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Fossil teeth of browsing horse found in Panama Canal earthworks

... from the Panama Canal earthworks, Aldo Rincon, paleontology intern at the Smithsonian Tropical Research ... teeth. Bruce J. MacFadden, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, ... horse, in the May 2009 issue of the Journal of paleontology . By far the most complete fossil of a horse ...

Fossils and layers: Solving the terrane puzzle of the North American cordillera

... brings together 15 chapters written by experts in paleontology and stratigraphy. Volume editors Robert B. ... George Stanley, Jr., of the University of Montana paleontology Center, say that the diverse mix of chapter ... the diversity of approaches within the fields of paleontology and stratigraphy as well. Chapters span geologic ...

Dinosaur diggers bring mobile lab, new techniques to Eastern Montana

... Jack Horner, who is the Ameya Preserve curator of paleontology at MSU's Museum of the Rockies. Schweitzer is a ... "This will be the first ever analytical molecular paleontology lab dedicated to doing analysis of this type on ... of the Rockies then paid to adapt the lab for paleontology research. Horner paid for the renovations with ...

Mongolian paleontologists with a dream come to Montana State University

... Horner is Ameya Preserve curator of paleontology at MSU's Museum of the Rockies and Regents Professor of paleontology in Montana. "I had this dream that I wanted Mongolian paleontology to be developed better," said Bolortsetseg ...

Fossil plants bring Wilf distinguished speaker honor

... selects outstanding scientists whose current research or other work in paleontology is highly regarded and of broad interest to serve as Distinguished ... speakers who communicate the interest and importance of their work in paleontology well. The program is intended to make outstanding speakers available to ...

Google Earth aids discovery of early African mammal fossils

... said Gingerich, who is the Ermine Cowles Case Collegiate Professor of paleontology and director of the U-M Museum of Paleontology. Within minutes of seeing ... collected some of the fossils and took them back to the U-M Museum of paleontology where Gunnell, an associate research scientist, began studying them and ...

A case of mistaken dino-identity

... to get the record corrected. "I think it's going to be good for Texas paleontology and dinosaur research in general," Pan said. "Peter Rose's research has ... in geological sciences from SMU in 2004. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in paleontology at the University of Minnesota, he concedes he is excited about the ...

Brain structure provides key to unraveling function of bizarre dinosaur crests

... lambeosaur species. At the annual meeting of the Society for Vertebrate paleontology in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 16, the team will present new study findings ... with higher cognitive functions were," said Witmer, Chang Professor of paleontology in Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. "We suspected that ...

A fossilized giant rhino bone questions the isolation of Anatolia, 25 million years ago

... bone discovered in 2002 in an Anatolian deposit during a Franco-Turkish paleontology expedition funded by the ECLIPSE INSU-CNRS program. The presence of this ... has been found in Anatolia. Discovered in 2002 during a Franco-Turkish paleontology expedition in the region of ankiriorum (Central Anatolia, Turkey), the ...

Climate-caused biodiversity booms and busts in ancient plants and mammals

... part of North America at that time than at any other time." Woodburne and co-authors Gregg Gunnell of the University of Michigan Museum of paleontology and Richard Stucky of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science examined the records of ancient temperatures and information on the fossil plants and ...

Down Under dinosaur burrow discovery provides climate change clues

... An eye for subtle clues A specialist in trace fossils including tracks, scat and burrows Martin is known for detecting subtle paleontology clues. He also identified the first tracks of a large, carnivorous dinosaur in Victoria, and the first fossil crayfish burrows from the same area. ...

Fish on the menu of our ancestors

... Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Vertebrate paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Washington University in Saint Louis has shown that this ...

Coralline algae in the Mediterranean lost their tropical element between 5 and 7 million years ago

... and quite often in fossil form, particularly in relatively modern rocks", Juan C. Braga, the chief author and a researcher at the Stratigraphy and paleontology Department of the UGR explained to SINC. The study, which was published recently in Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology , describes ...

