Hundreds of Pterosaur Eggs Help Reveal the Early Life of Flying Reptiles

Alexander Kellner (Museu Nacional/UFRJ) By Dr. Elizabeth Martin-Silverstone / 11.30.2017 Postgraduate Research Assistant in Palaeontology University of Bristol A hoard of fossilised pterosaur eggs discovered in China is helping scientists gain a rare insight into the extinct flying reptiles. Newly released research into over 200 eggs and 16 embryos from the pterosaur Hamipterus, including the first computed tomography[…]

The Challenges and Opportunities for Research in Paleontology for the Next Decade

Maiasaura peeblesorum cast – University of California Museum of Paleontology – Berkeley, CA / Wikimedia Commons   By Dr. Robert R. Reisz and Dr. Hans-Dieter Sues Reisz – Professor of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga Sues – Paleobiologist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Frontiers in Earth Science 3:9 (2015) Since the recognition of[…]

A Virtual World of Paleontology

By Dr. John A. Cunningham, Postdoctoral Researcher School of Earth Sciences University of Bristol Volume 29, Issue 6 (2014) Highlights • Computer-aided visualization and analysis has revolutionized the study of fossils. • Fossils can now be characterized in three dimensions and in unprecedented detail. • The resulting digital reconstructions can be used in rigorous[…]

Stephen Jay Gould: Did He Bring Paleontology to the ‘High Table’?

By Dr. Donald Prothero Professor of Geology and Paleontology Occidental College Note:  The author published this in 2009, seven years after the death of Gould. Abstract In the seven years since Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould died, there have been only a few assessments of his role in paleobiology and evolutionary theory. Although non-paleontologists still[…]