Vertebrate Paleontology

shark jaws display

Five Facts: Megalodon

Five facts about… Megalodon Carcharocles megalodon, often just called megalodon, was the largest shark to ever live in our oceans. But what do we know about m...
grooming claw fossil and nail fossil atop human fingernail

Fossils show ancient primates had grooming claws as well as nails

Humans and other primates are outliers among mammals for having nails instead of claws. But how, when and why we transitioned from claws to nails has been an evolutionary head-scratcher. Now, new fossil evidence shows that ancient primates – inclu...
Cuban crocodile fossil skull

NSF grant will improve digital access to museum vertebrate fossils

The Florida Museum of Natural History recently received a $500,000 collections grant from the National Science Foundation to improve online accessibility of vertebrate fossils in Florida. The grant will allow researchers to curate fossils from th...