Quoth the Microraptor, Nevermore

Hey everybody! I’ll have the next Grand Canyon post up tomorrow, but in the meantime, if you’re curious about my science writing, my latest story for EARTH magazine just went live:

Quoth the Microraptor, Nevermore

Enjoy! M

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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3 Responses to Quoth the Microraptor, Nevermore

  1. Your post brought this to mind:

    Southwest Art March 2012

    Cowgirl Up!

    By Bonnie Gangelhoff

    Wickenburg, AZ, lies about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix. It’s known for fresh air, country living, and, more recently, for the annual Cowgirl Up exhibition and sale. This year, Cowgirl Up features paintings, drawings, and sculptures by more than 50 women and is on display March 23-May 6 at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.

    Since its inception in 2006, a primary mission of this show has been to spotlight art from “the other half of the West”—works by only female artists that capture the spirit and lifestyle of the region. For the uninitiated, “cowgirl up” in western lingo essentially means, “Be your own woman. Make your own path. And toughen up.” 
It’s the feminine equivalent of “cowboy up.”

    On the following pages you’ll meet six of this year’s Cowgirl Up participants. Some have been in the show since its early days; others are showing their works for the first time. One Cowgirl Up veteran, Carol Swinney, sums up the importance of the event this way: “I think the show has one of the best groups of women artists who are painting western subject matter today. I am very proud to be a part of it.”

    Featured in March 2012.

    Elizabeth Black
    Martha Pettigrew
    Carol Swinney
    Maura Allen
    Linda St. Clair
    Sharon Markwardt

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  3. marimann says:

    Very interesting article, and I enjoyed reading your science writing (like I’ve enjoyed reading your adventure writing here on your blog!) Do you have an opinion on whether the microraptor could fly or not? Seems like I saw a show once where they had built a couple of models of these dinosaurs and were testing them to see whether or not they could fly, or just glide, or maybe nothing at all; possibly the feathers were just for display.

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