American Journal of Botany named a top 10 most influential journal of the century

... of the American Medical Association , the British Medical Journal, Journal of Zoology, American Journal of Physical Anthropology , and Journal of paleontology . ...

Beaked, bird-like dinosaur tells story of finger evolution

... said scientist James Clark of George Washington University. Clark, along with Xu Xing of the Chinese Academy of Science's Institute of Vertebrate paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, made the discovery. Clark's graduate student, Jonah Choiniere, also was involved in analyzing the new animal. ...

Fossil bone bed helps reconstruct life along California's ancient coastline

... California Academy of Sciences, San Diego Natural History Museum, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History in Bakersfield, and UC Berkeley's Museum of paleontology (UCMP), where students over the years have made studies of the bone bed's extinct sea turtles, sharks, marine mammals and seabirds. Lipps is a ...

Cantabrian cornice has experienced seven cooling and warming phases over past 41,000 years

... catalogued according to species and the number of individuals in each stratum", Gloria Cuenca-Bescs, lead author of the study and a researcher in the paleontology Department of the UNIZAR's Institute for Scientific Research (IUCA), tells SINC. The resulting study involves climatic inferences being drawn on ...

New dinosaur species possible in Northwestern Alberta

... also lead to the discovery of new dinosaur species in northwestern Alberta. University of Alberta student Tetsuto Miyashita and Frederico Fanti, a paleontology graduate student from Italy, made the discovery near Grande Prairie, 450 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. Miyashita and Fanti came across a ...

GSA special paper presents new studies of Western US earth motion

... this tectonic boundary. This Geological Society of America Special Paper presents new research and results on the geology, geophysics, geodesy, and paleontology of areas within this tectonic boundary zone, which stretches from southern California to central Oregon. This tectonic boundary, originally ...

Young dinosaurs roamed together, died together

... David and Lucile Packard Foundation. "Finding a mired herd is exceedingly rare among living animals," said Varricchio, an assistant professor of paleontology at MSU. "The best examples are from hoofed mammals," such as water buffalo in Australia or feral horses in the American West, he said. The first ...

A research work on molluscs nacre opens new doors for its possible use in biomedicine

... work has been recently published in the renowned journal PNAS , and its authors are Antonio Checa , Professor of the department of Stratigraphy and paleontology of the University of Granada; Julyan Cartwright , researcher of the Andalusian Institute of Earth Sciences (CSIC- UGR ), and Marc-Georg Willinger ...

World's largest snake discovered in fossilized rainforest

... co-organized by Carlos Jaramillo, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and Jonathan Bloch, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History, unearthed fossil remains of a new snake species named Titanoboa cerrejonensis . ...

Largest prehistoric snake on record discovered in Colombia

... species that lived back then." Assuming the Earth today is not particularly unusual, Head and Dr Jonathan Bloch, Assistant Curator of Vertebrate paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, estimated a snake of Titanoboa 's size would have required an average annual temperature of 30 to 34C (86 ...

Early whales gave birth on land, fossil find reveals

... in the sea, probably coming onto land only to rest, mate and give birth, said Gingerich, who is the Ermine Cowles Case Collegiate Professor of paleontology and director of the U-M Museum of Paleontology. Like other primitive archaeocetes, Maiacetus had four legs modified for foot-powered swimming, and ...

Decline of carbon-dioxide-gobbling plankton coincided with ancient global cooling

... periods than from earlier time periods," Rabosky said. "It's a pretty standard correction in some fields, but it hasn't been applied to planktonic paleontology up till now." More than 90 percent of known diatom fossils are younger than 18 million years. So an unadjusted survey of diatom fossils suggests ...

CT scans reveal that dinosaurs were airheads

... at the empty spaces in the skull. But what's emerged is that these air spaces have certain properties and functions," said Witmer, Chang Professor of paleontology in Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. Witmer and Ridgely examined skulls from two predators, Tyrannosaurus rex and Majungasaurus, ...

