We had such an amazing day with our kids. They fly back to FL tomorrow but we certainly made the most of their last day. We started at the Florissant Fossil Beds, a national monument. We usually have the family selfie on lock but we just couldn't get it together, so this pic was a great example of our silliness. The stump that we were trying to get in the pic and is the 2nd pic is a 35milliin y.o. fossilized red wood tree stump. This monument was very interesting and a great one to stop at if you get a chance. ...
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No one escapes from death 💀
As a story teller professor of Anthropology at CSU Fresno, I love fossil, artifacts, features... that can tell us a good story. And, if I can share that story with you, I really love that. This fossil indeed has a story to tell. It is a Neanderthal discovered in 1908 at La Chapelle-aux-Saints, France. He is known as the “old man.” This is because he lived to a ripe old age. When he died he only had two teeth left in his head. Someone would have had to chew his meat for him. He would have not been very productive for his band, but he was still seen as valuable and cared for. It is one of those human like qualities of Neanderthals. It also indirect evidence that suggests that Neanderthals had the ability to use complex symbolic language. If they valued elders for their wisdom not physical abilities, they would have to have had the ability to share that wisdom. This is one of the many wonderful casts on display in the Anthropology Office. Come by and take a look.
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Nerded out at the gem store today...😍😍😍
CLICKBAIT, ROUND 3: Time to Rant.
Note: I deleted this post last night due to a ridiculous amount of hateful private messages and comments. Here it is again, edited down.
The closest modern relatives of theropod dinosaurs (such as the 66 million year old “Tyrannosaurus rex”) are the birds that fly amongst the skies today. Over 165 million years of evolution separates “Tyrannosaurus rex” to a chicken; the earliest birds began diverging in the mid Jurassic. It’s true, from a cladistics point of view, that birds are technically dinosaurs! But a spectacular amount of time separates these two groups; the direct descendant of bats, whales and even humans was around some 66-70 million years ago. This post gives the impression that Tyrannosaurus rex EVOLVED into a chicken. This is COMPLETELY FALSE and not how evolution and natural selection works AT ALL... Like all non-avian dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurs were obliterated 66.03 million years ago when a bright fireball in the sky slammed into earth. All birds (from ducks and geese, to large ratites such as ostriches and moas and even eagles and pigeons) come from one single grouping of birds just before the K-T boundary extinction event.
What is most concerning about this post is the absurd coverage. Almost 20,000 likes, along with a quarter of a million people following this page. This is clickbait BS. Imagine what you could say to a quarter of a million people. What would you say? It’s our duty as scientists and science communicators to tell EVERYONE that we are in the midst of the worst extinction event EVER, and yet we are still arguing about the existence of manmade climate change in parliaments worldwide. It’s happening. The lives of animals that have been around for hundreds of millions of years are facing their worst extinction threat yet: politicians unwilling to understand the critical science behind anthropogenic change…
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Nice nodule I collected today from #charmouth
plenty of small ammonites all over it so hoping there might be something bigger on the inside! #fossils #paleo
Do you remember this epic battle between Stiggy and Blue Lightning?! Who did you want to win?🦖🥊
Our Fall Break Holiday Prices are continuing all weekend long! Take advantage of these awesome prices and explore the Land of the Dinos!