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Press Release - A/C CAME STANDARD ON ARMORED DINOSAUR MODELS

Posted: November 8, 2014
A/C CAME STANDARD ON ARMORED DINOSAUR MODELSBerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Sweating, panting, moving to the shade, or taking a dip are all time-honored methods used by animals to cool down. The implicit goal of these adaptations is always to keep the brain from overheating. Now a new study shows that armor-plated dinosaurs (ankylosaurs) had the capacity to modify the temperature of the air they breathed in an exceptional ...  Read More

Press Release - New Research Employs High-End Technology to Restore Dinosaur Fossil

Posted: November 6, 2014
Bethesda, MD—Fossils are usually deformed or incompletely preserved when they are found, after sometimes millions of years of fossilization processes. Consequently, fossils have to be studied very carefully to avoid damage, and are sometimes they are difficult to access, as they might be located in remote museum collections. An international team of scientists, led by Dr. Stephan Lautenschlager from the University of Bristol no...  Read More

Press Release - NEW INSIGHTS INTO AN OLD BIRD

Posted: November 6, 2014
NEW INSIGHTS INTO AN OLD BIRD  Berlin, Germany (November, 2014) – The dodo is among the most famous extinct creatures, and a poster child for human-caused extinction events.  Despite its notoriety, and the fact that the species was alive during recorded human history, little is actually known about how this animal lived, looked, and behaved.  A new study of the only known complete skeleton from a single bird tak...  Read More

Press Release - Exquisite Ancient Horse Fossil Preserves Uterus with Unborn Foal

Posted: November 6, 2014
EXQUISITE ANCIENT HORSE FOSSIL PRESERVES UTERUS WITH UNBORN FOAL Berlin, Germany (November, 2014) – A specimen of the ancient horse Eurohippus messelensis has been discovered in Germany that preserves a fetus as well as parts of the uterus and associated tissues. It demonstrates that reproduction in early horses was very similar to that of modern horses, despite great differences in size and structure. Eurohippus messel...  Read More

Press Release - Tricky Take-Off Kept Pterodactyls Grounded

Posted: November 6, 2014
 TRICKY TAKE-OFF KEPT PTERODACTYLS GROUNDEDBerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – A new study, which teamed cutting-edge engineering techniques  with paleontology, has found that take-off capacity may have determined body size limits in extinct flying reptiles. The research simulated pterodactyl flight using computer modeling, and will be presented at the upcoming Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Berlin. Fi...  Read More

Press Release - Complete 9000 Year Old Frozen Bison Mummy found in Siberia

Posted: November 6, 2014
COMPLETE 9,000 YEAR OLD FROZEN BISON MUMMY FOUND IN SIBERIABerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Many large charismatic mammals went extinct at the end of the Ice Age (approx 11,000 years ago), including the Steppe bison, Bison priscus. A recent find in Eastern Siberia has uncovered one of these bison, literally, frozen in time. The most complete frozen mummy of the Steppe bison yet known, dated to 9,300 years before present, w...  Read More

Press Release - Rabbit- Hoof Proof: Ungulates Suppressed Lagomorph Evolution

Posted: November 6, 2014
Skulls of living lagomorphs, cavviid rodents, and a small ungulate. Front row from left: Mouse-deer (Field Museum of Natural History specimen no.68770), Andean mountain cavy (FMNH 53654), American pika (FMNH 12590), Alaskan hare (FMNH 9867). Back row: capybara (FMNH 79933). [Photo by S. Tomiya]RABBIT-PROOF HOOF: UNGULATES SUPPRESSED LAGOMORPH EVOLUTIONBerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Closely related groups can differ drama...  Read More

Press Release - Taking a Deeper Look at "Ancient Wing"

Posted: November 5, 2014
 TAKING A DEEPER LOOK AT “ANCIENT WING”Berlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Reconstructing ancient life has long required a certain degree of imagination. This is especially true when considering the coloration of long-extinct organisms. However, new methods of investigation are being incorporated into paleontology that may shed light (and color) on fossils. Research presented at the recent Society of Vertebrat...  Read More

Press Release - African Diamond Mine Reveals Dinosaur and Large Mammal Tracks

Posted: November 5, 2014
AFRICAN DIAMOND MINE REVEALS DINOSAUR AND LARGE MAMMAL TRACKSBerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Unexpectedly one of the largest diamond mines in Africa, Catoca in Angola, holds 118 million year old dinosaur, crocodile and large mammal tracks. The mammal tracks show a raccoon-sized animal, during a time when most were no larger than a rat. Nearly 70 distinct tracks were recovered in the Catoca mine in Angola. All the tracks wer...  Read More

Tab Rasmussen has passed away.

