viernes, agosto 26, 2016

Virtual Paleontology


We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming Paleontological Society Short Course on 'Virtual Paleontology', which will be held on Saturday 24th September, the day before GSA 2016, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

There will be a wide range of speakers covering topics such as computed tomography, surface scanning, 3-D modeling, and the storage and dissemination of digital datasets. See the following page for full details:


The Short Course will take place in Mile High Ballroom 4AB at the Colorado Convention Center, beginning at 9:00 AM. Attendance is free and registration is not required.

lunes, agosto 08, 2016

Sorex runtonensis: la última musaraña descrita en Atapuerca


La Sima del Elefante (TE, Sierra de Atapuerca, Burgos, España) es uno de los yacimientos con cronologías más antiguas asociadas al hallazgo de restos humanos en el continente europeo. Junto con técnicas radiométricas más precisas, los pequeños mamíferos han ayudado a datar los niveles más antiguos de TE (7-14) entre hace 1.1 y 1.5 millones de años. Las musarañas (Mammalia, Soricidae) han jugado un rol fundamental en este aspecto, habiendo sido descritas hasta ahora cuatro especies: Asoriculus gibberodon, Beremendia fissidens, Crocidura kornfeldi y Sorex (Drepanosorex) margaritodon.Tenemos el placer de presentar la quinta y última especie de sorícido descrita en el yacimiento: Sorex runtonensis, una musaraña de dientes rojos de amplia distribución en Europa durante el Pleistoceno. Este nuevo hallazgo ha sido publicado en la prestigiosa revista Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, en un artículo liderado por nuestro aragosaurero Juan Rofes (CNRS-MNHN, Paris), en el que han participado también otros componentes del Grupo. Este el primer registro de la especie en la Península Ibérica, de la que se han identificado cerca de 200 ejemplares en el yacimiento.

Una serie de rasgos morfológicos y morfométricos permitieron a los autores asignar los especímenes de TE, primero al grupo runtonensis-subaraneus, y luego a la especie S. runtonensis, distinguiéndolos de las varias otras especies del Pleistoceno de tamaño similar, como Sorex bor, S. prealpinus, S. casimiri, y S. hunsheimensis. La naturaleza polimórfica de S. runtonensis y S. subaraneus no permite una distinción confiable entre ambos. Un estudio morfogeométrico detallado sería necesario para establecer o rechazar una sinonimia, en cuyo caso positivo el nombre S. runtonensis tendría prioridad por ser más antiguo.

Sorex runtonensis habitó en Europa durante todo el Pleistoceno y posiblemente hasta los inicios del Holoceno, como población relicta en Polonia. La especie alcanzó su apogeo durante el Pleistoceno Temprano, extendiéndose desde Rusia occidental hasta el norte de la Península Ibérica. La muestra de TE es de esta época y los especímenes presentan algunos rasgos primitivos propios del Pleistoceno Temprano. Esto concuerda con la asociación de pequeños mamíferos de edad pre-Jaramillo (>1.1 Ma) que domina la Unidad Faunística 1, la más antigua de todo el registro fósil de Atapuerca.

La especie S. runtonensis, del Paleártico occidental, ha sido propuesta como representante de biotopos en mosaico, con tendencia a la aridez y la apertura, por su semejanza con la reciente S. tundrensis, del Paleártico oriental. A la luz de esto, y dada la alta proporción relativa del taxón en el yacimiento, las reconstrucciones paleoambientales hechas hasta ahora para los niveles más antiguos de TE deberán revisarse para presentar un panorama más diverso ecológicamente de lo que hasta ahora se había supuesto.

La cita completa es:
Rofes, J., Moya-Costa, R., Bennàsar, M., Blain, H.-A., Cuenca-Bescós, G., 2016. Biostratigraphy, palaeogeography and palaeoenvironmental significance of Sorex runtonensis Hinton, 1911 (Mammalia, Soricidae): First record from the Iberian Peninsula. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 459: 508-517. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.07.021

Link Internet: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031018216302760

sábado, agosto 06, 2016

Postdoctoral position on Biotic consequences of temperature-related stresses across temporal scales

We seek a motivated and talented researcher for a Postdoc position in
the DFG-funded project on “Biotic consequences of temperature-related
stresses across temporal scales (TRS-data)”. The position is temporary
for 36 months (TV-L E13) and is anticipated to start in November 2016.
Place of work is the GeoZentrum Nordbayern, Friedrich-Alexander
University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany.

