Trace fossils were once considered second rank fossils and many are still overlooked by aficionados while searching in the field for past life fossilized (body fossil) remains. This has gradually changed, especially with the help of beautiful outcrops of dinosaur footprints. These, as all other trace fossils, have the characteristic of having been produced by alive organisms as part of their daily activities: walking, eating, reproducing, hiding, etc. In this sense, they are complementary of body fossils because

Podcast | Dr. Nesbitt on The Evolution of Vertebrates

In the Series People Behind the Science Podcast meet Dr. Sterling Nesbitt, an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Virginia Tech, and a  research associate/affiliate of the American Museum of Natural History, the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab at The University of Texas at Austin, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Nesbitt is featured in this 55’09” podcast entitled “Finding Fossils

Russian Late Mesozoic | Resources @ Cretaceous.ru

In September of 2006, the 3rd Russian Council was held in Saratov under the theme “Russian and Nearest Abroad Cretaceous System: Stratigraphy and Palaeography Problems”. The attendees decided that a “Russian Cretaceous System” website should be created, with the purpose of providing news, data, the state of knowledge and research prospects in the field of Russian Cretaceous stratigraphy and paleogeography to specialists, as well as to ensure prompt communication and discussion among them.

Palaeontologia Electronica and The Fossil Calibration Database

Founded in 1997, Palaeontologia Electronica, a double-blind peer review journal,  is the longest running open-access, peer-reviewed electronic journal and covers all aspects of palaeontology. The journal is published by Coquina Press, a California non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide “instant, free, and global access to the latest developments in paleontology and related scientific fields to the paleontologic research community and the general public through the production and publication

PANGAEA has a new face | Visit the website!

Pangaea, the major data publishing system for Earth & Environmental Science, and a tool growingly used for data integration by scientific journals publishers, just gained a new face. After more than 20 years of operation, the website, a project developed by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and by the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences of the University of Bremen, is now easier to navigate and offers a