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The Triassic Period (ca. 250 – 200 million years ago) is familiar to most as the “dawn of the Age of Dinosaurs.” It’s true that the first dinosaurs appeared in the Triassic, along with a staggering number of other familiar animal groups including turtles, “modern” amphibians (lissamphibians), “modern” sharks (neoselachians), pterosaurs, lizards, mammals, “modern” corals (scleractinians), several important plankton lineages (coccolithophores, radiolarians, possibly diatoms) and I could go on and on.
But Triassic ecosystems were also filled a variety of ridiculous, absurd and downright protarded creatures that would (and probably have) make Dougal Dixon weep. In the technical literature these bizarre animals, frequently of dubious affinity, are often saddled with the diplomatic label “enigmatic.” Enigmatic, you know, like your cousin Larry with all of the Happy Meal toys in their original wrappers.
Starting, uh I guess next week (kinda boxed myself in with the series title there didn’t I?), we’ll take a closer look at some of these creatures. Beginning with this jaunty fellow:
Remember that old adage about flies and honey? Well, I suppose that explains Dr. Vector’s recent bizarre display of uncharacteristic magnanimity toward microecos. And I didn’t even have to bribe him with free tickets to “Robot Dinosaurs Gone Wild!”
Still, I have to say it’s rather unsettling when Matt effing Wedel compliments you. It’s like when someone comes up to you out of the blue and says “hey, nice shirt.” You just stand there staring back blankly, waiting for the “too bad you have such an ugly face” follow-up.
But seriously, I’m flattered. And the even better news is that I’ve worked out a 3.3 million dollar syndication contract with Univision. So put down your signs, get back to work, strike’s over baby!
Of course, I’m not at liberty to discuss the details of the deal but suffice to say there will be a lot more chicks in bikinis and fat guys dressed up like giant babies around here from now on… $ 3.3 million! That’s like easily 1000 euros right? Snap!
Sorry, I mean “¡GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL!”
Moral of the story: “Honey works well for catching flies. But you just can’t beat a ginormous steaming, fetid pile of B.S.” QEFD
Stay tuned for a 2 year anniversarial spectacular in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile I might throw together an insightful, deeply-probibing post or two. So, uh, hold your breath.
given my apparent inordinate fondness for colons. Despite my (clearly fictitious) loathing of auto-metabloggery, I’m going to jump on the whole first sentence of each month meme-wagon ‘coz well…I suppose I like self analysis as much as the next typer. So here are the first lines (or so) from the first microecos post of each month in 2007:
...it’s a squirrel?
Forget about vertebrates: the salamanders that I could not find in Amador County were heavily outweighed by the arthropods that I did.
I wasn’t even aware that I actually knew any dirty limericks, but when I saw this PLoS One paper one popped from the depths of my subconscious like a roach emerging from beneath a rock:
Apologies for all of the accumulated leaf litter around here.
Perhaps some important linking source has expired?
A few days ago, in the post about vampire bat breath, I pondered: Oh those stable istopists what will they drop into the mass spec next??
Boneyard #5 is up at The Ethical Palaeontologist (oh, fine. I plugged that extra vowel in).
Something about the cover of Carl Zimmer’s new book looks a tad familiar…
Waiting in the lobby of the Austin Hilton, I glanced at my feet.
Web 2.0: boon or deathtrap for middling talent?
Well, I suppose we known the answer to that last question at least…
Cult of the amauteur:
Writers’ strike and all…
Props to Amanda, the Self-designed Student, for emerging from the national tryptophan coma long enough to compile the decamerate edition of the Boneyard. It yawns under the astonishing mass of recent sauropod-o-mania and I’m honored to provide the fossil-impregnated foundation.
Okay, apologies on the local estivation…I’m hard at work on a top secret project.
But soon, a coda.
Almost forgot! Go read the latest issue of the
“Between a rock and a squishy face”
exploring the multifaceted intersection of geospheric joy and biospheric bliss!
Time to go learn about some neotectonics!