Monday, December 22, 2008

Paleo Overload!


Geeze, I leave for one week and when I get back I have papers coming out of my ears! I have a big abelisaur post to accomplish, complete with my own pictures. No Google trolling for me on this one, seeing as they ARE my favorite dinosaurs. As if that wasn't enough, a big new deinonychosaur was dug up in South America named Austroraptor (described in the paper as a unenlagiine dromaeosaur, but it could be a troodontid). Then Varriccino et al. figured out that maniraptor theropods brooded their nests like modern paleognathid birds (ratites, tinamouses). Then Bill Parker throws me a curve-ball paper about a new non-avian theropod, Anchiornis, which a very tiny, has a really flexible wrist, and speaks to the problem of the homology of the "semi-lunate" carpal. So I've got a lot of blog posts to write!

By the way, Hawaii was fun, if for no other reason that I got to see my wife wandering around in her swim suit, which NEVER happens up here in Alaska. Disappointed by the lack of lizards on Maui, but we saw some really beautiful sights and went to some fantastic beaches. On the last day there, while running the clock before our flight back, we saw Seven Pounds, the new Will Smith movie. It is a downer.

4 comments:

Christopher said...

You mean Anchiornis right? Lol, you play swicharoo with avis/ornis/pterus alot actualy, its kinda funny =)

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. said...

Ummm... Did Anchi. actually come out??

Brad said...

You can download a pre-publication version of the .pdf, but it's not out out in the traditional sense. Same situation as Skorpiovenator and Austroraptor, basically.

Tamera said...

Well, Zach, I'm thinkin' you need to up the ante if you REALLY want to see your wife running around in her swimming suit in Alaska more often. :) Waht d'ya think?