Paleontologists

Julia Sankey and Jacob Biewer (California State University) just released “The Giant Spike-Toothed Salmon and Other Extinct Wildlife of Central California”, a new book on the giant, spike toothed salmon and massive tortoises in California. Written for a general audience, with excellent illustrations, the book is readly available through Amazon. It portrays the California of 5 million years ago and the very weird animals inhabiting it. Go back in time and learn about

Just out | Tribute to Percy Milton Butler 1912–2015 @ Historical Biology

Just out @ Historical Biology Tribute to Percy Milton Butler 1912–2015 Author(s) Jerry Hooker Excerpt: Percy Butler could be regarded as the champion of the study of mammalian teeth. In fact in his very long scientific career, he published many papers not only on modern and fossil mammalian dentitions, including those of humans, but also on the cranial and postcranial regions of extinct mammals. Moreover, his works also included the study

Just out | The contribution of fossils to chronostratigraphy, 150 years after Albert Oppel @ Lethaia

Just out @ Lethaia The contribution of fossils to chronostratigraphy, 150 years after Albert Oppel Author(s) Marco Balini, Annalisa Ferretti, Stan Finney, Simonetta Monechi Abstract: The 150th anniversary of the death of Albert Oppel (1831–65) provided the opportunity to celebrate this outstanding stratigrapher with a Thematic Issue dedicated to the importance of fossils for dating and correlating of sedimentary rocks. In this issue, we analyse Oppel’s significant contribution to modern chronostratigraphy, before

On the News | USA | Palaeontologists are using 3D mapping to piece together dinosaur bones @ Wired

On the News @ Wired Title:  Palaeontologists are using 3D mapping to piece together dinosaur bones Emma Bryce Excerpt: “When Kenneth Lacovara spotted bones poking out of the soil in the Patagonian Desert in 2005, he didn’t think much of it. Then he began to dig. Lacovara and his team had stumbled across a two-metre-long femur, the leg bone of one of the largest land dinosaurs ever discovered. The findings

On the News | USA | Treks for Rex: Public invited to uncover dinosaur bones, other creatures @ The Bismark Tribune

On the News @ The Bismark Tribune Title:  Treks for Rex: Public invited to uncover dinosaur bones, other creatures Amy Dalrymple Excerpt: “Paleontologists who recently found a tooth from a Tyrannosaurus rex south of Bismarck say the public might have similar luck in upcoming fossil digs. The North Dakota Geological Survey is hosting four events this summer, inviting the public to help uncover bones from dinosaurs, prehistoric sea monsters and

On the News | USA | Philadelphia museum's fossil surgeon reveals ancient past @ New Jersey Herald

On the News @ New Jersey Herald Title:  Philadelphia museum’s fossil surgeon reveals ancient past Tom Avril Excerpt: “The three crates full of rocks traveled more than 10,000 miles by air and sea, from a barren Antarctic moonscape to a hallway outside Fred Mullison’s cluttered workroom in Philadelphia. Scientists dug up the rocks, but until Mullison got his hands on them, no one could truly see the details of what

On the News | Australia | Kangaroo-Sized Turkey Lived Millions of Years Ago – and Flew @ Newsmax

On the News @ Newsmax Title:  Kangaroo-Sized Turkey Lived Millions of Years Ago – and Flew J. Wheaton Excerpt: “Kangaroo-sized turkeys flew in Australia millions of years ago, according to researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide. Fossils discovered in caves in western Australia reveal these giant brush turkeys were as large as 3.2 feet and likely could fly and roosted in trees, CNet reported. Known as Progura gallinacea, the megapodes are

On the News | USA | Building a better alligator: Researchers develop advanced 3-D models of bite data @ EurekAlert!

On the News @ EurekAlert! Title:  Building a better alligator: Researchers develop advanced 3-D models of bite data Excerpt: “The skulls of alligators protect their brains, eyes and sense organs while producing some of the most powerful bite forces in the animal kingdom. The ability to bite hard is critical for crocodilians to eat their food such as turtles, wildebeest and other large prey; therefore, their anatomy is closely studied

On the News | Canada | University of Alberta student names dinosaur species after late mother @ CBC

On the News @ CBC Title:  University of Alberta student names dinosaur species after late mother Travis McEwan Excerpt: “A University of Alberta undergraduate student got a second chance at becoming a paleontologist four years ago after his mother died. And now he’s naming a dinosaur species after her. Aaron Van Der Reest, 36, spent Tuesday in Dinosaur Park, Alta., a hotbed of fossilized dinosaur discoveries, waiting for the rainy weather to

On the News | UK | Meet Dean Lomax, Master of the Prehistoric ‘Death March’ @ Discover Magazine

On the News @ Discover Magazine Title:  Meet Dean Lomax, Master of the Prehistoric ‘Death March’ Jon Tennant Excerpt: “Paleontologists study creatures that have long ceased to be, all in the hopes of “resurrecting” the history of their lives on Earth. But paleontologist Dean Lomax, an Honorary Visiting Scientist at the University of Manchester, has made a name for himself recreating a very specific part of ancient creatures’ lives: their