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Move Over, SUE, There’s a New T. Rex in Town

Of all the dinosaurs in all the world, SUE the T. rex might be the most famous. The most complete T. rex skeleton ever found, SUE is likely also the most well-traveled. Her bones, or at least casts of them, have been displayed all over the world. The casts I saw in Nova Scotia came with bilingual displays written in English and Arabic! But there’s a new king of the dinosaurs in town, and his name is Scotty. Named after a bottle of Scotch the scientists toasted his 1991 discovery with, Scotty is only 65% complete, compared to SUE’s...

Now the Circle is Complete -or- A Belated Dinosaur Christmas Gift

Today’s post isn’t mine – it belongs to paleontologist Dr. Matt Bonnan, who graciously gave me permission to share it here. There is a ton of very cool stuff on his blog The Evolving Paleontologist, and you should definitely go check it out. — The 6th-8th grade was a special time in my development as a budding scientist.  No, I would never say Junior High was my favorite time or that I was popular (ha, it is to laugh).  However, it was during this time that I began to devour my first “young adult” and adult books on dinosaurs...

Of Bean Sprouts and Frogosaurs: (Plant) Life Finds a Way

Remember that scene in Jurassic Park where Sam Neill discovers that the female frogosaurs have figured out how to change gender, leading to the production of baby frogosaurs, which will now endanger all of humanity because “Life finds a way”? This is like that, but with bean sprouts. A friend’s hubby accidentally spilled dry beans down their kitchen drain, and a week later, they woke up to this: Having grown in almost darkness, surrounded by the detritus of meals and cleaning products past, I’m thinking these are probably mutant bean sprouts that are even now working on a plot...