Naia, an ancient human skeleton in Mexico: why it’s in the news and why it’s important

You might have seen some stories in the news lately about a skeleton of a young woman that was found in a cave in Mexico.  If you’re anything like me, you think that any find like this is interesting and important.  But not every such find makes the news.  Wondering why this particular discovery, published last week in Science, caused such a stir? Read More…


Another place where history, science come together

Check out this awesome discussion of New England’s stone walls!
via EARTH magazine

Rutgers Geology Museum, going strong!

I’m so happy to see that the Rutgers Geology Museum, after a period of uncertainty, is doing well and going strong! Check out their new website, and swing by next time you’re in Jersey!

A new way to look at the Ice Free Corridor

My new story in EARTH magazine: a new look at the Ice Free Corridor, with implications for how and when humans first entered the Americas!

Mice, foxes, deer, coyotes, ticks, & Lyme disease


Coyote, Wind Cave National Park, June 2012; credit: L. Milideo

This is a good tale to follow if you’ve ever wondered why it’s so difficult to know how climate and environmental changes will affect species and ecosystems.  The simple answer: because these systems are very complex,

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The Back Rooms of Museums: a Dusty Scientific Frontier?

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Utah outcrop. These aren’t the only places where new fossil species turn up. Credit: L. Milideo

If you love paleontology and biology, you’re probably excited whenever you hear of a new species discovered, somewhere Read More…

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