Friday, July 1, 2016

The Fossils!

Well, here they are, the two most recent fossils that I have added to my collection. After doing some research, I have found out that the large tooth stuck in the matrix belonged to a mosasaur, and the jawbone belonged to a smaller mosasaur. These are two great finds that I am happy to own...and as an added bonus, they were 75% off!

The better to bite you with!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Household Paleontology Museum

I now have several fossils (and the prospect of going on a fossil dig with a resident teen paleontological expert, my good friend Adam Eliezer), so it sounds good to me to create a museum of sorts in my room out of my fossils, and include little cards to label each fossil, like an actual museum does (although instead of using computer font as the label, it may be in marker or something along those lines). I already have an ammonite, what seems to be a mosasaur or theropod tooth, and what appears to be a jawbone of a small theropod or mosasaur.

Maybe one day, it will be big enough to house a diplodocus skeleton.

My Request for a Paleontology Merit Badge in Boy Scouts

It seems that nowadays, the Boy Scouts of America have created a merit badge for everything: game design, art, photography, graphic design...

And even if you overlook every other merit badge, we have the geology merit badge and the archaeology merit badge to remind us that it is about time to include a paleontology merit badge. As a Boy Scout and as an amateur paleontologist, the lack of one disturbs me. 

My local science museum, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, even offers merit badge classes, so it seems like it would be a perfect opportunity to create a paleontology merit badge to satisfy my urge to bring the wonders of science to the Scouts of this city.

Who wouldn't want to study a T-Rex to obtain a merit badge that they may add to their collection? 

Introductory Post

After seeing great blogs such as Dave Hone's Archosaur Musings by British paleontologist David Hone and DinoGoss by British paleontologist Matthew Martyniuk, I thought that it would be a cool idea to start my own blog of sorts relating to the fascinating world of prehistoric creatures, from 3.5 billion year old stromatolites to Homo neanderthalensis. 

Here's to a great blog!