When Steven Spielberg re-enrolled at California State, Long Beach to earn his BA more than 30 years after dropping out, he was given three course credits in paleontology for making Jurassic Park. time.com/4351287/steven-s…
Georges Cuvier, the father of paleontology, established the idea of species becoming 'extinct' as a fact. Until the late 18th century, 'extinction' of species was unthinkable because god would not wipe out entire species he created for his divine plan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Extinction was only accepted as a fact in late 18th century after Georges Cuvier, the father of paleontology, disproved the old theory that it was impossible for species to go extinct because God wouldn't wipe out a species he spent time creating for his Divine Plan. evolution.berkeley.edu/ev…
Today I learned of Mary Anning, one of the first women in paleontology and inspiration for the tongue-twister "She sells sea-shells on the sea shore" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Paleontology is experiencing a golden age, with a new dinosaur species discovered every 10 days on average. npr.org/2018/07/10/627782…
Mary Anning was an English woman who discovered dinosaur fossils, was the first to assemble a full skeleton of an Ichthyosaur, a self-taught scientist, a business owner, confirmed the existence of the Pterodactyl, and one of the founders of Paleontology. youtube.com/watch?v=a-CW0…
The paleontology advisor on Jurassic Park is today trying to reverse evolve a chicken into a dinosaur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Greg Graffin, lead singer of punk rock band Band Religion, obtained his PhD at Cornell University and has lectured courses in life sciences and paleontology at the University of California, Los Angeles and evolution at Cornell University. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
UC Berkeley's paleontology department stores its collection of over 300,000 fossils from the La Brea tar pits in the campus' bell tower. The fossils are stored on private levels, so few visitors outside of the paleontology department have ever seen them. campanile.berkeley.edu/#f…
A paleontology writer in the 1920s suggested that the back plates of Stegosaurus were wings that were used by the dinosaur to glide. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Thomas Jefferson was responsible for the discovery of the North American sloth, and his presentation was the premise for paleontology in North America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
In paleontology, there is such a thing called the "zombie effect". This is where the discovered fossil was at some point mobile (or "walking") while the original animal or plant had long been dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zom…
Due to being from a common ancestor, modern paleontology dictates birds must be considered Dinosaurs. Therefore, Dinosaurs are in fact not extinct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
Thomas Jefferson was nicknamed "Mr Mammoth" for his interest in paleontology. earlyamerica.com/jefferso…
There's a term in paleontology for species thought to be extinct, but are actually living: Lazarus taxon. animal.discovery.com/exti…
Today I learned that mya is a unit of time (short for "Million Years Ago") used in astronomy, geology, and paleontology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mya…
The Mexican state of Coahuila added a picture of a dinosaur to its license plate to highlight its rich paleontological history. complex.com/sports/2013/0…
Unlike their Hollywood counterparts, Velociraptors were likely only a bit smarter than a rabbit and only about the size of a 30lb turkey. nhm.ac.uk/discover/veloci…
A fossil rhinoceros skull was found in a gravel pit in Klagenfurt, Austria, in 1335, and was thought to belong to a dragon. In 1590, the fossil skull was used to model a dragon statue which has been called the world's first paleontological reconstruction. bestiarium.net/lind.html
Today I learned of the term OOPart (Out-of-place artifact) which refers to an artifact of historical, archaeological, or paleontological interest found in an unusual context, that challenges conventional historical chronology by being "too advanced" for the level of civilization that existed at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out…
Paleontological research shows that the part of the human brain that controls hearing and our sense of smell shrank around the same time as we began to domesticate dogs. scienceblogs.com/neuronti…
Thagomizer is an accurate paleontological term for the stegosaurus' tail-spikes

Thagomizer

Named after the late Thag Simmons

Coprolite, a fossil commonly used in jewelry, is fossilized dinosaur feces. nhm.ac.uk/discover/what-i…
The spikes on the tail of a stegosaurus are called a thagomizer, after a Far Side cartoon in which they were named "after the late Thag Simmons". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
The Brontosaurus once was considered to have never existed but has recently been declared to have actually existed. It was thought to have been in the same genus as the Apatosaurus but recent discoveries have separated the two as distinct scientificamerican.com/ar…
Australopithecus, anatomically similar to modern humans, co-existed with Megalodon, the biggest shark species that ever lived. And also to check my facts before posting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
11,500+ year old man-made monolithic structures discovered in southeastern Turkey.Structures are dated thousands of years older than Egyptian Pyramids.Discoverer says it requires decent engineering skills to build such structures. (45 min, National Geographic documentary) youtube.com/watch?v=IDXTm…
Modern biology classifies birds as dinosaurs and dinosaurs are, therefore, not extinct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
Nicolas Cage's extravagant spending includes purchasing a 67-million-year-old dinosaur skull. vanityfair.com/online/osc…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.