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Friday, February 7, 2014
|Garden of Fugitives (plaster casts)|
The history of this Roman city is well embedded in popular culture through tales of Lucius Caecilius Iucundus, the BBC dramas series Doctor Who, named "The Fires of Pompeii," Pink Floyd's live concert Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii and countless theatrical productions, an opera, films and a mini series.
While we have been fascinated with our own species' violent demise, Baoyu Jiang of Nanjing University in China and his scientific research team from have proposed that humans weren't the only ones who were part of this kind of mass distinction event. In fact, thousands of well-preserved fossils have been discovered in the northeast of China at the Yixian and Jiufotang formations. They include plants, birds, dinosaurs and mammals. Many of the fossils are so intact that researchers can determine what that dinosaur had for breakfast the day it died.
Deborah Netburn writes for the Los Angeles Times that scientists have evidence that these "mass mortality events were pyrocalstic flows from nearby volcanoes--the same phenomenon that destroyed and preserved the ancient civilization of Pompeii."
If you're curious, check out these tips on the paleontology career and do some investigating of your own! After all, acting on your curiosity is what Sci-Curious is all about!