Posted: October 20, 2014
Tab was known in paleo world for his work on Paleogene mammals.  Growing up the son of a biologist and exploring the wild parts of the desert southwest as a child and young adult prepared him well for his future career, and started his lifelong love of the natural world.  He attend Colorado College as an undergraduate, and was a student of Elwyn Simons at Duke University, earning his Ph.D. there in 1986. After short stint...  Read More

35th International Geological Congress in South Africa

Posted: September 15, 2014
The 35th International Geological Congress is scheduled to be hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa from 27 August to 4 September 2016. This prestigious Congress is held every four years in another location under the flag of the International Union of Geological Sciences. As can be deducted from the official Congress website: http://www.35igc.org/, it is a truly international congress, cove...  Read More

Press Release - New Species of Extinct Dolphin sheds light on River Dolphin History

Posted: September 10, 2014
Photo of the skull and partial mandible of the new squalodelphinid species Huaridelphis raimondii, with an outline of the head and potential fish prey. © G.Bianucci. Photos of the skull o...  Read More

JVP Vol 34 Issue 5 now online

Posted: September 9, 2014
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Volume 34 Issue 5 is now online: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ujvp20/34/5  Read More

Course Offering: The use of Phylogenies in the study of Macroevolution, October 27-31, Barcelona (Spain)

Posted: July 31, 2014
Registration is open for the course "THE USE OF PHYLOGENIES IN THE STUDY OF MACROEVOLUTION - Second edition", October 27-31, 2014. Instructor: Dr. Juan López Cantalapiedra (Museo de Ciencias Naturales, CSIC, Spain). Place: Facilities of the CRIP at Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain). Organized by: Transmitting Science, the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica and the Institut Catalá de Paleontolog...  Read More

Press Release: Ancient Hedgehog and Tapir Once Inhabited British Columbia

Posted: July 15, 2014
The Earth has experienced many dramatic changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago. One of the warmest periods was the early Eocene Epoch, 50 to 53 million years ago. During this interval, North American mammal communities were quite distinct from those of today. This is illustrated by a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology that describes an ancient hedgehog and t...  Read More

Gregory Award and JSG Travel Award Winners Announced!

Posted: July 10, 2014
Congratulations to our award winners!  See 2014 award page for complete list.   Read More

JVP Volume 34 Issue 4 now online

Posted: July 9, 2014
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Volume 34 Issue 4 is now online:http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ujvp20/34/4  Read More

Introductory course to the use of R for statistics

Posted: July 7, 2014
R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics which is being more are more widespread. The aim of this course is to give an introduction to R to people that has never used R . By the end of the course, the participants should be able to do the following in R: Import/export data bases to/from R, manage data sets, carry out basic statistical analysis with R, draw high quality graphs and, program specific funct...  Read More

Reconstructing the Terrestrial end-Cretaceous Paleoenvironments in Europe - September 16-20th, 2014

Posted: July 7, 2014
TREMP2014 - http://www.icp.cat/tremp2014/ Aims and scope: This congress is a multidisciplinary meeting devoted to recent paleontological and geochronological advances, both in the marine and continental records, which allow envisaging the Maastrichtian and its boundaries under a global and integrated scope. The organizers outlined various significant topics that hopefully will be of your interest. - Geology and geochemistry of the p...  Read More

12th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists

Posted: June 11, 2014
The 12th annual meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists will take place at the end of June in Turin, Italy.  To view the full programme, head to www.eavp.org and select the 'meetings' page and the third circular under the link for Torino.   Highlights of the meeting will include symposia on European dinosaurs, Palaeoherpetology and Faunal change in long continental succes...  Read More
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