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Jack McIntosh Celebration of Life

Posted: March 10, 2016
Jack's family has announced that the Celebration of His Life to be held on April 9, 2016 (info below). Please RSVP to so they can plan catering properly. Feel free to share this information.  A celebration of the life of Dr. John S. McIntoshSaturday, April 9: 2-5 PM Daniel Family Common Wesleyan University 45 Wyllys Ave Middletown, Ct. This is to be a fun sharing of memories, pictures, and st...  Read More

Elwyn Simons, Duke University paleoanthropologist, dies March 6

Posted: March 9, 2016
Elwyn Simons, Fossil Expert and Primat Conservationist, Dies at 85. DURHAM, NC - Duke scientist-explorer Elwyn Simons, who studied living and extinct primates for more than 50 years, died in his sleep on Sunday, March 6, in Peoria, Arizona. He was 85. The extended article on Dr. Simons passing is published on Duke Today.  Read More

Course Introduction to Ecological Data Analysis, Oct. 3-7, Barcelona.

Posted: February 19, 2016
New edition of the course "Introduction to Ecological Data Analysis - 2nd Edition", October 3rd- 7th, 2016.Instructor: Dr. Øyvind Hammer (University of Oslo, Norway). For this course we will use the free and friendly Past [] software (written by the lecturer), but the methods are equally relevant for users of other programs. This course is aimed at postgraduate students, postdoctoral researc...  Read More

Iceman Reborn PBS/ NOVA Documentary

Posted: February 17, 2016
Iceman Reborn Watch as Otzi, a 5000-year-old mummy, is brought to life and preserved with 3D modeling. Airing February 17, 2016 at 9pm on PBS. He was stalked, attacked and left to die alone. Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is Europe’s oldest known natural mummy. Miraculously preserved in glacial ice, his remarkably intact remains continue to provide scientists, historians, and archeologists with groundbreak...  Read More

Course The Use of Phylogenies in the Study of Macroevolution, Sept. 19-23, Barcelona.

Posted: January 28, 2016
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Juan López Cantalapiedra (Museum für Naturkunde, Germany). FOR WHOM?: This course is aimed at postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and established academics. First, this course will introduce participants to the use, modification and representation of phylogenetic trees. Then, we will focus on the use of phylogenetic information to reconstruct ancestral characters and biogeographic histories, learning how...  Read More

Peter Lawrence Forey (1945–2016)

Posted: January 25, 2016
Peter Forey was one of the world’s leading palaeoichthyologists and at the forefront of the cladistics revolution in the 1980s. Together with Don Rosen, Colin Patterson and Brian Gardiner, he was known as one of the ‘Gang of Four’ whose arguments in favour of phylogenetic systematics as a guiding principle in evolutionary biology earned them opprobrium and praise in equal measure, with the added benefit of being fir...  Read More

II Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics

Posted: January 12, 2016
II Iberian Symposium on Geometric MorphometricsIt is a pleasure to announce the II Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics, which will be held in Madrid (Spain) 9th-10th of June, 2016.  This time, the II ISGM is being organized by the Transmitting Science, The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C. You can find all the information at the Symposium webpage: www.2isgm.transmittings...  Read More

John Stanton “Jack” McIntosh (1923–2015)

Posted: December 27, 2015
John Stanton “Jack” McIntosh (1923–2015).         With the passing of Jack McIntosh, vertebrate paleontology has lost one of its greats and a friend and colleague to many across the globe.  He fell under the spell of sauropods at the age of six after seeing the Diplodocus mount during a visit to the Carnegie Museum.  By the age of 13 he was corresponding with paleontolog...  Read More

Press Release - A well-preserved skeleton reveals the ecology and evolution of early carnivorous mammals

Posted: December 8, 2015
A WELL-PRESERVED SKELETON REVEALS THE ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION OF EARLY CARNIVOROUS MAMMALSDEERFIELD, IL USA (December, 2015) – Prior to the rise of modern day mammalian carnivores (lions and tigers and bears, as well as weasels, raccoons, wolves and other members of the order Carnivora), North America was dominated by a now extinct group of mammalian carnivores – the hyaenodontids.  While fossils of hyaenodontids are r...  Read More


