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Length of a canoe = wingspan of this new pterosaur species

SMU’s paleontologists Louis Jacobs and Michael Polcyn helped find fossils of this flying reptile of the dinosaur. Learn more is Science Daily

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The SMU Student Using Origami to Bring Dinosaurs to Life

D Magazine: Travis Nolan is the only person making show-quality origami dinosaurs in the university’s department of earth sciences. The Walt Disney movie Dinosaur wasn’t well received when it premiered in 2000, but it did change Travis Nolan’s life. He was 3 years old when his father gave him a gray and red rubber hand puppet of […]

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NASA’s Artemis I Is a Go for Historic Launch to the Moon

How Stuff Works: Unfortunately, NASA scrubbed today’s Artemis launch due to engine issues. SMU’s Matt Siegler explains why this mission would have been so historic. https://science.howstuffworks.com/artemis-news.htm

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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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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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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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Fossil of dinosaur killed in asteroid strike discovered in North Dakota, scientists say

USA Today Anthony Fiorillo, an SMU research professor and expert in taphonomy, a branch of paleontology focusing on how things become fossils, is quoted in this USA Today article. A small dinosaur leg discovered in southwestern North Dakota may have been ripped from the animal’s body on the same day a giant asteroid struck Earth and eventually […]

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International Research Team Identifies New Armored Dinosaur Species Found in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert

SMU News A new species of armored dinosaur from the southern Gobi Desert of Mongolia that may have used its unique tail as a weapon has been identified by an international team of vertebrate paleontologists and researchers. Researchers from SMU (Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas) and universities in  South Korea, Japan, and Mongolia identified […]

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“We are making a culture change”: Exhibit hopes to inspire young girls to join the STEM field

SMU News Myria Perez, a 2018 graduate of SMU with degrees in geology and anthropology, was recently featured in a CBS Evening News segment about a new exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit features 120 life-size 3D-printed statues of women who have made an impact in the science, […]