With “Your Inner Fish”, Tiktaalik Gets Its Close-Up—On TV, Online and in Philly
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With “Your Inner Fish”, Tiktaalik Gets Its Close-Up—On TV, Online and in Philly

It’s almost time for Tiktaalik roseae to make another appearance on television. Tiktaalik is already extremely famous for an ancient fish fossil. It’s one of the best-known transitional species between fish that swim in the water and the first vertebrates to walk on land. It was first unearthed from Devonian-era rocks in the Canadian Arctic … Continue reading

Fossils in the Big Apple and Other Urban Paleontology Adventures
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Fossils in the Big Apple and Other Urban Paleontology Adventures

There are fossils in New York’s Grand Central Station. It’s not a traveling museum exhibit. It’s not an exhibit at all. Hundreds of millions of years in the past, the limestone used to construct the station’s floors was formed through the accumulation of ancient marine life. You can still see impressions of some of those … Continue reading

How do you pack for a summer trip to the end of the Earth (for science)?
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How do you pack for a summer trip to the end of the Earth (for science)?

“Ice. Rock. Water. That’s what’s there,” Ted Daeschler said, discussing his upcoming field research expedition to Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic. And that’s about all that’s there. No trees to cut down for firewood. No roads, houses, stores, or built civilization, apart from one small town on the far southern end of the island. … Continue reading

Dusting for Prints from a Fossil Fish to Understand Evolutionary Change
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Dusting for Prints from a Fossil Fish to Understand Evolutionary Change

In 370 million-year-old red sandstone deposits in a highway roadcut, scientists have discovered a new species of armored fish in north central Pennsylvania. Fossils of armored fishes like this one, a phyllolepid placoderm, are known for the distinctive ornamentation of ridges on their exterior plates. As with many such fossils, scientists often find the remains … Continue reading

This Keeps Happening! Drexel Research Cameo during Late Night Comedy
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This Keeps Happening! Drexel Research Cameo during Late Night Comedy

Spotted last night during The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: That’s Dr. Mariana Chilton of Drexel’s School of Public Health. Chilton’s appearance on The Daily Show this week was in a clip from A Place at the Table, a documentary about hunger in America premiering Friday, March 1 in theaters nationwide, on iTunes and OnDemand. … Continue reading