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Figure 1. Parasitic snails of the Eulimidae family, probably from the same species, parasitize a sea star (Astropecten sp.). Source: Ria Tan, often does extreme competition occur between species on the ocean floor?
December 3, 2018

Look around in nature or even in the city and you will see that organisms are not static entities, but interact with one another. Think of a robin with a worm in its beak, a tick crawling on your leg looking for a spot to puncture your skin, or two bucks fighting during the rutting […]

UCMP and Annie Alexander at PEFO2018 Spring Break Field Trip
November 6, 2018

Four states, nine days, 2,850 miles, 48 hours cumulative driving and enumerable sponges. The Field Methods in Paleobiology Course, also known as the 2018 Spring Break Field Trip, from March 24, 2018 to April 1, 2018, was a whirlwind tour of the Southwest with IB Faculty/UCMP Curators Cindy Looy, Ivo Duijnstee and Seth Finnegan leading […]

studentsUCMP now has over 100,000 cataloged invertebrate specimens
August 29, 2018

Thanks to our recent digitization projects, UCMP now has topped 100,000 cataloged invertebrate specimens! At least 6500 of these are fossil insects, millipedes and spiders digitized by Dr. Diane Erwin and undergraduate students under Berkeley’s Fossil Insect PEN. Helping make all this possible was the work by the following participants: Dr. Marwa Wafeeq Abdelkhaliq Ibraheem […]

Waines’ stromatoporoid collection is housed in metal cabinets with wooden drawers at the UCMP. Photo courtesy of author.Russell Waines’ stromatoporoid collection
July 13, 2018

Russell H. Waines was a geologist who dedicated most of his life to ancient sponges, the stromatoporoids, which were one of the most important reef builders during the Paleozoic.

VFE-Logo-KHillsEPICC Virtual Field Experiences
March 23, 2018

The EPICC project (Eastern Pacific Invertebrate Communities of the Cenozoic) launches the first suite of virtual fieldwork experience (VFE) modules set in the Kettleman Hills near Coalinga in Central California.

Microsoft Word - UGC_spring_workshop.docxUnderstanding Global Change Workshop, April 28-29
March 22, 2018

The University of California Museum of Paleontology is hosting a teacher professional development program to support the teaching of the global change topics.

Conifers-under-UV-B-lampsUCMP paleobiologists shed new light on ozone shield failure, forest sterility, and mass extinction
February 7, 2018

Members of the Looy Lab – Jeff Benca, Ivo Duijnstee, and Cindy Looy – co-authored a paper in the journal Science Advances.  It details exciting new findings from experimental research on the effects on UV-B induced stresses on forest decline during the end-Permian extinction. Read more in the University press release. View the video:

The Deccan Traps today. Photo courtesy of Mark RichardsA new destination for disaster enthusiasts
January 5, 2018

The Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg or K-T) mass extinction — the event in which the non-avian dinosaurs, along with about 70% of all species in the fossil record went extinct — was probably caused by the Chicxulub meteor impact in Yucatán, México. However, scientists have long wondered about the massive volcanic eruptions that were occurring in northwestern […]

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