I’d watch this movie. So rarely do folks get to see the detective work that goes into scientific inquiry, which makes this story particularly special. Check it out!
I would LOVE to be a part of research like this. I really think 3D printing and scanning could, and should, become the norm for paleontology in the not too distant future.
There is a frustrating trend amongst those who ostensibly want to promote science but do so in a way that is disingenuous at best and completely dishonest at worst. This editorial calls out a more recent example, and does a fine job explaining why it’s a problem on multiple levels.
Some interesting thoughts not just on cat species delineations but how we define new species. Personally, I’d love to see if, even though they don’t seem to breed in the wild, these two distinct “species” could produce viable fertile young in captivity and really throw a monkey wrench in this whole thing. But that’s just me…
ok but seriously my favourite prehistoric animal is definitely andrewsarchus
THEIR JAW WAS A METER LONG
LOOK AT THAT SIZE COMPARISON
BUT THAT’S NOT THE BEST BIT
YOU SEE THEIR CLOSEST LIVING RELATIVES AREN’T BEARS
THEIR CLOSEST LIVING RELATIVES
Time to put on my “Actually Hat.”
Andrewsarchus is indeed cool looking but quite overblown. The animal is known from 1 skull. That’s it. That’s literally all we have. Everything about it’s actual size and ecology is simply inferred, often to make it seem as crazy badass as possible.
And yes, it is classified as an Artiodactyl, which are the even-toed hooved ungulates, so would include sheep, but that is not the same thing as sheep being their closest living relatives. That’s like saying Velciraptors closest living relative is a flamingo, just because a flamingo is a bird.
Get excited about science because of how cool the reality of discovery is, not because of how cool a made up version might have been.
Sorry for being a killjoy, I honestly cannot help myself.
“Frisky Whiskey”: Aged 30 days by radiation
Of course it was distilled in Oak Ridge.
40 pieces of silver to whomever brings me this magical atomic elixir!
Wait a second, I think this might be some sort of joke. Damn.
I love dog domestication studies. Such a heated debate over some of our closest animal allies.