June 21st, 2012

Happy Birthday, doc_mystery!

Today is doc_mystery's birthday!

Just want to wish you a Happy Birthday, mate! :)

May the Goddess bless you with good health, lots of happiness and good cheer, prosperity, and may you find all the Pulpish goodness that you like and deserve for the forthcoming year!

Have a good one, mate! :)

R.I.P. Caroline John (1940-2012)

Sad news in the world of Doctor Who today.

Actress Caroline John, who played Elizabeth "Liz" Shaw in the first series of the Jon Pertwee era, has died at the age of 72.

Doctor Who Actress Caroline John Dies aged 72

I really did enjoy her in the role of Liz Shaw in Doctor Who, but she also was an excellent actress in other roles, notably on stage.

Rest in Peace, Caroline. We can all be consoled by the fact that you and Jon are now travelling together in the TARDIS, along with Elisabeth Sladen.

Catching Up with Palaeo News II

Back in the office after lunch, and since I still have about fifteen minutes of lunch hour left, I figured I would catch up with some more news in the field of dinosaurs and palaeontology... So without further ado...

First up, a really neat video of a palaeo wedding proposal. I'm not going to spoil the surprise.

A Palaeo Proposal

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Over on his Dinosaur Tracking blog, Brian Switek discusses the manner in which our perceptions of dinosaurs is changing. How many folks remember the Stegasaurus with two brains?

The Dinosaurs They Are a-Changing

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Another interesting piece on mammoths, and the fact that they didn't go out with a bang...

Mammoths Didn't Go Out with a Bang

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Utah's feathered dinosaur death pit project needs your help with their 2012 excavation...

The Feathered Dinosaur Death Pit Project

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An article on the fact that Edmontosaurus wasn't actually duck-billed, but more like shovel-beaked.

Shovel-Beaked, Not Duck-Billed

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Another Dinosaur Tracking blog entry, in which there's a discussion about the fact that there are over 100 ideas for the demise of the non-avian dinosaurs, including lots of diseases bits...

Disease and Demise of the Dinosaurs

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A fossil mammal mystery for folks...

It’s a Kangaroo...It’s a Llama... No, it’s Palorchestes!

And finally, for today...

On June 23rd, the Royal Ontario Museum is going to open a tribute to some of the largest and strangest dinosaurs ever found, in Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants From Gondwana. The centerpiece of the celebration is a full-size mount of the huge sauropod Futalognkosaurus — a long-necked, 105-foot titan that was described in 2007. And as part of the lead-up to the exhibit’s debut, the Toronto Star is featuring a time-lapse video of how palaeontologists put the dinosaur together. After just a few hours, an 87-million-year-old giant stands again.

Final Dinosaur Arrives for Exhibit at the ROM