Museum Collection Visit Bingo

0000-0002-8715-2896 Museum collections are a core resource of paleontology, far beyond their role in providing fossils for exhibits. Collections, with their fossils and associated records, house primary data for our research, and thus pretty much

Author Interview: Kimi Chapelle & Massospondylus Skull Anatomy

0000-0002-8715-2896 I’m a huge anatomy geek, and love papers that figure and describe the nooks and crannies of skulls. The increasingly widespread use of digital scans, coupled with the unfettering of page and color limitations

Can the Laws of Robotics be Adapted for Paleontology?

0000-0002-8715-2896 The Laws of Robotics, created by writer Isaac Asimov, are one of the widely-known ethical concepts to spring forth from science fiction. These three guidelines (or four, depending on if you accept the Zeroth Law) set forth

Social Media, Preprints, and a Dinosaur Tooth

0000-0002-8715-2896Map showing the maximum extent of the Western Interior Seaway that split North America during the Late Cretaceous. The location of the new tooth from Mississippi is indicated by a red dot. Researchers have debated

Fossil Friday Roundup: April 14, 2017

0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Fossil Friday Roundup: April 14, 2017 Featured Image: Reconstruction of Teleocrater rhadinus in a Middle Triassic scene. Artwork by Mark Witton. From Nesbitt et al (2017), see press release here. Papers (All Open Access): The genera

Waddling through duck-bill skulls

0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Waddling through duck-bill skulls The duck-billed dinosaurs (hadrosaurs) may not be as glamorous as tyrannosaurs (and most tyrannosaur researchers sure don’t respect these “Cretaceous food items” anyhow), but in many ways they are a

Fossil Friday Roundup: April 7, 2017

0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Fossil Friday Roundup: April 7, 2017 Featured Image: Edmontosaurus reconstruction from Xing et al. 2017, published this past week in PLOS ONE.  Papers (All Open Access): Fossils matter: improved estimates of divergence times in Pinus

“More Complex Than Previously Thought”

Brontosaurus_skeleton_1880s0000-0002-8715-2896Source: “More Complex Than Previously Thought” The pursuit of science is an interesting beast. It’s awesome to distill our world down to a basic set of principles…laws, rules, and theorems that explain, or at the

Extending the History of Crocs in California

0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Extending the History of Crocs in California American Alligator. Image in public domain. If you think of crocodylians in the United States (you do think about them, don’t you?), your mind probably settles on

Best Practices for Bone Measurements

0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Best Practices for Bone Measurements “Yes, but which of these is the REAL femur length?” Modified from Owen 1856, public domain. It’s no secret to most of my colleagues that I’m a big fan