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Lead author Brian Rankin holds jaws of two species of 50 million year old horses.  Measurements of their teeth were used to study how global change can affect how mammals evolve.New research shows how mammals became smaller in response to dramatic climate warming
August 3, 2015

Fifty-six million years ago the Earth underwent a dramatic warming event, with temperatures increasing by as much as 7º Celsius over a span of just 100 000 years. Many mammals responded to this temperature increase by becoming much smaller. How these changes happened, however, is poorly understood. Identifying and measuring the mechanisms that drove these changes was the focus of a new study by University of California Museum of Paleontology researchers Brian Rankin and Pat Holroyd, and colleagues from University of Calgary and Western University of Health Sciences.

ptreyes-fossilPartnership with Point Reyes National Seashore leads to important discovery of marine specimen
July 8, 2015

UCMP’s partnership with Point Reyes National Seashore (National Park Service) has resulted in the discovery and collection of an important marine mammal specimen.

LA Museum thumbnailBarnosky meets with Governor Jerry Brown and a United Nations delegation to discuss climate change
June 17, 2015

The meeting preceded announcements by Brown concerning legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions and the promotion of renewable energy sources.

Bridging thumbnailUCMP participates in Girl Scouts’ “bridging” event
June 17, 2015

UCMP students and staff host a table at Crissy Field for this annual event.

Winnie2 thumbnailA morphological study of living and fossil Quercus (oak) pollen from California using scanning electron microscopy
May 12, 2015

Scanning Electron Microscope images of California oak pollen help grad student Winnie Hsiung differentiate between oak species, something not possible with Light Microscopy.

Dori3 thumbnailBuilding a forest: The adventures continue in the Jose Creek Member
April 29, 2015

Grad student Dori Contreras continues her studies of an exceptional Late Cretaceous flora in New Mexico.

Rosemary2 thumbnailDo green tide algae reproduce all year?
April 27, 2015

Grad student Rosemary Romero is looking at reproduction in algae to learn more about the causes and predictability of green tides.

Field trip thumbnailSouthern California Spring Break 2015 field trip
April 10, 2015

During Spring Break, Assistant Professors Seth Finnegan and Cindy Looy took a group of UCMP grad students and staff on a geological and paleontological trip to see select southern California localities.

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