Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences

KERA: 4-Year-Old Texas Boy Finds 100-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Bones

dinosaur, anyklosaurus, nodasaurThe fossil bones of a 100 million-year-old dinosaur discovered at a shopping center construction site will be studied and identified by paleontologists at Southern Methodist University’s Shuler Museum of Paleontology.

The bones were discovered by a Dallas Zoo employee and his young son. The fossils have been transported to SMU’s Shuler research museum in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.

The discovery of the bones, believed to be from the family of armored dinosaurs called nodasuaridae, was covered by science journalist Lauren Silverman, reporting for KERA public radio. Continue reading

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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

Geothermal pipeline being vented.Maria Richards, coordinator of the SMU Geothermal Laboratory , has been named president-elect of the Geothermal Resources Council.

Richards will be the 26th president of the global energy organization in 2017. She’s been at the forefront of SMU’s renowned geothermal energy research for more than a decade, and the University’s mapping of North American geothermal resources is the baseline for U.S. geothermal energy exploration. Continue reading

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

Whale, fossil, kenya, Great Rift, Africa, Jacobs, WichuraUplift 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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