Just out | Computational fluid dynamics as a tool for testing functional and ecological hypotheses in fossil taxa @ Palaeontology

Just out @ Palaeontology Computational fluid dynamics as a tool for testing functional and ecological hypotheses in fossil taxa Author(s) Imran A. Rahman Abstract: Computational fluid dynamics is a method for simulating fluid flows that has been widely used in engineering for decades, and which also has applications for studying function and ecology in fossil taxa. However, despite the possible benefits of this approach, computational fluid dynamics has been used only

Webcast | Inside the Smithsonian's Fossil Prep Lab

Event: Live Webcast | Smithsonian Science How: Inside the Smithsonian’s Fossil Prep Lab Promoter: Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Location: Anywhere Date: March 9, 2017, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST Sign up: click here Webcast here: click to access Link: Click here to access the website of the event About the event: “Featuring Fossil Preparator Michelle Pinsdorf Meet Michelle Pinsdorf, fossil preparator at the National Museum of Natural History. Have you ever wondered how

2017 AMMP Annual Meeting @ the University of Texas

Event: AMMP Annual Meeting Promoter: Association for Materials and Methods in Paleontology (AMMP) Location: University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA Dates: 19th-22th April 2017 Registration is now open. Register here! Link: Click here to access the website of the event Follow AMMP @Facebook, @Twitter, @YouTube About the event: “AMMP is a non-profit organization of persons interested in the field of paleontological collections care and methodology. This

3D Models | The internal beauty of extinct nerineids

Fossils have long been reproduced as casts from artificial molds of original specimens, for pedagogical purposes, private collections or even exhibits (e.g. large dinosaur skeletons). Now, modern 3D printers allow reproducing not only the external morphology of a fossil but also their internal structures. An example of these internal structures is displayed by the extinct Mesozoic gastropods Nerineoidea, with a more or less complex set of internal parietal, palatal and columellar plaits and folds (Fig.1).

AMMP | "Back to Basics" Lectures available in full

The Association for Materials & Methods in Paleontology (AMMP) just announced that the complete series of the “Back to Basics” Lectures recorded at last year’s Annual Meeting are finally available. The Lectures were organized around the theme “Defining the Professional Vertebrate Fossil Preparator: Essential Competencies – 14 critical skills/capabilities related to fossil preparation all professionals, volunteers, and amatuers should follow”. You may access the complete set of videos at the

"Building Dinosaurs" with Artist Michael Holland

Artist Michael Holland has created exhibit features for a number of natural history museums, including the Museum of the Rockies, the U.C. Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  He is now at the Smithsonian working on the Deep Time exhibition currently under construction. Next Wednesday (February 22, 2017, 5:30pm to 7:30pm), in an initiative of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Michael