This project is one of eight projects embedded in the interdisciplinary,
multi-institutional Research Unit FOR 2332 TERSANE: Temperature-Related
Stresses as a Unifying Principle in Ancient Extinctions. The research
unit combines high-resolution geological field studies with
meta-analyses, physiological studies and sophisticated analysis of
fossil occurrence data on ancient hyperthermal events to reveal the rate
and magnitude of warming, potential causes, impact on marine life, and
the mechanisms which led to ecological change and extinction.
Geochemistry, analytical palaeobiology and physiology comprise our main
toolkits. More information on TERSANE is available at:
https://www.gzn.fau.de/palaeoumwelt/projects/tersane 


The successful candidate will be involved in (1) meta-analyses
on the synergetic effects of warming, ocean acidification, and hypoxia
on the performance of extant marine organisms; (2) the analysis of
primary fossil occurrence data to evaluate the physiological and
biogeographic selectivity of the end-Permian and Early Jurassic
extinctions; (3) the assessment of ancient rates of climate and
environmental changes from local sections and global data considering
the effects of temporal scaling; and (4) integration of research
findings in individual projects to evaluate the commonality of patterns
and eco-physiological selectivity of extinctions as visible in paleo-
and extant data. Applicants are expected to participate in the weekly
informal seminar, annual workshops and international summer schools with
others members of the research unit.


Mandatory requirements are:

·         PhD degree in geosciences or biology

·         Profound background in paleobiology

·         Advanced knowledge of statistics and R programming

·         Ability to work as part of a team

·         Fluent in English

Desirable are:

·         Background in invertebrate palaeontology

·         Experience in meta-analyses

Please submit you application in electronic form (including curriculum
vitae, list of publications, research statement; keyword "TRS-data") by
11 Sep 2016 to

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kiessling (chair)

E-mail: Wolfgang.kiessling@fau.de 

miércoles, julio 27, 2016

Nuevas icnitas de dinosaurios del Barremiense en Teruel


  Los aragosaureros acabamos de publicar un nuevo artículo sobre unas varios yacimientos icnitas de dinosaurios de la Formación Mirambel en el entorno de Ladruñán (Teruel). Es la primera vez que se describen icnitas en esta formación que permiten documentarlas en facies transicionales del Barremienses ibérico

La publicación forma parte de un volumen de la revista New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin. El volumen está dedicado el periodo Cretácico y lleva por título: "Cretaceous Period: Biotic Diversity and Biogeography". A lo largo del mismo pueden verse trabajos sobre temáticas muy variadas, desde trabajos más sedimentológicos a otros paleontológicos sobre grupos tan variados como ostrácodos, forminíferos, crustáceos, nanoplancton calcáreo etc.

Los vertebrados y dinosaurios ocupan una parte importante del volumen y hay varias publicaciones sobre material de la Península Ibérica. Por nuestra parte, hemos aportado nuestro granito de arena con una publicación sobre los yacimientos de icnitas de dinosaurios de la Fm. Mirambel, descubiertos en las campanas de prospección del año 2011.  De esta forma hemos descrito nuevas huellas de dinosaurios atribuidas a alguno de los principales grupos: terópodos, ornitópodos y saurópodos.

El modo de conservación es variado, las hay en forma de contramoldes, huellas verdaderas, subhuellas, algunas de las icnitas tienen una conservación excelente como la de terópodo de la fotografía. Es de destacar que los yacimientos con icnitas de la Fm. Mirambel están dominados por huellas de terópodos mientras que los yacimientos con restos osteológicos de la misma formación están dominados por ornitópodos, siendo los restos de terópodos muy escasos.

