Lemmium, and the naming of things, part II

[wpedon id=”1740″ align=”left”]When I left off part I, the discovery of new elements had been announced, and a rock legend Lemmy Kilmister had passed away, prompting a petition to name one of the newly discovered elements “lemmium“.  The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has strict naming conventions that the only people that elements […]

A very Coelurosaurian Christmas

As I started to write this, a rather ridiculously meaty creature (Meleagris gallopavo to be precise) had been stuffed and was being slowly roasted. Eventually, it was consumed by a family of apes of genus Homo. Stripped of flesh, the skeletal remains of this creature marked it as a maniraptoran coelurosaur of clade Aves – the sole line of Dinosauria to persist after the Cretaceous-Palaeogene extinction event. Literally every example of this line is more closely related to the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex than Triceratops, Diplodocus, or Stegosaurus were to either.