quarta-feira, 26 de março de 2014

segunda-feira, 24 de março de 2014

Now don't Chicken Out, meet Anzu wyliei, the largest oviraptosaurus :)

From io9:
Say hello to Anzu wyliei, a newly discovered Cretaceous era dinosaur that roamed the Dakotas 66 million years ago. Measuring nearly 12 feet long and weighing over 600 pounds, it's the largest oviraptorosaur ever discovered in North America.
"We jokingly call this thing the 'chicken from hell,' and I think that's pretty appropriate," noted paleontologist Matt Lamanna of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh in a statement. His team's analysis of three partial skeletons, which were uncovered from the uppermost level of the Hell Creek rock formation in North and South Dakota, now appears in PLoS One
More formally, the feathered dinosaur is named after Anzu, a bird-like demon from Mesopotamian mythology, and wyliei after a boy named Wylie, the dinosaur-loving grandson of a Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh trustee.
Between the three partial skeletons, the paleontologists were practically able to reconstruct the whole thing. Living amongst Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops, the newly discovered dinosaur measured 11.5 feet (3.5 meters) long and almost five feet (1.5 meters) tall at the hip. It weighed an estimated 440 to 660 pounds (200 to 300 kg). Living during the Late Cretaceous, it was wiped out by an asteroid (or some other mass-extinction-inducing event) 65 million years ago along with its contemporaries. 
As noted, it's the largest oviraptorosaur ever discovered in North America — a group of dinosaurs closely related to birds who often exhibited cassowary-like crests on their heads (a cassowary being a flightless bird found in New Guinea and Australia). They were probably omnivores, foraging on vegetation, small animals, and perhaps eggs while living on wet floodplains.
And if the fossilized remains are of any indication, these things got into their fair share of scraps and mishaps. One dinosaur had a broken and healed rib, while another showed signs trauma to a toe.

Pets over Princes :), or the Art of Wrong Hands

I am the Walrus, asleep on a Russian submarine :)

If you find a Baby Songbird out of the nest, or the Art of Bird and Moon Comics

T-Rex vs Megalodon - size comparison

sexta-feira, 21 de março de 2014

The Nature Connection Pyramid

Dr. Scott Sampson - Get outside, get into Nature

Paleontologist Scott Sampson, chief curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, is using his passion for Tyrannosaurus Rex and the gang to encourage America’s most indoor-oriented generation to get outside and explore nature.
Sampson—or "Dr. Scott," as he's known to millions of young fans around the world, hosts the Emmy-award-nominated PBS kids show Dinosaur TrainThe show is two parts fun and one part science, blending vibrant animation and catchy tunes with a live-action educational segment hosted by Dr. Scott himself. 
Dinosaur Train encourages kids to go outside and make their own discoveries," said Sampson, during an interview with The Trust for Public Land for the family issue of Land&People. "They’re getting out there and engaging with nature, looking for plants and bugs and birds because they’re encouraged to do so on the show.”  

So what are Dr. Scott's tips to get kids excited about the natural world?

1) "Start in the backyard or the park. Ask your child to pick one aspect of nature that they’re most interested in—it could be anything ... a cloud, a plant, or a bug. Then give them a piece of paper and a pencil and ask them to closely observe the item and draw it—or maybe write a couple of notes about it." 

2) "They’ll see structures they've never noticed before in a blade of grass, or veins in a leaf, the feel of bark on a tree, and they'll write down their observations. Just by doing that, they've started a nature journal. Encourage them to do this for five minutes a day, to sit and write about what they hear, what they see, what they feel." 

3) "Next, make a game out of this activity. How many different types of animals can you see in the next ten minutes? How many different plants can you find in the backyard?”

quarta-feira, 19 de março de 2014

Dia do Pai / Father's Day

To be a Dad is... To be here saying how much I love you :)

My Dad played with me in the slide and the swings. He goes to see the fish with me, that water with fish like Nemo, and goes to see the roses.

My Dad, in the summer, goes with me to the beach and the Algarve and my GrandDad's house. I like that Dad reads me stories after I brush my teeth. I play with my Dad and my dinosaurs. Whenever I misplace something, Dad does magic and takes it out of my ears. I just don't like it when he tells me off.

45º aniversário da Lagartinha

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sexta-feira, 14 de março de 2014

segunda-feira, 10 de março de 2014

Dia Internacional da Mulher / International Women's Day

El Cinismo Ilustrado


From top to bottom, left to right:

Rosalind Franklin, a British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who discovered the DNA double helix.

Marie Curie, a Polish physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity.

Chien Shiung-Wu, a Chinese American physicist with expertise in the techniques of experimental physics and radioactivity. She worked on the Manhattan Project and is known as the First Lady of Physics.

Émilie du Chátelet, a French mathematician, physicist, and author during the Age of Enlightenment. Her crowning achievement is considered to be her translation and commentary on Isaac Newton's work Principia Mathematica. The translation, published posthumously in 1759, is still considered the standard French translation.

Mae Jemison, an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.

Vera Rubin, an American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. She uncovered the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion, by studying galactic rotation curves. This phenomenon became known as the galaxy rotation problem.

Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this, she is often described as the world's first computer programmer.

Maria Sibylla Merian, a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator. Because of her careful observations and documentation of the metamorphosis of the butterfly, she is considered among the most significant contributors to the field of entomology.

Lise Meitner, an Austrian and Swedish physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics. Meitner was part of the team that discovered nuclear fission, an achievement for which her colleague Otto Hahn was awarded the Nobel Prize.

sexta-feira, 7 de março de 2014

Yep - IFLS reports about OUR dino :)

Torvosaurus gurneyi : ten metres long, 4 or 5 tons heavy

Image from New Scientist

James Gurney's words on Torvosaurus gurneyi - Dinotopia!

Dinotopia! James Gurney's blog

Today a new dinosaur is being introduced to the world, and I'm thrilled and honored that that the paleontologists decided to name it after me. It's called Torvosaurus gurneyi.

 The dinosaur, which was discovered in Portugal, is one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs from the Jurassic and the largest land-predator discovered in Europe.

Lead author Christophe Hendrickx of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Museu of Lourinhã says, “With a skull of 115 cm, Torvosaurus gurneyi was...an active predator that hunted other large dinosaurs, as evidenced by blade shape teeth up to 10 cm.”

Mr. Hendrickx says he chose the name because of a childhood fascination with the book that I wrote and illustrated called Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time.

When I introduced Dinotopia more than 22 years ago, I received many letters from young children who said they wanted to become artists or paleontologists. It gives me great pleasure to hear from some of them all these years later and to find out that they're doing for a living what they dreamed about as kids.

Dinotopia is a fantasy world, but it started with the science. Many dinosaur paleontologists, such as Michael Brett-Surman, Jack Horner, Phil Currie, and Ken Carpenter helped me to visualize the extinct animals that I painted in the book, and one of them even curated an exhibition of Dinotopia original artwork for natural history museum. What inspired me to write the book was the new dynamic vision of dinosaurs that emerged from the work of those very scientists.

Imagination is at the heart of all science, but it's especially at the core of paleontology. Paleontologists have a highly disciplined form of imagination, similar to that of a detective. I'm in awe of how they can pull together scraps of evidence and then—guided by patience and skepticism—build a complete vision of a world that we will never see.

Next time I return to doing paintings of Dinotopia, I look forward to visualizing Torvosaurus—perhaps with Mr. Hendrickx riding it.

Torvosaurus Gurneyi encontrado em Portugal

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A descrição detalhada, em que a espécie recebe o seu nome científico, foi publicada na revista PLoS ONE.