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  • The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the newest volume in the Paleontological Contributions series: Walls, Bradley J., and Alycia L. Stigall. 2012. A field-based analysis of the accuracy of niche models applied to the fossil record. Paleontological Contributions 6:1–12, 3 fig., 4 tables, 3 appendices. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/8950.

  • The Paleontological Institute will have a presence at the 2012 GSA meeting, held this year in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 4 - 7. Stop by our table and check out our publications: the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Paleontological Contributions, and Treatise Online. And, of course, pick up some free Paleo Institute-related goodies.

  • The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the immediate availability of three new articles in Treatise Online. Access to Treatise Online is free to members of the Palaeontological Association, Paleontological Society, and SEPM, as well as members of subscribing libraries; all others can purchase downloads. (more...)

  • The article "A golden orb-weaver spider (Araneae: Nephilidae: Nephila) from the Middle Jurassic of China," authored by Paul A. Selden, director of the KU Paleontological Institute, and ChungKun Shih and Dong Ren, was the top-most downloaded article from Biology Letters in 2011.

  • Erin Saupe, PhD student in Geology, and Paul Selden, Gulf-Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Invertebrate Paleontology and Director of the Paleontological Institute, are featured in an ABC News article about brown recluse spiders. Erin's research, referenced in the article, can be found in PlosOne.

  • The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the immediate availability of five new articles in Treatise Online. Access to Treatise Online is free to members of the Palaeontological Association, Paleontological Society, and SEPM, as well as members of subscribing libraries; all others can purchase downloads. (more...)

  • The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the immediate availability of four new articles in Treatise Online. Access to Treatise Online is free to members of the Palaeontological Association, Paleontological Society, and SEPM, as well as members of subscribing libraries; all others can purchase downloads. (more...)

  • The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the newest volume in the Paleontological Contributions series. Richard A. Robison (University of Kansas) and Loren E. Babcock (Lund University and Ohio State University) collaborated to produce "Systematics, paleobiology, and taphonomy of some exceptionally preserved trilobites from Cambrian Lagerstätten of Utah," Paleontological Contributions number 5.

    This contribution describes one new genus and 25 new species from the Spence, Wheeler, Marjum, and Weeks formations in Utah.

    Paleontological Contributions is an online-only, open-access, rapid publication journal, available free of charge to anyone with internet access.

  • Paul Selden, director of the Paleontological Institute at KU, has been awarded a Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Foundation in Germany. The Humboldt Research Award is for outstanding academics at the peak of their careers and in leading positions. The award is granted to researchers whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

  • The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the immediate availability of three new articles in Treatise Online. Access to Treatise Online is free to members of the Palaeontological Association, Paleontological Society, and SEPM, as well as members of subscribing libraries; all others can purchase downloads. (more...)

  • The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the newest volume in the Paleontological Contributions series. Joseph G. Carter (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and 50 other authors from 19 different countries collaborated to produce "A Synoptical Classification of the Bivalvia (Mollusca)" Paleontological Contributions number 4. This contribution summarizes the suprageneric taxonomy of the Bivalvia for the upcoming revision of the Bivalvia volumes of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Part N.

  • The first several chapters of the Bivalvia revision are in production and will be released soon on Treatise Online. Authors for other volumes of the Treatise are also active and producing chapters for Treatise Online, including Part E (Hypercalcified sponges), Part F (Corals), Part M (Coleoids), Part P (Chelicerates), Part R (Decapods), and Part T (Crinoids).

  • The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the immediate availability of four new articles in Treatise Online. Access to Treatise Online is free to members of the Palaeontological Association, Paleontological Society, and SEPM, as well as members of subscribing libraries; all others can purchase downloads. (more...)

  • The latest in the series of Paleontological Contributions Special Publications is now available. Special Publication 8: Richard J. Gentile. 2011. Rocks and Fossils of the Central United States, with Special Emphasis on the Greater Kansas City Area is available for purchase.

