Eleanor Gardner

  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
    Eleanor Gardner and Isaac Magallanes are now friends
  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
    Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment

    Me too! Great job, @mjones and @epoirier! 🙂 Hope all is well in FL!

  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Eleanor Gardner posted an update

    Just wanted to give a shout-out of thanks to @sadie-mills and @jeanette-pirlo for creating an image in the slider promoting the KU Natural History Museum’s ‘Science on Tap’ program taking place tomorrow evening in downtown Lawrence, KS! 🙂

    If any myFOSSIL members are in the area, please come hear a great talk on the enigmatic creatures of the Cambrian with Dr. Julien Kimmig!

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    Eleanor Gardner and Brad Davey are now friends
  • 2 months ago
    Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment

    @mjones, this is a spam account

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    Sachin kania and Eleanor Gardner are now friends
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    Md. Ibrahimul Bari and Eleanor Gardner are now friends
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    Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment

    @rleder or @jkallmeyer – any suggestions for Sachin on this problem?

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    Eleanor Gardner and Ken Marks are now friends
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    Eleanor Gardner and Maggie Paxson are now friends
  • 3 months, 1 week ago

    Hey, @mackenzie-smith – Do you have any recommendations for Wendell @wendell-ricketts?

    I’m thinking the Northwest Paleontological Association might be the closest club. @paul-kester, meet Wendell Ricketts, a fossil hound and the publisher of the revived Fossil News magazine; he previously lived in Florida and now lives in Seattle!

    Another relatively close club is NARG. @acurrier, meet Wendell!

  • Hi, Wendell @wendell-ricketts:

    Sorry for the hiccup with notifications!  It might have been because you joined prior to automatic notification systems being put in place (?).

    Did you move to Seattle recently?  I saw that you mentioned that you’re “settled in Seattle.”  If so, congrats on the move!  I myself recently left Florida for Lawrence, Kansas, where I’m now working at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum.

    Sorry to hear that GSA makes things too complicated to get Fossil News on display. 🙁

  • 3 months, 2 weeks ago
    Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment

    @cgrant or @jeanette-pirlo should be able to answer this question for you!

  • 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi, all! @llundgren, @sadie-mills, @asa-kaplan, @mackenzie-smith, @jeanette-pirlo, @lcone, @george-powell

    Apologies for the delayed response.  I hope that everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a terrific holiday!  I know that I enjoyed lots of delicious turkey… And speaking of, here are some random factoids about turkeys! 😉

    Turkeys belong to the order Galliformes (ground dwelling / game birds), which also includes pheasants, grouse, guinea fowl, chickens, quail, etc.  True turkeys probably arose around 10 million years ago, give or take — although turkey-like birds arose around 20 mya.  Lucky for me, fossils of the modern turkey (Meleagris sp.) can be found in my new home state of Kansas!  There are a variety of subspecies of turkey, several of which are now extinct such as Meleagris californica – the California turkey.  The California turkey went extinct about 10,000 years ago and fossils of M. californica are the second most abundant at the La Brea Tar Pits (cool!!).  As you might imagine, based on the zooarchaeological record, there is quite a lot of knowledge about the various turkey subspecies that have served as food sources for humans over time.  If you find yourself interested in the taphonomy and preservation potential of bones of game birds, I recommend reading Dirrigl’s 2001 paper that examines bone mineral density in M. gallopavo and makes connections to differential survivorship of bird bones in the zooarchaeological (and potentially, fossil) record. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440300906009

    And, for fun, here is an article discussing how scientists studying biomechanics are putting turkeys on treadmills to examine bipedal bone structure: https://massivesci.com/articles/turkey-treadmill-ancient-humans-walk/

    I’m looking forward to the webinar on Wednesday!  It might be too late to make this request, but I’d like to learn about the fossil records of carrots and of turnips.  Why?  Carrots and turnips is a traditional Northeastern dish that my husband’s family makes (they’re from Massachusetts).

    Lastly, to @asa-kaplan‘s request about receiving event updates… @mjones, @epoirier is there a plug-in that could send updates via the myFOSSIL notification system when event details have changed?

    Or maybe @sellis could send out a short email blast via MailChimp when webinar dates change??  I’m not sure if the social media team (@llundgren, @sadie-mills, @michael-le, @mackenzie-smith) might want to make Facebook “events” for the webinars?  We use FB to promote events for the KU Natural History Museum and it seems to generate quite a bit of traffic for us.

  • 4 months ago
    Eleanor Gardner and Jonathan Hendricks are now friends
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    Eleanor Gardner and Patricia Kelley are now friends
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    Eleanor Gardner and Shamindri Tennakoon are now friends
  • 4 months, 1 week ago

    Late to the conversation on the pterosaur paper, @llundgren, my apologies.  Having done this type of review paper myself (but on the avian fossil record), I agree that a “Lagerstätten effect” likely impacts our understanding of many fossil taxa, including pterosaurs, birds, and amphibians.  It is not surprising that the statistical analyses in this study showed that completeness of specimens through time was influenced by Lagerstätten distribution.  However, because in my study I found that avian fossil specimens from Lagerstätten were much more likely to represent locations and time periods with warm and humid climates compared to cool and/or dry climates, I would be interested to know the climate data for the pterosaur Lagerstätten sites (many of which I’ll bet are the same as the bird sites).

    Also, an off-topic word of caution: the PaleobioDB is not error-free.  I found a variety of instances where formation, age, environment, or other information had been keyed into the database incorrectly.  That meant that my coauthors and I had the pleasure of carefully reading each of the 398 publications included in our study and making our own database (no small task!).

  • 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment

    Hi, @george-powell! I just saw the FOSSIL team in Seattle for the Geological Society of America conference; because the webinar was one day before their flight out for the conference, the recording hasn’t been posted yet. I’m sure @sadie-mills will get it up on the “Videos & Tutorials” page soon. Thanks for your interest! 🙂

  • 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    My go-to’s are PLOS ONE and Palaeontologia Electronica (side note: I feel like the journal should officially change the name, as so many people add an extra “c” at the end of Palaeontologia – it is a super common error!).

    When I taught geology at the university level, I frequently incorporated peer-reviewed publications into assignments.  I’m curious to learn how K-12 teachers might do the same.  Perhaps @groberti could give some insight, as she crafted a high school lesson plan that did this (https://www.myfossil.org/paleontology-in-the-real-world-using-the-recent-paleontological-literature-to-engage-high-school-students-and-encourage-stem-based-learning/).

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