Gabriel-Philip Santos

  • 1 week ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted an image in the group Alf Museum from the myFOSSIL app

    For #TyrannosaurTuesday, our preparator Jared Heuck is doing a little repair work on our T. rex skull replica, with help from some Webb students. It’s a great chance to talk about exhibit maintenance!

  • 3 weeks, 5 days ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted an image in the group Alf Museum from the myFOSSIL app

    75 million year old dinosaur skin impression from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. We pulled this specimen out today because we have a documentary film crew from NHK Japan interviewing my curator about dinosaurs! #fossil

  • 3 weeks, 6 days ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted a new specimen in the group Paleo Pics from the myFOSSIL app

    Gabriel-Philip Santos has contributed a new specimen to myFOSSIL!

  • 3 weeks, 6 days ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted a new specimen in the group Paleo Pics from the myFOSSIL app

    Gabriel-Philip Santos has contributed a new specimen to myFOSSIL!

  • 1 month ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted an image in the group Alf Museum from the myFOSSIL app

    Today we welcome our friends from the Western Science Center to the Alf Museum collection! Here is WSC curator, Dr. Andrew McDonald and his student, Charlotte, looking at 15 million year old horse teeth from Barstow, California. Horse fossils are very common in the Barstow Formation of California and we’ve had a lot of researchers come by to look at them lately!

    Specimens collected under permit from the US Bureau of Land Management-California.

  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted a new specimen in the group Alf Museum from the myFOSSIL app

    Gabriel-Philip Santos has contributed a new specimen to myFOSSIL!

  • 2 months ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted an image in the group Alf Museum from the myFOSSIL app

    #FossilFriday time! This one is from my curator, Dr. Andy Farke. It’s a little beardog! If you have been to the Alf Museum or followed our social media, you’ve seen plenty of our big beardog (Amphicyon) skeleton and trackway. Beardogs, or amphicyonids, lived throughout the northern hemisphere and into Africa during much of the Cenozoic. Big beardogs evolved from earlier and smaller beardogs–this skull of Daphoenus was collected by Ray Alf and his students in western Nebraska, in rocks that date back to around 33 million years old. That’s around 15 million years before its much larger relative Amphicyon! Daphoenus was around the size of a modern coyote, quite a bit smaller than our grizzly-sized Amphicyon.

    Fossil in the collections of the Alf Museum, RAM 6251. #fossil

  • 2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted an image in the group Education and Outreach from the myFOSSIL app

    Our Honors Paleontology students are starting a new project this week. They are going through our Barstow fossil collection and looking for all the horse toe bones they can find. The students will then measure all the bones to gather data on size variation among California horses from 15 million years ago! We’re looking forward to what they learn! #fossil

  • 2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted an image in the group Paleo Pics from the myFOSSIL app

    15 million year old Felipeda bottjeri (fossil cat track ichnotaxon) from the Barstow Formation of California. You can tell it’s a feline because of the round pads. If it were a canine, the toe pads would be pointy because of their claws. Cats retract their claws when not in use. Sending this and other cool Barstow tracks off for a new exhibition at the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Texas! #fossil

  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted an image in the group Paleo Pics from the myFOSSIL app

    Here’s the underside of a 33 million year old artiodactyl skull for #FossilFriday. #fossil

  • 3 months, 1 week ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos joined the group Bookworms
  • 3 months, 1 week ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted an image in the group Paleo Pics from the myFOSSIL app

    I absolutely love when I find something unidentified in the collection. It just means there’s another untold story! Here we have a well-preserved bird leg from the Green River Formation. It’s only identified as bird right now, but may give it to a student for identification! #fossil

  • 3 months, 3 weeks ago
  • 4 months, 1 week ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted a new specimen in the group Alf Museum from the myFOSSIL app

    Gabriel-Philip Santos has contributed a new specimen to myFOSSIL!

  • 4 months, 2 weeks ago
  • 4 months, 2 weeks ago
  • 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos and Gregory Smith are now friends
  • 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted an image in the group Paleo Pics from the myFOSSIL app

    Heading to Barstow this weekend with my friends for the Lights Festival so I thought I’d share one of the cooler fossils here at the Alf Museum that are found from the area! Behold the 15 million year old camel footprints found right in the deserts of Barstow, California.

    Here you can see two sets of tracks made by two camels walking side by side. Measuring the tracks shows us that the camels were probably moving at a paving gait, which is where an animal moves both limbs on the same side of the body at the same time. Walking this way creates a very straight path and is super efficient energy wise when traveling long distances. No other animal except the modern camel has this kind of style of walking today!

    PS. The camel skeleton in the background is Ned the Camel. Ned is a modern camel skeleton and not the camel that made these tracks. We have Ned there to show the size difference modern camels and their extinct relatives. #fossil

  • 4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted a new specimen in the group Paleo Pics from the myFOSSIL app

    Gabriel-Philip Santos has contributed a new specimen to myFOSSIL!

  • 4 months, 4 weeks ago
    Gabriel-Philip Santos posted a new specimen in the group Paleo Pics from the myFOSSIL app

    Gabriel-Philip Santos has contributed a new specimen to myFOSSIL!

  • Load More