Posted: December 1, 2015
INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester, UK) DATES: September 12 -16, 2016PLACE: Facilities of the Centre of Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica, Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain) Testimonials of previous editions:  PROGRAM  1. Phylogeny, trees and phylogenetic reasoning.  2. Brief review of geo...  Read More

Press Release- Dinosaurs used nasal passages to keep brains cool

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Dinosaur nasal passages were certainly nothing to sneeze at. Possessing among the largest and most complex nasal passages seen in animals, their function has puzzled paleontologists. New research suggests that the size and shape of these nasal passages would have allowed incoming air to cool the blood making its way to the brain, maintaining the brain at an optimum temperature. The study was present...  Read More

Press Release- A new study of fossil bone growth reveals the ancestry of mammalian 'warm-bloodedness'

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Most people know that ‘warm-bloodedness’ is a characteristic of mammals.  This trait actually encompasses a suite of physiological processes that help to maintain a relatively high, constant body temperature using heat generated internally.  A new study by Christen Don Shelton of the University of Cape Town, South Africa and his colleague, Martin Sander at the University of Bon...  Read More

Press Release- Unique feeding mechanism among marine reptiles from the age of dinosaurs

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) - Among the many groups of marine reptiles from the Age of Dinosaurs, elasmosaurs are famous for their necks, which can have up to 76 vertebrae and make up more than half the total length of the animal. These “sea dragons” attained worldwide distribution and vanished only during the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous 66 million years ago.   Fossils of the elasmosaur Aristonectes...  Read More

Press Release- 300 million-year-old ‘supershark' fossils found in Texas

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Even before the age of dinosaurs, big toothy predators were roaming Texas. 300 million years ago, during a time called the Carboniferous, the area surrounding what is now Dallas, Texas was flooded by a shallow sea. Fossils from this ancient environment were recently recovered from Jacksboro, Texas by Mark McKinzie and Robert Williams of the Dallas Paleontological Society. Among these were two f...  Read More

Press Release- Mummified seals reveal ecological impact of ice change

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Scientists are using the mummified remains of seals freeze-dried in Antarctica to examine the long-term effects of changing ice patterns on marine mammal ecology. Recent work, presented this week at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meetings in Dallas, Texas, examined over five hundred seal mummies collected from the Ross Sea region. Findings suggest that while some species maintain a similar e...  Read More

Press Release- Transitional species of duckbilled dinosaurs illuminate the relationship between evolution and growth

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – The discovery of two new transitional species is helping reveal the pattern of evolution in duckbilled dinosaurs, providing key insight into the intricate relationship between changes during growth and the evolution of elaborate display structures.   An emergent field of research in dinosaur paleobiology investigates the relative importance of linear, non-branching evolution (anagenesis) comp...  Read More

Press Release- Mammal body-size responds to climate change in ancient Wyoming

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Evidence from fossils suggests that multiple global warming events, which occurred over 50 million years ago, impacted the evolution of mammals living in ancient Wyoming. Using over seven thousand fossilized teeth, paleontologist Amy Chew found a reduction in body size of mammal populations, hypothesized to be related to warming events. This work, to be presented at the upcoming Society of Vertebrat...  Read More

Press Release- A study of weanning age in fossil elephants gives hints about the cause of their extinction

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – The extinctions of many giant mammals, like mammoths, at the end of the Ice Ages is a story that most people know about.  The causes of these extinctions have long been debated in the scientific literature.  Climate change and over-hunting by humans, as well as a combination of these, have all been argued.  New techniques for interpreting life-history data from fossil tusks may help t...  Read More

Press Release- Adolescent T. rex unraveling controversy about growth changes in Tyrannosaurus

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – A much-anticipated study of an adolescent Tyrannosaurus rex is poised to help resolve long-standing controversies over the growth of tyrannosaurid dinosaurs.   In 2001, a paleontology field crew from Burpee Museum of Natural History (Rockford, IL) were prospecting for dinosaur fossils near Ekalaka, Montana, when they discovered bones of a half-grown T. rex weathering out f...  Read More

Press Release- Early humans linked to ancient Australian extinction

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – While the anthropogenic impact on global species diversity is clear, the role of ancient human populations in causing extinctions is more controversial. New data presented this week at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meetings in Dallas, Texas, implicates early humans in the extinction of large mammals, birds and lizards in Australia. More precise dating of these extinction events places them ...  Read More
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