Figuring out fish relationships is no small feat. From Near et al. 2013) For being one of the largest groups of vertebrates, and having one of the richer fossil records among organisms, the relationships of
Mass extinctions are profound events in the history of life that dramatically affect global ecosystems. Our understanding of these events is based on the fossil record, and can help us to understand the ecological impacts
The Mesozoic played host to some of the most dangerous predators to ever swim the Earth’s oceans. Among these, pliosaurs were lethal hunters, and some of the largest predators ever on this planet. They were the
Several years ago, back when I was working as the lab and collections manager for the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site in St. George, Utah, we constructed a temporary exhibit with hundreds of ammonite shells
One of the most infuriating things about being a paleontologist is being able to study some of the coolest organisms that have ever inhabited the Earth, yet never being able to see one in life.
Crocodiles are freakin’ amazing animals. They’ve been around for about 250 million years, and throughout this time have survived two mass extinctions, and at least twice decided to hitch up and take to the seas.