Well, I’ve managed to fail at my scicomm resolution for the year, which was to write at least one blog post a month. I missed out on September, but I’m back on it in October with an update on what I’ve been up to in the past few months. As some of you know, I’ve … More Early tetrapod feeding
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?
…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…
Apologies for the title… Anyone who was with me on my last trip to Romania will remember the discussion of the potential for small pterosaurs in the Late Cretaceous, which rapidly turned into the search for “ptiny pterosaurs”. While I’ve always liked giant pterosaurs (who doesn’t think they are cool?!), I’ve recently become interested in … More A ptiny pterosaur from the Late Cretaceous
My initial title for this blog was “Things that people thought were interesting fossils but turned out to be turtles”. Of course, I don’t mean that, I just have had a particularly frustrating few months reading the same undergraduate projects on turtle evolution, so they are not my favourite at the moment…. However… in the … More Misidentified fossils – Turtle edition
I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog rambling about estimating mass in extinct animals, including talking about the “lightweight” skeleton in birds, pterosaur bone mass, and the likelihood of giant pterosaurs weighing as low as 70 kg. Now I’m going to talk a bit more about this problem, specifically looking at the relationship … More Skeletal mass in birds
The last 2 weeks have been crazy busy and stressful for me, and I’m glad that I can now sit down and relax, and get back to some blog posts! The reason for the stress has been that I attended, and was on the organising committees, of 2 separate conferences: Flugsaurier, a conference for pterosaur … More Flugsaurier and SVPCA
This post is a bit more of a fun post based on some of my random thoughts when staring at pterosaur vertebrae. Spoiler: they are funny looking! Anyone who has spent time in any sort of museum collections for any amount of time by yourself (or in fact with other people) knows that it can … More What does that vertebra look like?
A few months ago I started talking about skeletal pneumaticity in pterosaurs and planned on following it up with this post on quantifying pneumaticity, but a few things got in the way, so here it is. How do you quantify pneumaticity? Most often in bones, and especially in the fossil record, pneumaticity is discussed on the … More Quantifying pneumaticity
As part of my PhD, and with the help of the Geological Association of London, I’ve been fortunate enough to go on several research trips to some museums in Germany including Tübingen, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, and Munich. Stuttgart and Munich in particular have excellent pterosaur collections, including many historically significant specimens. Stuttgart The Staatsliches Museum für … More Pterosaurs of Stuttgart and Munich
The last post here was on pterosaur skeletal pneumaticity, and while I said I was going to continue this discussion in the next post, I’m going to take a side-road for a bit and talk about my first research paper, which has just come out! It’s still related though, and ties in with these questions … More Pterosaur bone mass
As promised, here’s another post about what’s happening in my research life. In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to have a crazy busy summer of travelling. Well that has indeed started… First off, I went to Italy for my first European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologist’s meeting. I went a few days … More Italy, Germany, and Pterosaurs, oh my!
I have some great news! Just over a week ago, I went to Southampton for a PhD interview for a project on mass estimation in pterosaurs. That weekend, I was offered the project and some funding, which I officially accepted on Friday. I will start sometime at the beginning of October, and will be moving … More PhD at Southampton!
Apparently it has been 2 months since I last wrote a post, so I figured I should give a bit of an update on what’s going on with me. In short: a lot. I have been so busy in the last month and will continue to be until I head back to Canada in June. … More Projects Galore
Inspired by an awesome XKCD comic, this is what I study using only the thousand most common English words. Well, it’s more of a description of the animals, but it’s still entertaining. I’ll work on it and get a better one later, but this is the start: I study flying animals that died a really … More Flying things that lived a long time ago