Wow. It’s been over a year since my last blog post. A lot has happened since then, though not a lot scientifically which is why I haven’t posted much. Not a lot of updates for me other than lots of (failed) applications, lack of publishing, and that little global pandemic throwing everything into disarray… One … More Working as a lab manager
I’ve been a little bit busy and haven’t had a chance to blog about the most recent paper I was involved with, on pterosaur jaw disparity! This paper has been a long time coming, and was my lead by my first ever Master’s student, Charlie Navarro. This project came out of his MSc thesis at … More Pterosaur jaw shape – what does it mean?
Recently, information about a “new” species of pterosaur has been making the rounds. This is not a new phenomenon – stories like this often make the news. This animal has been touted as the largest pterosaur ever, and was reportedly flightless, both things making this an extremely significant animal in terms of understanding pterosaur diversity … More Don’t do PR before the paper’s out
…and that’s ok! I think it’s important to talk about what happens when we do make mistakes, and the importance of it. Sometimes you misinterpret data, or do the wrong analysis, or get something wrong. Normally these things are caught in peer review, but sometimes the mistake is so difficult to catch, that it even … More Sometimes scientists make mistakes…
Well we’re finally here, only a few months late, at my final post and final 9 bits about Canadian palaeontology. For my last post, I’m going to focus on Saskatchewan and Yukon, two areas I managed to ignore a bit through my previous posts. These are by no means less interesting or important that what … More That’s a Wrap – 150 things about Canadian palaeo, part 19, THE END!
In the series of 150 things about Canadian palaeontology, I haven’t touched on the one thing I work on very much: pterosaurs. This is for a few reasons, one is that I’ve kind of covered this before, but also because there really just aren’t a lot. For this reason, this post is going to be … More Northern pterosaurs – 150 things about Canadian palaeo, part 18
I have been slacking a bit (ok a lot) in getting through the 150 things about Canadian palaeo series, but I’m determined to get through 150 facts before the end of this year, while it’s still Canada’s 150th birthday year! For this post, I’m going to focus on Miguasha National Park, located in Quebec, and … More Miguasha National Park – 150 things about Canadian palaeo, part 16
Unfortunately, Canada’s 150th birthday came and went (July 1) and I didn’t manage to make it through my 150 things about Canadian palaeontology. Thesis writing got the better of me, and I just couldn’t keep up. However, now that I’m done, I’m going to finish up the series. This post is going to focus on … More Early Fossil Sites – 150 things about Canadian palaeo, part 15
I’ve disappeared for a few weeks while I’ve been working hard on my thesis, but now that I’ve finished a draft, it’s time for the next part in my ‘150 things about Canadian palaeo’ series! I’ve focused mostly on animals, but of course, there are also palaeobotany sites in Canada, and here’s a few facts … More Palaeobotany – 150 things about Canadian palaeo, part 14
This 150 things about Canadian palaeontology post is going to focus on the most recent fossil-related UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canada – Mistaken Point, Newfoundland and Labrador. Starting at 94/150: 94. Mistaken Point, on the island of Newfoundland, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016, just last year. It was first discovered in … More Mistaken Point – 150 things about Canadian palaeo, part 13
A few weeks ago, I introduced you to a few current Canadian (or at least working in Canada) palaeontologists. Obviously there are more than just the 8 that I mentioned last time. Here is Part 2 of some of the palaeontologists in Canada, again in no particular order. Starting with 86/150: 86. The Royal Ontario … More Current Canadian Palaeos (2) – 150 things about Canadian palaeo, part 12
For those that haven’t been following this post, here’s a brief recap. This year on July 1 is Canada’s 150th birthday. To celebrate, I’m writing 150 things about Canadian palaeontology, ranging from sites to people to museums. This post is going to focus on some of the important fossils that have been found in Canada, … More Significant Canadian fossils – 150 things about Canadian palaeo, part 11
This week, I’m going to introduce you to the 3rd of 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites based on palaeontology that are found in Canada, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs. Starting at 70/150: 70. Joggins Fossil Cliffs is located on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, where more than 15 km of fossil-bearing cliffs and coastline are exposed. … More Joggins Fossil Cliffs – 150 things about Canadian palaeo, part 10
Things have been a bit hectic since I’ve arrived in Japan, so I missed last week’s post! Oops. But hopefully I can continue now, uninterrupted. This week I’m going to talk about some of the museums around Canada where you can see fossils. Starting at 57/150 (more than a third of the way there!): 57. … More Palaeontology Museums – 150 things about Canadian palaeo, part 9
In case you’re new to this series or my blog, I’m writing 150 things about palaeontology in Canada in order to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this July. To look back on previous posts, scroll to the bottom of this post to find a list of previous posts. For part 8, I’m going to talk about … More 150 things about Canadian palaeo, part 8 – Dinosaur fossil localities