All Creatures Great and Small: Small Mammals and Conservation Paleobiology

Small mammals, at times, don’t seem very interesting or informative (like when there is a rat in your apartment and you just want it out.) A lot of paleontologists are keen on studying enormous carnivorous beasts like dinosaurs and sabre-toothed … Continue reading »

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Fossil Egg-cellence

I’m usually thinking about eggs. Not chocolate eggs (well, maybe this time of year), but fossil eggs. I am really interested in fossil eggs and what they tell us about behavior, but also the environments they were laid in. I … Continue reading »

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Paleoecology and Poop, a Perfect Pair

It’s time to stop feeling sheepish and discuss poop. That’s right. You may not know this, but both modern and fossil poop can tell us so much information about biology, ecology, and environments that I think we need to talk … Continue reading »

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So You Wanna Be a Paleoecologist? Part II

Paleoecology, Paleodiets, and Paleobiology In my last entry, I explained the basics of stable isotope geochemistry for paleoecology. Now that we have covered what isotopes are and how they work, you may be wondering: what can we use them for … Continue reading »

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So You Wanna Be a Paleoecologist? Part 1

For the better part of the past three decades, stable isotope geochemistry has become an increasingly common tool vertebrate paleontologists use to find out more about the biology and ecology of extinct organisms. The diet and ecology of an animal … Continue reading »

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Bird brains: what they can tell us about ecology and evolution

For my inaugural post here at The Integrative Paleontologists, I am going to discuss a recent paper in PLOS ONE that highlights some of the aspects I love most about being a comparative biologist. Paleoecology is the area of paleontology … Continue reading »

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