Vertebrate Paleontology

fossil shark teeth

Five Facts: Fossil Shark Teeth (in Florida)

Five Facts About... Fossil Shark Teeth Hunting in Florida Whether you're a casual seeker or a passionate paleontologist, living in Florida puts a treasure trove of fossil shark teeth in easy reach. Here's a few things to know if you want to try you...

Extinct tortoise yields oldest tropical DNA

The well-preserved skull of an extinct tortoise species. Florida Museum of Natural History photo courtesy of Nancy Albury An extinct tortoise species that a...
Montbrook Saber-tooth Cat, video still

News: Saber-Tooth Cat Skull Find in Montbrook

A volunteer at our Montbrook dig site unearthed what appears to be a 5-million year old saber-tooth cat skull. Volunteer Bill Buhi and vertebrate paleontology curator Jonothan Bloch talked to WUFT news about the find, and the impact on our understand...
Florida Museum researcher David Steadman displays a 20,000-year-old American alligator fossil skull from the Ichetucknee River in north Florida. Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace

A reptilian anachronism

American alligator older than we thought New study also shows it shared ancient Florida with giant crocodiles Florida Museum researcher David Steadman displa...
notharctus translucent crania copy

How did primate brains get so big?

New study sheds light on evolution of human, ape intelligence Virtual brains reconstructed from ancient, kiwi-sized primate skulls could help resolve one of the most intriguing evolutionary mysteries: how modern primates developed large brains. ...