Blogs and News Items


Please see the new monthly blog "Macroevolutionaries" by division senior curator Bruce S. Lieberman and Niles Eldredge, curator emeritus of the American Museum of Natural History: 


The latest "Macroevolutionaries" blog post is now available: "Of cultural nationalism, Hamlet and the Cloaca Universalis"


Here are earlier blog posts on:

"When is a raptor a parrot? The curious case of the American Kestrel"

"Asleep at the switch: Paleontological life lessons, stasis, and the genius of Yogi Berra"

A former division superstar as well as a specimen in the division collected by him: "Paleo Personas: Musings on a Soviet cephalopod, Norman Newell, and mass extinctions"

And our first blog post: "Survival of the laziest: Does evolution permit naps?"



Congratulations to Steven Byrum who successfully completed his Masters degree!



New paper on biogeography and macroevolution of late Paleozoic cephalopods using GIS published in PeerJ: 



New paper on possible early Cambrian sponge larvae from south China published in Journal of Paleontology: 



New paper on the Spence Shale soft-bodied biota published in Journal of the Geological Society of London: 



Steven Byrum presenting his poster on the phylogeny and biogeography of spatangoid echinoids from the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway, at the Geological Society of America sectional meeting in Manhattan, KS.



Congratulations to former division post-doc Luke Strotz!  He has started his fellowship as a 1,000 Talents Scholar based at Northwest University in Xi'an China.



Please see the new blog post by division graduate student Julie Taylor describing her undergraduate thesis research that was recently published in the journal Evolution​ 



New paper on the enigmatic deuterostome Herpetogaster published in Geological Magazine:


New Paper on the Red Queen Hypothesis published in Biology Letters


New paper on the enigmatic Cambrian stalked filter feeder Siphusauctum published in Journal of Paleontology


Congratulations to Kayla Kolis who successfully completed her Masters degree.



New paper on Cambrian Disc-shaped fossils published in PeerJ