Tag Archive for paleontology

Bad science Writing Example A: Linking plesiosaurs to the Loch Ness Monster

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An obviously inexperienced science journalist latches on to the mistaken and downright nonsensical idea that plesiosaurs = Loch Ness Monster. Then, media outlets propagate the silliness. The fossil remains of a giant marine reptile have just been discovered by a team of researchers from the University Of Alaska Museum Of The North. The remains were…

Now we know where these weirdo arms belonged

An artist's reconstruction of what the Deinocheirus Mirificus probably looked like.

For almost 50 years, paleontologists had a mystery set of giant dinosaur arms. The rest of the animal has now been discovered… and his arms have been put back on. Mystery of dinosaur with giant arms solved. In the 1960s, researchers unearthed two gigantic dinosaur arms. For decades, scientists have speculated about what kind of…

Natural trap in Wyoming yields important ancient animal remains

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This is so exciting! Animal misfortune 20,000 years ago is a scientific bonanza today. Treasure trove of prehistoric animal remains discovered – CNN.com. Scientists descended into a deep cave, hoping to find Ice Age mammals’ remains. What they found stunned them: the remains of hundreds of big prehistoric mammals. The treasure trove was discovered in…

What’s kraken at the GSA meeting? (UPDATE: Creationist!)

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Originally published Nov 1, 2013, see important update below. We’re seeing a revival of a story we first noted in October 2011 from the GSA (Geological Society of America) conference. The same researchers have returned to try to further convince us that a giant unknown cephalopod existed AND that it was so intelligent that it…

Who orchestrated the Piltdown man hoax?

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A new look at an old mystery – the unsolved question of who hoaxed the Piltdown man fossils. Solving a 100-year-old scientific hoax –  NBC News It’s a detective story with a century-old crime: The forgery of a supposed “missing link” in human evolution that went undetected for decades. Now, researchers are set on identifying…

Faked fossils are a real problem for researchers

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The Archaeology News Network: Counterfeit fossils undermine research projects. Fake fossils are duping scientists and museums, a senior paleontologist has warned, after a scholar was forced to retract a controversial essay that stated the cheetah originated in China. According to Li Chun, associate researcher at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology under the Chinese…

Sinking the silly idea of aquatic dinosaurs

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Dinosaurs must have lived in water, scientist claims – Telegraph. Professor Brian J Ford said the prehistoric creatures “just don’t work” in the way palaeontologists have understood for decades. He believes their tails were too large and cumbersome for them to hunt or move with agility, and said they could not have consumed enough food…

A long-standing mystery: Who hoaxed the Piltdown Man fossils?

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Piltdown Man: British archaeology’s greatest hoax | Robin McKie | Science | The Observer. When the find was revealed to be a ‘cheap fraud’, several eminent men – including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – were put in the frame. Now scientists aim to put an end to the mystery once and for all. In a few…

Over the top speculation: We’ve discovered Cthulhu

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Kraken versus ichthyosaur: let battle commence : Nature First, it was the over-exaggerated claims of the Yeti in Russia. Now,a pair of scientists are really reaching, without any physical evidence, to say that a giant unknown cephalopod existed AND (it gets better) that it was so intelligent that it had artistic abilities. The media has…