Gary Greaser

  1. February 25, 2022

    Facts About the Woolly Mammoth That Will Blow Your Mind

    Remember Manny from the Ice Age movie series? The aloof, grumpy, and standoffish character, who is otherwise loving and courageous, is in fact, a Woolly Mammoth. The species were ancestors of the modern elephant that evolved from the genus Mammuthus and first appeared 5.1 million years ago in Africa.

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  2. February 25, 2022

    The Green River Fossil Formations: Types of Fish Fossils Found

    The Green River Formation rocks tell a story of what the environment was like millions of years ago in Fossil Lake, Lake Uinta, and Lake Gosiute, which are now parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. During those times, Earth forces were almost done with uplifting Rocky Mountains, and the landscape had rugged mountains divided by vast intermountain basins.

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  3. January 11, 2022

    Purchasing Fossils Online? Here’s What You Should Know

    The modern commercial fossil industry is huge. While most people still think that a fossil collection is only meant for paleontologists and science geeks, the truth is, it can be enjoyed by anyone.

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  4. January 11, 2022

    Key Factors That Determine Megalodon Teeth Pricing

    It does not matter whether you are an experienced fossil collector or someone who has just started collecting fossils, when it comes to purchasing Megalodon teeth, you need to know certain key things in order to make the right purchase.

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  5. January 11, 2022

    4 Most Popular Herbivore Dinosaur

    When you hear the word “dinosaur,” what is the first image that pops into your head? Probably that of a ferocious T-rex or maybe one of those other beasts from the Jurassic Park movies.

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  6. January 11, 2022

    A Guide to Collecting Fossils as a Hobby for Beginners

    Are you intrigued by the entire idea of collecting fossils, but think that these relics of prominent value can only be found in the museum or a paleontologist’s lab, you are terribly mistaken!

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  7. November 30, 2021

    3 Massive Blunders That Took the World of Paleontology by Storm

    For a lot of people, the word “fossil” probably conjures images of bone fragments embedded in rocks. Fossils, however, can take many forms, including leaf and shell imprints, footprints, and so on. For hundreds of years, fossils have provided scientists with a deeper insight into the lives and evolutionary behavior of different organisms, including prehistoric animals like dinosaurs. Unfortunately, the thing about fossils is that they never present themselves intact. Quite often, putting them together is like solving a jigsaw puzzle with obscure, unknown pieces. And that can be quite tough, especially when you don’t have a picture on the box to look at. This is one of the reasons why fossils have also managed to baffle the scientific community, and in some instances, make them look pretty dumb. Here are a few of the biggest paleontology blunders that you don’t know about:

    The dinosaur that never was

    The Brontosaurus is perhaps one of the most well-known dinosaurs in history and pop culture. And for something that doesn’t exist, earning that title is quite the feat. In 1879, paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh discovered two almost complete—yet headless—skeletons of the Sauropod dinosaur in Wyoming. In a bid to display them, Marsh fitted one of them with a skull he found nearby and the other with a skull he found in Colorado. And thus, the Brontosaurus was born. The folly was exposed later when it was found that the skeletal remains were adult specimens of the Apatosaurus.

    The Presidential sloth

    Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. President, was an avid p

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  8. November 30, 2021

    Green River Formation Has Given Us The Most Fish Fossils

    Although there are many locations on planet Earth where fish fossils have been discovered, the Green River Formation is the only single location where most fish fossils have been found. This location was first discovered in the 1870s. Since then around 1 million fossilized fish have been found there. Along with a dozen fish species, many other fossils of birds, turtles, insects, salamanders, mammals, etc., have been found in the Green River Formation. Not just these, as many as 325 kinds of plant fossils have also been discovered at this old geologic formation.

    A Little Information About Green River Formation

    This is a rock formation that comprises of sedimentary rock layers. These layers were developed in a huge system of lakes. As per scientists, it is believed that Green River Formation was formed around 59 to 33 million years ago in the Eocene Epoch. Today, you can find Green River Formation covering parts of Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming.

