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Jared Richards and Javier Luque join our team

September 18, 2020

With the start of a truly unique Fall Semester 2020, we welcome the newest members of the Laboratory for Invertebrate Paleobiology and Evolution!

New graduate student Mr. Jared C. Richards joins the lab after having completed his undergraduate degree in quantitative biology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Jared's work will broadly address the ecological significance of the Lower Ordovician Fezouata biota in Morocco.

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3D head organization in early Cambrian euarthropods

June 25, 2020

Our latest contribution to the study of early Cambrian exceptionally preserved euarthropods from the Chengjiang biota is now available in Current Biology. We investigated the head organization of small juveniles (5 to 7mm long) of the great appendage euarthropod Leanchoilia illecebrosa through microCT. Our results show the head organization of Leanchoilia in unprecedented detail...

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Work remotely to prevent spread of COVID-19

March 18, 2020

In line with the safety recommendations implemented by Harvard University and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, all members of the Invertebrate Paleobiology and Evolution Lab are required to work remotely until further notice in order to minimize the risk of contagion by the COVID-19 virus.

Please consult Harvard's webpage, including daily updates on the situation within the university and worldwide at https://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus

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New OEB/EPS course on exceptional preservation and invertebrate evolution

January 17, 2020

We are super excited about our new course offering for Spring 2020, OEB/EPS 150 Exceptional Paleobiological Insights into Animal Evolution. We will learn about the the nature and biases of the fossil record, the mechanisms behind exceptional preservation in biotas ranging from the Precambrian to mid-Phanerozoic, and study some amazing fossils from the MCZ collections along the way! The course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, and features a week-long trip to the Cambrian of Utah during the spring. You can find...

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Harvard China Fund award to support research on 3D early Cambrian fossils

September 13, 2019

We are delighted to share the news that the Harvard China Fund will support our research on the exceptionally preserved three-dimensional morphology of fossilized animals from the early Cambrian Chengjiang biota in South China in collaboration with our colleagues from Yunnan University in Kunming! This award will allow us to continue revealing critical anatomical details in these impressive fossils that would otherwise be impossible to observe using conventional methods. You can...

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New graduate course at OEB

September 3, 2019

After a semester settling in, we venture into teaching at Harvard OEB for the first time with the new course OEB 213 Evolutionary Convergence, Mass Extinctions and the Shape of Life. We will explore how our understanding of evolution has changed over the last few decades based on discussions that address the origin of animals, the impact of extinction and probabilistic games. For more information please visit the course catalogue at my.harvard...

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