#ThursdayThoughts – Bag-like Critters

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.

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Women in Paleontology Webinar- Series 2

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

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What is it? Wednesday pt. 4

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.

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First blog post

Very first post. I decided to that it was time to put myself out there, like many others have done before. I had been tinkering with the notion for a while. I started with uploading a handful of my paleo and nature photos to Imgur and gauging reactions. The reactions were kind and amusing. I was surprised. The internet had been such a volatile place of late. I needed a distraction from the negativity and a place to focus on my professional goals and hopefully engage with or inspire some like-minded individuals.

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