In many ways, dinosaurs and mammals are very different types of animal. And yet, there are some amazing cases of convergent evolution among them. Continue reading
Most of the extinct mammals in the Western Science Center’s collection are Pleistocene Ice Age creatures, such as mastodons, Columbian mammoths, bison, camels, horses, and giant ground sloths, dating to between 50,000 and 14,000 years ago. Today’s Fossil Friday is a much older extinct mammal, dating back to around 30 million years ago, a slice of geological time known as the Oligocene. This is the skull of an oreodont, a totally extinct group of even-toed ungulates (Artiodactyla) related to camels. Continue reading
Last week, five staff members from the Western Science Center, including yours truly, traveled to Albuquerque to attend the 2018 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference. Continue reading
Last week for Fossil Friday, we posted about a big plaster jacket packed full of 80-million-year-old hadrosaur bones, which we brought back to the Western Science Center from New Mexico in June.
Being wrong is part of the scientific process. Scientists make new discoveries every day, and sometimes prior ideas are supported and sometimes they are refuted as we learn more.
Every day on my way to work, I drive past a farm that among its denizens counts several camels. Apart from the fun of seeing these large, strange mammals, they also serve as a reminder that wild camels once roamed across North America, until their extinction around 12,000 years ago.