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My posts are mainly centred on and around archaeology, but I also occasionally post photographs, wildlife/conservation related things, and other stuff I find interesting and/or important. A bit of variety's good for you!

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primestigma:

mothbug:

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GUYS ENCOURAGE HIM HE CAN’T BE STOPPED

I encourage all of this.

— 7 minutes ago with 8 notes
#laughed because I knew it had to be Mark  #who else makes such puns  #oh dear  #too familiar with the science side of tumblr  #puns 

theolduvaigorge:

"Abstracts of no more than 200 words for twenty minute paper should be sent to: dayofthedead@qub.ac.uk by Friday 16th May 2014. We welcome papers from academics, commercial archaeologists, and post-graduate students alike. Abstracts for poster presentationswill also be accepted. The submission deadline for a poster presentation is Friday 12th September2014. Informal enquiries can be directed to the conference organisers at: dayofthedead@qub.ac.uk
(Source: BAHID)

(via strangeremains)

— 12 minutes ago with 16 notes
#I presented at my first conference at Queen's  #conference  #archaeology  #osteoarchaeology  #abstracts  #papers  #submissions 
kqedscience:

New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved
“Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.
The finding, published in the journal Nature, strongly implies that sharks are not the “living fossils” many paleontologists once thought they were. “They have evolved through time to improve upon the basic model,” says John Maisey, a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History who helped identify the fossil.”
Learn more from npr: http://goo.gl/yKYFCv

kqedscience:

New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.

The finding, published in the journal Nature, strongly implies that sharks are not the “living fossils” many paleontologists once thought they were. “They have evolved through time to improve upon the basic model,” says John Maisey, a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History who helped identify the fossil.”

Learn more from nprhttp://goo.gl/yKYFCv

— 4 hours ago with 209 notes
#not archaeology but kinda cool regardless  #sharks  #fossils  #science  #evolution  #paleontology 

alphacaeli:

A strange and wonderful discovery while exploring Wellington’s boutique curio shops: a tiny pewter cast of OH5 (Paranthropus boisei) with articulated mandible.

It was produced by a man named Steven Saunders in addition to H. erectus and H. neanderthalensis. He’s a sculptor for Weta Workshop here in NZ. It’s really lovely work. I hope I can find the others one day. 

— 20 hours ago with 85 notes
#WANT  #palaeoanthropology  #Paranthropus boisei  #sculpture  #Steven Saunders 

prettysweetlemons:

Sub-Saharan Sunbirds

Who needs jewels when you can have feathers like that…

1. Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa) source
2. Scarlet-chested Sunbird (Nectarinia senegalensis) source
3. Variable Sunbird (Cinnyrus venustus) source
4. Purple-banded Sunbird (Cinnyris bifasciatus)source

— 22 hours ago with 4 notes
#birds  #sunbird  #plumage  #nature  #Africa  #sunbirds  #Nectarinia  #Cinnyrus 

lunacylover:

Ostrów Lednicki is one of the most important archaeological sites concerning the early history of Poland.

Located in an island in the southern portion of Lake Lednica between the cities of Gniezno and Poznań - in the heart of early Slavonic Polanie tribe - it’s a place where a gród (gord - medieval Slavonic fortified settlement) was built and existed around the 10th-11th centuries, at the times when early Poland started to take a shape. Originally the island was connected with the land by a long platform bridge (very characteristic for the architecture of the West Slavs), currently the only way to get to the island is to use a ferryboat. Existing ruins of a chapel, church and palace, thought to be the home of the first Kings of the Piast dynasty and a supposed place of the king Mieszko’s baptism, have been roofed over for preservation. Today the ruins are of archaeological significance, and the site of the Museum of the Piast Dynasty, opened in 1969.

Sources: [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]. Check out other Slavic settlements.

// In Polish: do obejrzenia “Wyspa Władców" i do pobrania "Studia Lednickie"- czasopismo naukowe Muzeum Pierwszych Piastów na Lednicy

— 1 day ago with 71 notes
#Poland  #Ostrów Lednicki  #archaeology  #Piast Dynasty  #Piastowie  #Slavic settlement  #history  #West Slavs  #Slavs  #biblioteka cyfrowa  #reference 

hyacynthus:

adorablesnakes:

snake-lovers:

Dasypeltis sp.

Snakes are weirdos in the best possible way.

They actually break the egg using hypapophyses on the ventral side of their vertebral column - spines that stick out of the belly-side as seen in the photos below:

For more photos and videos of these wonderful snakes doing their derpy egg-cracking wriggle, I refer you to this excellent blog post here!

(Photos from Google Images)

(via cwnerd12)

— 1 day ago with 4161 notes
#egg eater  #snake  #eggs  #bones  #science  #x-ray  #awesome 
Hunting of Zim Presidential elephants reportedly begins | SW Radio Africa →

This is breaking my heart. I wish I was religious so I could believe there’s a special place in hell reserved for the people letting this happen. I hope certain individuals in Zim’s government choke on their own putrid lying tongues. 

— 1 day ago
#Zimbabwe  #elephants  #conservation  #Robert Mugabe  #corruption  #greed  #murder 

astronomy-to-zoology:

Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus)

Also known as the African Pygmy Falcon, P. semitorquatus is a small species of falcon, that occurs in eastern and southern Africa. The population in eastern Africa (P. s. castanotus) occurs from Sudan to Somalia south to Uganda and Tanzania. The population in southern Africa (P. s. semitorquatus) occurs from Angola to South Africa.

True to its common name P. semitorquatus is very small at only 19-20 cm long, making it the smallest raptor in Africa. Pygmy falcons typically inhabit dry bush habitats and will feed on insects, small mammals, birds, and reptiles. Pygmy falcons will usually in the nests of weavers, and even though they feed on bird will rarely go after their weaver neighbors.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Falconiformes-Falconidae-Polihierax-P. semitorquatus

Images: Steve Garvie and Bob

(via shychemist)

— 2 days ago with 943 notes
#pygmy falcon  #I love these birds  #used to get to excited to see them  #birds  #science  #falcons  #fluffykins 
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