December Geosphere media highlights

... with the coeval marine Monterey Formation. Integration of data from the fields of plate tectonics, oceanography, sedimentology, paleoclimatology, and paleontology were used to interpret the causes and effects of major changes in the continental and marine sedimentary records. Two major changes in climate were ...

Paleontologists doubt 'dinosaur dance floor'

... as part of his master's thesis, say they are not retracting their study, which was published in the October issue of Palaios , an international paleontology journal. But they acknowledge there are strong arguments for the features being potholes rather than dinosaur tracks. The original study cited the ...

Study of polar dinosaur migration questions whether dinosaurs were truly the first great migrators

... thought, which means their treks were shorter. Bell and Snively's findings were recently published in Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of paleontology . The idea that these animals may have travelled distances nine times further than mule deer or four times those of wildebeest would have made ...

'A dinosaur dance floor'

... a crowd, kind of like a dance floor." A study identifying the dinosaur track site was published in the October issue of the international paleontology journal Palaios . Chan is senior author of the study, which was conducted for a master's degree thesis by former graduate student Winston Seiler, ...

Key to function of dinosaur crests found in brain structure

... crests and reconstruct the brains and nasal cavities of four different lambeosaur species. At the annual meeting of the Society for Vertebrate paleontology in Cleveland, Ohio, the team today announced new findings that suggest the crests were used for communication. The research was funded by the ...

America's smallest dinosaur uncovered

... have long and slender legs, stumpy arms with huge claws and tweezer-like jaws. They look like an animal created by Dr. Seuss," said Nick Longrich, a paleontology research associate in the Department of Biological Sciences. "This appears to be the smallest dinosaur yet discovered in North America." Called ...

ICS presents prestigious Digby McLaren Medal to Cincinnati's Carl Brett

... be presented the medal by the International Commission on Stratigraphy at a special meeting of the ICS. Brett is a key part of UC's nationally ranked paleontology program in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences. The Digby McLaren Award recognizes a significant body of internationally important ...

Big brains arose twice in higher primates

... After taking a fresh look at an old fossil, John Flynn, Frick Curator of paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, and colleagues determined that the brains of the ancestors of modern Neotropical primates were as small as ...

Scientists find 245 million-year-old burrows of land vertebrates in Antarctica

... excavation were apparent in some places, said Christian Sidor, a University of Washington assistant professor of biology and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the UW. "We've got good evidence that these burrows were made by land-dwelling animals ...

Scientists announce top 10 new species, issue SOS

... 75-million-year-old giant duck-billed dinosaur Gryposaurus monumentensis discovered in southern Utah by a team from Alf Museum, a California-based paleontology museum on a high school campus. From the plant kingdom is the Michelin Man™ plant Tecticornia bibenda a succulent plant in Western ...

New technique determines the number of fat cells remains constant in all body types

... weight loss, indicating that the number of fat cells is set during childhood and adolescence. Carbon dating is typically used in archaeology and paleontology to date the age of artifacts. However, in this application, which appeared in the May 4 early online edition of the journal Nature, the scientists ...

Dawn of human matrilineal diversity

... to show unequivocally that the most recent common female ancestor of everyone alive today was an African woman who lived in the past 200,000 years. paleontology provides corroborating evidence that our species originated on this continent approximately 200,000 years ago. The migrations after 60,000 years ago ...

Ancient reptile rises from Alberta oil sands

... in the area for 24 hours to ensure it was properly handled and continue to be involved in helping researchers further understand the geology and paleontology of the region. Nichollsia borealis is one of the most complete and best preserved North American plesiosaurs from the Cretaceous Period and lived ...

New dinosaur from Mexico offers insights into ancient life on West America

... and Spanish meaning sailed forehead, in reference to the large sail-like crest that grew atop the dinosaurs head, said Rosario Gomez, director of the paleontology program in Coahuila, Mexico. The second part of the name honors the state of Coahuila in north-central Mexico, where the specimen was found, said ...
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