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What am I sappy dinosaur blogging?

September 22, 2017

A perfectly preserved new species of dinosaur discovered by researchers in Canada.

Discovered in a mine in Alberta, the fossilized dinosaur’s skin, its heavily-armoured back and head is clearly visible, that Canadian palaeontologists named the specimen the ‘Mona Lisa’ of dinosaurs.

Above, one of the best preserved dinosaur fossils ever found, complete with skin and scales.  Credit Courtesy of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller, Canada.

Some 110 million years ago, this armored plant-eater lived in western Canada, until a flooded river swept it into the sea. Its undersea burial preserved it in stunning detail.

The specimen’s stomach contents have been also preserved, giving new clues to its nutrition.

Dinosaur Borealopelta markmitchelli

An artist’s impression of the Borealopelta markmitchelli.  Courtesy of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller, Canada.

One the researchers Caleb Brown, from Royal Tyrrell Museum in Canada, said:

“Strong predation on a massive, heavily-armoured dinosaur illustrates just how dangerous the dinosaur predators of the Cretaceous must have been.

This nodosaur is truly remarkable in that it is completely covered in preserved scaly skin, yet is also preserved in three dimensions, retaining the original shape of the animal. The result is that the animal looks almost the same today as it did back in the Early Cretaceous. You don’t need to use much imagination to reconstruct it; if you just squint your eyes a bit, you could almost believe it was sleeping … It will go down in science history as one of the most beautiful and best preserved dinosaur specimens – the Mona Lisa of dinosaurs.”


From WordlessTech


What am I drawing?

September 21, 2017

Edward Hopper, age 9

Pablo Picasso, age 8

Georgia O’Keefe, age 14

Albrecht Durer, age 13 (self-portrait)

Michelangelo, age 12 or 13

Some artists are late bloomers, but with others talent is obvious from an early age.  An article by Abigail Cain on Artsy looks at the early works of famous artists and shares her discoveries here.

My favorite is that Hopper sketch of a little boy, drawn on the back of his third grade report card.


Whose birthday am I celebrating?

September 20, 2017

Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds was the captain of the Firefly-class transport ship Serenity. During the Unification War, Mal fought for the Independents and was the highest ranking Browncoat to participate in and survive the Battle of Serenity Valley.

Mal was born on September 20, 2468 and was brought up on a ranch on the planet Shadow. Raised by his mother and “about 40 hands,” Mal apparently received a fairly decent education growing up. Though Mal usually seems more practical than intellectual, he occasionally surprised his friends by displaying familiarity in a wide range of literature varying from the works of Shan Yu, a psychotic dictator, to poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He does, however, have no idea “who” Mona Lisa was.

Quote: I’ll take the shuttle in closer. Zoe, ship is yours. Remember, if anything happens to me, or you don’t hear from me within the hour… you take this ship and you come and you rescue me.

Ref: Firefly Wiki


How am I talking today?

September 19, 2017

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Where am I playing?

September 18, 2017

For the last several years, Danish design firm MONSTRUM has constructed wildly imaginative playscape features for playgrounds around the world with an intense focus on both artistic and architectural quality. The playgrounds are designed and built locally in their large studio just outside Copenhagen and then shipped in components to sites around Denmark, Sweden, Russia, and even Dubai. The design studio has a strong background in theatrical set design which lends itself to their thematic playscapes, one of our recent favorites being the “Justin Beiver” playround in Partille, Sweden. Collected here is a sampling of designs from the last few years, but you can see more on their website.

From Colossal


What am I sappy hummingbird blogging?

September 15, 2017


Why am I all aflutter?

September 12, 2017

When a hurricane is headed their way, what do zoos do?

These flamingos from the Miami Zoo were sheltered in the men’s room when Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992.  Communications Director, Ron Magill said the most frequent question he is asked is when are they going to evacuate the animals. He explained, “the stress of evacuating alone can be enough to kill an animal. Instead, the birds and small mammals of Zoo Miami will ride out the storm in independent kennels or buildings. The larger residents, particularly the carnivores and great apes, will bunker down in their usual indoor holding areas.”

For more on this NPA story of how zoos in Texas and Florida are coping with the storms, click here.