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Dinosaur extinction + Scott Sampson + Brazilian paleoart + more



Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

Some recent news items:

Opinion piece about the revival of the Deccan Traps volcanism as cause
or major part of Cretaceous extinction


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/01/opinion/sunday/the-death-of-the-dinosaurs.html

NOTE: This piece mentions work by Mark Richards. He gave a talk last
May at Berkeley about his research and efforts to find the K-Pg
boundary signal in the Deccan eruption sequence, along with the
possible link between global earthquakes and a subsequent massive
pulse of magma at the Deccan site shortly after the impact.

The talk is on YouTube at this link.

Extraterrestrial impact in Yucatán, lava floods & Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction
Mark Richards, geologist at Berkeley (former dean at Berkeley)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiFF04rOq3Y


Note that this was part of a ceremony for Richards stepping down as a
dean and returning to the Geology Department at Berkeley. His talk
actually starts about 8 minutes in. I was going to mention this video
in a planned 2014 summary (now postponed).

Abstract of research

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2014/EGU2014-3042.pdf

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And for fun, this new "theory" that dinosaurs went extinct because
they didn't recycle their  glass containers and separate plastic from
organic material, causing an environment crisis... (in Spanish)

http://www.elmundotoday.com/2015/01/los-dinosaurios-se-extinguieron-por-no-depositar-el-vidrio-en-el-contenedor-verde/

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Interview with Scott Sampson

http://nationalenvironmentalpro.com/scott-sampson/

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More on study of dinosaur tracks at Quintanilla de las Viñas (Burgos,
Spain), including unique sauropod prints (in Spanish)

http://www.elbierzonoticias.com/frontend/bierzo/Expertos-Buscan-En-Burgos-Las-Huellas-De-Un-Dinosaurio-Unico-vn165990-vst209

http://www.eldiario.es/turing/internacional-crecimiento-dinosaurios-sauropodos-Burgos_0_352064934.html

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Paleoart from Brazil by Rodolfo Nogueira, with image gallery  (in Portuguese)

http://jconline.ne10.uol.com.br/canal/cidades/cienciamambiente/noticia/2015/02/01/artistas-recriam-animais-extintos-e-seu-habitat-com-base-cientifica-166127.php

His images with watermarks

http://rodolfonogueira.daportfolio.com/gallery/101276

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And now for something completely different. A sauropod made out of
straw and covered in snow from China...

http://news.xinhuanet.com/local/2015-02/01/c_127444717.htm