Where in the World Contest : August 2013

Earth PuzzleIdentify a mystery photo and win a mystery gift certificate! Visit the Geology Library and look at the photo on our bulletin board.

Send your answer to georequests@lib.utexas.edu

To be eligible to win, you must be a UT student. In the case of a tie, the most detailed answer, including place names, formation names, coordinates, or description of the imagery, will win. Deadline is September 9, 2013.

We’ll offer a “where in the world” mystery image contest once a month.

Demon duck of doom!

MegafaunaI wish that I had come up with the nickname for Bullockornis planei, an extinct flightless bird, but I didn’t. Speaking of megafauna from a different part of the world, the Geology Library recently added Megafauna : giant beasts of Pleistocene South America by Richard A. Fariña, Sergio F. Vizcaíno, and Gerry De Iuliis at call number QE  881 M475 2013 Geology Library.

More extinct, revived, rediscovered, time-traveling creatures!

Megalodon JawsDinosaurs are not the only extinct creatures to capture the imagination in geoscience fiction. We have strange sharks, birds, and cats! Plus some plesiosaurs and marine reptiles! Here are some more cryptozoological thrillers:

Megalodons or Ginormous Extinct Sharks:

The ARC by Paul Rudd
Meg series by Steve Alten
Extinct by Charles Wilson
Megalodon Lives by Flash Rex
Monster Shark: Umira the Accursed by Stephen D. Sullivan
Midnight Sea by B. Luciano Barsuglia
The Pacifica by C.M. Loomis
Titanic QED by Catt Dahman
Megalodon by Robin Brown

Smilodons or Sabre-toothed tigers:

Smilodon by Alan Nayes
Fatalis by Jeff Rovin
The Valley by William Meikle (featuring other prehistoric creatures)


The Flock by James Robert Smith

Marine creatures:

The Crater by David D. Holt
Loch Ness by Donovan Galway
Monster: a tale of Loch Ness by Jeffrey Konvitz
Liopleurodon King of the Carnivores by Michael Zucker

Dinosaur Thrills!

When I first started compiling a list of fiction related to geoscience, I had no idea how many fictional dinosaur books there were nor how many common ways authors found of introducing dinosaurs into the story to thrill readers. Here’s how some authors brought dinosaurs to life, with example titles. Beware, there are many thematic cross-overs!Dinosaur

Dinosaur point-of-view

These stories are told from the dinosaur’s perspective and may or may not include interactions with humans. This category includes the possibility that dinosaurs are aliens or that aliens are dinosaurs.

Raptor Red by Robert Bakker
Dinosaur Wars by Thomas Hopp
Far-Seer by Robert J. Sawyer
Fossil Hunter by Robert J. Sawyer
Foreigner by Robert J. Sawyer

Re-discovered dinosaurs

Dinosaurs never died out completely. Some dinosaurs lived on in hard-to-find places or evolved into something unexpected.

Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear
The Land that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
West of Eden by Harry Harrison
Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison
Return to Eden by Harry Harrison
Dinosaur Planet by Anne McCaffrey
Dinosaur Planet Survivors by Anne McCaffrey

Revived dinosaurs

Scientists decided it was a good idea to recreate some of the most terrifying creatures that ever roamed the earth.

Carnivore by Leigh Clark
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Bone Wars by Brett Davis
Two Tiny Claws by Brett Davis
Carnosaur by Harry Adam Knight

Time-warp loopholes

Humans travel back in time, dinosaurs travel forward in time, or a rift in the fabric of the time-space continuum causes a jumbled timeline that has dinosaurs and humans existing at the same time.

Footprints of Thunder by James F. David
Dinosaur Thunder  by James F. David
Thunder of Time  by James F. David
Cretaceous Dawn by Lisa M. Graziano
Hell Creek by Lisa M. Graziano
Cretaceous Sea by Will Hubble
Sea of Time by Will Hubble
Safari World by Dale Martin
End of an Era by Robert J. Sawyer
The Dechronization of Sam Magruder by George Gaylord Simpson
Bones of the Earth by Michael Swanwick