Monthly Archives: September 2011

Slaving for someone else’s profit? Mike says NO!

Mike Taylor of SVPOW and Giraffatitan fame has published an article on why we should stop reviewing for for-profit journals in Time Higher Education. How this came about is described here. As an ardent fan of open access publishing I … Continue reading

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Rock climbing elephants (More of Mammal pic of the day 2)

I promised more shots of the juvenile elephant in the Berlin Zoo. Here’s how he got back down from the rock he had climbed on, and some musings on an elephant locomotion study.  There is a Current Biology paper from … Continue reading

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Dinopic of the day 6: B3, or Eldorado

B3 = Berlin bone basement – or maybe rather bone dungeon? It does have an oppressive feel for some people. On the other hand, it has a certain magic, especially with the unopened crates from Tendaguru. Here’s a view of … Continue reading

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Places I’ve been, dinosaur I’ve seen 2

Previously, I started describing my coolest-ever summer trip, which involved a stay in NY at the AMNH. There’s much more to show and tell about the AMNH exhibitions than I could fit into my two previous posts, but continuing that … Continue reading

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Mammal pic of the day 2: Raising a lot of dust!

Three Elephas maximus females with a juvenile. Photo taken at Zoologische Garten Berlin.

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Mammal pic of the day 3: u gotta stand in line for dis!

Suricata suricatta in the Zoo Berlin.

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A revolution(?) – rather, a lesson in physics

About a week ago the latest issue of the venerable and patriarchal journal Palaeontographica, Abt. A: Palaeozoology – Stratigraphy fell into my hands. The first thing I noticed was the decidedly odd journal title: why on earth, when they decided … Continue reading

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More SMA Camarasaurus

Continuing from here, more of the Sauriermuseum‘s wonderful Camarasaurus “E.T.”. Below is a panorama image (*blush*) calculated from three pictures. Back when I took these I had a 35-135 mm zoom as the shortest lens for my camera. It produced … Continue reading

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Mammal pic of the day 1: new mammal from Berlin

Here’s the reason for the blogging semi-hiatus: Lionel and his Mom are well! 🙂

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New mammal at fault: Slow blogging days ahead

Due to a new mammals from Berlin, Germany, blogging will be slow for the next few days. I have some Pic of the Day posts set up for your enjoyment. 🙂

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Dinopic of the day 5: Give me a hand, please

Today’s a busy day for me, so all you get is a Pic of the Day. At least it is of a dinosaur, and it goes well with yesterday’s post. I took this at the Sauiermuseum Aathal (sorry, German only … Continue reading

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Another example that shows why I am not a friend of media and press people

After all the climategate nonsense we now have Atlasgate. Caused by the total absence of brain matter in a few people employed at Harper-Collins (see original post by Peter Sinclair at Climate Denial Crock of the Week). I’ll save you … Continue reading

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Places I’ve been, dinosaurs I’ve seen 1.2

Continuing from here, let me show you some more of the wonderful dinosaurs at AMNH. If you picture-google “AMNH dinosaur” you’ll get a lot of results showing Tyrannosaurus, Deinonychus, Triceratops, Anatotitan, and Apatosaurus. Other stuff is rarer, even the beautiful … Continue reading

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Dinopic of the day 4: Peanut

Lots of people regard all kind of extinct stuff as “dinosaurs”, especially marine reptiles and pterosaurs. Thus it should not come as a surprise that today even plant seeds are considered dinosaurs. Or are they?

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Places I’ve been, dinosaurs I’ve seen 1.1

This is going to be an irregular series of posts on places I’ve traveled to in order to study, dig or just see dinosaurs. Geological field trips may be included, too, and the stories and pictures will not be limited … Continue reading

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