Zuul makes an appearance at #FNLROM!

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!

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There is no Dana, only Zuul

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

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The Machine Inside

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

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I got all my rexes with me

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

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Life on the Edge

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

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So You Want to Make a Time-Calibrated Phylogenetic Tree

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

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Evolution at the Zoo

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

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