La referencia completa es: Castanera, D., Martínez-Díez, I., Moreno-Azanza, M. Canudo, J.I., Gasca, J.M. 2016. An overview of the Lower Cretaceous dinosaur tracksites from the Mirambel Formation in the Iberian Range (NE Spain). New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Cretaceous Period: Biotic diversity and Biogeography. Khosla, A., Lucas, S.G. (eds.), 71, 65-74.




Os dejamos el resumen

Up to now, the ichnological vertebrate record from the Barremian Mirambel Formation (NE Spain) has remained completely unknown despite the fact that osteological findings have been reported in recent years. Here we provide an overview of 11 new dinosaur tracksites found during a fieldwork campaign in the year 2011. The majority of these tracksites (seven) preserve small- to medium-sized tridactyl tracks here assigned to indeterminate theropods. Only one footprint presents enough characters to classify it as Megalosauripus isp. Ornithopod tracks identified as Caririchnium isp. and Iguanodontipodidae indet. and sauropod tracks are recorded at two tracksites. The footprints are preserved in a variety of paleoenvironmental conditions and thus display different kinds of preservation (true tracks, shallow undertracks, natural casts and undertrack casts). The ichnological record from the Mirambel Formation seems to be theropod dominated. This is a clear discrepancy with the osteological record identified in this formation, which shows a predominance of ornithopod dinosaurs.

miércoles, julio 20, 2016

Assistant Director of the Museum of Geology at the South Dakota

 The Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for an Assistant Director. The Museum of Geology consists of two distinct but interrelated components: the public museum, and the James E. Martin Paleontology Research Lab. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall administrative duties associated with the public floor of the Museum of Geology. These duties include managing the gift shop, gift shop accounts, and 10-12 student workers. This position also is responsible for managing museum operating budgets and making all purchases for the gift shop and museum, which includes both product and advertisements. In addition to hiring and managing student workers, this position may oversee volunteer workers. This position also maintains museum exhibits and coordinates marketing and educational outreach for the museum.

A bachelor’s degree in Geology or related field is required. Knowledge of geology and paleontology at a level to assist visitors and train student workers is required. Bookkeeping skills to keep records on museum budgets, placing orders, making purchases, inventory and pricing museum store stock, and keeping the cash register functioning properly also are required, as is the ability to work with the media relations office to design promotional materials and keep the Museum of Geology webpage up to date. 

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor\'s, master\'s, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 98% placement rate and an average starting salary of over $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science. South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls over 2800 students from 47 states and 46 countries.

Rapid City is in the Rushmore Region of South Dakota. The state\'s second largest city (with an urban population of 72,638 and metropolitan population of 141,431) is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: www.sdsmt.edu and http://visitrapidcity.com/.

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at http://www.sdsmt.edu/employment. Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin July 29, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

sábado, julio 16, 2016

Postdoctoral Position: The interplay between Global Climate, Monsoons dynamics and the India-Asia collision

The Institute of Earth and Environmental sciences offers to join an interdisciplinary and international group of PhDs, postdocs and researchers focusing their expertise on solving one of the most fascinating question of Earth Sciences today: the interplay between global climate evolution, monsoonal dynamics and the India-Asia collision during the still enigmatic Paleogene greenhouse to icehouse transition.

This project is in the framework of the European Research Council (ERC) project MAGIC: “Monsoons in Asia caused Greenhouse to Icehouse Change?”

The primary goal will be to collect and identify fossil pollen assemblages from exceptional well-dated sedimentary archives from Central Asia and the Tibetan Plateau. The samples that you will work with are expected to contain a Laurasian flora ranging from humid to arid assemblages. Central to your research will be to record mountain uplift, sea retreat, aridification and monsoonal intensification as well as major global climate events such as the Eocene-Oligocene Transition (EOT) or the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM).

The palynologic database produced will be used to reconstruct of past environments and geographies to ultimately calibrate geochemical, biomarker and sedimentologic proxies, to establish paleobiogeographies as well as constrain climate and vegetation models in collaboration with other scientists involved in the project.

Employment could start on October 1, 2016.

