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Interesting Facts About the Tyrannosaurs

Posted July 2nd, 2016 at 06:34 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated July 3rd, 2016 at 05:49 AM by ghostexorcist

Interesting Facts About the Tyrannosaurs

By Jim R. McClanahan

I normally read about East Asia studies or primate behavior and evolution. However, it's fun to branch out every once in a while. I recently purchased a fascinating book by David Hone titled The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biology of the Tyrant Dinosaurs (2016). Below are some facts that I've culled from the first nine chapters (or 36% of the book according to kindle). I'll continue to post updates as I go...
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Brief Musings on the Evolution of Primate Tail Loss

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 01:36 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated April 25th, 2016 at 06:36 PM by ghostexorcist

Brief Musings on the Evolution of Primate Tail Loss

By Jim R. McClanahan

I'm currently reading The Real Planet of the Apes (2015), a popular science book on primate evolution. The author David R. Begun mentions how his graduate student, Amber MacKenzie, discovered a correlation between tail length and forelimb mobility (brief write ups of her respective 2013 and 2014 conference talks can be seen here and here). Basically, the shorter the tail, the more agile the forearm....
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Destroy This Mad Brute (WWI propaganda poster)

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 09:40 PM by ghostexorcist
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Destroy This Mad Brute (WWI propaganda poster)

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By Jim R. McClanahan

I created the following PowerPoint presentation for a brief talk I gave to my university's primatology club. It uses a WWI propaganda poster, entitled "Destroy This Mad Brute", as a centerpiece to explore cultural perceptions of apes, particularly chimps and gorillas, from throughout history. I've added more to it since the presentation. I still need...
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Adopt-a-fossil: Paranthropus boisei (OH 5)

Posted August 2nd, 2014 at 10:38 AM by ghostexorcist
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Adopt-a-fossil: Paranthropus boisei (OH 5)

By Jim R. McClanahan

Humans once took pride in the knowledge that we were specially created by God. We were unique among his earthly creations. Animals were just mere beasts of burden and sources of food to us. They shared no qualities with humans other than having a common creator. Then that pesky Charles Darwin came along and ruined everything. With the publishing of his On the Origin of Species (1859), he showed that it was...
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The Evolution of Mammalian Ethics

Posted December 12th, 2013 at 06:00 AM by Gile na Gile
Updated October 22nd, 2014 at 04:34 PM by Gile na Gile

The individual members of the dominant species on this planet require a nine month gestation period after which time they are utterly helpless and dependent on the mother (or the parents combined) for a period of anywhere between six and sixteen years depending on the culture concerned. No other member of the animal kingdom has been so coddled, preened, embraced, looked after and cared for, patiently indulged and affectionately treated then a human child and likewise no other animal once mature...
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