Meet Blue, one of nine blue whales that perished in thick sea ice off the coast of Newfoundland in 2014. Two of these whales washed ashore, and the ROM team salvaged the body that landed at Trout River. After years of preparation, Blue’s skeleton is now part of an amazing exhibition all about the biology, … Continue reading The Mysterious Fathoms Below
Zuul made its first public debut at the ROM last week for the DinoNite Friday Night Live! Meet @VictoriaArbour & #DinoZuul tonight at #FNLROM pic.twitter.com/1BWBZqAm8t — Royal Ontario Museum (@ROMtoronto) 3 June 2017 David and I had a wonderful time chatting about Zuul with probably about 300 people over the course of the evening. Palaeo … Continue reading Zuul makes an appearance at #FNLROM!
Hello blog friends! Today I’m excited to announce an exciting new project with Tom Holtz and Lindsay Zanno that we want YOU to be part of! We’re editing a new edition of the excellent pop sci book The Complete Dinosaur, published by Indiana University Press. Like the previous two editions, this book will feature the … Continue reading The Complete Dinosaur!
Just a quick update today, consolidating some video and audio interviews I’ve done over the past few months! Here’s Zuul again because why not! I’ve been doing some fun Google Hangouts with Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, where I chat with school classrooms about my research and neat stuff about dinosaurs. If you’d … Continue reading Explorin’
Friends, there’s a new ankylosaur today! Meet Zuul crurivastator, the Destroyer of Shins, an ankylosaurine dinosaur from the Judith River Formation of Montana, published today at Royal Society Open Science [note – seems to be a bit of a lag in the RSOS page updating new papers – hopefully the paper will be up ASAP!]. Zuul … Continue reading There is no Dana, only Zuul
Let’s take a stroll through the Ontario Science Centre’s current special exhibit: Biomechanics – The Machine Inside! A touring exhibition developed by the Field Museum and Denver Museum of Nature & Science, this is a really fun exhibit exploring all kinds of aspects of biomechanics. (But get those garbage cans away from the entrance wall, … Continue reading The Machine Inside
Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family is a traveling exhibition all about everyone’s favourite prehistoric predators, showcasing some classic dinosaurs and new discoveries. It’s currently hanging out at the Waterloo Region Museum just outside of Toronto, and I had a chance to check it out a few weeks ago when David Evans and I were invited to … Continue reading I got all my rexes with me
Storytime! When I was an undergraduate student at Dalhousie University, BACK IN THE DAY, I spent my summers making slides of rocks brought up by drills from offshore Nova Scotia and identifying and counting coccoliths (or, nannofossils). One of my supervisors for these projects was Dave Scott, a micropalaeontologist who also taught me invertebrate palaeontology … Continue reading Life on the Edge
Are you a palaeontologist interested in incorporating phylogenetic comparative methods into your research? Would you like to increase your toolkit of hypothesis-testing analyses for fossil-related questions? There’s a pretty good chance you’re going to need a time-calibrated phylogenetic tree. And to get one, you’re going to need to try your hand at R. If you’re … Continue reading So You Want to Make a Time-Calibrated Phylogenetic Tree
Zoos, aquaria, and natural history museums all showcase amazing biological diversity in their exhibits, but after years of visiting both kinds of institutions across the globe, I’ve noticed that zoos emphasize different messages than natural history museums. Natural history museums are great at telling the story of evolution, and explaining the science behind evolutionary biology, … Continue reading Evolution at the Zoo