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Found 9 results

  1. Toe Bone, Possible Predator

    I found this toe bone this weekend and am working on an ID. It is from Florida's Peace River, Pleistocene, and is 1.5" long.
  2. Smilodon populator

    The latest one!
  3. I just saw this Book on Amazon and wondered if anyone heard anything about it. It releases June 2018 and was hoping its not a reference book like Cenozoic Mammals of Africa by Lars Werdelin!
  4. Fossils from cat with 'steak knife' fangs, found in Yukon, give researchers something to chew on. Two fossils help provide new insight into the mysterious, and extinct, scimitar cat. CBC News, Oct 25, 2017 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-scimitar-cat-fossils-paleontologists-1.4372037 The paper is: Paijmans, J.L., Barnett, R., Gilbert, M.T.P., Zepeda-Mendoza, M.L., Reumer, J.W., de Vos, J., Zazula, G., Nagel, D., Baryshnikov, G.F., Leonard, J.A. and Rohland, N., 2017. Evolutionary History of Saber-Toothed Cats Based on Ancient Mitogenomics. Current Biology. http://b3.ifrm.com/30233/130/0/p3005065/Evolutionary_History_of_Saber_Toothed_Cats_Based_on_Ancient_Mitogenomics.pdf http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982217311983 Other articles are: Klondike placer miner makes rare discovery of extinct muskox skull. Stuart Schmidt discovered the helmeted muskox skull and horns. during routine work on Monday. CBC News, Sep 14, 2017 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/klondike-muskox-schmidt-placer-skull-1.4290440 How one Yukon fossil helped solve an ancient mystery A single fossil found a decade ago near Old Crow prompted new d iscoveries about North America's first bison By Paul Tukker, CBC News, March16, 2017 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-fossil-bison-beringia-north-america-1.4027052 Paul H.
  5. Fossil Hunting Suggestions

    My father and I are planning on taking a trip fossil hunting this summer, we can't seem to find anywhere that really seems worth driving to. (Everything around us is basically Devonian.) We were looking for something different: Mosasaur, Arthropods (Cambrian preferred), Holocene, etc. My dad loves actual bones and I love arthropods from Cambrian. We came to a consensus and are looking for anything marine in the Mid-West. But we will take any suggestions into consideration! (We are new-ish to fossil hunting and are willing to go anywhere and do anything.
  6. soo, im currently trying to reconstruct some pleistocene fauna (mainly felines for now) and i have almost no problem with anatomy, muscles and such, but i do have a problem recreating the fur color, pattern and length. im currently working on the smilodon populator, and i really have no idea what to paint it, in one side, it was a south american cat, all modern cats that distribute the area are spotted and yellowish colored (ocelot, jaguar). but on the other side, it lived in the savannah, which "allows" all kind of fur patterns (plain/lion, spotted/leopard, etc). and it was a realtive of smilodon fatalis, which lived in north america. there are no remains of fur and no cave drawings of smilodon from what i have found, so if anyone knows any articles which comes up with speculations about this kind of stuff please link them here, im also having a hard time founding pictures of animal skeletons in a neutral pose (standing still) so if there is a collection of these kind of images i'd love to know about it thank you very much and sorry for bad english. i'm not sure if ive put the thread on the right forum so let me know if i made a mistake.
  7. The photos are from a trip in 2005, but the exhibits (as far as I know) are still in place at the museum. Bishop Planetarium & South Florida Museum, in Bradenton, FL. Smilodon skeleton cast Mastodon skeleton Mammoth bones found during construction in Bradenton in 2005. Mammoth tusk Life-sized diorama of 2 ancient Florida hunters & a bison <continued...>
  8. Book Review: Sabertooth