  • A faculty book reception was held Friday, September 30th, at 4:00 p.m. in the Jayhawk Ink Lounge, 2nd floor of the Kansas Union. Paul Selden, Larry Martin, Dan Merriam, and Richard Gentile each signed copies of their latest publications. Opening remarks were made by Professor Paul Selden, Director of the Paleontological Institute.
  • The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the publication of the latest volume of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology: Part T (Revised) Echinodermata 2, vol. 3, Crinoidea, 2011.
  • Paul A. Selden, Gulf-Hedberg Distinguished Professor at KU and director of the Paleontological Institute, with ChungKun Shih and Dong Ren, professors from Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, have published research in the online edition of Biology Letters as “A golden orb-weaver spider (Araneae: Nephilidae: Nephila) from the Middle Jurassic of China.” With a leg span of more than five inches, this recently named Jurassic period spider from China is the largest fossil specimen discovered.

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  • Research by graduate student Erin Saupe, alumna Monica Papes and Professor Paul Selden of the Paleontological Institute has been published in PLoS ONE. The research team used ecological niche modeling to predict the possible future distribution of the brown recluse spider.

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  • Paul Selden's photograph of a 165-million-year-old spider fossil from Inner Mongolia is one of the featured images in 2010 Gallery: Images of the year from the journal Nature.

  • Paul Selden, Director of the Paleontological Institute and Gulf-Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Invertebrate Paleontology, was the lead author of an article published in early 2010 in the journal Naturwissenschaften that described a nearly perfectly preserved fossil spider, Eoplectreurys gertschi.
  • The Paleontological Institute, University of Kansas, is delighted to announce the launch of Treatise Online, an online-only version of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, in which new chapters of forthcoming volumes of the Treatise are published ahead of completion of hard-copy volumes. Visit the Treatise Online site to see available chapters.
  • The National Science Foundation has granted $1.5 million for a KU project that will bring greater access to the extensive data contained in The Treatise  on Invertebrate Paleontology. The grant will make the vast repository of paleontological data in the Treatise available in electronic form for current and future scientists, and the public. The grant will also help develop computational tools for analyzing, modeling, and visualizing paleontological data.     (Additional information)
  • Copies of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology are now available for purchase in several formats. In addition to the printed, hard copy volumes, most volumes can be purchased and downloaded as individual chapters in PDF format and all volumes in print can be purchased on DVD or CD as single, searchable PDF files.
  • The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the second publication of its new online journal:
    Burger, Benjamin J. 2010, Skull of the Eocene primate Omomys carteri from western North America, Paleontological Contributions 2: 19 p., 10 fig., 1 table, 2 appendices, http://hdl.handle.net/1808/6360.

    Paleontological Contributions is an online-only, open-access, rapid publication journal, available free of charge to anyone with internet access. Visit the journal site for additional information.
  • Paul Selden, Director of the Paleontological Institute and Gulf-Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Invertebrate Paleontology, is the lead author of an article recently published in the journal Naturwissenschaften that describes a nearly perfectly preserved 165-million-year-old fossil spider, Eoplectreurys gertschi. Additional coverage of the research can be found by visiting the following sites:

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  • Several out-of-print volumes of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology are now available on CD. Each CD contains the entire contents of one out-of-print volume in a completely searchable PDF file. Visit the Treatise page for more information.

  • Biological Reviews, the publication of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, has released online and will publish in February “Fossil Spiders.” The paper is a review of fossil spiders by Paul Selden, Director of the Paleontological Institute, and David Penney.   (Abstract)
  • Erin Saupe, doctoral student in the Department of Geology, is one of only four KU students to receive this year's prestigious Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship. Erin is advised by Paul Selden, Gulf-Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Invertebrate Paleontology, and Director of the Paleontological Institute.

    Read more about the Self Graduate Fellowship and Erin's accomplishments.

  • August 2009. The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the publication of the first article in the new online series, Paleontological Contributions: Vincent Perrichot, 2009, Long-tailed wasps (Hymenoptera: Megalyridae) from Cretaceous and Paleogene European amber.

    For additional information please visit the Paleontological Contributions page.

  • July 2009. The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce a new online journal.
    Paleontological Contributions is an online-only, open-access, rapid publication journal, available free of charge to anyone with internet access. Visit the journal site for additional information.

  • May 2009. The University of Kansas Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the publication of the latest volume of the University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions, New Series Number 17: Supraspecific taxa of the Bivalvia first named, described, and published in China (1927-2007), by Fang Zong-jie, Chen Jin-hua, Chen Chu-zhen, Sha Jin-geng, Lan Xiu, and Wen Shi-xuan, edited by Paul A. Selden, 2009.

