Vertebrate Paleontology

VertPaleo fossil in Nebraska

#MuseumLife, Collecting a fossil from the field

Last August, some of Florida Museum’s scientists and paleontology volunteers went on a fossil hunting trip to Nebraska. Watch as they ‘jacket’ a complete oreodo...
Michelle Barboza in the field

Becoming Visible: Michelle Barboza

Becoming Visible THREE WOMEN SHATTERING STEREOTYPES & MISCONCEPTIONS IN SCIENCE The University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History celebrated 1...
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 tro...
Excavated from North Carolina, these fossils comprise the most complete set of Megalodon teeth found. Students printed 3-D replicas of the 46 teeth and used them to estimate Megalodon's length. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Jeff Gage

World’s biggest shark goes to school, thanks to 3-D printing

University of Florida researchers are taking down the Plexiglas walls between museum collections and K-12 classrooms with an educational program that uses 3-D printed fossils and hands-on lessons to spark young learners’ interest in science, technolo...

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 c...
Bruce McFadden with articulated fossil

Bruce MacFadden named president-elect of Paleontological Society

A Florida Museum of Natural History curator has been selected to serve as president-elect of the Paleontological Society, the largest professional organization devoted to advancing the study of fossil animals and plants. Bruce MacFadden is a cura...
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...