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For Researchers:

To schedule access to the research collections contact

Anthropology-
Peter Ferdinando
pferd001@fiu.edu

Paleontology-
Robert A. Depalma
rdepalma@pbmnh.org





   

 

   

Department of Paleontology

 

Expedition Dinosaur

Grab your shovels (or your armchairs) and saddle up! The 2013 dig season is about to begin, with all of its glorious trials, tribulations, and amazing new discoveries. The expedition leaves July 1 and as with every exploratory trip in years past, we know that there will be a fair share of bizarre unforeseen problems, howling winds, animals that want to eat us, vehicle problems, scorching hot sun, crazy people, breathtaking badlands, long prospecting missions, months of tent-life at base camp, and, of course, DINOSAURS! We don’t know what exactly is in store for us, but the one thing I can guarantee with any certainty is that it will be memorable! Judging by past expeditions (all of which were amazingly successful) there will be plenty to share with you as the field work unfolds. So, come back to the website regularly for updates on what new fossils we’re finding, what amazing new rocky badlands we’re meandering through, how base camp is holding up, and what the week’s adventure has been. The season this year goes from July 1 to September 5. It is a bit later than previous years, but that is because we were presenting a new species at a very special scientific meeting that was held in France (see below). See you all in the field! (And for those of you who have to sit this one out, don’t be a stranger! Visit us on the web, talk to us through the blog (coming soon), and be part of the expedition from afar!

Rainbow

 

Research and Publications

The Department of Paleontology is currently engaged in research on several of Earth’s time periods, both in the United States and abroad. The scope of the research projects ranges from broad, globally relevant topics such as climate change and phylogenetics to narrower, more specific topics such as species interaction and the dynamics of paleo animal communities. Our research efforts have already produced excellent results, including high resolution reconstructions of the Late Cretaceous environment, dinosaur predator/prey interactions, new biologically controlled fossil preparation techniques, and the discovery of new species. In addition to assisting scientists in reconstructing Earth’s exciting past, our research in paleontology is producing data that will create a better understanding of our modern world and trends that will shape Earth’s future. The recent publications and primary areas of current research are as follows:

TerQua

REDUCTION OF THE PREDENTARY BONE IN PALEOGENE AVIANS

ROBERT A. DEPALMA,a DAVID A. BURNHAM,b AMANDA R. FALKb, and FALLON E. COHENa; a Dept. of Vertebrate Paleontology, The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History, 2805 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 402, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl  33306, Rdepalma@PBMNH.org;  b University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS  66045

Recently, our Curator of Paleontology, Robert DePalma, presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Cenozoic Research (TerQua) held in Lawrence, Kansas. Robert presented a new species of bird from the Paleocene-Eocene of Morocco that was part of a special session dedicated to late paleontologist Larry D. Martin of the University of Kansas. The bird has a unique feature of the lower jaw that represents a previously unknown step in the evolution of modern birds. The species will be named after Dr. Martin.

TerQua Website:  http://www.continuinged.ku.edu/programs/terqua/


Creataceous Bird

A NEW BIRD FROM THE LATEST MAASTRICHTIAN OF
NORTH AMERICA

Robert A. DePalma,1 David A. Burnham,2 Larry D. Martin,2-4 and Amanda R. Falk5
1 The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History, 2805 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL  3330,6 USA
2 The University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS  66045, USA
3,4 The University of Kansas, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, USA; deceased
5 The University of Kansas, Department of Geology, Lawrence, KS, USA

PBMNH goes to France! Robert DePalma, our Curator of Paleontology, recently returned from a paleontological conference in France, where he was asked to present a new species of dinosaur-aged bird from North America that he is naming in an upcoming publication. The European Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists (EAVP) meeting was held in Villers-sur-Mer, France, and was host to some of the top minds in paleontology. The new bird that Robert presented was discovered during one of the expeditions to the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota, and is the best example of its kind worldwide. Also, it is a critical specimen to understanding the emergence of neornithine bird lineages.

A special publication containing the proceedings of this EAVP meeting will be produced, which will be dedicated to late paleontologist Larry D. Martin who was also a coauthor on the bird study.


EAVP Website: 
http://www.eavp.org/

 

Amber Insects

Preliminary Notes on the First Recorded Amber Insects from the Hell Creek Formation

The Jounal of Paleontological Sciences
JPS. C.10.0001

Robert A. DePalma,1 Frederich Cichocki,2 Manuel Dierick,3 and Robert feeney,4
1 The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History, 2805 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL  3330,6 USA
2 The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History, 2805 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL  3330,6 USA

3 Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Ghent University Centre for X-ray Tomography, Proeftuinstraat 86, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium, http://www.ugct.ugent.be.
4 The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History, 2805 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL  3330,6 USA

Late Cretaceous; Hell Creek Formation;
South Dakota; DINOSAURS


Permian Lagerstatte

Pennsylvanian marine/nearshore deposits

New raptor from Siberia


 



Green River
Como Bluff

 

South Dakota Sunset

South Dakota Storm


 
 
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