28 Feb 19
The Pterosaur Heresies

Coelocanth. Tuatara. Numbat. Name three taxa that have not changed much in hundreds of millions of years. Extant numbats (genus: Myrmecobius, Fig. 1) nest in the large reptile tree (LRT, 1412 taxa; subset Fig. 2) basal to Early Cretaceous Anebodon, Middle Jurassic Docofossor and the extant marsupial mole (genus: Notoryctes). All arise from the extant […]

26 Feb 19
Natural Curios

Killer Marsupials, fearsome crocodiles, and hundreds of Australia’s natural treasures highlight Sydney’s natural history museum. One of the first things I did when I got off the plane in Australia was head to Sydney’s Australian Museum, a treasure trove of Australian and natural history artifacts. As the continent’s first public museum, opening in 1827, its […]

13 Feb 19
News from the San Diego Becks

A Century of Film   20th Century-Fox   The Studio The studio originally began as Fox.  It began with William Fox and its start came in 1904.  “Fox’s initiation into the movie business came in 1904 when he purchased from J. Stuart Blackton of the Vitagraph Company the Brooklyn nickelodeon (which, given the five-cent admission […]

10 Feb 19
Allyson Felix Brisbane's Blog

Sunfish specimen entering the museum gallery via the tallest available opening.Credit:Henry Barnes. Australian Museum The museum’s chief archivist and curator Vanessa Finney said the unique collection is little known outside the museum and has never been revealed to the public. “They are a museum’s ‘roguesgallery’: dozens of animals captured mugshot style, against a white sheet […]

21 Dec 18
Mentoring Miles by Jim McCormick

This blog covers the 700 miles between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch – the last stop on my travels as a Churchill Fellow. There will be time in the new year for proper reflection on what I’ve learned and what it might mean for youth mentoring practice back home in Scotland. For now, this blog shares […]