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Paleontological Society Officer Nominations!

Dear Colleagues,

As we start off the new year, please consider nominating your colleagues for Paleontological Society Officer positions.

Officer positions open in 2018 include:

  • President-Elect (2-year term, then 4 years as President & Past-President, contested election)
  • Secretary (3-year term, uncontested election)
  • Representative-At-Large (at least 15 years past receipt of highest degree; 2-year term, contested election)



estuary (es'-tu-a''-ry). A semi-enclosed coastal body of water that has a free connection with the open sea and within which seawater is measurably diluted with freshwater from land drainage (Pritchard, 1952). Estuaries are classified in terms of their mixing as stratified, partially stratified, well mixed, and reverse; or by their origins as bar-built, fjord, tectonic, fjard, and ria (Woodroffe, 2002). Cf: ria; branching bay; liman; fjord. Etymol: Latin aestus, "tide".

surf beat

surf beat . (a) The slow variability of the height of incoming swell due to interference among swell of nearly the same period. (b) The long-period (several minutes) change in water level along the coast due to the changing height of breakers in the surf zone.

Nominations For Paleontological Society Award Or PS fellow!

Dear Paleo Society members,

It’s that time of year! Please consider nominating a colleague for a Paleontological Society Award or PS Fellow:

Paleontological Society Medal: The Paleontological Society Medal is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Society, reflecting the objectives and standards of the Society. It is awarded to a person whose eminence is based on advancement of knowledge in paleontology.

Nominations For A Student Representative To Council

Dear Colleagues,

The Paleontological Society is soliciting nominations for a Student Representative to Council.

Eligibility: We encourage nominations from paleontology graduate students who are early-mid stage in their graduate programs from all backgrounds and institutions, particularly those that have historically been under-represented on the Paleontological Society Council.

Measuring river discharge with unmanned boat and ADCP

Measuring river discharge under a bridge with unmanned boat and ADCP. The Remote control boat allows measurement under a large railway bridge, improving results by avoiding weed growth which can compromise ADCP discharge measurements.

Nothing is clear about who left marks on ancient bones

An ongoing debate regarding the origin of scrape marks on ancient animal bones has taken a new turn. The marks were first thought to have been made by early hominid butchers, then by trampling, and now it’s looking like crocodiles might have been responsible, according to a recent study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
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