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Science Fiction Round 54: Your Very Own Pet Triceratops

2016/01/24 1 comment

I’ve been playing a game called ARK: Survival Evolved lately, and I have some thoughts as a result.

The basic premise of the game is that you’re dropped, all-but-naked and initially alone onto an island… which is teaming with extinct fauna.

Which, naturally, includes dinosaurs.  I’ve been enjoying the game a lot, but getting repeatedly eaten by giant vulture isn’t for the faint of heart.

A note of warning: the game has intensely good graphics… which can barely run on my computer, with all the quality properties turned all the way down.  (Hardware note: my laptop is about three years old, so newer machines may do much better.)

Here's one of the game's promo images. Yes, you can ride the raptors. Even better, they have feathers! Like all the cool dinos.

Here’s one of the game’s promo images. Yes, you can ride the raptors. Even better, they have feathers! Like all the cool dinos.  (I also note that the actual female character model doesn’t have a bare midriff in the game.  That would be bad, what with all the things trying to eat you, and the insect bites, and…)

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Science Sidebar 4: Skulls and Gastralia

2014/09/14 1 comment

While visiting Chicago for a wedding (congrats to Amanda and Nick!), I had a chance to visit the Field Museum.  It’s epic, and the group I was with only able to go through a small section in the time we had.

But!  While we were there, I learned a few things I hadn’t previously known or realized about tetrapods.  Which I will now inflict on you.

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Your skull, less several hundred million years of modifications.  (via Wikipedia, synapsid skull)

Your skull, less several hundred million years of modifications. (via Wikipedia, synapsid skull)

A Tale of Skulls

Paleontologists like skulls.  They can tell you a lot about a critter — what kinds of things it ate based on its teeth, how big its brain was, how strong its jaw muscles were, and so forth.
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