For almost the entire history of paleontology, there was no way to tell what colors the dinosaurs actually were. Paleontologists believed the true coloration of these creatures was beyond the reach of detection and for a long time, the debate about dinosaur color remained a topic of wild speculation.
In the past decade, scientists working in the field succeeded in solving a mystery many million years in the making.
The key to solving the coloration puzzle comes down to minuscule structures called melanosomes. Melanosomes are tiny organelles that contain pigment, or melanin, and are present in…
Below follows a brief introduction of myself. I’d like to keep it short, so I’d better start right away.
My name is Panos Grigorakakis and I’m a journalist with experience in news writing, social media management, and content creation. I was born and raised in Athens. If you haven’t been already, I strongly suggest you visit sometime — the city is pretty underrated, trust me!
An introduction of my publications featured on Medium…
My goal on Medium has always been to write educative articles that could provide value to the reader.
I enjoy writing about topics I find fascinating, mainly paleontology and ocean liners. Since the topics and themes of my stories are pretty specific, I had a hard time finding fitting publications for them. Therefore, I decided to create new ones from scratch.
Explore stories that have been chosen for further distribution…
Curation on Medium practically means that a story has been distributed through one or more topics on the platform.
A curated story can be included in Medium’s daily digest email, or it can be featured more frequently both in the app and the website to readers interested in the specific topic(s). Thus it makes sense for writers to strive for curation since their stories can get higher exposure.
This doesn’t mean that non-curated stories are necessarily of lower quality. The articles are reviewed by people and in the end, the decision…
All the stories I’ve written on Medium in one place, categorized for easy access…
Picture this: you read an article on Medium, you like it, clap it, and decide to follow its author. You visit their profile and start scrolling for more interesting stories. The most recent ones come up first, but there’s always the possibility of a hidden gem lying further back down. Unfortunately, chances are you’ll get tired soon and quit searching. Does this sound familiar?
It’s true that browsing one’s profile on Medium can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience. …
Mammals frequently scream when embroiled in social conflicts or to signal the presence of predators and other threats. Humans are no exception. Our brains are wired to quickly recognize and respond to fearful screams as a survival mechanism. At least, this is the established view in neuroscience.
A recent study carried out by researchers at the University of Zurich, however, challenges the dominant theory and sheds new light on the possibility of the ongoing evolution of our species.
Researchers asked twelve participants to scream after imagining a scenario, each of which correlated with one of the following six emotions: pleasure…
The RMS Oceanic was the largest ocean liner of the 19th century. Launched in 1899, the ship incorporated in her design the most important technological advances of the previous decades and was notably more luxurious than her contemporary competitors.
The Oceanic immediately proved popular among passengers and became the most fashionable and successful ship of her time. She was deservedly praised as the pinnacle of 19-century shipbuilding, earning the privileged nickname the “ship of the century”.
This is her story.
The Oceanic was constructed in Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast and was operated by the White Star Line, one…
Mesozoic Quick Fact Series (MQFS) aims to provide interesting facts about various groups of extinct animals in a fun and readable way. We will focus on the highlights, so you don’t need to read extensive, time-consuming texts!
Each story in the series tributes a certain group of extinct animals and presents educational information in short, digestible parts.
Each story is divided into the following parts:
Presenting some basic information about the group, such as the origin of the clade’s name and the group’s most characteristic traits.
This part covers the geological time span during which members of the group lived…
To help you keep track of the latest stories published in Tales of Prehistory, we’ve decided to set a monthly review. In April we added five new stories to the publication. All of them were chosen for further distribution on the platform.
We’ve also included a special featured story at the end of this article. Featured stories are articles published long ago that once again become available for those who may have accidentally missed them.
Enjoy your reading!
Several fascinating paleontological discoveries are taking place each month. Scientists working in the field publish numerous studies, describe new prehistoric species, and propose exciting theories about the biology and behavior of many extinct animals.
This article will do a quick recap of the most important paleontological discoveries and updates from April 2021.
Before that, be sure to check the most memorable ones from March below:
Ready? Let’s go!
A new genus of terrifying carnivorous dinosaur that existed around 80 million years ago has been discovered in Patagonia, Argentina.
Paleontologists named the new dinosaur Llukalkan aliocranius which translates to “the one…
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