N is for Nuptials
Godwin smiled at Joan, then buried his face into her neck. She giggled, stroking his sweaty head.
He marveled at how he felt in this moment. He was at peace, comfortable, satisfied.
Definitely not bored.
Oh how court was boring. If only he had realized that being no one of importance was the best thing that could ever have happened to him.
“David,” Joan whispered.
“Aye, my love.”
“I didn’t know I could be so happy.”
He raised his head and propped himself up on an elbow. “I didn’t know such happiness could exist, either.”
M is for Mustering
Godwin grunted as he hefted the log into his arm. He ambled cautiously back into the house and dropped the log into the rack beside the fireplace.
“There you are,” said Joan. “What are you doing up?”
“I’ve got to earn my keep,” said Godwin. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been useful at all.”
Joan hustled toward him, blocking his way back outside to collect more wood. “Father said you should rest.”
The Blogging from A to Z challenge is an event each April in which bloggers worldwide prepare 26 posts – one for each letter of the English alphabet – and present them over the course of the month.
This year I will be blogging over at the laboratory website, SIREALonline.com. I will attempt to mirror those posts over here, for those who might be interested.
The A to Z posts by SIREAL will all relate to terms, methods, and scientific results from the analysis of light stable isotopes from natural materials.
Z is for Zionodon
Zionodon is an adorable little insectivorous mammal related to modern elephant shrews. You may squee now.
Here’s a skeleton of a close fossil relative, Macrocranion tupaiodon:
Credit Ghedoghedo CC 3.0 By-SA
Y is for Yerbua
Yerbua is a genus of hopping rodent. The name “Yerbua” was coined in 1778, but has since been replaced with “Pedetes.” I have this name written down as a Uintan mammal, but Pedetes is a modern taxon from Africa, so I’m not sure what happened. But here you go:
Spring Hare, Pedetes capensis. Credit: Bernard DuPont CC 2.0 By-SA
X is for Xylotitan
Xylotitan is a new species of brotothere, a hoofed mammal related to horses and rhinos. Brototheres were giant mammals, considered the earliest of the ‘megaherbivores.’
Among brototheres, Xylotitan is among the smallest, only about the size of a large tapir.
This new species was named in 2016 by Mihlbachler and Samuels.
W is for Washakius
Washakius is a primate known only from the Eocene of the United States.
Skull element, right lower jaw, T-P2-M1
V is for Viverravus
Viverravus is a carnivorous mammal. Interestingly, I have written up Viverravus in an earlier A to Z Challenge about Paleocene mammals, here. Viverravus as a genus lasted many millions of years.
Here is an early Eocene Viverravus from the Yale-Peabody Museum:
Viverravus sp. YPM VPPU 022652. right ramus with P/4, M/1
U is for Uintatherium
Uintatherium was a massive hoofed mammal that lived during the Eocene epoch. Superficially, they were rather rhinoceros-like, though they were not related.
A reconstruction of Uintatherium.
Credit: Dmitry Bogdanov CC 3.0 By SA
Notably, Uintatheres had many horns and protuberances on their skulls, in addition to robust tusks.
Cast of Uintatherium anceps (Leidy, 1872) – syn. Dinoceras mirabile (Marsh 1872) skull, neck vertebrae.
Credit: Jebulon [Public Domain]
T is for Tapocyon
Tapocyon is a genus of miacid carnivores that lived during the Paleocene and Eocene epochs of North America. It was a climbing mammal that likely spent a great amount of time in trees.
Life reconstruction of Tapocyon robustus.
Credit: Nobu Tamura CC 4.0 By SA