Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mammal Monday (MPoD 8): I sh*t you not!

Mammal pic of the day 8 shows more of our little rock-climbing friend and colleagues.

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SVP is getting near

On Tuesday a blogging hiatus will very likely start, because the hotel in Las Vegas wants a whopping $12.99 a DAY for Internet access. I was lazy and didn’t set up any posts for this time because I am too … Continue reading

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The MFN exhibition: Sauriersaal’s Far Side

When I took my tripod to the Sauriersaal to take a Diplodocus panorama I used the opportunity to get good shots of the other dinosaurs as well. Here’s the Far Side of Diplodocus, dominated by Giraffatitan. (click through for full … Continue reading

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Places I’ve been, dinosaurs I’ve seen 4.2: More SMA dig

Previously, I showed a total of the digsite as it was roughly at middle of my stay at the Sauriermuseum’s dig season 2003. It is the Howe-Stephens-Quarry, a scant 100 meters I guess from the Howe Quarry, but situated some … Continue reading

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non-palaeo: what’s the harm?

When I argue for vaccination or getting a CT scan, against homeopathy, faith healing, astrology or Scientology, I often get asked “What’s the harm?”. Here are some examples. h/t to Ed Brayton

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Open access baby steps

A tiny step, but in the right direction: The Royal Society has made its journal archive open access. Now why do I call this baby steps? Here’s why:   “all articles more than 70 years old will be made permanently … Continue reading

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Places I’ve been, dinosaurs I’ve seen 4: The SMA’s dig in Wyoming 1

During my great US trip in 2003 I visited many museums and spent a lot of time camping in the Rockies, Shoshone National Forest, Yellowstone, and many other places. The highlight, however, was volunteering at the dinosaur dig of the … Continue reading

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The MFN exhibitions 1.1: Diplodocus panorama again, now in HQ

and here’s a with-background panorama of the Diplodocus mount, this time from 36 individual pictures, all of which were taken with identical camera settings and on a tripod. EXIF says: ISO 400, 1 s exposure, 88mm lens, no flash, automatic … Continue reading

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The MFN exhibitions 1: Sauriersaal

It is high time that I start a series of posts on the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MFN) and its exhibitions. Naturally, with a focus on the dinosaurs. This post will feature only one of them, and only one image. … Continue reading

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Non-dinosaurian beauties: AMNH’s Prestosuchus

Here’s a nice Sunday picture for you: the AMNH’s Prestosuchus chiniquensis mount. There are a few reflections on the skull, from text on glass partitions that keep the fossils safe. I tried to edit the picture to make them less … Continue reading

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Mammal pic of the day 7: Bath day

Loxodonta africana at the Berlin Tierpark Friedrichsfelde enjoying a thorough wetting and cleaning. More pics after the break.

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Non-dinosaurian beauties: AMNH alligator seconds

this one I call the Swimigator! A great mount, as it shows the habitual pose.

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Non-dinosaur beauties: the AMNH’s Alligator mount

Today, I have only one picture for you, but that one took quite some time to prepare. It is of the Alligator mississippiensis skeleton in the AMNH’s Hall of Reptiles. A really nice mount! Click through for the full size … Continue reading

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Dino pic of the day 12: More Edmontosaurus

Previously, I posted a nice lateral view of an Edmontosaurus skull in the Denver Museum of nature and Science. To start this post (which will get long for a Dinopic of the Day post) I here have another skull: Skull … Continue reading

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Mammal pic of the day 6: giraffe galore!

The Berlin Tierpark has a large giraffe group, with regular F1s and F2s. Here’s some pics of them, because they are, after all, the longest-necked mammals. admittedly, compared to a proper long-necked saurischian such as a sauropod or some theropods, … Continue reading

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