Topic: Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory

Ancient Texas Reptile Offers Clues to Evolution of Dinosaur

Sept. 22, 2016
Dome head

A newly described extinct reptile that roamed Texas more than 200 million years ago had a strikingly dome-shaped head with a very thick skull and a natural pit on top that lends the appearance of an extra eye.

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Skeletons in the Closet: Flesh Eating Beetles Pick the Bones Clean

Oct. 29, 2012
Skeletons in the Closet: Flesh Eating Beetles Pick the Bones Clean

You may see a few skeletons walking about once a year on Halloween night, but a colony of voracious flesh eating beetles at the University of Texas at Austin are busy every night turning roadkill into one of the spookiest collections on campus.

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Mammals First Evolved Big Brains for Better Sense of Smell

May 19, 2011

Mammals first evolved their characteristic large brains to enable a stronger sense of smell, according to a new study published this week in the journal Science by paleontologists from The University of Texas at Austin, Carnegie Museum of Natural History and St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

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