Friday Rewind: The rise and fall of Alabamornis
I feel like I have been run over by a truck. Between blogging, working on my book, fieldwork, pitching freelance articles, and research, I just didn’t have the energy to come up with something new today. Instead enjoy this post, written a little more than a year ago, about how the hip of a fossil whale was mistaken for the shoulders of an ancient bird. — Brian
The right hip of Basilosaurus as seen in Lucas’ 1900 description.
If you were a 19th century paleontologist and you wanted a skeleton of the fossil whale Basilosaurus, there was only one place to look; Alabama. Even though fossils of the ancient cetacean had been found elsewhere, their bones were most