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20-year-old paleontology student is an origami Olympian

Texas Standard: Travis Nolan, SMU paleontology student, likes to hang in the basement of Southern Methodist University’s Heroy Hall. When he’s there, he’s his element; surrounded by fossils in the university’s Shuler Museum of Paleontology. He’s been obsessed with dinosaurs since he was barely able to talk. One recent summer day in that very basement, […]

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Folding his way to gold: SMU paleontology student is an origami Olympian

KERA: Travis Nolan attends Southern Methodist University and ranked 5th in the world last year after taking gold in the IOIO, the International Origami Internet Olympiad. He’s a 20-year-old paleontology student who’s been into dinosaurs since the time he could talk. Travis Nolan, SMU paleontology student, likes to hang in the basement of Southern Methodist […]

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Meet the SMU student who is an international dinosaur origami champion

Dallas Morning News: In the basement of SMU’s Heroy Science Hall, Travis Nolan cups an origami reptile in the palm of his hand. Technically, it’s not a dinosaur, though it looks like one. Nolan says the reptile, called a dimetrodon, walked the earth before dinosaurs even existed. The dimetrodon he’s holding has a small beige […]

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Paleontology and origami? Yes, an SMU student is building a career with both

WFAA To build a successful career in paleontology, you need a passion for fossils, geology and physiology. And, if you’re SMU student Travis Nolan, you bring the secret weapon of origami to the table, too. “Being surrounded by bones and fossils and natural history is always just kind of fun for me,” the SMU junior […]

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New dinosaur species distinguished by its fearsome claws

A new dinosaur species identified by paleontologist Tony Fiorillo and SMU Ph.D. graduate Yoshitsugu Kobayashi was covered by the Mirror,  Earth.com and LiveScience.  

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Congratulations to Bonnie Jacobs

Bonnie Jacobs has been named a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. Jacobs is a world-renowned paleobotanist at SMU who specializes in the plant fossil record and what it reveals about past communities, ecosystems and climate. Congrats!  

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The Big Data Revolution Unlocks New Opportunities for Seismology

EOS The field of seismology is entering a new era where our understanding of earthquakes and the solid earth is increasingly driven by new Big Data experiments and algorithms. By: Stephen J. Arrowsmith, Daniel T. Trugman, Karianne Bergen and Beatrice Magnani Scientists have been measuring earthquakes for hundreds of years. As instruments have advanced, so […]

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New dinosaur species used fearsome claws to graze along the coast

SMU News Therizinosaurs were a large group of primarily herbivorous theropod dinosaurs (dinosaurs with hollow bones and three-toed limbs). Therizinosaurs were first discovered in Asia; the fossil records in Asian countries such as China and Mongolia are rich in therizinosaurus fossils, and fossil fragments have also been reported from Japan. Scientists from Japan and the […]

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New dinosaur species used fearsome claws to graze along the coast

SMU News JAPAN (Hokkaido University) and DALLAS (SMU) – Therizinosaurs were a large group of primarily herbivorous theropod dinosaurs (dinosaurs with hollow bones and three-toed limbs). Therizinosaurs were first discovered in Asia; the fossil records in Asian countries such as China and Mongolia are rich in therizinosaurus fossils, and fossil fragments have also been reported from […]