December 7th, 2018 – Celina Suarez and colleagues from the Natural History Museum of Utah (Randy Irmis) and the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farms (Andrew Milner) contributed to a segment of Science Friday on “The Cold-Case of the Phytosaurs.” The story focuses on Randy and Andrew’s work in Lisbon Valley, Utah, as well as the importance of understanding the End-Triassic mass extinction (part of our NSF funded research – see Research Projects). An in-depth story was written and posted in Science Friday’s “Methods” section that follows in-depth reporting of science and the scientific method. check it out at: https://methods.sciencefriday.com/the-mass-extinction-detectives.
Members of the research group presented work at the 2018 Annual SVP meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kirsty Morgan presented an update to her shape analysis of polocanthid ankylosaur caudal plates, Danielle Oberg presented some of her MS thesis from ETSU on geometric morphometrics of mole humeri, and Celina presented on behalf of Daigo Yamamura and Mason Frucci on a isotopes of a new giant turtle from the Kairparowits Formation of Utah and on the oxygen isotopic composition of turtles from the Cretaceous Holly Creek Formation of Arkansas respectively.