Monthly Archives: April 2012

HNM London – analysis of a minor disappointment

Last post I noted that I was disappointed by the Natural History Museum in London. Now, I want to expound on this a bit, and shows you a bunch of nice photos. As I said, it is a great museum! … Continue reading

Posted in "Prosauropoda", Allosauridae, Allosaurus, Ceratopsia, Dinosaur models, Dinosauria, historical buildings etc., NHM London, non-palaeo, Ornithischa, rants, Sauropoda, Sauropodomorpha, Theropoda | 26 Comments

NHM – a let-down

Spent the day at the Natural History Museum in London with Sebastian Marpmann, and have come away disappointed. It is not a bad museum, in fact it is great, but somehow it didn’t live up to either my expectations or … Continue reading

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Another preview of palaeontology from southern Germany

I’m off to London again today, to tackle the forelimb of the giraffe. Expect more gory pictures….. Until then, here’s another preview of the upcoming series of posts on the palaeo I grew up with. An ammonite “pavement” from the … Continue reading

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DigitalFossil 2012: update

A short update on the DigitalFossil 2012 Berlin conference. As of today, there are 43 participants who have either sent talk titles (40), or announced they will take part (3). Most of them are experienced researcher, and I am glad … Continue reading

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rodent beats lagomorph

  much much cuter than a bunny: baby chinchillas!

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South Germany palaeontology – an ichthyosaur as preview

Pretty soon I plan to bombard you with a ton of photos of fossils from southern Germany – the stuff I grew up with, and that dominated the university museum I studied at, as well as many other places nearby. … Continue reading

Posted in Holzmaden, ichthyosaur, Travels | 11 Comments

Theropod Thursday 14: funny bird is barely in time

Almost midnight here, but it still is Thursday! To balance the mammal-heavy posts of the last few days, here’s a proper theropod.

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Giraffe dissection 4: still more front limb

It is high time I show you my co-dissector Sebastian Marpmann! Sebastian holds a Masters in Geology, and (German Science Foundation willing) will pursue a doctorate at the Museum für Naturkunde and Humboldt-University in Berlin studying rhinoceros locomotion – with … Continue reading

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Giraffe dissection 3: that front limb ain’t done yet!

Yesterday, Sebastian and I started getting the muscle architecture data we’d previously not been measuring. John taught us how to do that, then left us to our own devices. But first, he pulled the cooked-clean scapula out of the boiler. … Continue reading

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Scott Hartmann says it all on the aquatic dinosaur nonsense

There’s been a lot of  excitement today about a rather nonsensical article in Lab news (link to digital version here). Supposedly, all us paleontologists are morons, and dinosaurs all lived in water. Other media picked it up, too, to their … Continue reading

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Giraffe dissection 2: more of the front limb

I’ll try to keep the blood and gore to a minimum, promise. However, this post and (hopefully) a few follow-ons will have a lot of parts-of-a-dead-animal images, so you’re squeamish better forgo reading below the jump. After John had taken … Continue reading

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Mammal Monday 17 coming to you out of John’s Freezer

What’s in John’s Freezer? Well, lately John ‘The Hutch’ Hutchinson has been sharing some of the cool (pun intended) stuff he keeps in his various refrigerators. That’s a blog really worth reading, so wtf are you still doing here??? That … Continue reading

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Photogrammetry is perfect – if everything work fine

That photogrammetry, the method of calculating 3D representations from a series of 2D photos, can be a great tool in palaeontology is quite obvious when you take a look at Peter Falkingham’s paper in PE (and the many other papers … Continue reading

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