We throw our two cents in on two cool dino stories about the comedy and tragedy of naming new dinosaur species and a new perspective on the dinosaur family tree that’s going to spur a lot of new research…
Nice article by Smithsonian Magazine on our new paper:
Gates TA, Organ C, Zanno LE (2016) Ornamentation and the rapid evolution of gigantic theropod dinosaurs. Nature Comm. 7:12931 doi:10.1038/ncomms12931
Check out our new paper! Data suggests that theropods with ornamented skulls grew to giant sizes much faster than those without and that once feathers evolved, they largely took the place of bony bells and whistles.
Zanno Lab proud to announce that our paper:
Zanno LE, Drymala SD, Nesbitt SJ, Schneider VP (2015) Early crocodylomorph increases top predator diversity during rise of dinosaurs. Sci. Rep. 5:9276. doi:10.1038/srep09276.
Ranked in the top 100 of 11,000 manuscripts published by Scientific Reports in 2015
*Altmetric Score: 99th percentile (ranked 311th) of the 135,959 tracked articles of a similar age in all journals and 99th percentile (ranked 2nd) of the 789 tracked articles of a similar age in Scientific Reports
Congratulations to PhD student Susan Drymala on publication of her first lead authored paper:
Drymala SD, Zanno LE (2016) Osteology of Carnufex carolinensis (Archosauria: Psuedosuchia) from the Pekin Formation of North Carolina and Its Implications for Early Crocodylomorph Evolution. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0157528. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157528
Congrats to Victoria Arbour for receiving an Honorable Mention in the Graphics/Illustration category of NC State’s first-ever Research Image contest for her original work: “Ankylosaur Tail Evolution”
and two papers this spring:
Arbour VM, Zanno LE, Gates TA (2016) Ankylosaurian dinosaur palaeoenvironmental associations are influenced by sea level fluctuation, extirpation, and geodispersal. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Accepted Manuscript doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.02.033
Arbour VM, Zanno LE, Larson DW, Sues H.-D (2016) The furculae of the dromaeosaurid dinosaur Dakotaraptor steini are trionychid turtle entoplastra. PeerJ. 4:e1691 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1691
We are excited to welcome the newest member of the Zanno Lab team — our new Chief Preparator, Aaron Giterman!
It’s been a great semester for public funding news!
The Zanno Lab was just awarded 3 NSF grants. One grant will support undergraduate field experiences on our annual expeditions from NSF’s GEOPATHS program, another will fund high-risk exploratory research aimed at the early evolution of avian-style reproductive strategies in theropod dinosaurs from NSF’s Integrated Organismal Systems program; and the most recently awarded will fund new cabinetry and the creation of a 3D digital model database for paleo collections from NSF’s Collections in Support of Biological Research program. We look forward to our new GEOPATH partnership with Wake Tech!
NSF IOS EAGER: Experimental techniques for discerning female-specific phenotypes in non-avian theropod dinosaurs (PI Zanno: $185,690, Co-PI M. Schweitzer)
NSF CSBR: Natural History Collections: Critical Conservation of Paleontological Collections at the NCSM: A Platform to Engage Underserved Students in Citizen Science. (PI Zanno: $495,280, Co-PIs P. Weaver, V. Schneider, L. Herzog)
NSF GEOPATHS: GP-EXTRA: Collaborative Research: Engaging Diverse Two-Year College Geoscience Students: Expanding Opportunities Through Undergraduate Research and Mentoring. (PI Zanno: $16,548) ($396,474 total award w/ G. Miller, A. Leinbach, J. Fountain)
Congratulations to Victoria Arbour on her prestigious nomination for a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science – NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Supplement! These nominations are made to the top-ranked female candidate from each Scholarships and Fellowships Selection Committee who is awarded and accepts an NSERC.
Congratulations to Zanno Lab Operations Manager, Lisa Herzog on her nomination to the Preparator’s Committee. Lisa will serve as the head of the Modules Subcommittee.
Hearty congrats to doctoral student Khai Button on rocking his written and oral comprehensive exams!
Congratulations to our newest graduate student Jens Kosch on his publication:
Schwarz D, Kosch JC, Fritsch G, and Hildebrandt T (2015) Dentition and Tooth Replacement of Dicraeosaurus hansemanni (Dinosauria, Sauropoda, Diplodocoidea) from the Tendaguru Formation of Tanzania. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology e1008134 (12 pages)
Chelsea Clinton visits Zanno Lab
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation recently visited the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to promote her new book: It’s Your World, Get Informed, Get Inspired, & Get Going! We were honored to chat with Chelsea about the value of paleontology, STEM, and our citizen science projects, as well as show off some of our newest dinosaur and croc discoveries!
Zanno Lab event receives 2015 NC Tech award
This spring Drs. Gates, Zanno, Arbour, and Zanno Lab students designed and led a massive citizen science event at the RTP STEM Expo in Research Triangle Park in partnership with Dr. Jason Painter of the Science House. Gates, Zanno, and Painter wrote the successful grant proposal to fund the citizen science activities at the event.
Dr. Zanno comments on the validity of Nanotyrannus in Science.
hint: until we find a fossil that disproves it, the simplest explanation stands…
Tune in to Dr. Arbour spinning the tale of ankylosaur tails on Palaeocast
Zanno, Gates, Bourke host second annual Citizen Science in Paleontology meeting at SVP 2015 in Dallas, TX. Group will work on a publication testing the quality of public data collection as compared to scientists.
