Paleontology

The Great Canyon

The Great Canyon

Driving through Arizona, Briar accidentally kept referring to the Grand Canyon as the “Great” Canyon. Hearing the canyon’s majesty being demoted to “great” was enough to make us laugh every time. It became a running gag and soon everyone started referring to it as the “Great” Canyon. Though this family now lovingly refers to the Grand Canyon as the “... »

Fairy Fossil Discovered, A.C. Doyle Vindicated

Fairy Fossil Discovered, A.C. Doyle Vindicated

Cryptozoologists have been on the hunt for fossil evidence of fey, more commonly known as “fairies,” for nearly a century. The first photographic evidence of fey was produced in Cottingley, England in 1917 by the young naturalists, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle famously sponsored further research into the fey of the Cottingley area, but was unable to delive... »

Awesome Geeky Baby Mural

Awesome Geeky Baby Mural

A good friend of mine did something amazing for her baby and I was so impressed, that I asked her to do a post about it for us. What follows is the heart-warming tale of filling an infants visual field with apex marine predators since the dawn of time. From Anna: My parents were both chemists when I was growing up, so it’s not surprising that I’ve always had a geeky love of science despite eventua... »

Imps, Dragons and Skeptical Art

Imps, Dragons and Skeptical Art

I love monsters. I love magic. I love the idea that we’re living in a world in which such things might exist. Since all evidence seems to point in a much more mundane direction, I build my own. This is a bit about my art projects a story of one of my paths into skepticism. A good long time ago, I posted about a dragon skeleton that I’d made. I’ve been listening to a lot of Monste... »

The Perot Museum: An Oasis of Science

The Perot Museum: An Oasis of Science

With all of the controversy surrounding Texas schools teaching Creationism (including Young Earth Creationism which teaches that the Earth is only 6,000 years old), and Texas Governor Rick Perry stating “In Texas, we teach both creationism and evolution,” when he was asked a question by a young boy during his campaign, scientific-minded Texans have cause for alarm. But even in the bible belt there... »

Happy Skull Appreciation Day!

Happy Skull Appreciation Day!

We were recently informed by @hi_im_monkey that today, June 4, is Skull Appreciation Day. Let’s celebrate! Skull Appreciation Day is the brainchild (skullchild?) of Noah Scalin of Skull-a-Day, a fantastic exploration of skull art and pareidolia that everyone should check out. If you live in Richmond, VA consider attending the official event at Gallery 5. For those of us that live in other pa... »

The Softer Side of Burgess Shale

The Softer Side of Burgess Shale

 505 million years ago strange and wonderful creatures filled the seas. Thanks to the evolution of pelagic larvae nearly every wet spot on earth was populated (mostly) by soft bodied invertebrates. The vast majority were filter feeding lay abouts, but some were real up and comers with large, hard bodies and an appetite for their sedentary contemporaries. The undisputed queen of the sea was Anomalo... »

The Dragons of Malaysia

The Dragons of Malaysia

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the traveling exhibit, Wonders of Malaysia when it passed through the Royal Ontario Museum. Among the artifacts of various island peoples was a fantastic display of some of the unique Fauna of the islands. Proudly displayed amongst them were a few skeletons of the only recently discovered “dragons” from the tiny island of Titiwbala off the coast ... »

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