So, I’ve been back in Berlin now for almost 3 months after taking 10 months off to work-travel. And crikey, what a time it has been! There’s been so much happening recently, and we’re in the middle of conference season too. Here’s just a list of stuff I’ve written or been involved in the last few weeks, partially for me to keep track of it all, and partially in case any of you all find some of it useful. Well, I hope some of this is of interest to some of you at least!
My sister is a neuropsychologist. Whenever we’re together, we always chat about our respective research (for me, dinosaurs), and what the latest developments in our fields are. Honestly though, half the time I have no idea what she’s talking about, and I’m sure it’s the same the other way too. That’s because, even though we are both scientists, trying to explain complicated scientific information to someone who is not a specialist in that field is incredibly difficult.
Ichthyosaurs, meaning ‘fish lizards’, are a bizarre group of ancient marine reptiles that went extinct around 90 million years ago. They looked suspiciously similar to dolphins, but are only very, very distantly related to the modern mammals. They captivated the attention of scientists and the public alike due to numerous discoveries by Victorian palaeontologist, Mary Anning, who collected dozens of skeletons from the Dorset coast in the UK.
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