Category Archives: Natural Philosophy

Seven Reasons to Kill Someone (Involving Palaeontology) 4: Gastric Flora in a Tyrannosaurid

But I don’t want to cut for spoilers. What do you mean, you still haven’t seen the episode? Fine. Everyone else, I’ll see you below the cut.

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Seven Reasons to Kill Someone (Involving Palaeontology) 3: Establishing Priority

I know, I know, you want to know where I’ve been. Reporting on roller derby, for the record. Also playing roller derby, at job interviews, and also in  Dublin. And then I’ve been reading Hunger Games, and as I’m halfway … Continue reading

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Seven Reasons to Kill Someone (Involving Palaeontology): 2. The Black Market

Have you watched Elementary yet? No? Care about spoilers? Yes? Then skip this post. Don’t worry, I’ll be back and you can find it again. In this instalment of “seven reasons to kill someone (involving palaeontology): 2. Your dealings on the fossil … Continue reading

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Seven Reasons to Kill Someone (Involving Palaeontology): 1

So a few episodes of Star Trek ago, Becca asked me: “Have you caught up on Elementary yet?” and I said “NO! But I know the most recent episode involves DINOSAURS.” And she said “I WANT TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS WHEN … Continue reading

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Took Me Long Enough

There are quite a few books in existence that I should have read already, that if I admit I haven’t read, I’ll feel obliged to add “…yet” to the end of the sentence, and the admission would probably garner surprise, … Continue reading

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The Five Best Things about the NHM

I don’t have anything scheduled on the blogging on demand meme (LJ | DW) for tomorrow, so if you want me to ramble about something, you’d better get to it. Anyway, the 6th January,  herdivineshadow asked for my favourite 5 things about the Natural History Museum. Archie … Continue reading

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Animantarx is better than your favourite dinosaur

For the 5th January (LJ | DW) swankyfunk asked about my favourite dinosaur. Everyone, of course, has a favourite dinosaur, I think it’s compulsory for being a human being. As a child, my favourite dinosaur was Protoceratops, but now I always answer with the same answer: Animantarx. Animantarx … Continue reading

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Why do we dissect?

Half way between where I sit and the advance guard of Winter Storm Nemo, sits a bucket that contains a lot of formalin and two large freshwater mussels. Also on that table is two bivalve pairs, cleaned out yesterday after … Continue reading

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Knowing Physics makes Biology Awesome

There is a belief knocking around somewhere in our cultural rhetoric, that “children have favorites,” and by the time we’re adults we have to have grown out of that silliness and show no ridiculous, unfounded partiality. Bollocks to that. My … Continue reading

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Why Not to do a PhD

From liv on Dreamwidth: The gateway into this life is a PhD, and the PhD system is deeply, deeply fucked up when it isn’t actively abusive. Doing a PhD will break you. It’s pretty much designed to break you. Yes, even you, you who are … Continue reading

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