STL Science Center

STL Science Center

02 January 2018

Small Change of Name

I promised a small change of name around the time of the new year, but I have to admit that coming up with a new name was not all that easy. We wanted something that was all encompassing, still short, but did not look like we were specifically going to discuss only dinosaurs all the time. The truth of the matter is that there are a lot of different kinds of fossils out there still and only talking about dinosaurs limits the scope of the entries here and the whole of life's difficult history on Earth. We are going to continue discussing all extinct animals but with this small change of name there will no longer be any question about whether or not we are going to talk about birds or mice or dinosaurs or even human ancestors. Additionally, we will continue to discuss life from all eras, including extinct animals that went extinct due to human caused circumstances.

This week, however, we are not going to have an individual taxon to discuss. Instead I will be posting some short daily recaps of free-to-release information from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in San Francisco (so long as my flights stop getting cancelled). Whenever I can manage and am allowed, I will post interesting pictures and snippets of the conference as well on Twitter (here) and Facebook (here).

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