February 10th, 2012

Personal Update

For those who read my LJ entry bright and early this morning...

I'm feeling somewhat better this afternoon, and have taken it easy and eaten very little. A boiled egg with toast and coffee and yogurt for breakfast, and took my normal dose of medication this a.m. Some mushroom soup and a chicken sandwich for lunch this afternoon.

Feel a bit crampy down below somewhat, but nothing like yesterday. We'll see how the rest of day and evening, such as it is, goes.

A New Way to Approach Palaeontology?

In palaeontology news today, Canadian palaeontologist Phil Bell has used fossilised skin, rather than bone, to differentiate between two species of hadrosaurs:

Canadian Researcher Hails Discovery as "New Way to Approach Paleontology"

It's a promising new approach to differentiating dinosaur species, but I'm not sure of its readily available use in all sorts of studies, since it is dependent on the availability of fossilised skin. That said, Bell had an interesting comment near the end of the newspaper story, that I thought was worth quoting here.

"It changes the way we are approaching paleontology," Bell said of the findings. "Back in the day, it was, 'find as many bones as you can and name as many species as you can.' Now, as the field has matured, people are asking different questions, recognizing these animals as actually living entities rather than curios in a museum."