Earth sciences newsletter
The mighty megafauna with Curator of Fossil Mammals Pip Brewer
Catch up on October's activities in the Earth Sciences Department.
A big welcome to the new arrivals:
PDRA working on an STFC-funded project to determine the source locations of martian meteorites ‘Determining the Source Locations of Martian Meteorites: Non-Linear Unmixing Models in the VNIR’. Working with Peter Grindrod within the Minerals and Planetary Science Division.
PDRA working on a UK Space Agency project monitoring active processes on Mars with the ExoMars TGO mission. Working with Peter Grindrod within the Minerals and Planetary Science Division.
joins the NHM as our new curator in Ores. Simon recently completed his PhD within the NHMs LODE group and will remain based within the Division of Economic and Environmental Earth Sciences.
Earth sciences news
Fossil teeth show that sharks shrank in size and changed their diet after a major extinction event 66 million years ago.
A new Museum project is asking the public to help digitise data about some of the world's smallest fossils, which hold clues to how ocean conditions have changed over millions of years.
Scientists have identified a new species of ancient reptile that fills a critical gap in the fossil record of dinosaur relatives.
A Museum-led consortium has won a £3 million research grant to help predict where to find valuable metal ore deposits.
The new family tree has major implications for our understanding of the dinosaurs origins and evolution.
Ancient marine fossils are providing new insights into Earth's biggest mass extinction.
Earth Sciences Newsletter
Monthly newsletter from the Museum's Earth Sciences Department.
Issue: October 2017
Baron, M. G. & Barrett, P. M. 2017. A dinosaur missing link? Chilesaurus and the early evolution of ornithischian dinosaurs. Biology Letters 13: 20170220. doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2017.0220
Cong, P., Daley, A.C., Edgecombe, G.D. & Hou, X. 2017. The functional head of the Cambrian radiodontan (stem-group Euarthropoda) Amplectobelua symbrachiata. BMC Evolutionary Biology, doi.org/10.1186/s12862-017-1049-1.
Di Martino, E., Taylor, P. D., Gordon, D. P. & Liow, L. H. 2017. New bryozoans species from the Pleistocene of the Wanganui Basin, North Island, New Zealand. European Journal of Taxonomy, 345: 1–15. doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2017.345
Akkari, N., Komerički, A., Weigand, A.M., Edgecombe, G.D. & Stoev, P. 2017. A new cave centipede from Croatia, Eupolybothrus liburnicus n. sp., with notes on the subgenus Schizopolybothrus Verhoeff, 1934 (Chilopoda: Lithobiomorpha: Lithobiidae). ZooKeys, 687, 11-43. doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.687.13844
Edgecombe, GD (2017) Inferring arthropod phylogeny: fossils and their interaction with other data sources. Integrative and Comparative Biology, doi.org/10.1093/icb/icx061.
Giribet, G. & Edgecombe, G.D (2017) Current understanding of Ecdysozoa and its internal phylogenetic relationships. Integrative and Comparative Biology, doi.org/10.1093/icb/icx072.
Spencer, A.R., Garwood, R.J., Rees, A.R., Raine, R.J., Rothwell, G.W., Hollingworth, N.T., & Hilton, J. 2017. New insights into Mesozoic cycad evolution: an exploration of anatomically preserved Cycadaceae seeds from the Jurassic Oxford Clay biota. PeerJ, 5, e3723. doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3723
Parry, LA, Boggiani, PC, Condon, DJ, Garwood, RJ, de M Leme, J, McIlroy, D, Brasier, MD, Trindade, R, Campanha, GAC Pacheco, MLAF, Diniz, CQC, Liu, AG (2017) Ichnological evidence for meiofaunal bilaterians from the terminal Ediacaran and earliest Cambrian of Brazil. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1, 1455–1464. doi.org/ 10.1038/s41559-017-0301-9