Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. You can access it below; here’s my thoughts on it. Click here to see the complete report. Overall, I enjoyed blogging a lot, but I must admit … Continue reading

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Palaeontology of SW Germany 3.1.7: even more Hauff

I told you we’d be stuck in that museum for a while. Here we go with a few samples of fossils from some of the layers in Holzmaden – it is interesting to note that the rocks that locally stand … Continue reading

Posted in "fish", Hauff, Holzmaden, ichthyosaur, lower vertebrates, spineless stuff (invertebrates), Travels | 4 Comments

Action days in the zoo

Did I recently say that zoo animals tend to be more active in fall (and winter)? Did I? Man was I right! :) add to that the activity that’s always there to see – it is just hard to get … Continue reading

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Palaeontology of SW Germany 3.1.6: more from Hauff

As mentioned, the Urweltmuseum Hauff has a large section showing the rock layers and their fossil content as a “rock staircase”. Right at the top it begins with an impressive display of ammonites from the “Wilder Schiefer” III (“wild shale”), … Continue reading

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Paleontology of SW Germany 3.1.5: Hauff! (finally)

I guess there are very few places in the world as famous among palaeontologists as the Hauff museum, except really huge, all-encompassing Natural History museums. Solnhofen comes to mind, but that’s not a museum, that’s a Lagerstätte and several museums, … Continue reading

Posted in "fish", Archosauria (non-dino), Hauff, Holzmaden, ichnofossil, lower vertebrates, Pterosauria, spineless stuff (invertebrates), Tübingen, Travels | 4 Comments

Paleontology of SW Germany 3.1.4: still stuck in the Lias

and still stuck at the urweltmuseum and quarry Fischer. As mentioned, the museum has a large hall with many nice fossils. It also has a mural. click through for larger version; full sized 17MB version available via email. It is … Continue reading

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My early Xmas present to myself

Today, I got myself this, courtesy of the 3D Lab (German homepage only, sorry) of the Department of Mathematics of Technical University Berlin. click for larger size

Posted in "Prosauropoda", 3D modeling, Digitizing, Dinopics, Dinosaur models, Dinosauria, Plateosaurus, Sauropodomorpha, Tübingen | 7 Comments

Theropod Thursday 38: more impressive beaks

I promised two sets of impressive beaks; here’s the second: A Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) – the Tierpark Friedrichsfelde’s collection of huge predatory birds is quite impressive! Aside from a bunch of Eagle owls, there’s some eagles – and seeing … Continue reading

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I love my new camera and lens!

Sunday I took my two older kids and a friend of theirs to the zoo – you gotta keep your kids moving so they tire themselves out. And for that a zoo visit is perfect. Additionally, it gave me an … Continue reading

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Paleontology of SW Germany 3.1.3: even more Lias

and we will stay stuck in the Lias ε for a loooooong time! Simply because it is so choke-full of wonderful fossils, and because I have tons of photos of them. The last post ended in the urweltmuseum fischer, so … Continue reading

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