Articles and Comments - Palaeontology

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Monkeys And Dinosaurs? - Did monkeys share the world with dinosaurs? Are they sharing it now?

The Brachiosaurus - Why were dinosaurs so big? We are thining now about gigantic things like some massive dinosaurs that lived long before humans. One of such animals was Brachiosaurus: this one was among the biggest, heaviest and longest animals that ever lived in our planet.

The Baluchitherium of Chapman Andrews - The idea that monsters do exist comes probably from the finding of fossil remains long before their original was scientifically explained for the first time, around 1850 when the science of palaeontology was born, but aside from the fact that we know the origins of those bones turned into stone, they don't cease to fascinate us. Moreover: dinosaur fossils are extremely valuable, surpassing millions of dollars in net worth.

The Prehistory Of The Fruit Cocktail - Humans are not the first to enjoy fruit fiestas and feasts: many animals since ancient times have been eating plants of all sorts, including fruits and flowers after they evolved thorough natural selection.

Morganucodon, Our Oldest Mammal Ancestor - If you ask a zoologist what would define or characterise most mammals, he or she would probably talk about their dentition, which has characteristically three different types of teeth combined: incisive, canines and molars.

Life Is What We Think - We think that life is, but it really is only what we think it is, even according to palaeontological interpretations.

Treasures That You can Find - Aside from playing at a casino, inheriting a fortune from a rich uncle, or something like that you can make good money if you find the fossil of a primitive bird.

Science Or Scavenging? - The most extraordinary way to win the lottery - or something like that - is to find a new or valuable fossil from an unknown or barely studied species: A well-preserved dinosaur skull can easily command prices ranging into millions of euros, but that's not necessarily good for science.

The Central American Cork That Sealed The Fate Of Earth's Climate - Small things can indeed become big problems, especially if they alter the climate.

The Diet Of A Dinosaur - The issue of dieting and diets in something that should not only worry us because of health issues related to ourselves; in the realm of science, knowledge about food and nutrients is fundamental for many reasons.

Fossils May Kill Classroom Boredom - In order to make things easier for everyone, I think that teachers should try to put themselves more in the place of their students than seeing themselves as individuals trying to control by persuasion and extortion a mass of reckless, dumb and acne-ridden slobs; that would make life easier for everyone.

Notes On Picking Fossils (I) - Picking fossils may be interesting, but sometimes is agaist the law, especially if the extraction is intended for sale.

Palaeontology And Futureontology - Palaeontology is a science that looks at the past to explain the present, but I think that it can help us a great deal in explaining the future, because by knowing how things work in terms of the evolution of species, we may forecast what will happen with life forms in the future.

Ivory Towers In Palaeontology and Geology - Most geologists and palaeontologists that I talked to agreed that they and their colleagues seldom venture in the wilderness; they mostly visit places where access is simple, say, using a pickup truck, but not like the expeditions that we were undertaking at the time, with week-long treks across totally virgin territory.

Let's Pay Attention To Greenland - We should pay a little more attention to Greenland, for it has a lot of things to tell to any explorer willing to venture there.

Fish Scales And The Origins Of Teeth - Perhaps the same mechanism that generated the growth of cartilaginous structures in order to form the jaws, could also have led to the growth of the mouth scales into thicker units, giving way to true teeth.

Palaeontology And Survival - From palaeontology, which is the science that essentially studies fossils from plants and animals, we can learn a lot about survival in its broadest terms.

Mount Plataforma - A patagonian mountain with abundance of fossils from the jurassic to the eocene.

Stories About Our Natural History - One of the topics that fascinated me the most was the history of Earth, and this is why here I present you some links to pages where we tell about things that might seem as mere details to some, about the evolution of some species and changes in our world, but that in reality, show the unsurpassable elegance of things.

Creationism Is A Belief And Not A Scientific Theory - Creationism is absurd, but not because it contradicts a scientific dogma like the ideas we have on the evolution of species, but because it pretends to force reality to fit a model of beliefs.

Creationism Versus Respectable Science and Belief - I think that what is true is simple and does not need neither so much activism nor twisted interpretations of science, law and so on; if creationism is unable to convince the modern human about the origin of life, it may just be that it should be forgotten altogether as a way of respecting both science and belief.

The Alleged Theory of Intelligent Design Does Not Belong To Science, And Not Even To Religion - These crude, subdued attempts to shape other people's thoughts since childhood on the basis of lying have nothing of science, and nothing of religion and love for God; it is just fanaticism.

A brief reflection on science and your vocation - Something to think about science and all other vocations; convince yourself that you should pursue what is calling you.

Science and the wild - Something to think about science, the wilderness and those who are against knowledge and the environment.

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