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New Paleontology Discoveries March 2019

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So, the news article is a great example of how scientific illiteracy works. The article paints a picture that is largely inaccurate for the sciences, and that's an issue when people are already trying to deny science. Articles like this serve to confirm people's biases about the sciences as exclusionary and elitist, when they should be anything but. Dr. Katherine Crocker on the article https://twitter.com/cricketcrocker/status/1111724951269187587 Editor at Scientific American's thoughts https://twitter.com/katewong/status/1113468513392451584?s=19 Dave Evans, Associate Prof. at U. of Toronto https://twitter.com/DavidEvans_ROM/status/1113436232464384001?s=19 00:09 Paleontology and Journalism 03:15 Early swordfish 03:40 New Mastodon 04:24 Dinosaurs were doing well before the impact 05:47 Massive Cambrian Beds 07:02 T. rex feeding behaviors 08:46 Scotty the T. rex
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Toostig (2 months ago)
800 kgs? I thought it was ~400 kgs based on Persons estimations for both Sue and Scotty.
Raptor Chatter (2 months ago)
Yep, I must have mistyped and missed it again when I edited the script. Thanks for the catch!
Storm Evans (1 month ago)
Your opinion about that New Yorker article is a little bit absurd, but it's also the first time I heard about it so maybe the article really is full of white supremacy in science.
Raptor Chatter (1 month ago)
I describe the issues with the article further in another comment, but essentially it paints paleontology as an intrepid science for rugged individuals, as opposed to the very collaborative effort that it is. Additionally, with the Indiana Jones theme, and other descriptions it paints the discovey as either a white savior for the fossils, or the work of a sole man, rather than again, the intersectional and collaborative effort that it was. This is an issue for the field of paleontology and other sciences for a few reasons. One being that people who don't fall into the stereotypical white male scientist have fewer people like them to look up to in the field. These are people who are qualified, but get pressured out of the sciences because they never feel they belong due to the science not being presented as interculturally as they actually are. Second it portrays they idea that paleontologists are only looking for fancy fossils, and that there is little done in the lab, which is also wrong. It isn't just hiking to kind the next new dinosaur, it is the rigorous, meticulous study of fossils and how they relate to today's world. For a more tangible view on how a lack of diversity is impacting the science I recommend SciShow's recent video on how diversify is effecting genomics.
harold hahn (1 month ago)
What a biggot you are! Who cares about skin color of scientists? All that matters is the quality of the science!
Raptor Chatter (1 month ago)
Cool, then you should care about this as well. Systemic issues in the education system and in the portrayal of scientists pressure many out of the sciences. These are people who are perfectly well qualified to pursue the sciences, but due to feeling like outcast in what is painted as a white male dominated world don't. If you want the science to have the highest quality possible then you should want the removal of these systemic issues in the education system and in culture. A great example of this issue is in Genetics. ScShow has a video they released recently which discusses the diversity problems in that field in full, and a lot of the causes can also be brought up in other fields of science.
Echo-Frontida Publishing (2 months ago)
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Carl Christian V2 (2 months ago)
I really love that you make this series. Nobody else does it and I’m happy that you do it😀
Cenneth Adameveson (2 months ago)
Great video. Congratulations to the both of you. So names? Sue if it's a girl, Scott if it's a boy?
Raptor Chatter (2 months ago)
No, we have names in mind, and I'll probably announce the name during next month's review.
Brandan Miller (2 months ago)
I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone find so many reasons to get riled up over the damn Indiana Jones theme. I promise you no one is listening to that song thinking: “Damn it feels good to be a burly white man who does all the work himself”. To many of us, that song conveys excitement acting as a sort of anthem for adventure. For people who travel to the ends of the earth to come back with new knowledge, that theme is a huge moral boost. Surely you can find a way to understand that, and not just jump to assuming the worst out of peoples’ actions. Congrats on the baby btw
Raptor Chatter (2 months ago)
Yeah, I get where you're coming from, my concern with this is because it was such a major story I didn't want it to seem representative of Paleontology. Paleontology is a field that I want to use to make the world better today, and with that in mind we need to be careful about not pushing people away from the field by letting an article pushing outdated generalities become more known than the people who make up the field.
