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Japanese Miniatures: Okamura Fossil Laboratory

We can only speculate on what inspired the Japanese palaeontologist Chonosuke Okamura to develop his exceptional Fossil Laboratory. Perhaps he felt that the rather unglamorous study of tiny fossil of algae and vertebrates from the Ordovician period limited his imagination. Or maybe this is a case of extreme face pareidolia. And than of course it [...]

Cope’s (non)Rule

Cope’s rule states that, as geologic time progresses, body size increases. Edward Drinker Cope, the dinosaur fossil hunter who postulated the rule at the end of the 19th century, based his theory on the analysis of over 1500 fossil families. The younger species in his collection were on average almost 10% larger than the older species [...]