The Evolution Of Whales, Adapted From Nationwide Geographic, November 2001


Vertebrate PaleontologyUnder are fast links to the house pages (in alphabetical order) for over 300 journals that publish papers of interest to vertebrate paleontologists of all specialties. Noteworthy individual fossils or assemblages include a spectacularly various and effectively represented fauna from Early Permian fissure fills, a set of child sauropod bones from the Morrison Formation, giant samples of Miocene horse species, a big and diverse assortment of Cretaceous microvertebrates (equivalent to mammals and lizards) from the western United States, and a few comparatively full or distinctive specimens of Cretaceous dinosaurs (corresponding to Tenontosaurus and Pentaceratops).

Small animalsĀ are typically extra frequent in the fossil document and better preserved, so they reveal monumental amounts of information on the ecosystems and climates of Earth’s past. The Ken Caster/Donald Baird solid collection of vertebrate ichnofossils can be notable.

The opposite vertebrate fossil collections are the previous assortment of the Florida Geological Survey, portions of the Timberlane Research Organization assortment, and the UF Department of Zoology Fossil Chicken Collection (assembled by the late Professor Pierce Brodkorb).

We contribute to this bigger scientific effort by conducting unique field and laboratory analysis aimed at discovering and decoding the fossil report of vertebrates. Every of those collections is maintained in a separate catalog, below the acronyms UF/FGS, UF/TRO, and UF/PB, respectively.

For instance, birds are typically thought-about to be the descendants of reptiles (Saurischian dinosaurs to be precise), but in this system both are listed as separate lessons. The vertebrate paleontology collections at Auburn College embody ca. 2,500 specimens.