The writing exercise taught me what I can do when I feel stuck in the metaphorical tar pits. When the quicksand threatens, I need to embrace those writing dreams -- to mold my experience into words that can rise above the muck.
When I bring up this case of the ocean-crossing monkeys, scientists and non-scientists alike often react with undisguised incredulity. Even people who would normally take me seriously are likely to flash a bemused smile. After all, how could monkeys possibly get across the Atlantic?
How cool are dinosaurs? Spain is one of the richest areas in the world for dinosaur remains, and has devoted many museums and theme parks to their ancient predecessors. If you and your family love dinosaurs, come to Spain for a daring adventure.
I am a 21 year-old paleontologist. I live and and work in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. While what I just said may seem perfectly clear to me, I get a lot of questions about what I do. People think I run around with a bullwhip. People assume I spend my day dreaming about riding dinosaurs.
I wonder if the whales find comfortable places to wait out storms. Are they helped and cheered by creatures on the way, as we have been, at every step, by the kindest people?
What the fossil record does is force us to contemplate our place on the planet. We are but one species of several hominids that inhabited planet earth and like our distant cousins who went extinct fairly recently, our time on planet earth is also finite.
When terms like micro and macro are used to bolster the case for creationism or a "designer," the dichotomy is a ruse, along with implications that scientific debate on macroevolution supports assertions of supernatural design.
Twenty-five new species of 65-million-year-old tiny fossils from Jamaica recently described in the journal Micropaleontology show affinities to species from Chiapas, southern Mexico, and indicate that the two landmasses were once connected.
When the group reached the location, instead of the anticipated opportunity to garner a wealth of information, Bell and the others encountered a scene of senseless desecration.
Here are five top destinations in the western U.S. where you can get up close and personal with dinosaurs, ranging from kid-friendly day trips to serious multi-day digs with the pros.
My hunch is that fossils are now speaking out to us loud and clear. And that microscopic fossils have the very darkest stories to tell. The ways of the world can be read within a grain of sand.
A group with the intriguing name Friends of the Pleistocene has started work on a guide to truly truly old New York: Their "geologic city" p...
You've heard of the La Brea Tar Pits, the place in Los Angeles where hundreds of fossils have been found, right? Well, now we've got something in Colorado just like it, except for all the tar.
Avid paleontology fans -- and I know there are thousands of you reading this column right now -- may have taken note of the discovery recently of what...
What if we descend, not from a blustering chimp-like ancestor, but from a gentle, bonobo-like ape? What if we share characteristics with both of these relatives instead of the one favored by our political ideology?
eSarcasm managed to score an exclusive interview with Ardi. Here she talks about what it's like to be the world's first hip hop diva, and reveals the real reasons why men walk upright.