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Cabinet of curiosities: a visit to Peter Dodson's office

I’ve known who Peter Doson was since I was nine years old. A copy of The Dinosaurs by William Stout and William Service, with scientific content by Peter, showed up at my local Waldenbooks around the same time as the… 1,084 more words

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Exploded turtles of the Academy of Natural Sciences

Saw this gem back in the herpetology collections at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and thought, “Someone up and Beauchened a turtle head.” (My inner monologue is a tennis match between an arch language pedant and an unreconstructed hick with a penchant for folksy archaisms.) 78 more words

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What it's like to watch a Hugo-winning artist draw your dinosaur

So, here’s a cool thing that happened at Norwescon. On Saturday afternoon, there was an autograph signing session. Probably to the surprise of no-one, a lot more people were interested in having things signed by the other two guests of honor, … 310 more words

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I'm talking about asteroids vs dinosaurs at the Alf Museum tomorrow

If you are within striking distance of Claremont, come watch me cross the streams of my amateur and professional careers as I talk about the intersection of… 37 more words

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Hemisected skulls of a marten (Martes) and an opossum (Didelphis)

These have been in my collection for ages, I just hadn’t gotten around to posting pictures. I don’t remember where I got them, but they were definitely purchased rather than collected. 244 more words

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Promo pandemonium: Prehistoric Times, Mark Hallett calendar, public talks, and Norwescon 41

Here’s a bunch of cool stuff that is either available now or happening soon:

Sauropod Dinosaurs book excerpt in Prehistoric Times

Been on the fence about the… 565 more words

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Valley of the Mastodons is coming at the Western Science Center in Hemet, California

Quick hit here: all this week there are mastodon-themed events going on at the Western Science Center in Hemet, including talks from paleontologists and an opening reception this Friday evening, August 4, before the exhibit formally opens to the public on Saturday. 247 more words

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