The position is for 40 hours of work per week (100 %). The salary is determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Germany (TV-L 13; Ost). This is a temporary position limited to a term of 24 months in accordance with Section 2 Para 1 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG).


Desired skills and experience

PhD degree in Earth and/or Environmental Sciences or associated fields
Independent research experience after their PhD
Expertise in paleo-palynology (or be willing to extend on basic knowledge)
Additional expertise in climate and vegetation proxies and modeling will be appreciated

Applicants should send their application materials, including CV, interest letter and email address of 2 referees by 19.07.2016 at the latest, either by mail to Universitaet_Potsd-id5xzp5-873291@jobs.researchgate.net ) with the subject line,

“Postdoctoral Position: The interplay between Global Climate, Monsoons dynamics and the India-Asia collision“

More information can be found here:

http://potsdam-earthscience.de

jueves, julio 14, 2016

Los Tercios de Aragosaurus viajan al EAVP de Haarlem (Holanda)

Con motivo del XIV Congreso de la European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP) realizado la semana pasada, varios investigadores del grupo Aragosaurus tuvieron la oportunidad de exponer sus últimos resultados científicos, siendo uno de los grupos de investigación con más asistentes al congreso. El lugar, Haarlem, una bonita localidad holandesa situada a 20 km al oeste de Ámsterdam y rodeada río Spaarne cercano a su desembocadura. El congreso tuvo lugar en el Teylers Museum, un bello edificio en pleno centro de la ciudad, dedicado a las artes y las ciencias, y que además es el museo más antiguo de los Países Bajos.

Como parte de la comitiva “maña” de la Universidad de Zaragoza, los investigadores Antonio Alonso, Pablo Navarro, Julia Galán, Raquel Moya, Carmen Núñez, Jara Parrilla, Ester Díaz y Eduardo Puértolas expusieron varios pósteres sobre temas tan dispares como arcosaurios (dinosaurios y cocodrilos) del Mesozoico del Pirineo oscense y Teruel, mamíferos (sirenios) del Eoceno de Huesca y micromamíferos (musarañas, aves y murciélagos) del Pleistoceno de Atapuerca (Burgos). Además, los aragosaureros Miguel Moreno de la Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) y Diego Castanera de la Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität de Múnich (Alemania) también estuvieron presentes con dos interesantes charlas sobre la acumulación de cáscaras de huevo de tortuga en un yacimiento de vertebrados en el Sobrarbe (Huesca) y sobre las icnitas de tetrápodos mesozoicos de la Cuenca de Cameros. 


En resumen, el congreso fue muy interesante ya que se trataron temas que iban desde la aparición de los primeros tetrápodos hasta la dispersión de los homínidos desde África. Además no faltó cierta polémica ya que parte de las charlas fueron enfocadas a los problemas y soluciones que afectan al patrimonio paleontológico, donde se pudieron escuchar los distintos puntos de vista entre paleontólogos, coleccionistas, vendedores de fósiles, así como las problemáticas asociadas con la legislación sobre el patrimonio de cada país.



Ahora solo queda esperar hasta el próximo congreso que será el año que viene por estas fechas en Múnich (Alemania), donde esperemos que la ciencia, la paleontología y las jarras de cerveza nos auguren otro interesante EAVP.

lunes, julio 11, 2016

St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site seeks an Executive Director

The St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm seeks an Executive Director to manage museum operations. This is a great position at an actively growing museum, working with wonderful people in beautiful southern Utah. I am very happy to answer any questions about the position at tracksofdinos@gmail.com.

Please share this job announcement widely. We seek someone with a combination of museum experience and management experience. Paleontology experience is strongly preferred.

Job title: Museum Executive Director

Organization: St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm (www.UtahDinosaurs.com)

Salary: $47,500 plus a $5,000 benefits package

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin on Monday July 25. Early applications strongly encouraged.

Position start date: August or early September 2016

The St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm houses one of the best dinosaur track sites in the world. We are located in St. George, southwestern Utah, and have approximately 40,000 annual visitors, many of whom come to our museum as part of their travels to nearby National Parks such as Zion and the Grand Canyon.

