Category Archives: Philosophy

What To Do With Crests – Updated


Yesterday — on April 1st, which is about as warning bells as they come — I uploaded a post with a host of new art. This post is as much an admission that that post, somewhat subtly, is a joke. … Continue reading

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The Scaled Mammal


Today is World Pangolin Day; a day to reflect on the endangered, but also incredibly interesting and special nature of this mammal (here’s Dr. John Hutchinson of What’s in John’s Freezer on the many peculiarities of pangolins). The pangolin, Manis … Continue reading

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Skin Deep


What happens when you shrink-wrap a dinosaur? Well, first, you get something like the famous Ely Kish hadrosaurs: But of late, some degree of scientific accuracy has forced paleontological reconstruction to get a little more … realistic. We now tend … Continue reading

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All Your Guessing Games


What? Another All Your Yesterdays mention? Sorta. You remember when I asked you all what this might be? Someone got the right answer, although I’d love to speculate how they came about it. I have a clue, and it might … Continue reading

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All YOUR Yesterdays


Not that long ago, Memo Koseman, John Conway, and Darren Naish published a book titled “All Yesterdays,” a volume that encapsulated a philosophy of flexibility in reconstruction of ancient life, and a short perspective on the problems facing modern reconstruction … Continue reading

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Not Another One…


Seriously, you get into a blogging funk and get all busy at home life and someone comes along to publish a new oviraptorid from Southern China … as if there weren’t enough of those already to deal with. And as … Continue reading

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“Toroceratops” Matters, as an Open Discussion


So there’s this debate, which I may have discussed — more than once, twice, or thrice – before, in which it is argued that the taxa Triceratops and Torosaurus represent young adult and old adult representatives of the same species. … Continue reading

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You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me


Dr. Alan Feduccia is struggling for relevance. One might say this about much of his career, from his first big book on birds (1980′s The Age of Birds), to his repeat performances (The Origin and Evolution of Birds, 1996′s first … Continue reading

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Happenings


Work eludes me; pneumonia plagues me; and the troubles of family follow. I sit here working out the possible implications of laying out much of my work that I want to do with oviraptorids, setting out possible muscle masses, moments, … Continue reading

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Where I Question Commitment to Value of Open Access Everything


It is OA Week, so while this post would normally fall into the Thursday slot for my ‘regular” posting, I am putting it up now as my post for the remainder of the week.

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