the casual paleontologist

pa·le·on·tol·o·gy: noun. a science dealing with the life of past geological periods as known from fossil remains.

Despite being paleontology centric this blog should also serve as a resource for, and window into, other areas of study to help us gain an understanding of how our earth and the life on it has been shaped over the past 4.5 billion years.

Please contribute by asking us a question or submitting something you find interesting! This blog is run by and intended for people who love the sciences surrounding prehistoric earth and want to share what they find interesting and learn something new.
mentalflossr:

10 Things You Might Not Know About Spinosaurus
Spinosaurus was one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs of all time. Just how big, exactly? That’s difficult to ascertain, since, to date, no complete skeletons have been unearthed. Some estimate that a large adult could be almost 50 feet long, but the general consensus holds that a maximum length nearer to 41 to 43 feet is far more likely.

mentalflossr:

10 Things You Might Not Know About Spinosaurus

Spinosaurus was one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs of all time. Just how big, exactly? That’s difficult to ascertain, since, to date, no complete skeletons have been unearthed. Some estimate that a large adult could be almost 50 feet long, but the general consensus holds that a maximum length nearer to 41 to 43 feet is far more likely.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Triceratops

amnhnyc:

This fossil of a young Pterodactylus antiquus was found in the layers of limestone near Solnhofen, Germany, an area known for its rich fossil beds. Pterosaur bones rarely form fossils this clear and complete.
Pterosaur fossils are extremely rare because of the fragility of their skeletons, owing to their hollow bones.
Learn more in a video. 

amnhnyc:

This fossil of a young Pterodactylus antiquus was found in the layers of limestone near Solnhofen, Germany, an area known for its rich fossil beds. Pterosaur bones rarely form fossils this clear and complete.

Pterosaur fossils are extremely rare because of the fragility of their skeletons, owing to their hollow bones.

Learn more in a video. 

anthrocentric:

"Chicken From Hell" Dinosaur DiscoveryAnzu wyliei: Scientists announce new dinosaur discovery

"We had inklings that there might be such a creature out there, but now with these bones we have 80% of the skeleton and can really look in detail at the structure of this animal and make inferences about its biology," says Hans Sues, curator of vertebrate palaeontology in the department of palaeobiology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.
“Anzu is really bizarre, even by dinosaur standards.
"The skull has this extraordinarily tall and thin crest with a snout and a huge beak with sharp edges and a strange sliding jaw joint," that could be used to cut up vegetation and meat, he says.
[read more]

anthrocentric:

"Chicken From Hell" Dinosaur Discovery
Anzu wyliei: Scientists announce new dinosaur discovery

"We had inklings that there might be such a creature out there, but now with these bones we have 80% of the skeleton and can really look in detail at the structure of this animal and make inferences about its biology," says Hans Sues, curator of vertebrate palaeontology in the department of palaeobiology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.

Anzu is really bizarre, even by dinosaur standards.

"The skull has this extraordinarily tall and thin crest with a snout and a huge beak with sharp edges and a strange sliding jaw joint," that could be used to cut up vegetation and meat, he says.

[read more]

amnhnyc:

They flew with their fingers. They walked on their wings. Some were gigantic, while others could fit in the palm of a hand. Millions of years ago, the skies were ruled by pterosaurs, the first animals with backbones to fly under their own power.

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs opens in just one month!

10 Odd Early Interpretations of Dinosaurs