- March 15: The Paleontology Portal is now open for contributions of images, links and information from the paleo community.
- February 9: Mystery fossil #40 has raised its ugly head. (But wait...does it even have a head?
- February 6: Read all about the latest happenings at UCMP in the January issue of UCMP News, now available on-line.
- February 3: UCMP and the National Center for Science Education are pleased to announce the launch of Understanding Evolution, which provides science content and classroom resources especially for teachers.
- December 6: A news archive is now available on the news page.
- December 4: We've revised the news section a bit, to to make it easier to find the latest news
- October 30: We've started a glossary of paleogeographic terms!
- September 20: The UCMP Glossary has been revamped; now it's browseable alphabetically as well as
- August 13: Just can't get enough news from UCMP? Gotta get it hot off the presses? Introducing
the UCMP RSS feed (otherwise known as a channel).
- November 27: Data and images from UCMP's collection of cleared leaves are now available
- November 18: We've reviewed and updated the time intervals shown throughout out geologic
time exhibits. Jump into our Web Geological Time Machine to explore!
- November 1: The latest issue of UCMP News is on-line, featuring UCMP summer research and
- October 1: UCMP's revamped on-line collections database is up and running. Many thanks to
the talented programmers at the Digital Library Project for their outstanding efforts!
- Participants in the Geosciences in Alaska project sent journals and photos from their field
expedition. Read the journals at the project Web site for a day-by-day description of their
- June 11: A major exhibit on the crustaceans has begun to appear on the server, and will be added
as pages are reviewed. Yippee!
- May 15: The May issue of UCMP News focuses on the Web site, past present and future. Take a look!
- May 10: Go north this summer, to Alaska, with a group of K-12 teachers on a field and research
expedition. Learn more from the Geosciences in Alaska project pages.
- May 1: Find out more about California's Landscape, an earth science course presented to San
Francisco teachers in six Saturday sessions. The course is complete, but you can visit the site
to browse presentation notes, classroom activities, and links to background information. Also,
Mystery Fossil #21 is here. You might need to chew on this tough one for a while...
- April 26: Many thanks to Paul McIver of the US EPA Region 8 in Denver, who volunteered wonderful
wetlands images to augment our very popular page on aquatic biomes. Visit the wetlands image gallery
to enjoy them!
- April 1: The Mystery Fossil for this month (#20) is particularly absorbing. What could it be?
- March 18: We created an archive for the annual short course, focusing on the history of the
San Francisco Bay. Visit the archive to browse presentation notes, slides and images from the
- March 1: Mystery Fossil #19 is a rare find indeed. Do you know what it is?
- February 2: Mystery Fossil #18 looks like a crushed banana. Do you know what it is?
- January 29: The January issue of UCMP News takes you on a tour of the Museum's Molecular Labs.
- November 16: The November UCMP News is now on-line, featuring summer field adventures.
- November 15: We're unveiling the new, improved, field-tested, teacher and student approved
version of Adventures at Dry Creek, an on-line module that's part of the Explorations Through
Time project. Check it out!
- November 2: Mystery Fossil #15 was a mystery to paleontologists, at first. What do you think
- October 19: Try out the newest on-line educational module in our Explorations Through Time
series: What Did T. rex Taste Like?.
- October 1: The latest version of UCMP News is on-line, featuring NAPC 2001 and Mystery Fossil
#14 has arrived!
- September 1: Mystery Fossil #13 is here...
- August 1: Mystery Fossil #12 is here! Also, find out more about Understanding Science, a series
of events about the teaching of evolution taking place this fall throughout California.
- July 30: We just updated the Movies vs. Reality Dinobuzz page to address burning questions about
raptors, as depicted in Jurassic Park III.
- July 17: We moved the UCMP website to a new server on July 13. We apologize for any technical
glitches you may have encountered over the last few days; please e-mail the webmaster if you notice
problems during your visit.
- July 9: Join UCMP Curator Roy Caldwell as he dives deep into the world of the Stomatopod on an
underwater research expedition.
- June 27: What could it be? It's Mystery Fossil #11.
- June 26: Meet Kevin Padian, UCMP Curator, in the latest UCMP profile.
- June 25: Former museum scientist Sam Welles left a generous bequest to encourage research on
the museum's collections. Find out more about the Samuel P. and Doris Welles Research Fund.
- June 20: Peruse the latest issue of UCMP News, including a feature on dinosaur bone histology.
- June 8: Join us on a journey to Mistaken Point, Newfoundland. UCMP alumnus Ben Waggoner has
updated and expanded this exhibit on a wonderful Vendian locality. Don't miss it!
- April 30: Learn about the discovery of the Archaea and their relationship to other living
things from our new page on Archaea systematics.
- April 20: We've added pages to our Archaea exhibit on their fossil record and morphology. Read
about the exciting discoveries made using chemical fossils of these bizarre microbes.
- April 19: Our exhibit on the Archaea is undergoing a revision and trememndous expansion. Watch
for additional pages chock full of microbial goodness.
- March 15: Read all about UCMP Curator Carole Hickman's work with fossil and living marine
gastropods in the latest UCMP Profile.
- March 1: PaleoBios, UCMP's scientific journal, has newly designed and updated pages,
with most abstracts from previous issues now on-line.
- February 28: Mystery Fossil #8 has made its appearance. Can you identify it?
- February 27: Don't miss the adventures of Mark Goodwin, Principal Museum Scientist, in the next
installment of our series of UCMP Profiles.
- February 11: It's true that Hesperornithiformes is a mouthful, but these extinct birds did have
a mouth full of teeth, powerful legs, and stubby wings.
- February 2: We've had a whale of a time updating our exhibit on the Cetacea, and providing a
better coverage of their evolution was our porpoise in doing so.
- January 29: Don't miss the latest issue of UCMP News, with a special feature on the UCMP Prep
- January 25: Explore another new addition to our exhibits on Blastoidea, an extinct group of
high-level stalked suspension feeders.
- January 23: Read an updated page on Robert Hooke, one of the early figures in our exhibit on
the History of Evolutionary Thought.
- January 20: We've updated our listing of upcoming Phylogenetics Meetings.
- January 19: Read all about UCMP Curator Jere Lipps in the first of a series of profiles of UCMP
- January 19: Browse our new exhibit on the Echinoidea sea urchins, sand dollars, and their
- January 8: Our little old page on dragonflies and damselflies has been expanded just a little.
Compare the new version with the old version to see what we mean.
- January 5: We have created a Mystery Fossil Archive. Try to solve all these mysteries from the
- January 4: We've added a new Mystery Fossil for January. Can you guess what it is?
- January 1: We made it to the new millenium. While this may not be a significant feat when
measured in geologic time, it's practically a miracle in terms of internet sites. We kick off this
year with the beginnings of an exhibit on the Apiales, a group of flowering plants that includes
carrots, ivy, and ginseng, and which has been around since the time of the dinosaurs.
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