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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 […]

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Tonga volcano eruption was largest ever recorded in over a century, scientists say

Yahoo News The Hunga Tonga volcano eruption on 15 January this year was the largest explosion ever recorded in the atmosphere in over a century, scientists have explained. The explosion of the volcano in the South Pacific was the biggest ever recorded by modern geophysical equipment, said a study published last week in the journal Science. The atmospheric pressure wave […]

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Tony Fiorillo interviewed for Apple TV+’s Prehistoric Planet

Monstrous, magnificent, misunderstood. Dinosaurs are all three. Don’t miss Prehistoric Planet’s epic 5-night event on AppleTV+, starting May 23rd, to learn new facts about these creatures. SMU’s Tony Fiorillo was one of the experts interviewed. Watch the trailer here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnoNeMlNeD0   

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Massive Hunga Volcano Eruption Sets New Standard for Crowdsourcing Scientific Observation of Seismic Events

Newswise The massive Jan. 15 eruption of the undersea Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in the South Pacific Ocean was a once-in-a-century event that allowed an international group of 76 scientists using multiple forms of technology to crowdsource their data in ways never before possible. SMU geophysicist Stephen Arrowsmith, one of the co-authors of the eruption […]

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SMU study reveals impact of paleoclimate structure on large herbivore populations, may provide clues related to climate change

Newswise A new study led by SMU paleontologist Anthony Fiorillo identifies the key role precipitation and temperature play in structuring vertebrate herbivore dinosaur populations in Alaska. The findings, which are published in the journal Geosciences, may also provide historical insights into the consequences of climate change. “Our study shows the fundamental role precipitation plays in […]

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‘Access SMU’ Scholarships to Cover the Cost of College for Texas’ Highest Performing Students From Families With Limited Incomes

SMU News SMU is launching a major scholarship initiative to cover the cost of college for high-achieving Texas students with significant financial need. Access SMU will break financial barriers to college entry and graduation – first for academically talented Texas students, with the goal to later expand the investment in more students who need help paying […]