100-million-year old beetle fossil sheds light on a family of ancient bugs
A well-preserved beetle fossil from the Cretaceous period may be the missing fossil link to today’s firefly.
“This paper is the first geological evidence of what Martian orbit and obliquity might have been doing for hundreds of millions of years,” Levy says. The finding that glaciers formed over time holds implications for planetary geology and even space exploration, he explains. “These glaciers are little time capsules, capturing snapshots of what was blowing around in the Martian atmosphere,” he says. “Now we know that we have access to hundreds of millions of years of Martian history without having to drill down deep through the crust—we can just take a hike along the surface.
That history includes any signs of life potentially present from Mars’ distant past.”
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Tir nAill is having an after the New Year summer clean up party - Everyone is welcome and New players are encouraged to attend. We are a southern island and it is the beginning of summer here so please dress accordingly, while we have water stations through the island, we don’t want you getting heat stroke because you dressed too warmly.
Beginning Friday January 22nd at 10am we will open our gates with a New Dodo code every two hours. This will both help with crowd control and allow people to come and wander as long as they like in the one an ½ hour block, request friend status, make trades and hunt for items and critters they don’t yet have. Then I can reset the island, set up new giveaways and set new dodo code for next group.
THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE FOR THIS EVENT!
You may bring items to trade for items (a list of items I am searching for will be put up Thursday at 8 pm), or flowers you want to dig out of the mazes but all giveaways, fossils, diys and items in the freebie areas are just that free for the taking.
You may send messages before the event and ask about items, Diys, or Fossils you are specifically looking for and I will attempt to fulfill all requests made before 8:00pm est Thursday the 21st. If I have fulfilled your request you I’ll receive a confirmation with the items that I was able to put aside and where to pick the up from when you arrive.
Please do think about joining myself and Tir nAill’s villagers in this day of festive fun and shopping. All of the shops will be open normal hours. Our museum is nearly complete except our art exhibit. We have some fun rides, popcorn stations and some great villagers that will be happy to see new faces.
Apatite in Matrix
Body rolling is never sexual, no matter the sound, just think of a slug or a sausage roll.
Linocut print of Mary Anning by artist Minouette
i’m gonna cry
Discovering Albion – day 9: Saints and Snakestones
We walked further up the cliff towards the fourteenth century ‘cross’ that rises from its steps in front of the gatehouse. The Abbey, of course, was closed by the time we got there…if, indeed, it had been open at all on that bleak January day. Situated high on the cliff it is an imposing sight from anywhere in the town and it is impossible to hide the ruins behind a stone wall… so at least we…
I hope you like it!
Requests: Open :)
Skull of Hyaenodon sp. in progress on Blender 2.83 LTS.
Check out the first real post!
These guys are super popular critters from the cambrian, and I love them. There’s also been a bunch of new discoveries about them since my undergrad, so I got to learn a lot writing this!
Let me know if there’s something you want me to write about, or questions you have about Anomalocaris. I’m bumbling along without access to most journals, but I’ll see what i can find out.
If the Good Lord’s willing and the creeks don’t rise—as Johnny Cash would say—I’ll have a big Etsy Shop update this coming Friday (1/22)!
I’ve got tons of craft grade bones and skulls, more Bigfoot “Evidence” plaques, lots of Bacula Bouquets in a variety of colors, some big ‘n chunky Megalodon teeth, and hopefully the last two malachite skulls will be done in time too.
Ammonite interesting facts 🧐
1. Ammonites survived three mass extinctions 😳
2. They ranged from as small as an inch to as large as nine feet wide! 📏
3. The walls that separate the chambers you see within the coiled shell are called “septa”, which functioned to help keep the shell from being crushed.