Today we drove from Cheyenne, WY to Des Moines, IA to spend the night with my colleague and friend, Julie Meachen (who also happens to be the lead investigator on the Natural Trap Cave project). It was a long drive … Continue reading →
Here are pictures of Ofiuroidi attuali sea star fossils at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy.
Images taken June 2014.
That’s it. It’s done. We broke down most of camp last night, and began the journey back to home this morning. The truck looks like we’ve been in the field. And we all feel like we’ve been in the field, … Continue reading →
Here is a picture of a Trigonia sp. pelecypod fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed in the Cretaceous and Jurassic Periods. They had another on display showing the view from the outside.
See some pictures of fossils like I have posted on this blog in the past: http://louisvillefossils.blogspot.com/2009/11/
Guest Blogger: Sarah Frederick (’15) After three weeks in Russia it sure feels great to be back on US soil! Since we didn’t have internet access during this expedition, our blog posts come a bit delayed. Here is a bit about our first week in Kamchatka: If, like me, you have never played the board […]
GIRDWOOD, ALASKA – The College of Wooster Tree Ring team set off for Columbia Bay Glacier this past wednesday. After arriving in Anchorage with no troubles we drove down to Girdwood to hopefully catch a helicopter with a company called Alpine Air. Unfortunately for us the Alaskan weather had some other plans in mind. Due […]
We finished where we started. Today, my team and I measured section. Thankfully, we only needed to measure about 30 meters of section, not 300 like we measured earlier this summer. Those thirty meters bracket the contact between the Uinta … Continue reading →
I first started working for VMNH as an intern in 1989, shortly after the museum opened. In 1999 I started working here full time, initially as the Laboratory Manager and later as Curator of Paleontology. So it’s a little surprising … Continue reading →
One of my formative experiences as a young paleontologist was working in the Faringdon Sponge Gravels (Lower Cretaceous, Upper Aptian) of south-central England while on my first research leave in 1985. (I was just a kid!) These gravels are extraordinarily fossiliferous with sponges, brachiopods, corals, vertebrate bones, and a variety of cobbles, both calcareous and […]
I’ve been around the editorial block a few times now, as a volunteer editor, peer reviewer, and author/co-author. One of the most dreaded steps of the whole process concerns author-recommended peer reviewers. It can be agonizing as an author to …The post Let’s Get Creative With Our Peer Review! appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
Here is a picture of a Syringopora-sp and Favosites sp colonial coral fossils at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. It existed in the Silurian Period. The fossils were found in Sweden.
Similar fossils are found in the Louisville Limestone of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Image taken in June 2014.
When last we were in the field, we had noted three fossils that needed plaster jackets. Today was the day to jacket them. We started with a long bone – a femur, I think – that had already been prepped … Continue reading →
Here is a picture of an Striatopora sp. coral fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. It existed in the Silurian Period. The fossil was found in Sweden.
Image taken in June 2014.
I am just about out of patience with academic departments putting up endless idiot arguments about open access. Bottom line: we pay you good money out of the public purse to do highly desirable job where you get to work on what you love — jobs that have tens or dozens of candidates for every […]
Meeting our Vintage Dinosaur Art criterion by the slimmest of margins, The American Museum of Natural History's Book of Dinosaurs and Other Ancient Creatures (snappier titles are there none) is a mere twenty years old. However - and as I've said numerous times before - it's amazing how much has changed since the early '90s, even when it comes to restorations of dinosaurs that aren't (yet) known to have been feathered. The AMNH book (as I'm sure you won't mind me calling it) is also notable for […]
Today was our official ‘day off.’ So we did the only thing we could do: Visit Dinosaur National Monument. After a delightful night’s sleep at a less-than-five-star hotel, we gathered the horde (me, my husband and son, my parents, and … Continue reading →
Here is a picture of a Pleurodictyum problematicum coral fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. It existed in the Devonian Period. The fossil was found in Germany.
