Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Off topic: My top records 2008!

Unfortunately, I didn't get too much Vinyl this year and most likely I ignored other fantastic records of other bands, artists etc. Any way, records released 2008 that encouraged me the most are the following (no particular order):

The Night Marchers - See you in Magic (Swami Records)

Its hard to describe this Album. Since featuring members of former bands like Rocket from the Crypt and my beloved Hot Snakes, the general sound and style is somehow a mixture of such "John Reis Bands". It's no run-off-the-mill punkrock/postpunk/garage/something - it's cheesy and dark halloween spooky rockmusic and just awesome.

Fleet Foxes - s/t LP (Sub Pop)

Long story short: Imagine The Shins covering old artrock like Yes sitting in a log cabin somewehre in the rocky mountains during late summer. I guess this would be my favorite soundtrack for my retirement. Listen to "Mykonos" at their myspace and you will literally hear the sun rising.

Lemuria - Get better (Asian man records)

I constantly listened to this one all over the year. This music is odd in a way because its edgy and catchy at the same time. Poppunk/Indierock/something but still unique and authentic. Some lyrics really seized me and cheered me up during the nights in the lab as I finished my thesis.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My PhD project!

Whoo hoo!

On Tuesday, I gave a presentation and had an interview on a PhD position at the Palaeontological Institute and Museum of the Zürich University. I got the the job and I proudly announce that I will work on the recovery of benthic marine communities after the Permian-Triassic mass extinction event. I will (and will have to) learn alot. The project will besupervised by Dr. Michael Hautmann and Prof. Hugo Bucher. The invitation letter outlining the project is posted on aragosaurus.blogspot.com. A research abstract is available here (pdf).

My upcoming home: The world of the Lower Triassic (from scotese.com)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Taxonomy can be tricky...

...not only in palaeontology...

found on failblog

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


...I should be busy right now: I have to finish my final mapping project in order to complete my studies by the end of december. Furthermore, I will have an interview for a PhD-student position but I won't tell anything until I know how everything worked out. All what I can say right now is that it is a darn interesting project...we will see!

Just to post something (semi)relevant let me introduce you to a new categorie on Nolögic:

Trace fossil of the second

Cruziana problematica Schindewolf, 1928

Coin for scale = 27 mm

I post this one because it is included in the banner of the blog-title. We found these ribbon-shaped bilobate trails on a large float block in Wadi Al Hisa/ Jordan. These traces record superficial grazing or very shallow deposit feeding bahviour performed by small arthropods (?small Trilobites). The surface is a lower bedding plane. You look at a positive hyporelief. The whole surface is covered by hundreds of specimens and even more specimens of their little brothers Rusophycus carbonarius (the little coffee beans). They are Middle Cambrian (Stage 5 or Drumian) in age and are found in a rather marginal marine environment. However, this ichnospecies is reported from marine as well as terrestrial subaquatic deposits and ranges in age from early Cambrian to Cretaceous.