Modern crocodiles and their ancestors, the crocodyliforms, have a weird and wonderful evolutionary history. If you look back in time through the fossil record, we see that we have a huge diversity of species with
While artistic reconstructions of dinosaurs preying on each other are a fantastic way of illustrating the real-life behaviours of these fantastic creatures, direct evidence of dinosaur-food interactions in the fossil record are surprisingly rare.
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
Earlier this month, an almost 40 pound rockfish was caught in Alaska that was allegedly 200 years old. The angler that caught the enormous fish based this age on body size estimates. Then, earlier this
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
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
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