Monthly Archives: January 2012

Places I’ve been, dinosaurs I’ve seen 5.1: SMA

Today, let’s check out the Sauriermuseum Aathal! Previously, I already posted pics of their wonderful Camarasaurus specimen “E.T.”, but the SMA has much more to offer. In the words of Martin Sander, head of the Research Group on Sauropod Gigantism, … Continue reading

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more of Urzeit Park

Back from a blogging hiatus owed to a sinus operation (I’ll live), here’s more on the Urzeit Park. It makes some kind of sense to go through the park era by era, after all that’s how it is structured. But … Continue reading

Posted in Allosauridae, Allosaurus, Dinosaur models, Dinosauria, Diplodocus, Giraffatitan, Kentrosaurus, Ornithischa, Sauropoda, Sauropodomorpha, Stegosauria, Theropoda | 18 Comments

DigitalFossil Berlin 2012 – Call for Abstracts

For all those who might have missed it: the Call for Abstracts for the meeting in Berlin that Daniela an I are organizing in fall. Spiced up for the visually dominated with a nice digital fossil pic. Dear colleagues, The … Continue reading

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How to………. 4: cite and reference

Before, I gave hints on how to structure a paper and on how to get a paper ready for submission. The one thing I didn’t dwell on was how to handle citations (when you refer to someone else’s work in … Continue reading

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Mammal Monday 10: Treecycling

After Christmas, German towns are soon full of Christmas tree waiting to be carted away. Most are simply treated as rubbish and end up in incinerator plants. Some, however, don’t……

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Mounting a skeleton: bones or casts?

If a museum plans to exhibit a new dinosaur (or fossil mammal) skeleton, the first question that needs to be answered is whether to mount the real fossils, or casts of them. In some cases, the decision is fairly easy, … Continue reading

Posted in Dinosauria, Kentrosaurus, Maniraptora, MfN Berlin, Ornithischa, Stegosauria, Theropoda | 31 Comments

Mancunian Musings

It’s been rather quiet here lately, mostly caused by a quick trip to Manchester. I met with Karl Bates and Peter Falkingham to discuss research, and partook of a number of beverages in a local establishment with Peter, Jonathan Codd … Continue reading

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Mammal Monday 9: I’m all ears!

Following the fox theme, here’s the fox that takes cuteness to the max. Fennec (Vulpes zerda) in the Stuttgart zoo and botanical garden Wilhelma. More furry foxy cuteness below the fold.

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Berlin wildlife: Our fox

Yesterday morning, a while after breakfast, I looked out the kitchen window and was surprised to see a fox inspecting our garden.

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Urzeit Park

I went to a place called Urzeit park today expecting to either turn around in disgust after a quick glance, or gather enough photos and material to write a real scorcher. Maybe an angry scorcher, maybe a funny one, maybe … Continue reading

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Theropod Thursday 9

A tad late, admittedly: here’s another non-avian theropod. This time, in contrast to the ever-present Allosaurus fragilis, a theropod many people don’t even know exists.

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More bloodshed: eviscerating “Die Zeit”

“Die Zeit” is a German weekly “highly respected for its quality journalism.” [wikipedia] That doesn’t stop it from publishing un-fact-checked utter nonsense. Time to hone the edge of my verbal katana! The Dec. 8, 2011 issue had an article on … Continue reading

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Free photogrammetry! (Mammal Monday 8)

No, I did not forget Mammal Monday. It just took some time to get the ……. “pictures” ready. I found yesterday, and decided to run a quick test. Here’s the result: 9 photos, 20 minute, that’s all it took.

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Must read posts

Just a heads-up that Darren Naish has posted the second part of his report on the Sauropod Biology Workshop in Bonn. Part 1 can be found here. Also, as Mike Taylor points out, time is running out in the fight … Continue reading

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Free photogrammetry?

Via David Maas’ I stumbled across something I can hardly believe: the offer of free photogrammetry! You do not even have to have the computing power; it is all online. The site is I’m checking out their TOS … Continue reading

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