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Found 8 results

  1. Paleontological tests?

    Hi, For the course I'm doing in biology, I have to perform an experiment or study in which something can be measured, and then complete a write up of it. I want to do something palaeontological for this, but my teachers said no study could be done without having to damage fossils. (I am allowed to consult experts for this coursework) Does anyone have any ideas for a method that wouldn't involve damaging the fossils? I am planning to those supplied by my place of education, and some from my own collection. Thanks!
  2. Geological?

    Hello together, Something I quite often see in the ID-section are pseudofossils commented as "geological/rock". I dont want to be nitpicking, probably it´s just short for "purely geological". Simply "geological" doesn´t seem opposed to fossil, in my understanding fossils do happen at the interesection between geology and biology. So "no biologic structure"=no fossil (except chemical fossils) , but "geological" seems to apply to all the specimens (if they are not molten plastic, recent bone, or something else entirely. ) English is not my native tongue as you may have noticed, but in my understanding fossils are also rocks, at least some kinds, for example steinkern preservation, (rocks with) impressions... So it may be confusing especially for the newbies that often ask about pseudofossils if "geology" stands as the opposite of fossil. What do you think? Best Regards, J
  3. 9th Grade Biology

    I got to spend the day today talking about evolution and fossils with 9 freshman biology classes. It was a lot of fun. Kids these days are smart and ask some well thought out questions.
  4. a metabolism? I've read in many places now that "life" is very difficult to define. A big question in biology, paleontology, or science in general is "what is life?" or "how do we define life?". NASA's definition is "A self-sustaining chemical system capable of Darwinian evolution". But I'm just wondering why life shouldn't be defined as "anything with a metabolism". Has anything ever lived that didn't have a metabolism? Is there anything that is non-living that does have one? Thanks. Scott
  5. Career in paleontology.

    *Looking for some advice from paleologists and/or geologists* I am thinking about going back to school. I dropped out of college 10 years ago because I was never quite sure what I wanted to do. I have taken a lot of course hours, but I do not have a degree since I basically took anything that interested me. Now that I am 30 and a bit more stable, I would love to go back. I am extremely interested in paleontology, but I know that it requires a lot of school, and it isn't easy. From the small amount of research I did, it seems like most paleontologists do their undergraduate degree in either biology/geology. I would love to hear advice from anyone who has either done or looked into doing this. I live in Florida, so I am thinking UF might be the best choice, but I am also wanting to look into doing as many online courses as possible. Thanks in advance!
  6. pisces,usa!

    big the name says it all: it IS big
  7. Pike's bite

    i will continue to post on predators,apex or not. Goulet_piscesocidbiomechan2016-Journal_of_Morphology.pdf
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