod From Argentina

Argentina and the evolution of the sauropod hind foot. 2016. Nature. Notocolossus gonzalezparejasi has a humerus 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) in length, and an estimated mass of 40,000–60,000 kg. It is one of the largest dinosaurs, and indeed,...Show More Summary

Died This Day: Frank Reicher

image Frank Reicher (Dec. 2, 1875 – Jan. 19, 1965) was born in Munich,Germany and had a long career in Hollywood. He appeared in over 200 films, often playing small roles in minor films, and he directed over three dozen silent movies.He is best know for playing Capt. Englehorn in King King (1933), and it’s quickie sequel Son of Kong from later that same year.

Mammoth Skeleton Reveals Human Hunting 45,000 Years Ago

Early human presence in the Arctic: Evidence from 45,000-year-old mammoth remains. 2016. Science The remains of a mammoth that was hunted down about 45,000 years ago have revealed the earliest known evidence of humans in the Arctic. Marks on the bones, found in far northern Russia, indicate the creature was stabbed and butchered. Show More Summary

A Baby Chasmosaurus from Alberta

A juvenile chasmosaurine ceratopsid (Dinosauria, Ornithischia) from the Dinosaur Park Formation, Alberta, Canada. JVP Life reconstruction of the baby chasmosaur, by artist Michael Skrepnick. Our baby Chasmosaurus paper is finally published - hurrah! Read the PR here

Machimosaurus rex, Giant Marine Crocodile from Tunisia

Brian Switek covers some nice work by our colleague, Federico Fanti:The biggest sea-dwelling crocodile ever found has turned up in the Tunisian desert. The whopper of a prehistoric predator grew to over 30 feet long (nearly ten meters) and weighed three tons.Paleontologists have dubbed the new species Machimosaurus rex and describe it Monday in the journal Cretaceous Research.

Died This Day: Noble Johnson

image “Meanwhile, the light-skinned Noble Johnson (April 18, 1881 – Jan. 9, 1978) was heavily made up for his role as the village chief [in 1933's, KING KONG] —he was a leading black actor of the era (known as “America’s premiere Afro-American screen star” in the black press) and therefore worth the extra consideration. Show More Summary

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