In August we welcomed two new members of the lab:
postdocoral researcher Jason Bourke
and PhD student Jens Kosch
Congrats to Victoria Arbour and Phil Currie on their publication in the Journal of Anatomy deconstructing the evolution of the ankylosaur tail club!
Edmonton Journal – Research from U of A grad sheds light on dinosaur’s deadly tail
National Geographic (Laelaps) – Join the club – how ankylosaurs evolved their formidable tails
Reuters (was interviewed for this one) – King of clubs: intriguing tale of the ‘tank’ dinosaur’s tail
Edmonton AM (CBC live interview)
Palaeocast – Evolution of the ankylosaurid tail club
Everything Dinosaur – A tail of ancient tails in the Ankylosauridae
Dr. Zanno and colleague Ken Lacovara have fun spoofing on the movie Jurassic World with Ira Flatow on Science Friday. June 19th 2015.
Listen to the podcast here: Science Goes to the Movies: Jurassic World
Zanno Lab offers new postdoctoral position conducting innovative paleontological research with citizen scientists. See Job Opportunities page for posting!
Dr. Arbour writes article about ankylosaur weaponry for the Charlotte Observer.
Zanno Lab graduate student Susan Drymala and Dr. Zanno announce new large-bodied Triassic crocodylomorph: Carnufex carolinensis.
Despite trying to explain that we do not know for sure whether Carnufex walked on two legs or four, the media fell in love with the idea of a two-legged croc and since we had posed Carnufex in a rearing position to accommodate the possibility of both stances, that was a train that had already left the station. At any rate, we were happy to share a non-dinosaur with the world for a change and Carnufex is a really cool beastie. For those of you interested in ancient crocs, North Carolina has one more in the pipeline… stay tuned!
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Zannolab graduate student Susan Drymala successfully defended her Master’s thesis: A New Paracrocodylomorph (Archosauria: Suchia) from the Late Triassic of North Carolina during the snowstorm in Raleigh yesterday! Congrats Susan! Stay tuned for the release of this cool new critter in Scientific Reports next month.
Dr. Zanno excited to show off the dino-lab to Isabella as part of Make A Wish Eastern NC on Friday. We had a stellar time!
Congrats to Bucky Gates on publication of a new duckbill dinosaur Adelophus hutchisoni from the Wahweap Formation of Utah!
Gates, TG, Jinnah, Z, Levitt, C, Getty, MA (2014) New hadrosaurid (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) specimens from the lower-middle Campanian Wahweap Formation of southern Utah. Hadrosaurs, Indiana University Press.
Gates and Zanno quoted about dinosaur sounds in the new movie Jurassic World
Commentary is part of our Parasaurolophus project to reconstruct soft tissue in the crest of this unique species.
Rhinorex and Ziapelta featured in People Magazine as two of the four 2014 dinosaurs of the year!
Congrats Bucky and Victoria, these two critters look right at home side by side.
Dr. Arbour is one of the featured experts on the History Channel’s new production, DinoHunt Canada, airing January 30th.
Release of special issue of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences: all about Edmontosaurus!
Dr. Arbour guest edited the volume.
Dr. Zanno & Dr. Brinkman on WRAL to talk about The World’s Largest Dinosaurs traveling exhibit and our new sauropod dinosaur finds from field seasons 2013, 2014.
Dr. Gates publishes an article on the value of maintaining museum collections for the future of scientific research in the News & Observer.
Dr. Arbour connects virtually to elementary students at Lakeside Elementary School in Coppell, Texas to talk about dinosaurs.
Dr. Zanno quoted in media coverage of Aquilops, the oldest named North American ceratopsian.
NCSU’s Technician features story on the Zanno Lab partnership with the School of Design using 3D surface scanning to reconstruct ancient crocs and dinos
Dr. Zanno featured in the Technician, NCSU’s student newspaper
A warm welcome to Dr. Victoria Arbour, who joined the Zanno Lab in November 2014 as the inaugural Brimley Research Scholar!
Meet Erlikosaurus: Digital reconstruction of the best preserved therizinosaurian skull:
Published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, November 2014
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“Lautenschlager S, Rayfield EJ, Altangerel P, Zanno LE, Witmer LM (in press) Cranial anatomy of Erlikosaurus andrewsi (Dinosauria: Therizinosauria): new insights based on digital reconstruction. J Vert Paleontol 34: 1263–1291.”
Research Associate Dr. Terry Gates makes New Dinosaur Announcement!
Published in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology, September 2014
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“A new species of saurolophine hadrosaurid (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Campanian of Utah, North America”
Authors: Terry Gates, North Carolina State University and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences; Rodney Scheetz, Brigham Young University
Published: Online in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology
Dr. Zanno comments on the new Spinosaurus discovery!
MS student Lisa Herzog wrote an article for the Raleigh News & Observer about our summer field work:
Dr. Zanno enlisted as the Science Advocate for the 2014 Walking With Dinosaurs Arena Spectacular!
We are now producing a series of dino-fact videos with the kids from Exploris Middle School in Raleigh for the shows website and a national Dino-bee contest!
Stay tuned for more info!
Dr. Zanno announces giant new megapredatory dinosaur in live press event at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Published in the Nature Communications, November 2013
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“Neovenatorid theropods are apex predators in the Late Cretaceous of North America”
Authors: Lindsay E. Zanno, Department of Biology, North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; Peter J. Makovicky, Department of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Published: Nov. 22, 2013 in Nature Communications.