Interesting Fossil Picture: Oligocene Frog Larva

The picture below is of a frog larva dating to the Oligocene. It comes from Larval development in Oligocene palaeobatrachid frogs.

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Huh, I Wonder If All Math Geeks Pay Their Bills This Way?

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NCSE On YouTube!

The National Center for Science Education has a YouTube Channel!

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Who Are You Going To Believe? Me Or Your Lying Eyes?

Duane asks a really good question. In discussing the video below he says:

Do you see a process for the continuance of rituals among Homo sapiens in this little experiment? I do. Please notice that I didn’t ask about the origin of rituals. That’s another question. I do think this experiment also puts question of the value of ritual on the table: value for the learning and enculturation of young, considerable; value for adult activity, little or none.

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Interesting Chimpanzee Videos

The recent chimp hissy fit thrown by the residents at UD reminded me of some videos I wanted to post…

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Hush-hush Archaeology

That is the name of an absolutely fascinating story in the San Diego CityBeat. The story is about what happens when the Dept. of Homeland Security and the border fence collide with archaeology and a people’s desire to protect their past. It is an amazing read…

Help Doctor Isis Fund A Science Award

Dr. Isis is trying to fund an award. She explains the goal:

The APS has very kindly agreed to allow us (hang tight, I’m not asking for money, seriously) to fund an award at this year’s Experimental Biology meeting for the undergraduate woman who submits the best abstract. Each year the APS awards seven David Bruce Awards for undergraduate research excellence and, within the structure of this program, the APS will be adding an eighth award specifically from me and my lovely readers (but I’m not asking for money. I promise). I really loved the idea of using my blog to encourage and reward a more junior scientist who had done excellent work and visiting these undergraduate poster presentations are really a highlight for me each year. So how can you help?

Well? How can you help? She explains at the above link. The short version is that she is donating the proceeds from her blogging. The APS will match up to $500 dollars. Your job is to visit Dr. Isis’ blog frequently and often so her paycheck from blogging gets bigger, which makes the donation bigger, which makes the APS match bigger.

Begging for Articles

Can some one send me the following two articles?
Hippopotamus and whale phylogeny
Nature 458, E1-E4 (19 March 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature07776
Thewissen et al. reply
Nature 458, E5 (19 March 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature07775
They can be sent to:

Thank you!
I have them. I will probably get something posted on them tomorrow or Saturday. IN the meantime Brian has a fascinating post on the subject

Monkeys In The News Closes Shop

File this one under ‘Total Bummer”. Monkeys In The News has closed up shop. The final post is about the – primate – writer:

Unfortunately, with my current work load, I am not able to keep up with regular updating of the Monkey News blog. I hate to say it, but I must discontinue this blog for the foreseeable future. I appreciate those that have been faithfully following it, and am sorry to deprive you of your simian news updates. Archives will stay up, and hopefully you can still take some solace with our annual celebration of Monkey Day. Thanks!

The blog covered all things primate – especially if they were in the news – and will be missed.
The good news is that there is another site that covers similar material.
Also, more about Monkey Day can be found here

Networks of Plunder

Carl Feagans has an interesting post about an article by Byron Loosle on looting. Carl says:

Interestingly enough, I empathize -as I’m sure most archaeologists and cultural resource managers do- with the commenter’s motivation to pick up and keep an “arrowhead.” But Loosle wasn’t speaking to the casual hiker that spots a projectile point on the surface along a trail. Indeed, he notes that “approximately 90 percent of the Anasazi structural sites in Washington County have been damaged by illicit digging, with percentages just as high for sites compromised by surface collection activities in Beaver and Iron counties.”

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