Paleontology

Unearthing the World Jurassic: Mary Anning and the Founding of Paleontology (Women In Science 28)

Unearthing the World Jurassic: Mary Anning and the Founding of Paleontology (Women In Science 28)

As the tide rolls out, a woman in a hardened bonnet and loose fitting clothes scrambles across the crumbling cliffs of Lyme Regis, a large sack flung over her back, and pick axe in hand. She is Mary Anning, out on the hunt for fossils to sell in order to earn enough money to eat, and before her fifteenth birthday, her discoveries will challenge all established wisdom about the Earth’s geolog... »

Our Neighbor Australopithecus: The Anthropology of Mary Leakey

Our Neighbor Australopithecus: The Anthropology of Mary Leakey

The 1960s and early 1970s were the Rock Star era of anthropology, when each year seemed to bring a stunning new glimpse into the early development of man, and being a top anthropologist was to be a household name on par with Buzz Aldrin or Leonard Bernstein. And while individual superstars like Donald Johanson shone meteorically from time to time in the firmament, the era as a whole belonged to on... »

Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish

Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish

If you haven’t seen any of Neil Shubin’s 3 part series, Your Inner Fish on PBS, start now! It can be streamed here. It’s in the same vein as the new Cosmos, but with a stronger emphasis on biology, anatomy, genetics, and paleontology. In Cosmos, you get NDT’s cool, calm, perhaps-slightly-baked, but always reverential delivery. In Your Inner Fish, you get Shubin’s R... »

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... »

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