Shuler Museum of Paleontology

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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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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100 million-year-old coelacanth discovered in Texas is new fish species from Cretaceous

A new species of coelacanth fish has been discovered in Texas. Pieces of tiny fossil skull found in Fort Worth have been identified as 100 million-year-old coelacanth bones.

The new species is the youngest coelacanth to be discovered in Texas, and the only coelacanth discovered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Continue reading

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Discovery News: Surprise! Not all stegosaurs had short necks

Vertebrate paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs, a professor in Dedman College‘s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, is quoted in Discovery News online in the February 25 story “Long-Necked Stegosaur Defies Reputation.”

Jacobs is known for his work documenting changes in fossil mammals in Pakistan, which helps scholars correlate climatic changes with evolutionary changes seen in animals, and which helps calibrate the rate of DNA evolution in mammals. He’s also credited for discovery of what’s now known as “Malawisaurus,” a plant-eating dinosaur that lived in Malawi, Africa, 115 million years ago. Continue reading

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