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Sandy tar deposits at the McKittrick tar seeps in Kern County. Photo by Susumu TomiyaNew UCMP grant to curate the Pleistocene-Holocene McKittrick tarpit fossil collection
September 18, 2014

UCMP has been awarded $149,713 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to curate, rehouse, and capture digital images of the important Pleistocene-Holocene McKittrick tarpit fossil collection from Kern County, California.

A test thumbnailPaleontological field work and nuclear testing
August 26, 2014

UC paleontologist Charles Camp was busy excavating ichthyosaur skeletons 150 miles from Yucca Flat during atomic testing in the 1950s.

Fossil tracks thumbnailNew fossil footprint exhibit debuts online
July 30, 2014

Check out this new online exhibit, the result of a collaboration between the University of Colorado and UCMP.

Statement thumbnailGlobal change consensus statement having a global impact
July 30, 2014

The consensus statement, authored by UCMP’s Tony Barnosky and several other scientists, is the focus of a news feature in the July 24, 2014, issue of Nature.

Lisa2 thumbnailMaking the Earth sciences engaging and relevant for broader communities
July 30, 2014

Lisa White, UCMP’s Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs, is an African-American paleontologist and as such, finds herself as a role model for minorities.

Disco clam thumbnailFlash! Grad student discovers how Ctenoides ales, the “disco clam,” flashes
July 15, 2014

Grad student Lindsey Dougherty reports on the flashing behavior of Ctenoides ales, the “disco clam,” in the latest issue (published online June 25, 2014) of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Huff thumbnail75-year-old sculptures by William Gordon Huff relocated
July 15, 2014

Sculptures made for the 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition by Huff are rediscovered and three of them return to Berkeley.

Emily thumbnailWhere have all the mammoths gone? And why do we care?
June 3, 2014

Emily Lindsey ponders the geologically recent disappearance of much of the world’s megafauna and the importance of preserving the megafauna we still have.

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