Eleanor Gardner

  • Eleanor Gardner and Maggie Paxson are now friends
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    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. 🙁

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 weeks, 4 days ago

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

  • 2 weeks, 4 days 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.

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    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!).

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    1 month, 2 weeks ago

    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! 🙂

  • 1 month, 3 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/).

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    1 month, 3 weeks ago

    @llundgren – Not that I’m aware of, but we have 10.2 million specimens spread across 7 buildings on campus sooooo… one day, I’m sure! lol
    A quick search on “Gunther” in the invert paleo database shows many donated by Lloyd and his family: https://collections.biodiversity.ku.edu/KUInvertPaleo/

  • Eleanor Gardner posted an update
    2 months ago

    Also, I wanted to share this neat article that recently came across my feed.  @llundgren, @jeanette-pirlo, @lmccall, @jkallmeyer, @bdattilo, @jbauer, @cferrara, @lcone – I thought you all might appreciate this!


    Julien Kimmig is the invertebrate paleontology collections manager at KU, and this article highlights how amateur/avocational contributions are – once again! – a vital element for paleontological discoveries. 🙂

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 months ago

    Boo hiss, I forgot to submit my response in time. But I like the proposed new look 😉

  • Eleanor Gardner posted an update
    2 months ago

    Great newsletter this time around!  Kudos to @sellis and @sadie-mills for putting it together 😉 And I was so excited to read about @richard-bex, @mackenzie-smith, and @michael-le joining the FOSSIL team!  Keep up the awesome work, y’all!  Looking forward to seeing some of you at GSA 2017 🙂

    • Thanks Eleanor! @george-phillips contributed a really great article! Thanks for suggesting him. He had other great content to add about fossil hunting with kids, but sadly we just couldn’t include it all. @bdunckel and I both think a trip to the Australian Outback sounds amazing and I hope other readers do as well. Please continue to suggest potential newsletter articles. KU has a lot of great paleo going on.

      • Thank you all for covering us! I appreciate the interest in the program here. Next year (Aug 2018) MMNS Paleontology will be 40 years old, so we’re looking to do something special, probably around Nat’l Fossil Day. Perhaps have a pro-am conference, although I’ll need to discuss it with admin first. I’d be open to ideas, if either of you have any. I haven’t really given it much thought yet–too busy doing all the other things! And, sadly, I am a one-man show here.

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 months ago

    Hi, @erin-lindberg! How cool that you are starting a 3D printing and fossil club at your school! 🙂 I believe that @cgrant, @jeanette-pirlo, @maggie-paxson, @skillingsworth, or @tmorgan should be able to give you some pointers!

    • This is great to hear @erin-lindberg! We could start a group for youth clubs, a place where all participants can meet and talk. They can use the forums for identification and ask more specific questions. I’m excited to hear your plans! Will they be scanning and uploading their finds to the 3D gallery? Let me know if I can help. Hey @maggie-paxson, how did Saturday go? I was scheduled to me at Montbrook and sad I couldn’t make it out to the creek.

  • Eleanor Gardner replied to the topic Audubon Core in the forum Help Forum
    2 months ago

    As @kcrippen noted, Max Jones (@mjones) and Eric Poirier (@epoirier) are the external web developers and they should be able to give you some more information about the AC wizard design.  To my knowledge, AC data capabilities exist but are not currently being utilized — that will be implemented in the future with a redesign of the Fossil Gallery.  However, @mjones did a lot of research and should be able to tell you more of the nitty-gritty details about crafting the wizard.

  • Eleanor Gardner posted a new activity comment
    2 months ago

    Oops, didn’t see this post @robert-morris. Looks like you are already in contact with @bmacfadden and @mjones! Hopefully my direct message provides you with some background information. Max may be able to share more re: stored AC data.

  • Eleanor Gardner and Ryan Roney are now friends
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