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21st Century Dinosaur Revolution

A recent tour of the Natural History Museum (London) bookshop reminded me that my 2009 book, The Great Dinosaur Discoveries (A & C Black in the UK, University of California Press in the USA), is still on sale and in demand.

July 28, 2013 — Darren Naish
Those Wild Little Trilobites

Those Wild Little Trilobites

Triloarte 1 © Samantha Fermo     Triloarte 6 © Samantha Fermo Triloarte 8 © Samantha Fermo Trilobites, in all their wild and crazy biodiverse forms, look delightful in this series by Italian painter Samantha Fermo.

November 29, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Jurassic World Butting Heads with PaleoIllustrators

Jurassic World Butting Heads with PaleoIllustrators

Once again, paleo-illustrators are being alienated from a movie they could probably love. At least a few paleo-illustrators are discovering their work has been put up on the Jurassic World “as-if-it-was-a-real-park” promotional website without their permission.

November 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

The Missing Link that Wasn’t

April Fools’ Day is not unique to Western cultures. People all over the world and all throughout history have celebrated the coming of Spring with festivals of deception and lightheartedness.

April 2, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
Bird behaviour, the ‘deep time’ perspective

Bird behaviour, the ‘deep time’ perspective

The behaviour of long-extinct animals remains an area of major public and scientific interest the great perennial problem being that were always massively constrained, if not crippled, by a frustrating lack of data.

January 27, 2014 — Darren Naish
Putting the Illustrations Before the Text

Putting the Illustrations Before the Text

We’re wrapping up the daily sciart posts today. We hope you’ve enjoyed them! Stay tuned tomorrow for a round-up of the month’s artists and images.

September 30, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
How Fossil Fish Make Front-Page News

How Fossil Fish Make Front-Page News

Perhaps you’ve heard about Entelognathus primordialis this week. Wait, the scientific name doesn’t ring a bell on its own? What if I refer to it as the 419-million-year old placoderm fish that surprised everyone with its beautifully preserved, surprisingly modern-looking jaw?

September 28, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Get Geeked – BoneDusters Paleo Ale is Bottled!

For those of you who have been following the story of Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, the beer made with yeast living on a 35-million-year old whale fossil, there’s exciting news out of Lost Rhino Brewery today.

July 1, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
October 23, 4004 B.C.: Happy Birthday Earth!

October 23, 4004 B.C.: Happy Birthday Earth!

October 23 is (in)famous as supposed earth’s birthday – this date is mentioned in many textbooks retelling the life of Irish Archbishop James Ussher (1581-1656).

October 22, 2013 — David Bressan
Standing (and Soaring) with Canadian Science

Standing (and Soaring) with Canadian Science

As Symbiartic’s representative Canadian, I’m at least one science illustrator who stands with Canadian scientists today to protest our Conservative government’s attack on science and science communication.

September 16, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

2014, an amazing year for pterosaurs

I'm still not sure whether I blog about Mesozoic archosaurs - specifically dinosaurs and pterosaurs - too often, or too infrequently. As I always say, the problem as I see it is that dinosaurs and pterosaurs have so much presence in the blogosphere that writing about them always feels like jumping on a bandwagon.

September 24, 2014 — Darren Naish
Radioactivity and Earth´s Age

Radioactivity and Earth´s Age

For a long time the apparent discrepancy between the age of earth and the age of the cosmos posed a great problem to geologists and astronomers alike.

November 21, 2014 — David Bressan
Now That’s a Wee Little Infographic

Now That’s a Wee Little Infographic

  53 million years old, and it may be the smallest mammal that has ever lived. Batodonoides vanhouteni was a shrew-like mammal that scientific illustrator Jen Christiansen has deftly described in this illustration.

September 28, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Bat-Pterodactyls

Bat-Pterodactyls

Italian Cosimo Alessandro Collini (1727-1806), at the time chairman of the Cabinet of Curiosities of the principality of Pfalz (Germany), was the first naturalist to speculate about pterodactyls in 1784.

July 23, 2014 — David Bressan