dinosaurs

The Alien Biped

As humans, we’re quite accustomed to our weird vertical spines and precarious two-legged gait. But habitual bipedalism is far from the norm. When did it first occur on planet Earth? Will the robotic future walk on two legs? And can we reasonably expect alien lifeforms to follow suit? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. 

The Cambodian Stegosaurus

Do Cambodian temple ruins speak to a time when humans and dinosaurs coexisted? Absolutely not, but it’s a great excuse for Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick to talk about the armored stegosaurus, Ta Prohm temple, young Earth creationism and avian evolution. 

Fossil Action Scenes: Dino Birth and Prehistoric Combat

Fossilized remains provide exciting insight into the biology and behavior of prehistoric beasts, but sometimes the fossil record gives us even more -- a bonafide action scene! In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explain fossilization and discuss examples of birth, mating behavior and deadly dinosaur-on-dinosaur combat written in the rocks.

The 2015 Ig Nobels: Kisses, Stings & Dino Chickens

Each year, the Ig Nobel prizes honor the weirdest and wackiest contributions to humanity's scientific understanding of the natural world. In this pair of Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast episodes, Robert, Joe and Christian unpack each of this year's winners. In this episode, explore the wonders of dinosaur chickens, medicinal speed bumps, passionate kisses, dino chickens, Moulay Ismael the Bloodthirsty and the sting index.

Iguanodon Spike Thumbs: Murder Weapons or Not?

Did iguanodons use their spike thumbs to stab enemy dinos or to strip tree branches? Read this blog post to find out.

If you've never experienced the wonders of Jim Trainor's animation, then you're in for a treat. I love a great convergence of art and science and that's just what you get in thees short films. Trainor anthropomorphizes his subjects just enough to engage our human minds, but retains the basic instincts that define the actual animals -- be it the urge to eat, the urge to mate or... well that's mostly it for animals, isn't it? You'll find no cartoon mice piloting steam boats here.

Blow Your Mind: Tyrannosaurus Sex!

You probably don't want to think about your childhood dinosaurs getting it on, but the sexual lives of prehistoric creatures is an important area of paleontological study. But just how did they get it on? And what were their naughty bits like? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I look at our best guesses regarding sex in the land before time.

Giant horned turtles emerge from the muck

As a long-time Gamera fan, it made my morning to see this post over at Australian Geographic: Fearsome giant turtles found in Pacific cemetery. As it turns out, we're looking at prehistoric monsters more in the 3.3 feet(1 meter) range, so they wouldn't have been able to hold their own against a skyscraper. And despite the tough shell and cool array of horns, they apparently couldn't hold their own against prehistoric human hunters. When the two species first encountered each other around 3,000 years ago, the bipedal island hoppers apparently racked up on turtle meat and decorated their cemeteries with their bones.

Scientists Finger Chicxulub Meteorite in Dinosaur Murders (Again)

If you want to solve history's biggest murder mystery, you can forget about digging up Jimmy Hoffa's concrete slab, unmasking Jack the Ripper or finding Laura Palmer's killer. Nope, one of Earth's biggest murder mysteries surrounds dinosaurs and their complete vanishing act from our planet 65 million years ago. A panel of 41 international experts claims to have found our dinocidal maniac. And the experts, which included researchers from the Imperial College London, didn't even need any help from David Lynch's space owls.

Stuff from the Science Lab Roundup: Lizard Throwdown!

Imagine you're walking along the beach of a small Indonesian island, the pounding surf in your ears and thoughts of your next fruity drink filling your mind. Then the world's largest and most intelligent lizard, the Komodo dragon, lumbers into your path, its forked tongue flicking the air incessantly, while its clublike tail drags through the sand, marking your last days. Got that image? Now go back in time 68 million years or so. You're hiking through the woods enjoying the prehistoric scenery when the forest fills with the roar of the great lizard king, Tyrannosaurus rex. Oh, and both beasts haven't eaten in a while. So which scenario, if either, makes you want to run like one of those cartoon characters with the windmilling legs?