Most animals and plants never fossilize. For those that do, it’s usually only hard parts such as bones and shells that preserve. However, in some exceptional cases, soft tissues such as muscles and gills survive the fossilization process and can present a wealth of information about the biology and ecology of ancient organisms. In a recently published paper in Palaeontologia Electronica, Dr. Adiel Klompmaker (UA Museums’ Curator of Paleontology) and colleagues reported on a remarkable crab with multiple mineralized soft […]
The traditional method of classifying the twenty-one species within the South American genus Polythore has been relying on wing color patterns and male genital ligula shape.
Most research on predation in the marine fossil record has focused on specimens from North America and Europe.
Ostracods are small crustaceans living in a variety of environments. They were also present in and on the ocean floor in Brazil 66 million years ago.
The Treatise of Invertebrate Paleontology are a series of chapters published since the 20th century with overviews of invertebrate fossil groups.
The use of gDNAs isolated from museum specimens for high throughput sequencing, especially targeted sequencing in the context of phylogenetics, is a common practice.
Naming species and putting them into their correct place in the family tree is essential in biology and paleontology.
For Kevin Kocot’s team, things were busy, but successful and fun on the Nathaniel B. Palmer in Eastern Antarctica!
Insects of North America is a field guide that enables you to identify all 783 families of insects currently recognized in the United States and Canada!
Horseshoe crabs (Xiphosura) have a long evolutionary history starting in the Ordovician, but the number of species is relatively low.