    Information about all Paleontological Contributions publications can be found here, and free online access to previously published volumes can be found at the KU ScholarWorks site.

  • April 2009. The University of Kansas Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce the publication of the latest volume of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology: Part L (Revised) Mollusca 4, vol. 2, Carboniferous and Permian Ammonoidea, edited by Paul A. Selden, 2009. This is the second of four volumes of the revision. Included are systematic descriptions of Cretaceous ammonoids, prepared by William M. Furnish, Brian F. Glenister, Jürgen Kullmann, and Zhou Zuren. Orders Goniatitida and Prolecanitida are included, along with a stratigraphic range chart to the genus level, references, and index.
    xxix + 258 p., 139 fig., 1 table, ISBN 9781-891276-61-1, $75.00

  • February 2009. The Paleontological Institute is pleased to announce their newest publication, jointly published by the University of Kansas Department of Geology and Paleontological Institute Special Publication 6, by Daniel F. Merriam: Geology at The University of Kansas: The First Century (1866–1966) and a Bit Beyond.
    ISBN 9781-891276-62-X, xiii + 211 p., 96 fig., $25.00

    This is the history of a prominent university geology program that had its beginning with the founding of The University of Kansas in 1866. This story, as with any other, builds on the foundations built by others through time and is the product of the people involved. It is punctuated by events that occurred during the first 100 years of geology at KU.

  • December 2008. Publication of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology series has transfered from joint publication with the Geological Society of America to sole publication by the Paleontological Institute at the University of Kansas. Treatise volumes can now be purchased through the Paleo Institute web site. For further information, we invite you to read the complete text of a letter printed in the December issue of GSA Today, from GSA President, Judith Totman Parrish, Paul Selden, Director of the Paleontological Institute, and Robert Goldstein, Chair of the Department of Geology at the University of Kansas.

    In the near future the Treatise will be online in the form of downloadable chapters of previously printed volumes as well as a searchable database, which will allow authors to cooperatively share in the production of Treatise volumes. Production of the hard copies will continue as usual.

  • December 2008. The Paleontological Institute has published the latest article in the University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions (new series), volume 16, by James Sprinkle and Colin Sumrall. This article describes two new genera and two new species of Parablastoidea from Early and Middle Ordovician faunas from the western United States. Sprinkle, James, and Colin D. Sumrall, "New parablastoids from the western United States." University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions (new series) 16:14 p., 10 fig., December 1, 2008.

  • May 2008. The University of Kansas Paleontological Institute is delighted to announce the first step towards complete online availability of all of our publications. The University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions is now available online (open access).

    All issues (with the exception of Daniel F. Merriam’s recently published biography of R. C. Moore) are now available thanks to the generosity of the University of Kansas Libraries and through their ScholarWorks web site. To access University of Kansas Paelontological Contributions, please go to the Paleontological Contributions page of this site where you will find direct links to the Paleo Contributions database where you can search for articles and order paper copies, and to the ScholarWorks web site, where you can browse the volumes by author, title, subject or date. PDF files can be viewed and downloaded at no cost.

  • May 2008. The Paleontological Institute hosted a visit of two researchers studying the extraction of data from taxonomic literature on Monday and Tuesday, May 12th and 13th, 2008.

    Dr Richard Connor, Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, spoke on "Parsing Pseudo-Natural Language within Taxonomic Descriptions" and Dr Hong Cui, Assistant Professor in the School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, spoke on "Simple Machine Learning Methods for Marking-up Taxonomic Descriptions."

  • March 2008. The new expanded Paleo Institute web site with additional features is now online. This new web site integrates paleo departments, research units, and all paleo-related activities at the University of Kansas. Watch for further developments to the Paleo Institute site, such as special events in the KU paleo environment, a FAQ list, and expanded information about faculty, post docs, and grad students.

