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How Do You Figure Out How #Dinosaurs Walked? | @scifri @MrKosko | 6-8 #science #lesson #anatomy #fossils

An education resource from Science Friday that covers: birds and dinosaur comparisons, phylogenetics, modeling leg movement with materials and analysis, pelvic shape and walking gait, and making and videotaping a puppet that moves like a theropod. Supporting NGSS standards, charts and worksheets are provided.

The #extinction that never happened (video) | @EonsShow | #paleo #video

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From PBS Digital Studios this PBS Eons 8:30 video covers what scientists call the Lazarus taxa. These group of animals seem to "cheat death" by eluding our detection after their presumed extinction.

‘I don’t care what they say about me’: Paleontologist stares down critics in her hunt for dinosaur proteins | @sciencemagazine

Defying conventional wisdom, Mary Schweitzer works to transform dinosaur paleontology into a molecular science. The article, by Robert Service, outlines Schweitzer's path to paleontongy and recent work with critics and new supporters.

#Digital #Atlas of Ancient Life | Exploring the Diversity and History of #Fossil Life | @PaleoDigAtlas | #OER

A free resource to help individuals to identify and better understand fossil species from particular regions and time intervals. Presently, four digital atlases have been developed or are under active construction:

  • Cretaceous Atlas of Ancient Life: Western Interior Seaway
  • Digital Atlas of Ordovician Life: Exploring the Fauna of the Cincinnati Region
  • Neogene Atlas of Ancient Life: Southeastern United States
  • Pennsylvanian Atlas of Ancient Life: Midcontinent United States

How to Become a Primate Fossil | Nature Education Knowledge

The article by Holly Dunsworth outlines the steps to fossilization and includes a glossary. The article explains the reasons why fossilization is a rare event and how much time is involved.

Utah #Paleontologists Turn to #Crowdfunding for #Raptor Project | @nytimes | @UtahraptorTrap

A New York Time's article by Asher Elbein describing Utahraptor and the history of a 2001 find leading to a GoFundMe project to help prepare a nine ton block that contains skeletons of a herbivorous dinosaur, a 16 foot adult Utahraptor, four jueveniles, and a hatchling.

Grand Staircase-Escalante was set up to fail | @highcountrynews | #nationalmonuments #future

An interview with a retiring BLM assistant manager decribing the conflict of cultures managng the Utah national monument.

On the one side are environmentally minded folks from outside the confines of Mormon culture, people like Shelton, who believe fervently in the federal public lands. Their ranks grew following the monument’s establishment in 1996 with the funding then available for hiring new staff, many of whom were trained at world-class science institutions. On the other side, said Shelton, I see a powerful anti-conservation interest, an anti-science interest, and certainly an anti-climate change position. I’ve sat in meetings with high-level people in Utah BLM who will roll their eyes when you mention climate change and say, ‘Well, if you believe it.’ You might as well be asking them to convert to Zoroastrianism. So our staffs are at odds with each other. There’s a lot of antagonism. It’s a really difficult place to work.”

Next stop on the Dinosaur Diamond: Moab. My GeoCorps™ Experience in Canyon Country, Utah | Jessica Uglesich

A guest blog post for the Geological Society of America by a BLM intern describing her experience with developing public outreach and education. Jessica also decribes her work with recovering bones from a looted site and work with the local Dystrophaeus project (@Dystrophaeus).

A #Dinosaur So Well Preserved It Looks Like a Statue | @TheAtlantic | #nodosaur #fossil

An article by Ed Yong on the discovery, extraction, preparation and reconstruction by the Royal Tyrell Museum of Borealopelta.

What Are You Flying Over? This #Geoscience #MobileApp Will Tell You | @SmithsonianMag

An article describing the start and functions of the Univerity of Minnesota's Flyover Country app. Using GPS, offline geologic maps and interactive points of interests reveal the locations of paleontological and georeferenced Wikipedia articles from your airplane window seat, vehichle or trail. The app was developed by a UMD geology student.