The Boneyard #2

4 08 2007

Welcome, fellow boneheads, to the 2nd edition of The Boneyard!

- Some titanosaurs, among the largest sauropods that every lived, had osteoderms along their backs, and a new preliminary poster from Thiago da Silva Marinho in Nature Precedings suggests that while the osteoderms probably didn’t provide huge adults sauropods much protection, they were likely much more closely packed in newborn titanosaurs, offering important protection along their back. Paleontologist Julia Heathcote (the Ethical Paleontologist) has the scoop on the little armored sauropods.

- Michael of the Dispersal of Darwin has graciously pointed out some of Charles Darwin’s thoughts on the “position of the bones of Mastodon (?) at Port St Julian.” I just can’t get enough of that old-time paleontology.

- Chris Harrison, in addition to having the best blog name ever (Interrogating Nature), has an old cartoon featuring a famous, artifically-elongated Basilosaurus.

- Just about any picture that you’ll ever see of a Deinonychus features it as part of a well-coordinated pack, disemboweling some poor Tenontosaurus or other ornithiscian dinosaur. But how realistic is this picture? Zach Miller of When Pigs Fly Returns fills us in on some new research that contradicts the popular conception of pack-hunting dromeosaurids.

- The wonderful blog Prehistoric Pulp has a review of the recent book Dinosaurs in Fantastic Fiction, which has appeared (somewhat serialized) in the last few issues of Prehistoric Times magazine. Definitely give this one a look if you want to keep up on paleo-inspired fiction!

- The good folks at the Everything Dinosaur store and blog ask “Did the Birds wipe out the Pterosaurs?”

- The extant coelacanth Latimeria chalumnae is one of the great iconic creatures of evolution and paleontology, and Julia fills us in on some recent discoveries involving not only living coelacanths, but fossil ones as well.

- The subject of whether Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis ever interbred continues to be controversial, and Afarensis points us to a new paper covered by National Geographic that claims to be evidence for such canoodling of the two species.

- Dr. Vector wants to figure out his Cope-Marsh number, and I would too.

- Matt from Behavioral Ecology Blog astutely points at yet another error ScienceDaily has made, this time regarding human evolution and China.

- The hydrothermal vents of the deep sea have been thought to hold clues about the evolution of life on earth since their discovery along the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the Galapagos Islands in the 1970’s, and now some new research has come out about Precambrian “black smokers.” Chris of Highly Allochthonous has the details on the newly published research.

- A Mastodon with absolutely ENOURMOUS tusks was recently uncovered in Greece. Catch the story (along with a classic AMNH picture) over at Living the Scientific Life.

- One of the classic paleo-art images is of a pterosaur skimming the water’s surface, trying to catch a fish. New research shows that this is likely more fantasy than reality, however, as outlined over at microecos (with a spiffy old picture of a “ropen” attack, to boot!)

- The recent flooding in England made headlines, but recent research has shown the importance of more intense past flooding during the Pleistocene to parts of Europe. Not Exactly Rocket Science has the summary.

- One of the most famous head-scratchers in paleontology has been how saber-toothed cats and their relatives could have used their massive fangs to kill prey. The Raptor’s Nest offers some insights on this based upon some up-and-coming research.

- Darren of Tetrapod Zoology has an absolutely GORGEOUS Mike Skrepnick painting of the Bearpaw Sea during the Campanian. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

- Will didn’t get a chance to get a new post in for this edition of The Boneyard, but here’s a slightly more-fossilized post on the “Dinosaurs of Darkness.”

- And, lastly, Jeremy of The Voltage Gate presents us with some “vintage” paleo-art.

That about wraps up it for the 2nd edition of The Boneyard. The next edition will be coming up the Saturday after next, moving over the the Hairy Museum of Natural History and The Ethical Paleontologist in the near future, too. If you’d like to submit to the next edition or host sometime, you know what to do.

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4 08 2007
The Boneyard #2 now up at Laelaps! « The Boneyard

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4 08 2007
Zach Miller

Great compilation! Now I have way too much stuff to read. :-)

4 08 2007
Kevin Z

Hydrothermal vents were not discovered off of California. They were discovered in the Galapagos Rift, several hundreds of kilometers west of South America in 1977.

4 08 2007
Chris Harrison

Best blog name ever? Alright!

I have to say I feel like my contribution to the 2nd Boneyard was less than earned since I just randomly stumbled on it. Glad you liked it though (and to be honest, I thought you’d get a kick out of it when I posted it).

4 08 2007
laelaps

Thanks for the correction Kevin. I knew it was the Galapagos, I just don’t know why I slipped up and said CA. Thanks for catching my slip-up!

4 08 2007
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5 08 2007
laelaps

Chris; doesn’t matter how much it’s “earned,” just so long as it’s interesting :) And yes, in my opinion at least, I think you have the best blog name ever. “Interrogating Nature” is one of my most favorite phrases, and if you hadn’t already taken it I might have switched to it sooner or later (I once had the idea to call a new blog “Don’t Step On the Mome Raths,” but that seemed a bit too far afield from what I was looking for. Maybe it’ll make for a decent subtitle, though…”)

5 08 2007
Heraclitean Fire – Links

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5 08 2007
Julia

If I remember correctly (maybe Chris of Highly Allochthonous may be able to confirm this as he was the year above me at Cambridge), it was Tjeerd “Jerry” van Andel who first went down to the hydrothermal vents, one of my professors. I remember a fascinating slide show from him at the end of my first year sedimentology lectures, with those freakish tube worms.

5 08 2007
laelaps

Maybe he will, Julia. When I took a course at Rutgers specifically on the vents, Richard Lutz was one of my professors, and (if I remember correctly) he was among the second group of scientists to go down, being the vents were initially discovered by geologists and then the biologists were told they needed to see what was down there. Rutgers even made an IMAX film about one of my other professors, Peter Rona, called “Volcanoes of the Deep,” which seems to be an endless source of pride for the marine science department (it’s always playing somewhere).

5 08 2007
Dem Bones « microecos

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6 08 2007
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7 08 2007
ChrisR

Van Andel certainly tells a nice story about being on the first dive down to the black smokers… although apparently if all the people who claim to have been in that submarine actually were, they must have been borrowing the TARDIS.

7 08 2007
Zach Miller

With some help from Julia (okay, LOTS of help from Julia), I trudged through my blog’s HTML interface and posted the Boneyard banner! Huzzah! And sir, I would be happy to host the fourth or fifth or whatever edition of the Boneyard. Just let me know! Meanwhile, I’ve got to get crackin’ on some pictures…I think my next entry to this hallowed tradition will consist mainly of my own art, if that’s alright.

7 08 2007
laelaps

Zach; I’ve got Julia down for the 2nd half of September, but if you’d like to take the first Saturday of September, that would be great. I know Matt from the HMNH will be hosting sometime in October, so either the 1st half of September of the 1st or 2nd half of October (depending on Matt’s schedule) would be great. And please do get some of your artwork up; part of the fun of paleo is the illustrations, and I would encourage everyone who has some skill at artwork to put up something for the next edition.

8 08 2007
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8 08 2007
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11 08 2007
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11 08 2007
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12 08 2007
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8 11 2009
Sebastiana

mmmm. bookmarked :)

24 07 2014
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