  • October 2007. The Paleontological Institute published the final volume in the Treatise Part H brachiopoda revision. Part H (Revised), Vol. 6, Brachiopoda. Edited by Paul Selden, coordinating author, Sir Alwyn Williams, leading a team of international specialists, 2007. Sixth and final volume to be published in this extensive 6-volume revision of the phylum Brachiopoda. Included in this volume are descriptions of taxa published since 1998, new chapters and updates to several chapters from volume 1 on Anatomy, Brachiopod Genome, Biochemistry and Diversity of Brachiopod Shells, Chemicostructural Diversity of the Brachiopod Shell, Stable Oxygen and Carbon Isotopes in Extant Brachiopod Shells, Affinities and Trends in Evolution, Recent Research on Brachiopod Evolution, Geographic Distribution of Extant Articulated Brachiopods, and Stratigraphic Distribution of Brachiopods, followed by a stratigraphic range chart to the genus level covering all taxa included in the six volumes. Also included is a comprehensive reference list for volume 6 and an index to all volumes in the series. ISBN 978-0-8137-3136-0.

    Click here for further information about Part H, Brachiopoda,vol.6.

  • Roger L. Kaesler, former Director of the Paleontological Institute, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2007, at age 70.
    He will be greatly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to know him.   (more)

  • The Paleontological Institute has published an article in the University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions (new series), volume 15, by KU graduate Daniel I. Hembree, Department of Geological Sciences, Ohio University, which presents a cladistic analysis of morphological characters of Eocene-Miocene North American Amphisbaenia to resolve the phylogenetic relationships among the family Rhineuridae. Hembree, D. I. "Phylogenetic revision of Rhineuridae (Reptilia: Squamata: Amphisbaenia) from the Eocene to Miocene of North America," 20 p., 6 fig., 1 table, 2007.

    Click here for ordering information or visit the Paleo Contributions database for additional information about all the volumes in the series.
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  • April 2007. The Paleontological Institute has published Raymond Cecil Moore: Legendary Scholar and Scientist; World-Class Geologist and Paleontologist as part of the University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions (Special Publication 5) by Daniel F. Merriam. Dan Merriam was a doctoral student of R. C. Moore, and is currently Senior Scientist Emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey, and Historian for the KU Department of Geology. R. C. Moore was the founder of the Paleontological Institute, the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, and the Kansas University Paleontological Contributions.

    Daniel F. Merriam. 2007. Raymond Cecil Moore: Legendary Scholar and Scientist; World-Class Geologist and Paleontologist, vii + 170 p., 74 fig., 7 appendices, indexed, softcover. ISBN 978-1-891276-55-2. Price: $25.00

  • January 2007. The Paleontological Institute staff would like to welcome the arrival of its new director, Dr Paul Selden. Before coming to KU, Dr Selden was a Reader in Palaeontology in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester. Most recently he was a Scientific Associate in the Department of Palaeontology, the Natural History Museum, London.

    Dr Selden succeeds Dr Roger L. Kaesler, who retired in November 2006 after directing the Paleontological Institute for 20 years from 1986 through 2006. During Dr Kaesler's tenure the Paleontological Institute published twelve separate volumes of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, one monograph for the University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions, and fourteen articles of the University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions, New Series.

  • Part H (Revised), Vol. 5, Brachiopoda. Edited by Roger L. Kaesler, 2006, coordinating author, Sir Alwyn Williams, leading a team of international specialists. This is the fifth volume to be published in this extensive 6-volume revision of the phylum Brachiopoda. Included in this volume is the subphylum Rhynchonelliformea (part), including orders Spiriferida, Spiriferinida, Thecideida, and Terebratulida, followed by a comprehensive reference list and index. xlvi + 631 p., 398 fig., 2006, ISBN 0-8137-3108-9

  • Part B, Protoctista 1, Vol. 1, Charophyta, edited by Roger L. Kaesler, 2005, coordinating author, Monique Feist. This is the first volume of Part B, Protoctista 1 to be published. Part B deals generally with plantlike autotrophic protoctists. Future volumes of Part B will cover the dinoflagellates, silicoflagellates, ebredians, benthic calcareous algae, coccolithophorids, and diatoms. Included in the charophyte volume are introductory chapters covering morphology, mineralization, techniques for preparation and study, ecology and paleoecology, biogeography, stratigraphic distribution and paleobiogeography, stratigraphic range chart, biozonation, evolutionary history, molecular phylogeny, classification, and glossary. Systematic descriptions of the phylum Charophyta include the orders Moellerinales, Sycidiales, and Charales, followed by a comprehensive reference list and index. xvi + 170 pages, 79 figures, 9 tables, hardbound, indexed, ISBN 0-8137-3002-3.

