Skeemella clavula

I just ran across a Cambrian creature that I had never heard  of before, Skeemella clavula. 

The weird thing is I can’t find anything about it. I’ve googled the name and nothing. OK I did find a couple of entries that said “An elongate animal from the middle Cambrian.” But nothing else.

I know it existed. There’s mentions of it here and there, but no data. This thing had to be described somewhere, a journal article, a letter to Nature, a poster presentation at the last Palaeontological Society meeting, something. But it’s a complete mystery. I’ve run into a total dead end. Was it a worm with a big head? A clam with a swimming tail? I understand that it might not have been completely studied, but for it to have become known at least a little, there must have been some data published somewhere. 

Does anyone have a lead on this crazy creature?


Dinosaur footprints // Isle of Skye, Scotland

Though a size scale may be difficult, in the top left is not a child’s foot. That is an adult female size 5 in a chunky walking boot (aka my foot), and that is no normal rock pool! Though millions of years of erosion has worn away many of the separate toe marks, that is in fact a dinosaur’s footprint. To anyone not paying attention, these would seem like normal rock pools, but on closer inspection they follow regular patterns matching the stride of dinosaurs who walked what would have been a lagoon 150 million years ago. Over 100 footprints have said to have been found at this locality (depending on how far the tide is out) but despite the numbers it’s easy to see why people hadn’t noticed them until only last year! Awesome!

Alright Palaeoblr

Let’s try something new… 

2016 was the Year of the Great Dumpsterfire, however, good things still happened. So! 

Reblog this post and add on something you’re grateful for from this year! Keep the reblog chain going; if you’re even just a casual observer of Palaeoblr shennigans, feel free to reblog and add something! If you see this post, just add on, keep the positivity flowing! Doesn’t have to be dinosaur or paleontology related, either! Just something that made you happy. 

I’ll start with: I’m glad that this community has grown so much (and I’m looking forward to it growing more!)
Palaeoblr Mastersheet
Everyone. Eventually.

There was no way to make this a nice Tumblr Post, so have a Google Doc. 

This has a bunch of Palaeoblr blogs, including just casual fans/observers. There is NO RULE for being a part of Palaeoblr, you just have to love paleontology, prehistoric life, and living things in general. So if you’d like for me to add your URL, let me know. If you’d like me to add additional URLs you have that aren’t on the list, let me know. If you’d like me to modify your “speciality” (which is… informal at this point), let me know.