Several things have either come up or come together for various reasons that are probably not worthy of a post on their own, but are of interest and should probably be promoted in some way or other. So here is a fairly motely collection of links to various things:
1. A new paper by the SV-POW! (don’t forget the exclamation mark) boys has come out talking about the position of the neck in sauropod dinosaurs. Read about it in more detail at their hompage, or over at Tetrapod Zoology.
2. In a not entirely unrelated manner, a new paper is out this week on the evolution of long necks in giraffes and is covered very well at the BBC website.
3. Unrelated to these, but related to an upcoming post of mine, today Ben Goldace fo the imperious and unmissable Bad Science has turned up a particulalry interesting internet ‘personality’. His take on healing mental illnesses, fertility treatment, recussitation and others are not things I would recommend. I would suggest reading them though, for, as funny as they are (in a sense) it is disturbing to see stuff like this put forward as genuine science. OK, it’s very much at the lower end of these kinds of things, but then, where does science become pseudoscience become well, this and how do you know which you are dealing with when they contact you?