  • Part E (Revised), Vol. 3, Porifera. Edited by Roger L. Kaesler, 2004, coordinating author, J. Keith Rigby, with authors R. E. H. Reid and R. M. Finks, 2004. Third volume in the revision of the Porifera. Included in the volume are the classes Demospongea, Hexactinellida, Heteractinida, and Calcarea, followed by a stratigraphic range chart to the genus level, comprehensive reference list, and index. xxxi + 872 p., 506 fig., 1 table, hardbound, indexed, ISBN 0-8137-3131-3.

  • The Paleontological Institute has published an article in the University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions (new series), volume 14, by KU Geology Professor Bruce S. Lieberman, which offers a biostratigraphic analysis of the Nelson Limestone, Neptune Range, Antarctica, based on the distribution of trilobites in measured sections suggesting that the age of the formation is probably late Florian to Undillan. Lieberman, B. S., "Revised Biostratigraphy, Systematics, and Paleobiogrography of the Trilobites from the Middle Cambrian Nelson Limestone, Antarctica," 23 p., 19 fig., 2 tables, August 26, 2004.

  • Part E(Revised), Vol. 2, Porifera, Introduction, was published in December 2003. Edited by Roger L. Kaesler; coordinating author, J. Keith Rigby, with authors R.E.H. Reid, R.M. Finks, and J. Keith Rigby. This is the second volume in the revision of the Porifera. Entirely devoted to introductory material, with chapters on general features of the Porifera; morphology, phylogeny, and classification of the Demospongea, Lyssacinosa, and Hexactinellida; glossary; reproduction and development; physiology; functional morphology and adaptation; variability and variation; ecology and paleoecology; evolution and ecological history; geographic and stratigraphic distribution; and techniques of study. Also included are a comprehensive reference list and an index. xxvii + 349 p., 135 fig., 10 tables, hardbound, ISBN 0-8137-3130-5.

  • Part H(Revised), Vol. 4, Brachiopoda was published in October 2002. This volume was edited by Roger L. Kaesler, with coordinating author, Sir Alwyn Williams, leading a team of international specialists. This is the fourth volume to be published in this extensive 6-volume revision of the phylum Brachiopoda. Included in this volume is the second part of the subphylum Rhynchonelliformea (including the orders Pentamerida, Rhynchonellida, Atrypida, and Athyridida), followed by a comprehensive reference list. xxxix + 768 pages, 484 figures, 3 tables, hardbound, indexed, ISBN 0-8137-3108-9.

  • The Paleontological Institute, in association with the International Palaeontological Association, is hosting PaleoLink, an on-line, searchable database of paleo-related web sites. Please visit the PaleoLink web site at either the IPA-hosted site or the Paleo Institute-hosted site and add your data into the database.
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  • The Paleontological Institute is hosting two on-line databases: the IPA Directory of Paleontologists of the World and the IPA Directory of Fossil Collections of the World. Please visit the IPA web site to enter your personal and professional information or collection information into the appropriate database.
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  • The Millennium Brachiopod Congress was held in mid-July 2000 at the Natural History Museum in London. Roger L. Kaesler, Director of the Paleo Institute, and Jill Hardesty, Assistant Editor, attended to meet with authors to discuss Treatise matters.
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  • The Paleontological Institute has published an article in the University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions (new series), volume 13, by KU researcher David Burnham et al. that describes a new genus and species of dinosaur, Bambiraptor feinbergi. This nearly complete fossil is purported to be the closest link yet between dinosaurs and birds. Included with the issue is an additional article on fossil brachiopods by University of Oviedo researchers Fernando Alvarez and Covadonga Brime.

    View a life restoration of Bambiraptor feinbergi.

  • Part H(Revised), Vol. 2 & 3, Brachiopoda was published in March 2000. These volumes were edited by Roger L. Kaesler, with coordinating author Sir Alwyn Williams leading a team of international specialists. These are the second and third volumes to be published in the extensive 6-volume revision of the phylum Brachiopoda. Included in the volumes are the subphyla Linguliformea, Craniiformea, and Rhynchonelliformea (part), followed by a comprehensive reference list. 950 pages, 616 figures, 17 tables, hardbound, indexed, ISBN 0-8137-3108-9.

  • "Taxonomy and the Security of Databases," by Roger L. Kaesler, Jill W. Krebs, and Douglas L. Miller.
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