NEWS: Bears Ears, a Permo-Triassic fossil treasure trove declared National Monument by President Obama

Permian-Triassic Fossil-Rich Canyon Country in Utah Declared a National Monument by Obama (Salt Lake Tribune)

“President Barack Obama on Wednesday protected a sprawling landscape in southeastern Utah that many had either hoped or dreaded would join the outgoing president’s long list of national monuments.

The 1.35 million acres of public lands surrounding San Juan County’s Cedar Mesa will be known as Bears Ears National Monument, named after the pair of buttes protruding from a ridge joining the mesa and the Abajo Mountains to the north …”



What made mammals and dinosaurs such good athletes? Biologists follow 'fossilizable' clues to trace the evolution of red blood cell size and its impact on athleticism ('Current Biology' January 2017)

What made mammals and dinosaurs such good athletes? Biologists follow ‘fossilizable’ clues to trace the evolution of red blood cell size and its impact on athleticism (‘Current Biology’ January 2017)

Press Release for Upcoming Report in ‘Current Biology’: Biologists Follow ‘Fossilizable’ Clues to Pinpoint when Mammals, Birds & their Dinosaur Kin Became Athletes (Science Daily)

“Many mammals and birds are remarkable athletes; mice work hard to dig burrows for protection and sparrows fight gravity with each flap of their wings. In order to have the energy to sustain vigorous exercise, the body’s tissues need a steady supply of oxygen, and red blood cells (RBCs) are the center of the oxygen delivery system. Size matters, too; athletic mammals and birds have much smaller RBCs than other vertebrates with lesser capacities for exercise. Biologists have long been puzzled over the evolutionary origins of RBC size. Were predecessors of mammals and birds — including dinosaurs — athletes and did they have tiny red blood cells? How do you measure the blood of extinct animals? …”



International Symposium on Paleohistology 2017, Now Accepting Abstracts!

(hosted by New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ) July 10-12, 2015

The 4th International Symposium on Paleohistology (ISPH) in Trenton will host a variety of talks and workshops on techniques and new breakthroughs in understanding the evolution of vertebrate hard tissues (bones, teeth, and other biomineralized structures) — Abstract submission site is now open (submission deadline: March 5, 2017)


APRIL, 2016

livefastdieyoung‘Live Fast, Die Young,’ Press Release of Our New ‘Scientific Reports’ Paper Discussing Shifting Growth Patterns in Mammal Forebears During the ‘Mother of Mass Extinctions’ (UNews, University of Utah)

“Two hundred and fifty-two million years ago, a series of Siberian volcanoes erupted and sent the Earth into the greatest mass extinction of all time. As a result of this mass extinction, known as the Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction, billions of tons of carbon were propelled into the atmosphere, radically altering the Earth’s climate. Yet, some animals thrived in the aftermath and scientists now know why …”



dsc010216‘Groovy fossil find’ Makes Discover Magazine’s Top Science Stories of 2015! (Discover Magazine)

“Say hello to my extinct little friend: Ichibengops (“scarface”) was a small carnivore that roamed the lowlands of today’s Zambia about 255 million years ago. Researchers believe the lapdog-size animal may have been venomous because of a distinctive groove along the upper jaw, similar to a duct that transports venom from gland to tooth in some snakes …”



AUGUST, 2015

1-Ichi_holotype_specimen_sideview‘Scarface,’ an Ancient Cousin to Mammals, Unearthed in Africa (UW Today)

“A team of scientists has identified a new species of “pre-mammal” based on fossils unearthed in Zambia’s Luangwa Basin in 2009. The ancient, Dachshund-sized creature lived some 255 million years ago, in a time just before the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history …”



International Symposium on Paleohistology 2015

(hosted by University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany) July 2-5, 2015

The website for the 3rd International Symposium on Paleohistology (ISPH) in Bonn has officially launched — Abstract submission open now! …