Apologies for the hiatus. I should have posted an explanation much earlier. I have been quite busy with doctors over the past year and a bit. It all started with […]
Anyone remember what this little guy is called?
Hint: This image is from an earlier paper I shared.
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I do remember humans being called “Ugly bags of mostly water” once. (…) Well to be honest, the reconstructions do make it look like bag and since there is no anus, the marine water flows in the mouth and possibly out through one of the holes on the top or sides… making it an “Ugly bag of mostly water”. So why do we care about this? Well as mentioned, this is likely one of our oldest known ancestors.
Instead of talking about some randomness about dinosaurs or fossils that I found neat or interesting, I thought I would talk about the webinar I watched yesterday a little bit. Yesterday during the mental health awareness campaign (sorry for the mindless tweets and ‘shout-outs’ to raise money), I mentioned that women in STEM programs are at a disadvantage compared to their male counterparts when it comes to moving forward in their studies and careers. This is due to many factors and only through educating others and advocating for equal pay and respect can we make a difference.
Well, yesterday was also the start of the Series 2 webinars on myfossil.org which I enjoy watching to learn extra skills and gain insight into the professional world of paleontologists. What makes series 2 so special for me is that it is dedicated to shining a spotlight on women
The first time I read that dinosaurs probably squawked or sounded like large species of birds, I laughed. A lot. I dismissed it quite easily. It seemed ridiculous and besides, how could we really know what they sounded like? Soft tissue does not preserve as easily as bones. What proof was there? Then as I studied evolution deeper in university I realized, what proof was there that dinosaurs roared ferociously then?
For this week I thought I would show something a bit easier to identify. I loved this stopover. There were many different fossilized critters to look at. I know I don’t have anything in this photo for scale, but this fossil isn’t hard to identify if you have an imagination. HINT: We were at a site that was once part of a rich aquatic reef.
This week for ‘What is it? Wednesday’ I thought I would go with another locally found fossil. This one reminds me of old bamboo pan flutes
It’s a little late, but here is a fossilized wood piece from my personal collection for #FossilFriday.
Who knows what this is? Hint: These photos were taken at Rock Glen Conservation Area. Hand for scale.
I know roughly what it is, but not the exact scientific name.