A fifth anniversary tyrant

The next few days are likely to be very busy for me and this weekend I’m off on holiday, so I very much doubt I’ll be blogging on next Monday. This is a bit of a shame as those who occasionally glance at the bottom half of the sidebar on the Musings will realise that it pretty much marks the 5th anniversary of the blog. Of course very longtime readers will know I was going for some months on the old Dinobase site before cranking up this version on wordpress, but this has for most people always been the home of my pronouncements, even if there is also now Pterosaur.net, the Lost Worlds, and various bits on other parts of the web too.

So I’m naturally really rather pleased to have reached this mark, having also not too long past gone over 1.25 million hits and 1250 posts on here. It has, obviously, been a lot of work. While naturally there have been plenty of short posts (even one liners, and those of just a single image) and a fair number of guest pieces, I’ve obviously poured a huge amount of time and effort into this over the years, and I’d like to think it’s made a fair impression on a goodly number of people. Plenty of great dinosaur blogs by interesting and talented researchers seem to have fallen by the wayside, so if nothing else I can claim a fair bit of persistence.

Right, well to ‘celebrate’, here’s some pictures of a Tyrannosaurus mount from the Tyrrell that I was going to post anyway (so hardly the greatest party ever thrown really). Still, it’s hardly an inappropriate thing to include as I have done my share of tyrannosaur work and this is a neat mount. Oddly, I wasn’t too happy with the photos originally, you can’t see too many details, but I rather like the way this looms out of the murk with the animal trailing off into darkness.

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Although the skull looks great from either side, once you get a shot up the nose, it’s rather clear how distorted this is. There’s quite a bit of difference between the two sides and it’s obvious there’s been a fair amount of squishing to the bones to give this rather asymmetric appearance.
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Well, that’s it for now. Not sure if there will be another 5 years, but I’m not planning on stopping just yet and I’ll be annoyed at least if I don’t reach 1500 posts having gone this far, though with my other commitments, it may take a good long while yet.

7 Responses to “A fifth anniversary tyrant”


  1. 1 mattvr 12/06/2013 at 1:03 pm

    Congratulations Dave, I never would have met you without the Musings!
    Keep up the science communication!

  2. 2 steve cohen 12/06/2013 at 2:39 pm

    Congrats from an avid non-scientist reader; you’ve done a great job of making complex issues understandable to a laymen without “talking down” to the reader.

    Here’s hoping for another five years!!

  3. 3 MC 12/06/2013 at 3:01 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I’m hosting an online project called One Weekend and I think it would be fun to have you participate All the details are in my blog: http://pearlsdiamondsandeverythingelse.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/one-weekend-come-join-me/
    Keep blogging!

  4. 5 Kilian Hekhuis 12/06/2013 at 3:14 pm

    Congratulations Dave, let’s bring those next 1500 posts on!

  5. 6 Mark Robinson 13/06/2013 at 3:58 am

    Congrats, Dave. Five years is quite impressive, given that you have to fit blogging in and around work commitments (especially as I imagine that the time that you spend preparing and writing a post could also be spent researching or writing your next paper, or reviewing someone else’s).

    Roll on 1500.

  6. 7 KanchO (@JamesKanchO) 28/06/2013 at 6:22 pm

    Congratulations. It would be my great pleasure to tell you I’ve been a fan of your works for a couple of years. Words from South Korea with love. Thank you so much.


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