That is the name of his blog anyway. Apparently, though, Martin also studies fossils. National Geographic has the story – and this is the clever part – apparently he didn’t even have to go out into the field:
But Brazeau suspected that in the right circumstances, some bones could withstand time.
So he took a closer look at the well-preserved Ptomacanthus specimen that had been in the literature for 30 years. “Sure enough,” he said, “the specimen had its braincase preserved.”
I’m getting ahead of myself, though, so let me back up.
National Geographic’s article concerns research that will be published in tomorrow’s Nature. The research concerns the braincase of a group known as the acanthodians. This particular specimen dates to near the time of the bony fish/cartilaginous fish split. Here is the cool part:
But data from the new fossil support an emerging idea that the ancient group of fish included a diverse tableau of shapes and characteristics that defy clear-cut categories.