Continuing on from where I left off yesterday (sort of), a new article in Palaeontologia Electronica studies the potential presence of dinosaurs in the paleocene epoch. The paper concludes that non-avian dinosaurs did survive the KT extinction into the paleocene, although not for very long (about 500,000 years). James Fassett has done some really interesting [...]
Image Credit: Dawn Endico Conventional wisdom tells us that the dinosaurs went extinct as a result of a massive asteroid strike about 65 million years ago, which created the Chicxulub crater in the Northern Yucatan peninsula. The asteroid, with its estimated 10km diameter, caused an environmental catastrophe that wiped out the dinosaurs, and a good [...]
I’ve been pretty busy this last month or so. I’ve engaged in writing on an epic scale, about 25,000 words including exams. In the midst of writing about the failure of pan-Arab nationalism and about Southern ideology after the Anthony Burns crisis, there wasn’t much room left for blogging (except Walcott’s Quarry). But all that [...]
I really am hard on Simon Conway-Morris for reconstructing hallucigenia upside down. He is a fairly brilliant scientist. But when you have a weekly comic about the Burgess Shale, you have to exploit these things for all their humour value!
This is the 52nd WQ comic, which according to my math means that I’ve been doing this for a year. Technically the “anniversary” is next week, because I actually started the comic on the April 18th, but as this is the last comic of this season (to borrow TV terminology), I decided to celebrate now, [...]
A while ago I laid out my own (highly scientific) theory about the formation of the Burgess Shale. This is another theory I regard as highly probable.