Our museum is young and actively growing. We have a small staff and so the director is responsible for almost all aspects of museum operation. This position is a combination of many different duties and skills. The main components of the position are administration and management, and purchasing gift shop inventory. Other duties include marketing, public relations, human resources, arranging group tours, maintaining the web page and social media accounts, applying for grants, event planning, and community outreach. The director also develops and produces new exhibits one to two times per year in collaboration with our site paleontologist and a consulting paleontologist from the local Dixie State University. Daily duties vary greatly and require being a “jack-of-all-trades”. The director must be efficient at multi-tasking and problem solving, whether the problems are solved with a wrench or a business meeting.

Position is full-time and is supervised by a board of directors. Bachelor’s degree required; Masters or Ph.D. strongly preferred. The desired candidate will have museum experience and management experience. History of paleontology museum experience preferred. This is not a paleontology research position, but a director with paleontology experience will have a great advantage when designing paleontology exhibits and outreach programs.

To apply, email the following items to tracksofdinos@gmail.com: 1) A cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, detailing your experience with the wide variety of duties listed in the job description. 2) Your resume. 3) The names and contact information for three professional references.

For questions about the position, please email our current director, Dr. Liz Freedman Fowler, at tracksofdinos@gmail.com or call 435-574-3466 x1.

Full Job Description:

JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION: Museum Executive Director, St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, St. George, Utah, United States

SUPERVISOR: Foundation Board President and other Board members as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

· The Director must have a Bacherlors or higher degree in either museum services, a relevant scientific field, or other as determined by the Board

· The Director must have the ability to:

o Work with the public, employees, and volunteers in a pleasant and outgoing manner, be tactful, and professional

o Work with professional people in related fields and be familiar with both scientific principles and appropriate business practices

o Work with budgets and financial information regarding the site

o Gain a working knowledge of all facets of the facility

o Develop long range goals and create applicable programs

DUTIES:

· Under the direction of the Foundation Board, the Director will:
o Work with the Board to achieve goals according to the Strategic Plan

o Prepare and employ a budget for the facility and be responsible for allocation of funds

o Supervise the development and implemention of marketing strategies and plans

o Supervise all employees and volunteers, create a program for feedback and appraisals, and maintain appropriate personnel records

o Manage the gift shop so that it provides a stable source of income for the site

o Apply for grants to fund new expansions and exhibits utilizing the goals of the Strategic Plan

o Continue to develop and increase participation in membership programs

o Produce or supervise production of the membership newsletter

o Develop programming such as Dino Days or other museum-specific events

o Work with the curator to develop and implement an interpretive plan and strategy for the museum, including permanent and temporary displays, signage, hands-on and children’s activities, etc.

o Work with the curator to further develop the employee and volunteer programs, training, and communications

o Oversee the facility’s physical requirements, or designate such duties as required, to maintain the site as a pleasant and safe place to visit or work

o Meet with the public, other business organizations, donors, grantees, etc., as necessary to perform the duties of the position

o Supervise scheduling of tour groups and arrange details as necessary

o Supervise development of educational and/or resource-sharing programs

o Supervise development and maintenance of the museum’s web presence, social media, and other technology as applicable

o Be familiar with good museum practices and work with curator to ensure proper care of specimens, including appropriate documentation, recordkeeping, and storage of collection items

o Attend monthly Board meetings, prepare and present appropriate updates and documentation as required by the Board

o Attend professional conferences when applicable

o Other duties as assigned

HOURS: This is a full-time position. Requires occaisional evenings and weekends for holidays and special events.

SALARY: $47,500 plus a $5,000 benefits package

HOW TO APPLY: Email the following items to tracksofdinos@gmail.com: 1) A cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, detailing your experience with the wide variety of duties listed in the job description. 2) Your resume. 3) The names and contact information for three professional references.

For questions about the position, please email our current director, Dr. Liz Freedman Fowler, at tracksofdinos@gmail.com or call 435-574-3466 x1.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on Monday July 25. Early applications strongly encouraged.

POSITION START DATE: August or early September 2016