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[dinosaur] Could Dinosaurs Fly? + Sauropodomorpha explainer + fossil iridescent feathers + more




Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com


Some recent items:


Could Dinosaurs Fly?  With Michael Habib, from SVP 2016 presentation

http://www.livescience.com/57056-could-dinosaurs-fly.html
Could Dinosaurs Fly?


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Sauropodomorpha explainer in Fossil Focus

http://www.palaeontologyonline.com/articles/2016/fossil-focus-sauropodomorpha/


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Fossil bird with iridescent feathers

http://www.eartharchives.org/articles/paleontologists-find-fossil-bird-with-iridescent-feathers/



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In New Jersey, Kids Help Dig For Fossils In An Unlikely Place, with Ken Lacovara


http://www.npr.org/2016/11/25/503361268/in-new-jersey-kids-help-dig-for-fossils-in-an-unlikely-place


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Evolutionary biomechanics of the dinosaur hand project


http://london-nerc-dtp.org/2016/08/10/evolutionary-biomechanics-of-the-dinosaur-hand/


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Richard L. Cifelli, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History’s curator of vertebrate paleontology, honored with Joseph T. Gregory Award for outstanding service to the welfare of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology


http://www.kswo.com/story/33820258/sam-noble-museum-curator-receives-national-service-award


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Concavenator "Pepito" in 3D (in Spanish)


http://cadenaser.com/emisora/2016/11/29/ser_cuenca/1480414330_618262.html

Also:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvaWi9bQOhY

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Which fossil belongs to which animal? Picture gallery quiz (in German)

 

https://web.de/magazine/wissen/fossil-gehoert-tier-32021452


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Evolution at the Zoo (with mammal evolution chart)



https://pseudoplocephalus.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/australosphenida.png


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Some non-dino mammal news items that may be interest:


On the track of Smilodon, at last!


Smilodon walked on its toes, with a dewclaw that touched the ground...


https://chasingsabretooths.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/on-the-track-of-smilodon-at-last/


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Two Eocene ancestral horse fossils found (in 2015 and 2016) at Messel site in Germany may be new species (the larger one likely a Propalaeotherium), distinct from well known Eurohippus; announced at press conference at Hessischen Landesmuseums in Darmstadt; to date, 63 fossils of primitive horse-relatives have been uncovered at the site  (in German)


http://www.faz.net/aktuell/rhein-main/region/darmstadt-nach-30-jahren-zwei-neue-urpferdchen-14544003.html


http://www.giessener-anzeiger.de/politik/hessen/urpferdfundstaette-nummer-1_17495312.htm


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Bristle [Briss-lee] Mammoth from Michigan farm is 15,000 years old, with signs of butchery by Pre-Clovis humans


http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/nature/mammoth-discovery-could-revise-earliest-date-of-humans-in-the-americas/


More links with videos


https://lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/exhibits/temporary-exhibits/bristle-mammoth-exhibit.html

 

http://uk.businessinsider.com/mammoth-first-humans-america-2016-11?IR=T


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10,000 Pleistocene animals buried in Lancefield Swamp north of Melbourne in Victoria, in Australia


http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/deakin-uni-scientists-uncovering-megafauna-fossils-in-breakthrough-lancefield-dig/news-story/586fcc259e726cecfb8228b6e75869f6

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-24/teeth-of--rhinoceros-sized-wombat-found-at-lancefield-swamp/8053196


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Ancestors of baleen whales used suction feeding


http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earliest-baleen-whales-had-teeth-and-they-sucked-180961252/


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2016/12/01/18039/#.WECw8bIrLcs


Free pdf of paper:


https://museumvictoria.com.au/pages/383548/071-082_MMV75_Marx_3_WEB.pdf

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A bit off the beaten track...

Mats E. Eriksson (2016)

Prehistory as sonic inspiration: palaeontological heritage in popular music

Geology Today 32(6)November/December: 222–227

DOI: 10.1111/gto.12167

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gto.12167/full


 

Apparently palaeontology is deeply rooted in popular music. Just take bands like T. Rex, Mastodon, Dinosaur Jr, The Ammonites, Mammoth, and Novi Fosili (the new fossils), and you get the picture. Digging into this subject matter it turns out that the extinct residents of prehistoric times have inspired not only band names, but also record and song titles and album cover artwork. In this paper I explore fossils as sonic inspiration or, if you wish, music for the extinct.