Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Hey Fossil Fans,

Well, I've done it again. This morning I joined Squidoo thinking I would put a little promotion lens up for the trilobite clothing store ( , in case you missed all the other links on this page!). Anyways, that original concept has been expanded somewhat.

My lens is now called "Dinosaurs and Fossils: The Ultimate Guide," and is rapidly turning into a behemoth. So far I'm going through the history of life on earth, with plenty of links to articles with more depth on various topics. Truely, it is an epic undertaking, which may outweigh even the mighty wikipedia one day!

So check it out at

I'm pretty pleased with myself, needless to say.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Another cool fossil store, for the Dino-Fans!

So I found this super-neat design at a fellow cafepress Shopkeeper's store, and I thought I'd post to help spread the word! This isn't all the Dinochick store has to offer though, check out the brand new "Dancing Ceratopsians" design as well! Very cool.

The URL is:

Check it out!

Friendly Ostrich, or ferocious child-killer

Lately I've been thinking, are we really 100% sure that Big Bird is a bonafide "bird." While looking at a picture, I realized that his beak is less of a beak than well, the snout of a vicious raptor.
With this whole bird-dinosaur connection, we should really be more careful about our so-called "feathered friends." After all, how do we know when or if gamma radiation will activate the long dormant "slaughter in packs" gene of say, starlings or robins. If you saw Jurrasic Park, you know my terror!
But I digress...
The real topic of this post is a talk I heard by Dr. Phil Currie, of the University of Alberta Paleo department, a month or two ago. In it he covered in brief some of the amazing discoveries being made these days, especially those relating to the fossilization of soft tissue (muscle, arteries, etc).
In one of his slides, he showed the cross-section of a T-Rex leg that showed a layer of bone found in modern female birds, which is related to egg-laying. So, T-Rex had hollow bones, a la birds, as well as this bone layer. Pretty interesting stuff.
Next, he showed how paleontologists think they've discovered fossilized blood vessels inside said hollow bird-like bones. Conventional wisdom has always said that soft tissue cannot survive fossilization, but conventional wisdom seems to be wrong!
Needless to say, I was totally beside myself with glee after the lecture!