Could this fossil push the age of bony fishes further back?
This is an article I wrote for the PLOS Paleontology Community blog, and am archiving it here. The original post was published on December 28, 2017, and can be accessed here. With the end of the year comes the end to our countdown of the winners of the Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa ofContinue reading “Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017: Eekaulostomus cuevasae | PLOS Paleo Community”
This unique fish represents the first of its kind in the fossil record, and is named after an infamous sci-fi polyglot!
The fossil fish Hemicalypterus weiri was named after Gordon Weir. But who is Gordon Weir?
Are the “teeth” on a sawfish snout really teeth? A fossil might shed light on the question.
An enigmatic holostean from the Triassic of Utah possesses an unusual tooth morphology. What was the purpose of these teeth?
How does a paleontologist identify a new species?
Okay, folks, it’s that time of year again. The week that either fills you with elation or dread. It’s….SHARK WEEK. This week brings an opportunity for people to celebrate an oft misunderstood group of organisms, even if it is in the form of “Must-See-TV.” As I mentioned last year in my first Shark Week post,Continue reading “Shark Week: 2nd Annual Fossil Shark Hall of Fame”
Fish have a bit of a boring reputation among many vertebrate paleontologists–too many bones, too hard to identify, not as charismatic as dinosaurs, etc., etc. But, this is entirely undeserved (and I say that as a dinosaur paleontologist, too)! The ins and outs of fish evolution are truly fascinating, bolstered by a phenomenal fossil record.Continue reading “Veggievore Fish of the Triassic”
As this week is Shark Week, it would be remiss of me, as the resident fishy person, not to jump on the bandwagon of “sharkery” and share with you some contenders for the weirder shark fossils out there, and some of the stories behind them. Now, unlike Shark Week, which often “jumps the shark” (see whatContinue reading “Shark Week: Fossil Shark Hall of Fame”