Welcome to the homepage of the Padian Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Our general research interests are concerned with major evolutionary adaptations in vertebrates. The above buttons will guide you through specific aspects of our research. If you have additional questions about our group, please feel free to email Kevin Padian at kpadian@berkeley.edu.


LAB NEWS

November 2007 - Kevin Padian is one of seven evolutionary biologists featured in PBS's NOVA episode: "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial". This program focuses entirely on the 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover trial that ruled against the teaching of intelligent design in public schools.

October 2007 - Kevin Padian is one of ten Berkeley faculty members named as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Kevin was named fellow "for distinguished contributions to the study of the vertebrate evolutionary adaptations and especially for his leadership in science education." For more information, click here.

July 2007 - New paper in Science from Randall Irmis, Kevin Padian, and colleagues:

Irmis, RB, SJ Nesbitt, K Padian, ND Smith, AH Turner, D Woody, and A Downs. A Late Triassic dinosauromorph assemblage from New Mexico and the rise of dinosaurs. Science 317: 358-361.
(DOI: 10.1126/science.1143325)

Cover of Science 317 (Issue 5836). Image reprinted with permission from AAAS.

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The article can be accessed at the Science website: http://www.sciencemag.org/

Direct URL: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/short/317/5836/358

UC Berkeley Press Release: http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2007/07/19_dinosaurs.shtml

FAQ: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~irmisr/hayden/sciencefaq.html

 

From left to right, new PhDs Jacqueline Moustakas, Mathew Wedel, Andrew Lee

May 2007 - Congratulations to our three newest PhDs: Dr. Jacqueline Moustakas, Dr. Mathew Wedel, and Dr. Andrew Lee!

 

CURRENT PUBLICATIONS

2008

Parham, JF , and R Irmis . Caveats on the use of fossil calibrations for molecular dating: a comment on Near et al. American Naturalist 171: 132-136. DOI: 10.1086/524198

2007

Faux, CM, and K Padian. The opisthotonic posture of vertebrate skeletons: postmortem contraction or death throes? Paleobiology 33: 201-226.

Irmis, RB. Axial skeleton ontogeny in the Parasuchia (Archosauria: Pseudosuchia) and its implications for ontogenetic determination in archosaurs. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27: 350-361.

Irmis, RB, SJ Nesbitt, K Padian, ND Smith, AH Turner, D Woody, and A Downs. A Late Triassic dinosauromorph assemblage from New Mexico and the rise of dinosaurs. Science 317: 358-361.

Irmis, RB, WG Parker, SJ Nesbitt, and J Liu. Early ornithischian dinosaurs: the Triassic record. Historical Biology 19: 3-22.

Nesbitt, SJ, RB Irmis, and WG Parker. A critical reevaluation of the Late Triassic dinosaur taxa of North America. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 5: 209-243.

Padian, K. 2007. Richard Owen’s Quadrophenia: The pull of opposing forces in Victorian cosmogony. Pp. 53-91, Introductory essay in R. Amundson (ed.), The Nature of Limbs, by Richard Owen. University of Chicago Press.

Padian, K. The case of creation. Nature 448: 253-254.

Padian, K. Dinosaurs digging deeper. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 274: 1359-1360.

Wedel, MJ. What pneumaticity tells us about 'prosauropods', and vice versa. Special Papers in Palaeontology 77: 207-222.

2006

Bybee, PJ, AH Lee, and E-T Lamm. Sizing the Jurassic theropod dinosaur, Allosaurus: assessing growth strategy and evolution of ontogenetic scaling of limbs. Journal of Morphology 267: 347-359.

Goodwin, MB, WA Clemens, JR Horner, and K Padian.  The smallest known Triceratops skull:  new observations on ceratopsid cranial anatomy and ontogeny.  Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26: 103-112.

Irmis, RB, and DK Elliott. Taphonomy of a Middle Pennsylvanian marine vertebrate assemblage and an actualistic model for marine abrasion of teeth. Palaios 21: 466-479.

Parker, WG, SR Ash, and RB Irmis (editors). 2006. A century of research at Petrified Forest National Park 1906-2006: geology and paleontology. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 62.

Parker, WG, and RB Irmis. A new species of the Late Triassic phytosaur Pseudopalatus (Archosauria: Pseudosuchia) from Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 62: 126-143.

de Ricqlès, AJ, JR Horner, and K Padian.  The interpretation of dinosaur growth patterns.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21: 596-597.

Wedel, MJ. Origin of postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in dinosaurs. Integrative Zoology 2: 80-85.

2005

Fraser, NC, RB Irmis, and DK Elliott. 2005. A procolophonid (Parareptilia) from the Owl Rock Member, Chinle Formation of Utah, USA. Palaeontologia Electronica 8:13A, 7 pp.

Irmis, RB. A review of the vertebrate fauna of the Lower Jurassic Navajo Sandstone in Arizona. Mesa Southwest Museum Bulletin 11: 55-71.

Irmis, RB. The vertebrate fauna of the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation in northern Arizona. pp. 63-88 in S.J. Nesbitt, W.G. Parker, and R.B. Irmis (eds.), Guidebook to the Triassic formations of the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona: Geology, Paleontology, and History. Mesa Southwest Museum Bulletin 9.

Irmis, RB, and WG Parker. 2005. Unusual tetrapod teeth from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 42: 1339-1345.

Main, RP, A de Ricqlès, JR Horner, and K Padian. The evolution and function of thyreophoran scutes: implications for plate function in stegosaurs. Paleobiology 31: 293-316.

Nesbitt, SJ, RB Irmis, SG Lucas, and AP Hunt. A giant crocodylomorph from the Upper Triassic of New Mexico. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 79: 471-478.

Nesbitt, SJ, WG Parker, and RB Irmis (editors). 2005. Guidebook to the Triassic formations of the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona: geology, paleontology, and history. Mesa Southwest Museum Bulletin 9.

Padian, K, and KP Dial.  Could "four-winged dinosaurs" fly?  Nature 438: E3. doi:10.1038/nature04354.

Parker, WG, and RB Irmis. 2005. Advances in vertebrate paleontology based on new material from Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Bulletin 29: 45-58.

Parker, WG, RB Irmis, SJ Nesbitt, JW Martz, and LS Browne. 2005. The Late Triassic pseudosuchian Revueltosaurus callenderi and its implications for the diversity of early ornithischian dinosaurs. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Biological Sciences 272: 963-969.

Wedel, MJ. Postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in sauropods and its implications for mass estimates; pp. 201-228 in JA Wilson and K Curry-Rogers, eds. The Sauropods: Evolution and Paleobiology. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Wedel, MJ, and RL Cifelli. Sauroposeidon: Oklahoma's native giant. Oklahoma Geology Notes 65: 40-57.


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