Martha’s Anniversary: Passenger Pigeon Events

With the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon, only days away, Ectopistes-related events are happening everywhere. Here are some to look forward to over the Labor Day weekend and beyond: Passenger Pigeon Weekend at the Cincinnati Zoo.  Held at the original home of Martha and co-sponsored by the Ohio Ornithological…… Continue reading Martha’s Anniversary: Passenger Pigeon Events

Passenger Pigeon Lecture at New York State Museum

Next month, the New  York State Museum will be presenting a lecture  on the passenger pigeon.  Jeremy Kirchman is no stranger to extinct birds, having done research on the Carolina parakeet, the (possibly extinct) Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and others. The passenger pigeon, icon of extinction September 28, 2014 : 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Description: One…… Continue reading Passenger Pigeon Lecture at New York State Museum

Reading the Cowboy Way: Ranger Doug Finishes all 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Guitarist and lead yodelist Ranger Doug of the band Riders in the Sky just completed a five year odyssey reading all the books on the 1,001 Books you must read before you die list, according to an article in The Tennessean by Tony Gonzalez. Why? “It’s just something you do on the road. You get…… Continue reading Reading the Cowboy Way: Ranger Doug Finishes all 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Archaeology Journals and Impact Factors

Those in tenure-track positions care a lot about impact factors; other people, not so much. Elsevier, which coincidentally also publishes academic journals, makes freely available  “three alternative, transparent and accurate views of the true citation impact a journal makes.” These are the Impact per Publication (IPP), Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), and ScImago Journal…… Continue reading Archaeology Journals and Impact Factors

Have Deer Gotten Smaller Since the Archaic?

The average white-tailed deer killed during the Late Archaic at Lamoka Lake weighed 77 kg, or 170 pounds. That’s the estimate derived from measuring the astragalus, a bone in the lower leg of white-tailed deer.  By the Late Woodland to Protohistoric Period in New York, deer found at the Engelbert Site averaged 64.5 kg, or…… Continue reading Have Deer Gotten Smaller Since the Archaic?

Gold Miners Find Trove of Pleistocene Animal Bones

Animal bones from the last Ice Age are continually being exposed by gold mining in the Yukon. The provincial government hires two paleontologists to collect the bones, and occasionally bits of flesh or fur, from the many mining operations; they already have 25,000 specimens. “Typically, you know you’ve found it because you smell it before…… Continue reading Gold Miners Find Trove of Pleistocene Animal Bones