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Crowdfunding for See-Through Dinosaur SkullSupport UCMP's See-Through Dinosaur Skull Project
January 27, 2017

Through a crowdfunding initiative with UC Berkeley, the UCMP would like your support in creating the first ever “see-through” dinosaur skull! UCMP is a leader in paleontological research and with your support of this project, museum paleontologists will further explore how dinosaur skulls grow and develop as they change size and shape. With this crowdfunding project, […]

2017 Fossil Treasures Calendar2017 Fossil Treasures Calendar Available Now!
December 13, 2016

Revealing the collections at Regatta The 2017 Fossil Treasures Calendar is a bit of a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the work done at UCMP and celebrates some impressive fossil specimens we hold at the Regatta Facility in Richmond, CA. We have both fossils large in size and large in number and featured in this calendar are […]

Figure 1 white v2 smallCryptic caves and paleoecology of crustaceans in Cenozoic coral reefs
September 9, 2016

Just some months ago on a Saturday in July, I had the pleasure of snorkeling above the only coral reefs in the continental Unites States. These reefs in southern Florida still harbor many species of corals, fish, and other animals including crustaceans such as crabs, shrimps, and lobsters. These decapods are difficult to spot while […]

Fishbowl activity at UCMPCal Day 2016
August 12, 2016

  The 2016 Cal Day, held on April 16, 2016, was my first time experiencing Cal Day and I was also the one planning it. Cue scary music! Thanks to the UCMP community for pitching in their time and efforts, it went off without a hitch and was fun experience all around. As a newer […]

Map of field trip stopsA photo essay: Death Valley Field Trip, Spring Break 2016
July 21, 2016

Learning in the Field The 2016 UCMP Spring Field Trip was my first foray into exploring the world of paleontology in the field. Curators/professors Seth Finnegan and Cindy Looy brought 10 graduate students, postdocs, and a few beguiled tag-alongs like myself to various localities throughout central and southern California and Nevada. Field trips like these […]

Hiep measuring specimens using BFIP images and computer-based analytical softwareHiep Nguyen's UCMP undergraduate research experience: "Scentless in Nevada"
May 4, 2016

This past year, I’ve been working with UCMP Senior Museum Scientist Diane M. Erwin to identify a new fossil species of scentless plant bug (family Rhopalidae) from a Miocene lakebed deposit in Stewart Valley, Nevada. The study developed as a result of my participation as an Undergraduate Research Apprentice (URAP) in UC Berkeley’s Fossil Insect […]

san-nicolas-ileTerraces through time: Reconstructing fossil beaches in southern California
April 15, 2016

Graduate student Emily Orzechowski writes about her research on San Nicolas Island, the most remote of California’s eight Channel Islands.

Meschelle Thatcher (left) examining the uncatalogued McKittrick bulk asphalt samples for beetle remains and her finds (right).Meschelle Thatcher’s UCMP undergraduate research experience: Beetles in Brea!
April 8, 2016

As an English major, I didn’t really know what to expect when I first started my URAP (Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program) appointment for the UC Museum of Paleontology Fossil Insect PEN (Partner to an Existing Network) funded by the National Science Foundation. All I knew was that I’d be handling fossils, and that struck the […]

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