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We made this holoscape with pics we downloaded off Google images - spared no expense.

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Penetrative copulation is the default setting for the Gnathostomata!

Paper = www.nature.com/nature/journal/…
Summary = www.nature.com/news/fossils-re… 
(Note that on the simplified cladogram, the Chondrichthyes branch is mislabelled as Placodermi - and they've credited me as "David Choo")
About to head off for 2 weeks in the northern Simpson Desert in search of Early-Middle Devonian fish fossils. Will be out of contact until the 1st week of August.

We'll take what we can get, but my #1 goal is to find some pituriaspids.

  
Well, less than 24 hours after tracking nothosaurs in the Triassic, I reeled in the biggest fish of the Silurian.

paper= www.nature.com/srep/2014/14061…
summary= www.livescience.com/46271-bigg…

Will add to the gallery once I gotten some sleep.

Its been a hectic week...

9th author out of 12, but its still a paper in Nature Comm!



Summary = bristol.ac.uk/news/2014/june/p…
Link to paper = www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/140…


 

Currently in Singapore en route to Los Angeles for SVP 2013.

Anyhow - this could be the game I've always dreamed off... 

See more at = www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

 

 

 

If you get a chance to watch the new David Attenborough documentary, "Rise of Animals" - do so! Amongst other things, it has a wonderful Parayunnanolepis directly based off my reconstruction, probably the most accurate restored antiarch to have ever appeared on TV!
  • Listening to: Pink Floyd - The Wall
  • Reading: Extinction and Radiation by J.David Archibald
  • Watching: My new pet climbing perch
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Dead skin off my lips
  • Drinking: Saliva
Typical - one day your office is bereft of non-tetrapod sarcopterygians (well, aside from fossils). The next day you're playing host to half the extant genera in the world. I've just been given live African (Protopterus annectens) and South American (Lepidosiren paradoxa) lungfishes. The Afro is fricking enormous... Currently hastily cleaning tank and filter media for him.
  • Listening to: Pink Floyd - The Wall
  • Reading: Extinction and Radiation by J.David Archibald
  • Watching: My new pet climbing perch
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Dead skin off my lips
  • Drinking: Saliva
China - a country where you close the windows to keep the fresh air in.

The last 5 days have been an utter nightmare with air pollution literally off the charts. Knew something was wrong on Saturday when I started feeling faint and choking while walking home. Since Saturday evening I was pretty much trapped in my apartment while Beijing vanished beneath a stifling blanket of toxins. No matter where you went, the stench of an oily rag permeated everything - you couldn't escape it, even indoors.

Now, on the 16th, the air is finally starting to clear up a bit although the stench lingers on. Do not want to have to go through that again!
  • Listening to: Pink Floyd - The Wall
  • Reading: Extinction and Radiation by J.David Archibald
  • Watching: My new pet climbing perch
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Dead skin off my lips
  • Drinking: Saliva
Literally just staggered off the plane.

Fossil bone everywhere, crunching underfoot - mostly surface scatter but many in excellent condition. There were also a few articulated specimens and isolated perfect large bones that were promptly jacketed - will have to be prepped out in the lab before we know exactly what they are. Commonly collected critters included hadrosaurs (likely Bactrosaurus), ornithomimids (likely Archaeornithomimus) and turtles (mainly trionychids but with a few from other families). Less common were the remains of tyrannosaurs (probably Alectrosaurus - including many stunning shed teeth), crocodylomorphs and fish (including some real whoppers - fish verts over 1cm wide). Rarities included a variety of maniraptorans, including bits of very small (new taxon?) and very large (subadult Gigantoraptor?) oviraptorosaurs.

Oh, and we saw bits of petrified wood from mid-sized trees - so the Iren Dabasu was not a treeless dunefield.
  • Listening to: Pink Floyd - The Wall
  • Reading: Extinction and Radiation by J.David Archibald
  • Watching: My new pet climbing perch
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Dead skin off my lips
  • Drinking: Saliva
About to head off to Erlian  to spend a fortnight prospecting for dinosaurs in the Late Cretaceous Iren Dabasu Formation (home of, amongst other things, Gigantoraptor). Will be good to get away from the concrete jungle for a while!
  • Listening to: Pink Floyd - The Wall
  • Reading: Extinction and Radiation by J.David Archibald
  • Watching: My new pet climbing perch
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Dead skin off my lips
  • Drinking: Saliva
Sheesh its been an insanely busy fortnight.

First off, after some crazy resubmissions over this past year, the first ever evidence of dermal pelvic girdles in the Osteichthyes!: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…

Then my great sprawling monograph on the Devonian actinopterygian Mimipiscis (=Mimia):
journals.cambridge.org/action/…

THEN my artwork, sent off to accompany the description of a giant fluffy tyrannosaur: news.nationalgeographic.com/ne…

Plus going hog-wild at the local Beijing petstore and buying a bichir and bunch of rainbowfish at absurdly low prices.

Between that and playing Skyrim and From Dust, I've had very little sleep...
  • Listening to: Pink Floyd - The Wall
  • Reading: Extinction and Radiation by J.David Archibald
  • Watching: My new pet climbing perch
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Dead skin off my lips
  • Drinking: Saliva
Whoah.

Clueless berk that I am, I had no idea I'd been DD'ed  until yesterday.

Many many thanks to Astralseed and wdwparksgal for this humungous honour!
  • Mood: Amazed
  • Listening to: Pink Floyd - The Wall
  • Reading: Extinction and Radiation by J.David Archibald
  • Watching: My new pet climbing perch
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Dead skin off my lips
  • Drinking: Saliva
Hey there!

Only signed up last month and only just scraped together enough time to upload a few old bits and pieces. Have a huge backlog of more recent artwork that will hopefully be up in the near future.

Right now though, I have to head off to Las Vegas and SVP where I will be giving an oral presentation on Devonian actinopterygians! Really, its more exciting than it sounds.

Cheers!