Bookworms

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    Shari Ellis joined the group Bookworms
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    Jack Kallmeyer posted an update in the group Bookworms

    Has anyone else looked into the Great Courses videos?  I have gotten a number of them concerning both paleontology, geology, evolution, earth history, etc.  I have found them to be quite interesting.  They aren’t cheap but if you aren’t in a hurry, the title you want will go on sale for a substantial discount. My only complaint is that they are heavy on lecture with a well qualified professor presenting the material but short on visual aides.  I could do with more slides or images supporting what is being discussed with less face time of the presenter.  I’d like to see him more as a narrator/lecturer.  Anyone else have experience with these videos?

    • I have not looked into Great Courses but I have participated in a course on edx.org – it was in physics though. It looks like they don’t have a great selection for Earth History or Paleontology. The course I took was slides that were narrated over, but also with a transcript – which really helped me. Sometimes they would show the professor but he wasn’t the major element of the course. I remember seeing many more slides than his face.

  • 1 day ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted an image in the group Bookworms from the myFOSSIL app

    Ontogeny and Phylogeny by Stephen Jay Gould. Two of my favorite subjects! Ontogeny is the study of how organisms grow, a good example of this can be seen recorded in our photo albums (ourselves). And phylogeny is the evolutionary history of a group of organisms. There is definitely technical language that may require a glossary but a good read!

    • Jen, your idea to start this group was a good one. It is reassuring that people are still interested in reading good books on the various aspects of paleontology.

    • @jkallmeyer – Thanks! It was definitely one of my better group ideas, it’s been really successful so far. I also thought it might be a good way to get interested people to post that might not have as many fossils as we do!

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    Jennifer Bauer posted an image in the group Bookworms from the myFOSSIL app

    A Sea without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region by D.L. Meyer and R.A. Davis. It’s easy to get lost in the cover on this one and dream about diving into an ancient sea! I got this when I first moved to Ohio in 2012! Terms are defined and augmented by clear and large figures and photos so great intro to the region for all levels of learners!

  • 5 days, 21 hours ago
    Nathan Newell posted an image in the group Bookworms from the myFOSSIL app

    This is another of my favorite eye candy books. The illustrations are done by William Stout, and they have a ’70s fantasy vibe to them. It’s like Dungeons and Dragons meets dinosaurs. 😁👍

  • 6 days, 23 hours ago
    Michael Deak posted an image in the group Bookworms from the myFOSSIL app

    One of my favorite pages from the graphic novelization of Chuck’s book. Makes you wonder what kind of dreams that man had.

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    Nirmal Rajah posted an image in the group Bookworms from the myFOSSIL app

    Discovering Darwin everyday here

    Happy belated Darwin day

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    Jennifer Bauer posted an update in the group Bookworms

    Found this article by @joyce-drakeford when combing through the newsletters!

    “Fossil Reference Books” https://www.myfossil.org/fossil-reference-books/

    • Thanks @jbauer! I love my stacks of reference books and really miss writing articles!!

    • Why farewell??

      • The project’s funding expires in September. A goal of this last stretch is to make it more self-sustaining and community driven. Could you message me your email address? I will make note to message you when we are getting ready for the last newsletter!

        • Hi, @jbauer ! Do you mean the funding of myFOSSIL will expire? Will that have an impact on the site or the app?

          • Yes, the NSF project funding expires in September 2019. We are working on a plan to make everything more community driven but there will be some changes. I have a team of three volunteers that are going to help me curate the specimens and will be in those positions for two-years and then we will be looking for new volunteers. We will also need help running the social media accounts, they are really active right now but we will slowly wind down and then hopefully other users may be interested in continuing in some capacity. Maybe it’s more sharing content from the site and sharing pre-existing things then making all the graphics like we have been. The app and website will still be functioning and have a monthly maintenance schedule. I think I will still be on as a 1/4-1/3 time to help make sure the data you all are entering is still getting vetted. Does that all make sense? We haven’t quite worked out all the details but the idea is the platforms will continue on but with no full paid team behind it.

            • Okay, thank for letting me know! And if you need any help with anything, I’ll definitely volunteer. I work as software engineer, and I have some experience with graphic design, so maybe my experience would be applicable here.

    • Wow. I didn’t know the newsletter was going too. Bummer.

      • It’s possible the community can work to produce it but I’m not going to lie, it’s a big effort and takes a lot of time. There are three of us that work on it.

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    Richard Bex joined the group Bookworms
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    Jack Kallmeyer posted an update in the group Bookworms

    Anyone else interested in paleoanthropology?  I am quite fond  of Neanderthals myself.  Here are a few books from my library on that subject.



  • 2 weeks ago
    Jack Kallmeyer posted an update in the group Bookworms

    Since Victor brought up sharks, I thought I’d plug the book, Fossil Fish, Vol III of IV, published by the North Carolina Fossil Club.  This book is outstanding for the shark tooth collector (do we have any of those on myFossil???).  The plates are all color and the amount of information given is amazing to me for a club published work.  it is professional throughout.  Contact Linda McCall if you are interested @lmccall.Since I am not a full time shark tooth collector, this book made me realize why.  The differences in some teeth seem to be discernable by experts only.



    • Great recommendation, @jkallmeyer! I definitely need to work on my shark tooth identification. My current identification process: ‘does it look shark-y’ and ‘is it pointy’.

  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago
    Victor Perez posted an image in the group Bookworms from the myFOSSIL app

    The most important book for anyone studying sharks. There’s a newer version published in 2012

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