Category Archives: fossils

Mammals March Madness and slight silliness from your bloggers

It’s time for Mammals March Madness, the tournament in which animals battle for supremacy based on their physiology and behavior, with a little bit of luck thrown in just as you would want in any competition. Note: This is a … Continue reading

Categories: bloggery, fossils, general science

Scenic Saturday: Echoes of Mary Anning

On March 9th, 1847, the world lost a great scientist to breast cancer. She was poor, lacked formal education, and practiced a minority religion, but she had a keen eye and mind that helped see things that others couldn’t and … Continue reading

Categories: academic life, by Anne, fossils, Mesozoic, outcrops

Scenic Saturday: Lyme Regis

Two-hundred years ago, a young woman by the name of Mary Anning walked along this shore, using her keenly self-trained observation skills to spot fossils eroding out of these cliffs. The cliffs are the blue Lias, Jurassic mudstones filled with … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, fossils, outcrops, photos

Written in Stone: the interview

To accompany our review of Written in Stone, a couple of weeks ago Anne and I sat down with its author, our good friend and fellow blogger Brian Switek, for what turned into a fascinating discussion of his book, the … Continue reading

Categories: fossils, public science, reviews

Book Review: Written in Stone by Brian Switek

Palaeoblogger extraordinaire Brian Switek has often expressed frustration at the fact that many recent popularisers of evolution have a habit of downplaying the importance of the fossil record in studies of evolution. However, when reading the opening chapters of Written … Continue reading

Categories: deep time, fossils, public science, reviews