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Alena Iskanderova Interview in Forbes

Alena Iskanderova Interview in Forbes

Read an interview with Alena Iskanderova in Forbes "The Road Ahead: This Is How To Rent A Car Now". Learn everything about renting a car during pandemic! One year after the coronavirus outbreak, renting a car sure is a different experience. At least it is for someone like Alena Iskanderova.Before the COVID-19 pandemic, car rental locations were often crowded and the vehicles were pricey. Sometimes, the vehicles were clean, sometimes not, she recalls. What a difference a year makes. Prices are...

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How Old are Fossils or Fossil Dating Methods

How Old are Fossils or Fossil Dating Methods

To determine how old is a fossil scientists use different methods. One of the most precise is  radioactive fossil dating. As you may see from the name, this method relies on the radioactive atoms that are trapped inside the rocks and break down at a predictable rate, i.e. over a certain period half of the ”parent” atoms decay into ”daughter” atoms. By knowing how long is a ”half-life” of a particular radioactive element and the number of parent atoms and decayed stable daughter atoms, we could...

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Beginners Library

Beginners Library

Beginners library Geology and Palaeontology are Everywhere You Look! Update your knowledge with these beautifully written books, become an amateur palaeontologist and fossil hunter, or learn something new!Beginners Palaeontology, dinosaurs, and prehistoric animals booksBuy on Amazon What I love about this book: it is for everyone and for all the levels of experiences and knowledge. Steve Brusatte shared his studies and researches, starting from what are the dinosaurs, how they evolved and what...

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Roadside Geology Series

Roadside Geology Series

Roadside Geology Series On the photo I hold a book "Roadside Geology of Washington state" by Dr. Marli Miller and Dr. Darrel Cowan but the series include 34 titles and reveal geology that lies along the road from Washington, Alaska, and California to Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Wyoming, and all states in between.These books not only teach you the geology of your state and your state formations but also help you plan your next hike or fossil hunt. Learn how...

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On a mission to explore and study geology and palaeontology of all known and not yet discovered fossils localities in the United States and Around the World. 

Why Palaeontology and Geology?

Palaeontology studies the past life, its classification, interactions and influence to the environment. Geology studies the physical structure and substance of planets, its evolution over time.

The history and the evolution of organisms on our planet are the keys to understanding the future of our humankind and the future of the Earth as well as a greater understanding of astrobiology and astrophysics.

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Field Trips section is divided by states and provides information about fossil sites, gems locations, museums, national monuments, and parks.

We are on a mission to visit all fossil sites around the world. This part of the website is constantly growing and being updated. Stay tuned.

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Resources section suggests the best books for all ages and levels, including essential online resources, information about rockhounding and palaeontology clubs, online palaeontology and geology classes, and much more.

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"Nature has a habit of placing some of her most attractive treasures in places where it is difficult to locate and obtain them."

"Every great anthropologic and paleontologic discovery fits into its proper place, enabling us gradually to fill out, one after another, the great branching lines of human ascent and to connect with the branches definite phases of industry and art. This gives us a double means of interpretation, archaeological and anatomical. While many branches and links in the chain remain to be discovered, we are now in a position to predict with great confidence not only what the various branches will be like but where they are most like to be found."

In Henry Fairfield Osborn, 'Osborn States the Case For Evolution', New York Times (12 Jul 1925), XX1

"I shall collect plants and fossils, and with the best of instruments make astronomic observations. Yet this is not the main purpose of my journey. I shall endeavor to find out how nature's forces act upon one another, and in what manner the geographic environment exerts its influence on animals and plants. In short, I must find out about the harmony in nature."

Letter to Karl Freiesleben (Jun 1799). In Helmut de Terra, Humboldt: The Life and Times of Alexander van Humboldt 1769-1859 (1955), 87.

"In vertebrate paleontology, increasing knowledge leads to triumphant loss of clarity."

Synapsid Evolution and Dentition, International Colloquium on the Evolution of Mammals, Brussels (1962.)

"Cuvier … brings the void to life again, without uttering abracadabras, he excavates a fragment of gypsum, spies a footprint and shouts: “Look!” And suddenly the marbles are teeming with creatures, the dead come to life again, the world turns!"
From 'La Peau de Chagrin' (1831). As translated as by Helen Constantine The Wild Ass’s Skin (2012), 19.

"I am particularly fond of (Emmanuel Mendes da Costa’s) Natural History of Fossils because treatise, more than any other work written in English, records a short episode expressing one of the grand false starts in the history of natural science–and nothing can be quite so informative and instructive as a juicy mistake."

"I want to argue that the ‘sudden’ appearance of species in the fossil record and our failure to note subsequent evolutionary change within them is the proper prediction of evolutionary theory as we understand it ... Evolutionary ‘sequences’ are not rungs on a ladder, but our retrospective reconstruction of a circuitous path running like a labyrinth, branch to branch, from the base of the bush to a lineage now surviving at its top."

"In July [1837] opened first note-book on Transmutation of Species. Had been greatly struck from about the month of previous March on character of South American fossils, and species on Galapagos Archipelago. These facts (especially latter), origin of all my views."

Discours sur les révolutions du globe, (Discourse on the Revolutions of the Surface of the Globe), originally the introduction to Recherches sur les ossemens fossiles des quadrupèdes (1812). Translated by Ian Johnston from the 1825 edition. Online at Vancouver Island University website.

"In July [1837] opened first note-book on Transmutation of Species. Had been greatly struck from about the month of previous March on character of South American fossils, and species on Galapagos Archipelago. These facts (especially latter), origin of all my views."

In Francis Darwin (ed.), The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Including an Autobiographical Chapter (1888), Vol. 1, 276. 

"Kids like their fossils. I’ve taken my godson fossil-hunting and there’s nothing more magical than finding a shiny shell and knowing you’re the first person to have seen it for 150 million years."

"One must believe that every living thing whatsoever must change insensibly in its organization and in its form... One must therefore never expect to find among living species all those which are found in the fossil state, and yet one may not assume that any species has really been lost or rendered extinct."

Système des Animaux sans Vertébres, (1801) trans. D. R. Newth, in Annals of Science (1952), 5, 253-4.

"Taxonomy is often regarded as the dullest of subjects, fit only for mindless ordering and sometimes denigrated within science as mere “stamp collecting” (a designation that this former philatelist deeply resents). If systems of classification were neutral hat racks for hanging the facts of the world, this disdain might be justified. But classifications both reflect and direct our thinking. The way we order represents the way we think. Historical changes in classification are the fossilized indicators of conceptual revolutions."

In Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History (1983, 2010), 72

"The observer listens to nature: the experimenter questions and forces her to reveal herself."

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