Dinosaur scholarship becomes ever more open to discussion between scholars and the general public. This video is evidence thereof. [vimeo]253500301[/vimeo] (Thanks to Sally Shelton and Scott Langill for bringing this to our attention.)
Jurassic Pork: Were dinosaurs and their colleagues kosher?
Dinosaurs, the so-called “paleo diet”, implied time travel, and religious theoretical sensibilities all figure in a new study called “Jurassic Pork: What Could a Jewish Time Traveler Eat?“, by Roy E. Plotnick, Jessica M. Theodor, and Thomas R. Holtz, published in the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach, vol. 8, no. 17, September 34, 2015. The authors, at […]
Neuromarketing challenge: dinosaur automobiles
We pose this challenge about dinosaurs and automobiles and marketing. [BACKGROUND: Because the word “marketing” is no longer as futuristic as it was in the past, the still-kinda-new field of neuromarketing (read about it here, here, and here, or use your own cogno-intellectual powers to come up with your own definition) is the place to go […]
What is your favorite dinosaur, and why?
Darrin Pagnac, of the Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, teache sthe course GEOL 372, Dinosaurs, every spring. He writes (in the Transforming Time Into Space blog): The course is geared toward sophomore majors and upper-level non-majors. I specifically keep it light and utilize it less to instruct the intricacies of […]
Behemoth – not hippo nor elephant?
Those involved in studying biblical texts sometimes disagree about the exact nature of Behemoth, as described in the Bible, in Job 40:15-24. Could it have been, as some have suggested, a description of an elephant, or a(n) hippopotamus? Dr. Dave Miller Ph.D., M.A.R., M.Div., M.A., B.A., writing in the journal Reason & Revelation, Dec. 2011, […]
Feuding Paleontologists of Old to Be Played By Famed Actors
Investigator Sally Shelton alerts us to this art/science news, reported by Deadline: Steve Carell & James Gandolfini To Star In HBO Movie About Feuding Paleontologists After recently co-starring together in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Steve Carell and James Gandolfini are reuniting for another comedic movie, this time on TV. Carell and Gandolfini are set to […]
A Flying Lizard (extinct) and a Famous Cartoonist (extant)
In answer to the question “How many monofenestratan pterosaurs are named after famous cartoonists?”, Improbable hazards a guess that the answer is :“One”. Being : Cuspicephalus scarfi which is named (say its describers David Martill and Steve Etches of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Portsmouth, UK) “After artist/cartoonist Gerald […]
ON-ART Corp., Tokyo (“a top artistic structure airbrush paint production company in Japan”) have just been granted their US patent (7,997,991 B2) for a ‘Costume suit of large size animal’ “The costume suit is made of special clothing or material, covers a whole body of the person inside, and is used to transform into an […]
How did dinosaurs pee?
[UPDATE: Several paleontologists have written to express amused disgust at the reasoning ascribed to this research team, and to note that the team some time ago “left to pursue other opportunities”. One correspondent also noted that the lead author once studied fossilized crab droppings from the Pierre Shale and published a study with the title […]
Life, art, scrambled dinosaurs — again
Dinosaurs upside down, backwards, or scrambled are the subject of art yet again imitating life. In this case it’s art imitating life about the art of trying to describe life. The Onion has just published a splendid parody article called “Paleontologists: ‘We’ve Been Looking At Dinosaurs Upside Down“. But this joke has been lived out, […]