Sharing Paleodata (Part 3): MorphoBank

Today I am making good on an old promise to highlight more repositories for paleontological raw data. Previous posts in this series can be found here and here. MORPHOBANK ( Full Disclosure: The statements about MorphoBank in the “Nitty Gritty” … Continue reading »

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Paleo Podcasts

When I work out, I sometimes listen to a mix of aggressive electronica and high-energy dance music to get me moving. But usually, I use my gym time to catch up on podcasts. My new year’s fitness resolutions mean I’ve … Continue reading »

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The Colorado Plateau Coring Project: Getting Dates in the Triassic

Yesterday I wrote about how rocks layers are aged. After rock layers are lined up and put in relative order, they are dated radiometrically to get their age in years. Terrestrial rocks are difficult to date using relative ages alone, … Continue reading »

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Geologic time vs. absolute time

Tomorrow I’ll post an interview with Dr. Randall Irmis, a geologist and paleobiologist working on the Colorado Plateau Coring Project. Today, I offer some background information on the geologic time scale and why it is so hard to figure out … Continue reading »

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Counterpoint: Proposed USFS regulations are good for paleontology and the American people

[From time to time on The Integrative Paleontologists, we will invite guest bloggers to share alternate viewpoints about current topics. Today we feature a guest post from Matthew Brown, Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratories Manager at The University of Texas at Austin.] The … Continue reading »

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Sharing Paleodata (Part 2): Dryad

As promised, today I begin a series on repositories used for paleontological raw data. I will focusing on repositories to which data is submitted before publication, so that mention of it can appear in the manuscript. If you didn’t read the … Continue reading »

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Sharing paleodata (Part 1): What databases are out there?

Science depends on the ability to make observations, repeat experiments, test hypotheses, and share knowledge. When a new study comes out, other researchers evaluate an author’s arguments based on the data they present and the analyses they perform. This is … Continue reading »

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The [Fossil] Treasure of the Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada mountain range is known for its gorgeous alpine lakes, magnificent peaks, and glacier-carved valleys. It’s home to five national parks and monuments, and the only place in the world you can see giant sequoias.  In various places, … Continue reading »

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How species are like pornography: Species concepts and the fossil record

Recently I helped name a new species, an animal we think is the oldest dinosaur found to date—if not, it’s the closest cousin to dinosaurs we know of (Nesbitt et al. 2013). It was the first time I’ve named a … Continue reading »

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Why Paleontology Is Relevant

In these times of budget cuts and belt-tightening, you might wonder why our government,  universities, and museums should fund paleontological research. After all, there are bridges to repair, children to educate, and fires to put out. Few would disagree the … Continue reading »

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