\ Visualizing Evolution: Linkfest: Trunked sauropods = no. Feathered sauropods = maybe?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Linkfest: Trunked sauropods = no. Feathered sauropods = maybe?

Link 1: Tetrapod Zoology: Junk in the Trunk: why sauropods did not possess trunks. Too bad though, that would have been awesome.
Robert Bakker

Link 2: A feathered ornithischian dinosaur? No, really!
Tianyulong confuciusi Illustration by Li-Da Xing

The implications of a feathered Ornithischian are that 'feathers,' or rather some sort of fibrous proto-feather, was ancestral to all dinosaurs. What's next, feathered Triceratops? It's too much!
from Zheng X-T, You H-L, Xu X, Dong Z-M (2009)
An Early Cretaceous heterodontosaurid dinosaur
with filamentous integumentary structures. Nature 458:333-336.

Link 3: The spiraling shape will make you go insane! Actually, this is the most awesome representation of the geologic time scale I've seen since Prehistoric Zoobooks, which also used a spiraling landscape. Thanks for the link, Nomad!

Link 4: Carl Sagan's Cosmos is now available to view on Hulu. Watch it! Watch it over and over and over again!

Link 5: Coldplay.com has a flashy new discography with all the lyrics, cover art, sound clips, and even videos!
It's not really relevant. I just had to tell someone... Watch the Lovers in Japan video if you need a pick-me-up.

edit: Aha, I just thought of a way to justify link #5. If you flip through the cover art you can see the evolution of Coldplay's style over time. See how the cover art changes over time, from that loose photographic style of Parachutes, to the technical 3D renderings of aRoBttH, to the highly restrained coded word art of X&Y, to a very loose painterly style for VLV. And the songs follow these transitions, too! Parachutes is fresh but timid, aRoBttH is confident and experimental, X&Y is over synthesized and at times tries too hard to be grand, and VLV is free, unworried artistic expression that is beautiful and as easy to listen to as the art is to look at!

So, all right then!


Harrison said...

The dinosaur with a trunk is scary... I don't want to imagine that ever again....

But I do like the thought of feathery dinosaurs! They look so soft and cuddly! :D

Duygu said...

I love this blog :)

Heidi Richter said...

Thank you Duygu!

I checked out your blog as well. I am very jealous of the copy of Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication you got to flip through! I miss having access to big libraries with lots of old books like that. I wish I hadn't taken them so for granted!

Duıygu said...

Heidi, thank you for checking out my blog! I'm very new to blogging in English, although I've been blogging in Turkish for quite a long time.

Libraries, especially university libraries, are one of my favorite places. I still have not read this book though (it's a shame, but I'll do it! :)

Michelle Reinke said...

Heidi - I just ran across your blog and am letting you know you have another subscriber! Cool stuff on here, especially that spiral evolution chart.