Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences

Dallas Morning News: Paleontologist puts passion for fossils to use as curator at Perot Museum

[caption id="attachment_5025" align="alignleft" width="220"] Anthony Fiorillo excavates a Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum at a quarry in Alaska. (Credit: Dallas Morning News)[/caption]Dallas Morning News reporter Katharina Marino covered the research of Anthony Fiorillo, who is Perot Museum Curator of Earth Sciences at the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Victory Park.

Fiorillo is also an adjunct research professor of paleoecology in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. Continue reading

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TexasEscapes.com: The Bone Wars

Texas author, journalist and historian Clay Coppedge, who writes for the weekly newspaper Country World News, covered the research of SMU vertebrate paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs into the infamous Bone Wars of the late 1800s.

The Coppedge article “Bone Wars” was published in a November issue of Country World News, and was published in December online at TexasEscapes.com. Continue reading

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EARTH: Long-Lost Letters Shed New Light on 19th-Century Bone Wars

Science journalist David B. Williams, who writes for Earth magazine, covered the research of SMU vertebrate paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs and the infamous Bone Wars of the late 1800s.

The article, “Long-Lost Letters Shed New Light on 19th-Century Bone Wars,” was published in the January 2013 issue of Earth. Continue reading

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SMU contributes fossils, expertise to new Perot Museum in ongoing scientific collaboration

From dinosaurs to sea turtles, and from technical assistance to advisory roles, SMU faculty and students, the SMU Shuler Museum, and the SMU Innovation Gymnasium, team with the nation’s new premier museum of nature and science.

Fossils on loan by SMU to the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science include those of animals from an ancient sea that once covered Dallas. Continue reading

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SMU Professor Louis Jacobs honored with prestigious award from Texas science teachers

Whether hunting dinosaur bones, examining the science of evolution or mentoring students, SMU Earth Sciences Professor Louis L. Jacobs earns high marks from Texas K-12 science teachers.

The 7,200-member Science Teachers Association of Texas, STAT, is honoring Jacobs for his significant contributions to advance quality science education. Continue reading

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National Geographic: New Coelacanth Species Discovered in Texas

The coelacanth research of SMU paleontology doctoral student John Graf has been covered by science journalist Ker Than for National Geographic’s Daily News web site. Graf identified a new species of coelacanth from fossil fish bones discovered in Texas.

Graf identified the fish from a 100 million-year-old skull fossil. He named the new species Reidus hilli. Graf said the new coelacanth is the first found in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It’s the youngest coelacanth discovered in Texas. Continue reading

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Sci-News.com: New Coelacanth from Early Cretaceous Discovered in Texas


The coelacanth research of SMU paleontology doctoral student John Graf has been covered by the Sci-News.com web site. Graf identified a new species of coelacanth from fossil fish bones discovered in Texas.

Graf identified the fish from a 100 million-year-old skull fossil. He named the new species Reidus hilli. Graf said the new coelacanth is the first found in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It’s the youngest coelacanth discovered in Texas.
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UPI: Bones of ‘living fossil’ found in Texas

The coelacanth research of SMU paleontology doctoral student John Graf has been covered by UPI. Graf identified a new species of coelacanth from fossil fish bones discovered in Texas. Graf identified the fish from a 100 million-year-old skull fossil. Graf said the new coelacanth is the first found in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It’s the youngest coelacanth discovered in Texas. Continue reading

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VOA: New 100-Million-Year-Old Fish Discovered in Texas

The coelacanth research of SMU paleontology doctoral student John Graf has been covered by Voice of America. Graf identified a new species of coelacanth from fossil fish bones discovered in Texas. Graf identified the fish from a 100 million-year-old skull fossil. He named the new species Reidus hilli. Graf said the new coelacanth is the first found in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The fossil is the youngest coelacanth discovered in Texas. Continue reading

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