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Jurassic climate of large swath of western U.S. was more complex than previously known

Climate over a large swath of the western U.S. was more complex during the Jurassic than previously known, according to new research from SMU.

Instead of a gradual transition from dry to wetter, chemical analysis of ancient soils reveals there was an unexpected abrupt change. Samples came from the Morrison Formation, which sprawls 13 states and Canada and which has produced dinosaur discoveries for over 100 years.
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Dallas Morning News: Fort Worth coelacanth fossil is missing link among world’s oldest animal lineages

The coelacanth research of SMU paleontology doctoral student John Graf was covered by Dallas Morning News journalist Marc Ramirez.

Graf identified a new species of coelacanth from fossil fish bones discovered in Texas. Ramirez described the discovery and identification in a Feb. 1 article, “Fort Worth coelacanth fossil proves to be a missing link in one of the world’s oldest animal lineages.” Continue reading

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The Daily Campus: SMU contributes fossils to Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Daily Campus reporter Charlie Scott covered SMU’s contributions to the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas. Many fossils from SMU’s Shuler Museum of Paleontology are on loan to the new Perot Museum, including those of animals from an ancient sea that once covered Dallas.

The fossils represent a slice of SMU’s scientific collaboration with the Perot Museum and its predecessor, the Dallas Museum of Natural History. Continue reading

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UPI: Study finds Jurassic ecosystems like today’s

News wire UPI covered the research of SMU paleontologist Timothy S. Myers for the news site’s science section.

Myers’ latest study found Jurassic ecosystems were similar to modern: Animals flourish among lush plants. The study set out to discover whether that same relationship held true 150 million years ago during the Late Jurassic when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Continue reading

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Red Orbit: Climate And Biota Have Been Ecologically Connected For Millions Of Years

Journalist Raysehll Clapper for redOrbit.com covered the research of SMU paleontologist Timothy S. Myers for the news web site’s Science section.

Myers’ latest study found Jurassic ecosystems were similar to modern: Animals flourish among lush plants. The study set out to discover whether that same relationship held true 150 million years ago during the Late Jurassic when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Continue reading

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Study finds Jurassic ecosystems were similar to modern: Animals flourish among lush plants

In modern ecosystems, animals flourish amid lush vegetation. An SMU study examines whether that same relationship held true 150 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

“The assumption has been that ancient ecosystems worked just like our modern ecosystems,” says SMU paleontologist Timothy S. Myers. “We wanted to see if this was, in fact, the case.” Continue reading

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KDFW Fox 4 Lone Star Adventure: Dinosaur at Lake Lewisville

KDFW Fox 4 reporter Richard Ray interviewed SMU paleontologist Timothy S. Myers for the TV journalist’s Lone Star Adventure series.

Ray interviewed Myers about a new dinosaur fossil discovered north of Dallas-Fort Worth at Lake Lewisville by amateur fossil hunter Dan Bidleman, Denton. 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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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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