Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences

Los Angeles Times: Fossilized whale bone in African desert holds clues to human evolution

17 million year old fossil whale, kenya, Louis JacobsThe Los Angeles Times covered the research of SMU paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs, a professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Jacobs is co-author of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Continue reading

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SMU geothermal scientist Maria Richards to guide global energy organization

An energy source that covers the whole gamut – from producing electricity for industries, to even cooling homes Maria Richards, coordinator of the SMU Geothermal Laboratory in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, has been named president-elect of … Continue reading

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17 million-year-old whale fossil provides 1st exact date for East Africa’s puzzling uplift

Uplift associated with East Africa’s Great Rift Valley and the environmental changes it produced have puzzled scientists for decades because the timing and starting elevation have been poorly constrained.

Now paleontologists have tapped a fossil from the most precisely dated beaked whale in the world — and the only stranded whale ever found so far inland on the African continent — to pinpoint a date when the mysterious elevation began. Continue reading

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Houston Chronicle: New data shows North Texas fault line

Houston Chronicle, earthquakes, SMU, DeShon, StumpJournalist Dylan Baddour covered the recent interim report about the research findings of Southern Methodist University’s seismology team surrounding a recent series of earthquakes in the Irving, Texas area.

His Houston Chronicle report, “New data shows North Texas fault line,” covered the preliminary findings. Continue reading

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WFAA Channel 8: SMU study — Quakes shallow, concentrated at fault line

SMU, earthquakes, Irving, WFAA, Channel 8, Byron Harris, Heather DeShon, Brian StumpWFAA Channel 8 reporters Byron Harris and Marjorie Owens covered the recent interim report about the research findings of Southern Methodist University’s seismology team surrounding a recent series of earthquakes in the Irving, Texas area.

The Channel 8 report, “SMU study: Quakes shallow, concentrated at fault line,” covered a briefing with the press on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Continue reading

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Dallas Morning News: Remap of Dallas-area quakes shows fault closer to fracking wells than thought

Dallas Morning News, SMU, earthquakes, Irving, Anna Kuchment, Heather DeShon, Brian StumpScience journalist Anna Kuchment covered a recent interim report on the research findings of SMU’s seismology team surrounding a recent series of earthquakes in the Irving, Texas area.

Kuchment’s Dallas Morning News article, “Remap of Dallas-area quakes shows fault closer to fracking wells than thought,” covered a briefing with the press on Friday, Feb. 6, to explain progress on the team’s earthquake research. Continue reading

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SMU analysis of recent North Texas earthquake sequence reveals geologic fault, epicenters in Irving and West Dallas

Locations of seismic instruments as of Jan. 30, 2015, with revised earthquake locations in dark red. (USGS)Initial results from the seismology team at Southern Methodist University reveal that a recent series of earthquakes near old Texas Stadium in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were relatively shallow and concentrated along a narrow two-mile line that indicates a fault extending from Irving into West Dallas. SMU and the United States Geological Survey have shared an interim report with the mayors of Dallas and Irving. Continue reading

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SMU scientists to deploy 22 seismographs to study Irving-area earthquake series

Irving, earthquake, SMU, DeShonSMU’s seismology team will deploy 22 more seismographs in the Irving area over the next few days to better understand the series of earthquakes that United States Geological Survey (USGS) data indicates are occurring on or near the site of the old Texas Stadium.

The SMU scientists stress that learning more about this recent series of earthquakes will be an incremental process. Continue reading

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The Guardian, Weatherwatch: Climate of Jurassic era just as much a patchwork as today

Chimney Rock, Ghost Ranch, Jurassic, Morrison Formation, Guardian, Hambling, Myers, SMUThe Guardian reporter David Hambling covered the research of SMU paleontologist Timothy S. Myers.

Myers’ recent research has focused on the climate of the Jurassic, testing the notion that the era’s ancient climate was similar to modern. His most recent study found that climate was more variable than previously understood in the area now covered by the Morrison Formation. Continue reading

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