Brandan Miller (2 months ago)
Raptor Chatter well thank you for clarifying that. I definitely understand your position better now, although i hope you can see where I was coming from when you went into you micro-rant directly after you mention the use of that theme, which gives the implication that you had some sort of bias towards it.
Raptor Chatter (2 months ago)
I have more time now, so I can answer you more fully. Yes, I understand the idea behind the theme being used a song of adventure. However, it and other mentions in the article: saying nobody takes DePalma seriously because he's only a Ph.D candidate, describing DePalma as smoking a pipe an musing about the find. These and other descriptions in the article only serve to paint the picture of Paleontology as it was seen hundreds of years ago. A science for white guys to do out in the field so that they can feel tough or cool. It ignores the massive intersectionality and collaborative nature of Paleontology. Additionally, as this was such a major news story the lack of bringing up collaborative effort in the find only goes to reinforce that this is an individualistic field, and if an individual doesn't fit the very strong mold detailed in the article then they don't have a place in paleontology. While I can appreciate your concern at being upset at the 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' theme being brought up in the video it is only an example of multiple issues in the article that serve to prevent a better understanding of Paleontology and of the research that takes place in all sciences. And thanks for the congratulations.
Raptor Chatter (2 months ago)
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-day-the-dinosaurs-died If you read the article it mentions more than just the Indiana Jones song, and fails to mention even the lead author's diverse team in much detail. So it isn't just about Indiana Jones.
sour lemon 333 (2 months ago)
Nice video! Very interesting And congratulations on the baby
Raptor Chatter (2 months ago)
Amanda JoAnne (2 months ago)
Congrats on the new baby! I am thrilled for you and your wife!! I really enjoy your vids. I'm a huge Dino nerd with zero formal education. I do a lot of reading on the subject though, and youtube has become my best friend for it recently! Are there any paleontology pod casts you can recommend to me, or any reading materials? Keep up the good work!
Amanda JoAnne (2 months ago)
Theconductr thanks dude!!
Theconductr (2 months ago)
I'm not RaptorChatter, but I can also recommend you some things. For podcasts, I really recommend 'The Common Descent' podcast. You can look them up here on YouTube (they also have their own site. Just search them on Google if you want to see it). Also, look up the YouTube video series done by AronRa called 'Systematic Classification of Life'. Other people to check out are: Ben G Thomas, PBS Eons, NORTH 02, and PaleoZoo (cool animations of a bunch of extinct animals) As RaptorChatter already said, PLOS ONE Paleo Community is fantastic, and every week they do a "Fossil Friday Roundup" where they present fully open access papers that were released that week with new discoveries or research. I would also add PeerJ and their "Paleontology and Evolutionary Science" section. For books, I will recommend "Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved" by Darren Naish and Paul Barret (be sure to get the 2nd edition released, which is the paperback version with a Tianyulong on the cover). There's also "Vertebrate Palaeontology" 4th edition by Michael J. Benton, which is basically a paleo descriptive anatomy book. I didn't know anything about anatomy before reading that book and it was certainly a challenge to break into it knowing nothing about anatomy (lots of Googling and looking at diagrams). It's not easy reading. And yet another book I recommend is "Carboniferous Giants and Mass Extinction" by George R. McGhee Jr. An absolutely wonderful analytical look at not only the Carboniferous world, but the Paleozoic as a whole and focusing heavily on glaciations and extinctions. It's my favorite book out of the ones I mentioned. For a general overview on the history of life, I recommend...."History of Life", 5th edtion, by Richard Cowen. I can rattle off a few more things, but I don't want to spam you.
Amanda JoAnne (2 months ago)
Thank you!!! I’ll have a look at all that stuff!
Raptor Chatter (2 months ago)
It depends on what you are interested in. I am really interested in extinctions, so I look at books like Michael Benton's "When Life Nearly Died" on the PT extinction, but it is a little dated now. If you want totally up to date research PLOS ONE has a paleo community where they put out all of the paleontology papers that are open source for the week (it's where I find most of them). If you can even find some basic Geology courses online through YouTube it can also help to understand just how rare fossils are, and how many different processes can affect fossilization. IKnowDino is a paleo-podcast that is pretty good, though I haven't had time to listen to them often. Also there's Tetzoo hosted by Dr. Darren Naish. I have had no time to listen to that one though, so let me know how it is.

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