When you stroll the beach on the Isle of Wight and the light bounces off a dark shiny object above the tidal line, chances are it is a fossil, not a shell. Pick it up. It could be from a spinosaur, the largest carnivorous predator to hunt the landmass that eventually became Europe. According to the Natural History Museum in London, the Isle’s spinosaurs are possibly 10-plus meters long—nearly 33 feet long!
BY ROBIN VAN AUKEN
Today is a sunny day. Yesterday was, too. And the day before that, and…well, you get it. Florida has a lot of those—and this time of year, it’s blast-furnace hot, too. Having spent my childhood here in the pre-air conditioning olden days, I’d forgotten how humid it can get in the summertime. Before I go much further, this edition of my blog is going to focus on one Saturday in downtown St. Petersburg, near where I grew up.
BY LANCE VAN AUKEN