Tag Archives: evolution

The upper story in a few pictures

We have always held that there is no substitute to the knowledge gained from handling real data. It is always superior to one gained from mere reading without reproducing or self-investigation. Hence, we have endeavored to play with various objects … Continue reading

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Some elementary lessons from iterative fractal maps

The famous Sierpinski gasket was one of the first fractals we wrote code for when we got access to a computer. It impressed us enormously that an intricate object with self-similarity over all scales could be generated by a rather … Continue reading

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Tyrannosaurs of the south redux: megaraptorans as tyrannosaurs?

Shortly after we had reached the mlechCha-land we read an abstract of a presentation in a meeting on vertebrate paleontology where Argentinian scientists reported the discovery of a large theropod (~6m long) with huge claws. At that point those claws … Continue reading

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A brief note on haramiyidans and the Mesozoic radiation of the mammals

Mammals have a longer history in the “age of the dinosaurs” (Mesozoic) than in the “age of the mammals” (Cenozoic). However, much of the Mesozoic history of the mammals remains obscure, not in small part due to the fact that … Continue reading

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Big science and grant-driven science and how discoveries are made

When we were young some we had made some scientific discoveries that we described to the elders around us. They were unable to make any sense of it but had an intuitive feel that there might be something to our … Continue reading

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A saiddhAntika adaptation of the vAstupuruSha narrative

We had earlier pointed out that the vAstupuruSha narrative in the smArta vAstu texts ( e.g. as provided by varAhamihira in his bR^ihatsaMhitA) might be derived from an old brAhmaNa-like narrative that was provided in the context of explaining the … Continue reading

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