Darin Croft

LATEST NEWS

LATEST NEWS

February 2020: Former PhD student, Angeline Catena, publishes her third dissertation chapter (of three) in Paleontologia Electronica: “What are the best modern analogs for ancient South American mammal communities? Evidence from ecological diversity analysis (EDA).” September 2019: Early view version of an article by former MS student, Russell Engleman, is published in Paleobiology: “Strangers in […]

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VIDEO: Miocene Mammals

VIDEO: Miocene Mammals

In 2019, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History exhibited a small “pop-up” exhibit highlighting our NSF-sponsored research on Miocene mammals from Quebrada Honda, Bolivia. You can view the video from the exhibit below.

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Blogging for Old Bones

Blogging for Old Bones

Every six weeks or so, I write a post for Old Bones, the blog of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Here are links to my blogs, in reverse chronological order: May 2017: The ups and downs of international fieldwork based on my experiences working in Chile and Bolivia. April 2017: Some thoughts about submitting an abstract for the Society […]

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Recycling Bottle Caps

Recycling Bottle Caps

Other than water, beer is my beverage of choice. Although more and more craft beers are available in cans, at least half of the beer I drink comes in a bottle. Bottles are easy to recycle, but what about the metal caps? Metal cans are obviously recyclable, but most material recovery facilities have difficulties sorting out small objects […]

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BLOG: The Rafting Monkey

BLOG: The Rafting Monkey

Want to learn more about the fossil history of South American mammals? Check out my blog, The Rafting Monkey. My posts discuss the latest research on South American mammals and fossil mammal sites as well as interesting tidbits from the archives of paleomammalogy. You can visit periodically to see what is new or sign up to get an email alert every […]

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Hegetotheriidae

Hegetotheriidae

Hegetotheriids (also known as hegetotheres) were small to medium-sized mammals that ranged from the size of a rabbit (probably about 12-16″/30-40 cm ) to a beaver (about 3 feet/1 m long). Some hegetotheres were very rabbit-like in both their skull and skeleton (pachyrukhines; see below), whereas others had proportions more similar to a large rodent such […]

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Portable Gymnastics Rings

Portable Gymnastics Rings

If you’re familiar with CrossFit, then you know that gymnastic rings are essential for many workouts. I’ve been doing CrossFit since 2005, but I never joined a CrossFit gym. As a consequence, I came up with a ring setup that I can carry with me and install as needed – usually at 121 Fitness on the CWRU campus or in our workout […]

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Recycling Dehumidifier Water

Recycling Dehumidifier Water

Our 1920s home has a typical Heights basement that is humid much of the year. As a consequence, we use a dehumidifier to keep it at a reasonable level. (I’d prefer to not have to use a dehumidifier, but life is full of compromises.) Instead of just dumping all that water down the drain, I rigged up […]

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Ask a Master Gardener

Ask a Master Gardener

Have a question about caring for your lawn, growing tomatoes, pruning an apple tree, or identifying an insect? If so, you can submit your question to Ask a Master Gardener and it will be answered by an Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer like me. Master Gardener Volunteers are trained in a wide variety of horticultural […]

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Origins Science Scholars Videos

Origins Science Scholars Videos

One of the many activities sponsored by the Institute for the Science of Origins at Case Western Reserve University is the Origins Science Scholars program. This multi-week program is held each semester and features presentations by local scientists followed by dinner and conversation. All of the talks are available online and are also broadcast on WVIZ/PBS ideastream. I’ve given four […]

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