My pal Dave in Pennsylvania finds this coral genus in the Mahantango Formation. See his blog post about here: http://viewsofthemahantango.blogspot.com/2010/05/
My family arrived to join me in the field late last night. Sadly, the skies opened over night, and we were rained out of our field area. So, instead, we visited the sights of Vernal. It was nice to get … Continue reading →
Short post today. Go and read this paper: Academic urban legends (Rekdal 2014). It’s open access, and an easy and fascinating read. It unfolds a tale of good intentions gone wrong, a chain of failure, illustrating an important single crucial point of academic behaviour: read what you cite. References Rekdal, Ole Bjørn. 2014. Academic urban legends. Social Studies […]
After a long hiatus, here's the next entry in 'Obscure Dinosaur of the Week'! Name: Ruehleia bedheimensisEtymology: In honour of the collector of the fossil, Hugo Ruhle von Lilienstern of Bedheim, South Thuringia.Distribution: Late Triassic (Norian) of Thuringia, Germany.Type Specimen: near complete composite skeleton lacking a skull.Estimated size: ~6.5 m longFirst described by: Galton, 2001a. Originally referred to Plateosaurus plieningeri HUENE, 1907-08 by Ruhle von Lilienstern […]
Here is a picture of a Brachyphyllian affinis coral fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. It existed in the Upper Cretaceous Period. The fossil was found at Monte Grumi, Italy.
Image taken in June 2014.
We got into camp late last night, with barely enough daylight to get tents pitched and go to sleep. This morning we got up early and headed out to a locality I’d never visited before. Despite the heat, we had … Continue reading →
Yesterday marked the second day of our Solite Quarry salvage operation. After spending last Saturday largely planning and scouting, we were able to make a lot more progress this week. One of the things that helped our operation was the … Continue reading →
After a full day of driving, my team and I are safely at our camp in the Uinta Basin. Despite exhaustion, we’re plunging in full steam tomorrow. I believe it will be quite a turtle-y experience. Eocene, here we come!
With sadness, today we left the Natural Trap Cave site. Tomorrow, we make the long drive from Lovell, WY to Vernal, UT. It was a terrific experience, despite my stupid finger injury. Next year. Yup, next year, I’ll go down … Continue reading →
The view above, one quite familiar to me, is of a carbonate hardground from the Upper Ordovician Grant Lake Formation exposed near Washington, Mason County, Kentucky. We are looking directly at the bedding plane of this limestone. The lumpy, spotted fossil covering about half the surface is a trepostome bryozoan. It looks like a dollop […]
The ice bucket challenge has swept the nation in an effort to raise awareness for ALS. However, there seems to have been a number of concussions (or mild traumatic brain injury) sustained from performing a seemingly altruistic act. Although some people may find the below video funny, concussions are a serious issue and can lead to serious consequences including executive dysfunction.Two recent meta-analyses (one examining neuropsychological performance while the other examining fMRI data) have
Eierud C, Craddock RC, Fletcher S, Aulakh M, King-Casas B, Kuehl D & LaConte SM (2014). Neuroimaging after mild traumatic brain injury: Review and meta-analysis., NeuroImage. Clinical, 4 283-94. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25061565
Karr JE, Areshenkoff CN & Garcia-Barrera MA (2014). The neuropsychological outcomes of concussion: a systematic review of meta-analyses on the cognitive sequelae of mild traumatic brain injury., Neuropsychology, 28 (3) 321-36. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24219611
Rohling, M., Larrabee, G. & Millis, S. (2012). The “Miserable Minority” Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Who Are They and do Meta-Analyses Hide Them?, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 26 (2) 197-213. DOI: 10.1080/13854046.2011.647085
A new analysis combining climate modeling with glacier dynamics has given us the first estimation of the percent of glacier loss directly due to anthropogenic climate change. This is strong evidence and important data to understand to educate the general … Continue reading →
Marzeion, B., Cogley, J., Richter, K. & Parkes, D. (2014). Attribution of global glacier mass loss to anthropogenic and natural causes, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1254702
Hello Do You Believe in Dog(ers)!(source)After two years of mostly pen-pal style blogging, we're excited to share our new direction!When we first decided to create Do You Believe in Dog?, we committed to blogging back and forth about canine science for two years. We were able to celebrate achieving that goal at the recent 4th Canine Science Forum in Lincoln, UK and also reflect on the future of Do You Believe in Dog?The DYBID blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds have become vibrant places to
One of the major debates in archaeology is when do we begin to see inequality among human groups, and what caused this this to happen. Social inequality has been defined […]
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My Uncle suffered from Lupus. The disease itself should have a more sinister sounding name, given the effect it has on the body. Lupus is a form of autoimmune disease […]
Julia I Ellyard, Rebekka Jerjen, Jaime L Martin, Adrian Lee, Matthew A Field, Simon H Jiang, Jean Cappello, Svenja K Naumann, T Daniel Andrews, Hamish S Scott & Marco G Casarotto (2014). Whole exome sequencing in early-onset cerebral SLE identifies a pathogenic variant in TREX1, Arthritis & Rheumatology , Other: