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Sensory evolution blogs

I’m happy to announce that over the next 2-3 weeks I’ll be posting blogs on recent papers dealing with sensory biology. The blogs are written by students of my upper division course BIOL167 Sensory Evolution for educational purposes. The blogs … Continue reading

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San Diego Zoo

As part of my class on “Sensory Evolution” we went on a field trip to the San Diego Zoo. A few impressions below. Can you spot the nictitating membrane in the Komodo Dragon and the cloudy eye in the Gopher … Continue reading

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Ivan Schwab: “Evolution’s Witness — How Eyes Evolved”

Just a quick note: I finally received my copy of Ivan Schwab’s highly anticipated book today: “Evolution’s Witness — How Eyes Evolved” [Oxford University Press]. At first glance it impresses with absolutely stunning photos and illustrations. I also like the … Continue reading

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Velociraptor is watching you

Just a quick note. Following three weeks after online publication, the paper on nocturnality in dinosaurs is now published in print, as well: Schmitz, L. & R. Motani (2011). Nocturnality in dinosaurs inferred from scleral ring and orbit morphology. Science, … Continue reading

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Ryosuke and Lars on Capital Public Radio

CapRadio’s ‘Insight’ and host Jeffrey Callison wanted to find out more about nocturnal dinosaurs and invited us for their show. Listen to what we had to say (we are on starting about 39mins in). ‘Insight’ is a daily in-depth interview … Continue reading

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The Press Club

Here is a short, incomplete round-up of the press coverage that our papers in Science and Evolution received. Nature (subscription required), “Dinosaur predators hunted in the dark” The New York Times, “Some Dinosaurs Liked the Night Life, Eye Bones Show” … Continue reading

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Listen to Quirks & Quarks

As Larry Witmer pointed out yesterday, this was a fantastic week for dinosaur paleobiology. Two papers on dinosaur sensory systems were published. One by Ryosuke and me, focusing on eyes, the other by Darla Zelenitsky and colleagues, sniffing out olfaction. … Continue reading

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