    a book review of: "Sabertooth" written and illustrated by Mauricio Anton. 2013. Indiana University Press. 243 pages. Suggested Retail: $50 USD. By the time the ancestors of humans were walking upright, saber-toothed cats had already established themselves as apex predators in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. Early humans tried to keep a safe distance but we can imagine that sabercats sometimes preyed upon them. As humans evolved over the next few million years, developing increasingly advanced tools, they began to compete successfully with them and other large predators. However, our species, Homo sapiens, which dates back about 100 thousand years, has no cultural memory of sabercats - not even a cave painting. The last of the them died out in that phantom zone sometime after the last ice age and just before our recorded history. The cover artwork is a photo-realistic portrait of Megantereon, a Pliocene-Pleistocene sabercat. However, this book is not about only one group within the cat family nor does it expand its coverage just enough to include the other saber-toothed mammal groups. It focuses on the adaptation itself, the elongated canine teeth. It is a specialization bearing a history longer than that of the cat family - even more ancient than any of the mammals from the age of dinosaurs. The author, Mauricio Anton, is one of the premier paleoartists in the publishing and scientific worlds. He was already well-known for his sharp eye for anatomical detail and realistic backgrounds by the time of his first mainstream collaboration with paleontologist Alan Turner (1947-2012). That 1997 book, "The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives," added science enthusiasts, amateur fossil collectors, and wildlife art aficionados to his ever-increasing fan base. Since then, he has authored and co-authored a number of popular books as well as technical articles. The book is divided into five chapters. The first one defines terms and introduces the various saber-toothed groups while Chapter 2 reviews the fossil deposits that have yielded their remains. Anton also offers the big picture - a walk through time with drifting continents, transitioning environments, evolving ecosystems, and disrupting extinctions. Chapter 3 profiles the known groups of sabertooths going into some detail when they are known from at least nearly-complete skeletons. The reader begins to understand the anatomical differences and evolutionary distances between groups that might have been previously thought of as very similar and closely-related. Anton fleshes-out his subjects in Chapter 4. The reader is shown how well-preserved fossil bones can lead to a clear idea of the physical abilities and limitations of the animals when they were alive. It is an education in how the elongated canine teeth evolved in concert with other adaptations to allow sabertooths to specialize in quickly subduing and killing certain prey. Examples from the fossil record testify to what a tough life that could be. The last chapter addresses the extinctions of the various groups. It looks back on how scientists have interpreted the effectiveness of the sabertooth adaptation and reviews the episodes of extinction for each of the groups before considering the causes in each case. It was a given that this book was going to be beautifully-illustrated. It is also abundantly-illustrated with several of Anton’s paintings and drawings. He shows a variety of animals on the attack, in retreat, and at rest. He also shows a standing animal from different angles. He demonstrates how skeletal and muscular details lead to noticeable differences in head and body shapes. Restoring the in-life appearance of sabercats is not simply a matter of painting sabers onto a leopard's or lion's head. In this book Anton writes for the layman and he is good at it. He mixes in technical terms within a flow of everyday language so the inexperienced but engaged reader will be able to follow along. It is hard to find fault with this book and the missteps are minor. He employs "dispersions" when he should have said "dispersals." He uses the word "apparition" instead of "appearance" on pages 73, 76, and 178. It could be said that these were his mistakes but this is also the kind of error that should have been caught by an editor at the publishing company. Less of an error and more of a dying tendency among many paleontologists is Anton's use of "Tertiary" as a time unit. "Tertiary" is an old-fashioned term that accounted for about 97% of the Cenozoic Era - everything minus the Pleistocene and Holocene Epochs. It is about as logical as dividing the last two thousand years of human history into two units: one from the year 0 to 1950; the second from 1950 to the current year. Therefore, most scientists have switched to using "Paleogene" and "Neogene" as the broader time divisions because they are more equal in time span and more useful as backgrounds for discussing longterm geologic, biologic, and climatic trends. I recommend Mauricio Anton’s ”Sabertooth" to readers interested in mammals and carnivores of any class. It will help an amateur fossil collector or budding paleontologist to understand a little more of the wider diversity of animals that have existed across time - the numerous families that no human ever saw alive. It clarifies the distinction between "cat" and "cat-like,” illustrating it in more detail than other popular science books. This book also underlines the fragility of life at any level in the food chain. Jess
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