    Most of the fish fossils in Green River Formation are found in the Fossil Lake in south western Wyoming. Paleontologists split this area into two fossil zones. One zone was given the name ‘split fish layer’, which was full of fish and other fossils. The “split fish layer” zone has a depth of around 6 feet and its sediment is quite laminated. Fish fossils are mostly removed nearly whole from this zone. The other zone did not have as many fossils. It measured about 18 inches (called the “18 inch layer”) and by looking at the composition of the limestone, paleontologists believe this zone took shape in deep water further away from the shore. The 18 inch layer contains incredibly detailed fish, plants, and other fossils.

    Fish Fossils Found In Green River Formation

    Different types of fish have been found in the Gree

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  9. November 30, 2021

    Planning To Buy a Trilobite Fossil? You Need to Read This First

    The modern commercial fossil industry is huge. Gone are the times when fossils were accessible only to a select few. Now, with hundreds of sellers offering a wide variety of fossils, from dinosaur fossils to trilobites and everything in between, it has become easier than ever to buy them, even online. But this has also led to the emergence of fake and fabricated fossils that are passed off as authentic and sold for thousands of dollars. Although the fake fossil market is rather small, it does exist.

    If you are planning to buy a trilobite fossil, it is crucial that you know how to spot fake fossils so that you don’t get swindled out of your money. With that said, you should also keep in mind that the methods used to locate trilobite fossils are quite destructive. They require you to break and split rocks, which often causes the fossils to break. So, some amount of repair and restoration is sometimes unavoidable. But fossils that are completely fake are a whole other story. Here are a few ways in which you can identify them:

    Air bubbles in exoskeleton

    One of the easiest ways to identify fake trilobites is to look for tiny air bubbles in the exoskeleton or the matrix. Resin is commonly used to cast fake fossils and the holes are formed during the resin’s hardening process. As these holes are normally less than half a millimeter in diameter, they can be slightly hard to spot with the naked eye. Such fossils by made by mounting the cast trilobite onto the matrix, which is then mounted onto a piece of actual rock. 

    Differences in matrix color

    When examining Devonian trilobites, pay special attention to the color of the matrix. If you find that there are differences in the color of the matrix and the rock, it could mean that the fossil is a fake. For instance, if you see light brown around the trilobite whi

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  10. November 30, 2021

    3 Legends and Myths About Whales That Will Blow Your Mind

    Whales are much more than just gargantuan creatures roaming the waters. For thousands of years, humans and whales have shared a very unique connection, from the earliest stories of unknown sea demons destroying ships to the many methods adopted in the present day to preserve and protect these beloved mammals. Over the course of history, whales have terrified, delighted, fascinated, and inspired humankind. They have also played a significant role in many cultures, tribes, and communities. This has earned them a place in countless legends, myths, and folklore tales that are rife with stories of all kinds. In some, you will find narratives of whales swallowing humans, and in others, they are often painted as gods, deities, and divine spirits. Here are some of these stories that you should know about:

    In Maori tradition

    Many Māori tribes have a powerful cultural association with whales. Most of them believe that whales are descendants of Tangaroa, who is the god of the oceans. They were revered as supernatural beings and considered sacred. Whales also appear in migration legends. Some tribes look at whales as a sign indicating that they should settle in a particular place. Māori ancestors often looked to them for guidance during their canoe journeys to Aotearoa. There are tribal stories, carvings, and some specialized language names that are testament to the interaction with the Māori and whales.

    In Hawaiian culture

    Native Hawaiian families have deified ancestors, aumakua, who could take the form of any animal, including shark, owl, and whale, among others. The whale, or kohola, appears in dreams and visions and serves as a connection between the physical and spiritual worlds. They also provide spiritual guidance. Whales also appear in numerous Hawaiian legends, including stories of creation, such as "Hanau Ka Palaoa Noho I Kai (The Palaoa Was Born and Lived in the Sea)." Palaoa re

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