Megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon) is the largest shark, at a magnificent maximum length of 18 meters (59 feet), to ever have dwelled in the oceans. We…View More How We Know Megalodon Doesn’t Still Exist?
This is a guest post by Dr. Danna Staaf, a science writer with a PhD in marine biology from Stanford University. Her first book, Squid…View More How the Squid Lost Its Shell
You pull your old car to the side of the road, slow to a stop and turn the key: the fire in your engine dies.…View More The Ancient Ocean of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Inside a Nautilus are the normal organs—the caecum, the stomach, the crop, the nidamental gland, etc.—with normal names and known functions. However, my favorites, yes…View More The Odd Nautilus Organs Named After People
Sub-Neritic Gentrification For November we will be doing some deep thinking about deep-sea mollusks in an attempt to understand the complex history and adaptations of…View More Malacology Monthly: Going Deep
In case it ever comes up in a Jeopardy Daily Double question, the fossil record does not contain many hermit crab fossils. That’s right, those…View More Jurassic Hermit Crabs Are Even More Awesome Than You Can Envision
The answer to what kosher observing Jew would eat 310 million year ago is finally answered thanks to three paleobiologist. The short answer? Dinner will be…View More What Would A Kosher Jew Eat in the Cretaceous?
In the fossil history of sharks, a unique evolutionary experiment happened much earlier than anyone thought. The largest fishes in the oceans feed on some…View More Before Giant Plankton-Feeding Sharks, there were Giant Plankton-Feeding Sharks.
I asked my friend and colleague Roy E. Plotnick, paleontologist and faculty in the Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago,…View More Remembering Raup
My love of snail shells did not begin at a young age. This is not a story of a 6-year old boy discovering his first…View More Digital Seashells and David Raup