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What is palæontology?

Literally, the word translates from Greek παλαιός + ον + λόγος [ old + being + science ] and is the science that unravels the æons-long story of life on the planet Earth, from the earliest monera to the endless forms we have now, including humans, and of the various long-dead offshoots that still inspire today. This community is open to anyone interested in paleontology, fossils, and evolution.

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E.D.G.E. tried to plagiarize my blog?

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2024/02/12
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Has the “inside-out” vs. “outside-in” debate for early vertebrates’ dermal tentacles been settled?

Currently studying early gnathostome diversification and I’ve come across papers in favor of one view over the other, but I’m curious which hypothesis has the most evidence and support. What do you guys think?

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2024/02/12
07:27 UTC

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New learner

Tell me your coolest, most niche dino fact!

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2024/02/12
07:21 UTC

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Integument of Hypsilophodon, help needed to find paper describing it

I read that there is skin known from Hypsilophodon on the specimen MIWG 6626, however I can't find the paper. What I know is that the paper is from a Hutt (I believe Steve Hutt) and it's from 2001.

The source I got this from, though it's pretty far down:

http://www.paleofile.com/Dinosaurs/Ornithopods/Hypsilophodon.asp#Hypsilophodon

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2024/02/12
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Question about the location of fossils at the Grand Canyon

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2024/02/12
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How well suited would the feather colors of a Shoebill Stork be for a Deinocheirus?

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2024/02/11
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The Troubles of Transporting Fossils

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2024/02/11
22:46 UTC

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OC. Been struggling with this acrylic painting. Think it’s okay now, critique welcome

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2024/02/11
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Two dire wolves that came across a Smilodon den while scouting territory.

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2024/02/11
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Ediacara Biota

So the field of Ediacaran paleontology is a definitely a lot younger then other branches of paleo (Dinosaurs, Megafauna, trilobites, etc.). What do y'all think are the up in coming ideas and next big leaps that Ediacaran paleontology has to look forward to?

https://preview.redd.it/ts9y6echtzhc1.png?width=800&format=png&auto=webp&s=6f30874930043e72b7a56bc5bebd8c8e48485618

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2024/02/11
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Concavenator

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2024/02/11
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Lusognathus almadrava | Art by Jason Brougham

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2024/02/11
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A long-legged, armourless hatchling Ankylosaurus | Art by Mark Witton

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2024/02/11
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Phylogeny of Neosauropoda

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2024/02/11
12:05 UTC

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What geology books should I read as someone who wants to be a paleontologist?

Hi, I’m a microbiology student and I wish to become a paleontologist in the future. I have many books on biology, but very few on geology. I want to teach myself about paleontology, but I don’t know many geology books since I’m a biology student. I don’t need a book that explains everything from the basics, as I have a basic knowledge in geology. I need a book that is more related to the field I want to study, paleontology. I have heard that I need to study mineralogy for example.

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2024/02/11
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Was the background extinction rate during the Pliocene lower than during the Pleisocene?

I have a theory that the Pleistocene, due to the massive swings in climate due to the repeated glacial cycles, was a far more turbulent time for animals than the Pliocene. Ignoring the end Pleistocene extinction even that many believe was the result of human interference, is there any evidence to support the idea that the Pliocene had a lower extinction rate than the Pleistocene did?

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2024/02/11
07:15 UTC

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Maybe something awesome in the next couple years

For the past two years I’ve been making a list of dinosaurs that I’ll be able to refer to at any time. So far it’s been using Museum sites and online articles to just find all of the dinosaurs in existence since I don’t have money to spend on the Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs sadly. I attach links to the dinosaurs names that people will be able to click on and get information about any given dinosaur. About 791 need to be done. If this post is popular maybe I’ll share it in its beta stage.

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2024/02/11
03:52 UTC

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I found an unnamed fossil in 2018

IT WAS DISCOVERED BEFORE ME I DID NOT FIND A NEW SPECIES MERELY AN UNAMED ONE. With that out of the way just wanted to share cause I think it’s cool. Btw it was at Penn Dixie. I don’t know what the name of it actually turned out to be because… like I said it didn’t have a name at the time.

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2024/02/11
03:48 UTC

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What’s the most accurate depiction of Deinocheirus you’ve seen?

Currently, I’m preparing to write my next short story, this one revolving around Deinocheirus chicks running from a pack of Adasaurus in Mongolia’s Nemegt Formation, 70 million years ago. And of course being the detail and accuracy center person I am, I want to make sure I describe Deinocheirus in a way that’s as accurate or plausible as possible. So now, I’m looking for depictions to somewhat model my depiction after.

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2024/02/11
02:59 UTC

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Were dinosaurs good parents?

This really depends. There are some dinosaurs such as Miasaura with fossil evidence of being a caring parent, but then you have sauropods that ditched their young at a young age, meaning the question really depends on what kind of dinosaur you refer to, or in short, yes and no.

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2024/02/11
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Landscape paleoartist

Are there any good paleoartist focused on painting landscape / macro scale representations of old ecosystem?. Also are there any who are focused on botany?

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