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DescendingA Pleistocene pit-stop: the Barnosky lab excavates Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming
November 23, 2017

You might think that an 85-foot-deep hole where a bunch of horses, wolves, camels, elephants, and plenty of other animals accidentally plummeted to their death over tens of thousands of years would have enough red flags to make going into it yourself sound like a bad idea. But what if these unfortunate critters could tell […]

UCMP graduate student Larry Taylor teaching at Los Medanos Community College. Photo courtesy of Briana McCarthy.Guest lecturing at Los Medanos Community College
October 6, 2017

Roughly 10 million students attend American community colleges each academic year, accounting for more than a third of all American undergraduates. Relative to their peers at four-year institutions, community college students are much more likely to come from lower income households, much more likely to be members of an underrepresented minority group, and much more […]

Predatory drill holes in ~4 million-year-old bivalve and gastropod shells from the Netherlands. Not only mollusks, but also other organisms such as crabs can be victims of drilling predators. Check out this spectacular  video! First and last image from Klompmaker (2009, PALAIOS). Scale bar width = 2.0 mm.What do traces of predators tell about ancient marine ecosystems?
September 8, 2017

Reconstructing biotic interactions is crucial to understand the functioning and evolution of ecosystems through time, but this is notoriously difficult. Competition in deep time cannot be readily seen except for overgrowth of one organism by another under the assumption that both were alive at the same time. Parasites usually do not preserve because they are […]

Photographs of Rhyncholampas gouldii (Bouve) (Cassidulidae) in aboral, oral and posterior view (from left to right).Understanding the evolutionary history of the cassiduloid echinoids
July 6, 2017

It is widely recognized that major groups evolve at different rates, in their own evolutionary trajectories. Some evolve fast and are very diversified while others evolve slowly and may never experience an explosion of diversity throughout their trajectory. One of my research interests is understanding the pace of morphological evolution through time, and the organisms […]

The author measuring lizard specimens at the AMNH in New York City.Surprising new finds in museum specimens
May 23, 2017

I am very grateful to have received a UCMP Graduate Student Research Award via the Barnosky Fund in April 2016. I used these funds to collect pilot data from major natural history museum collections around the country for my dissertation research. My research investigates responses in fossil animal communities to climate change over long time […]

A fossil humpback whale barnacle, Coronula diadema, that we recently found in Plio-Pleistocene deposits of Panama.A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Pleistocene Sea
May 16, 2017

Using Fossil Whale Barnacles to Reconstruct Prehistoric Whale Migrations Baleen whales, as we know them today, lead lives that are largely defined by their annual migrations. Every year, whales spend their winters breeding and reproducing in tropical waters, then travel to poleward feeding areas each summer. For North Pacific humpback whales, winter breeding areas cluster […]

EPICC_MossBeach_454Bringing the field to our users through EPICC’s Virtual Field Experiences
April 26, 2017

Ever wonder where fossils from the UCMP were collected or want to know more about the geological setting of UCMP field areas? Curious about why an area looks the way it does? These questions and others are driving the development of Virtual Field Experiences (VFEs) associated with the EPICC project (Eastern Pacific Invertebrate Communities of […]

Photo of speakers David Evans, Nathan Smith, Holly Woodward, Lisa White, Dana Rashid and Mark Goodwin.A Successful Short Course
March 17, 2017

On March 4th the popular UCMP annual short course featured dinosaurs this year: “A new look at old bones: Insights into dinosaur growth, development and diversity.” The short course is an ideal way to connect public audiences, particularly teachers and science educators, with current research in paleontology and Earth history. Past short courses have had regional […]

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